Generating the Most Efficient Electric Co-op Programs

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Make Energy Efficiency Programs Efficient Electric Co-op Today, May 3, 2016. Image credit: Alexas_Fotos It’s ironic: Energy efficiency saves consumers money, but it can cost electric cooperatives a bundle to run a program. That doesn’t have to be the case. A new report from NRECA’s Business and Technology Strategies unit looks at where co-ops are running up … Read more

The Poorest Households Pay the Most for Electricity

Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits. April 25, 2016. Image credit: philriley427 A new study by Groundswell shows that the poorest American households pay the greatest share of income on electricity. According to City Lab’s summary of the study, the “bottom 20% of earners spend almost 10% of their income on electricity, more than seven times the … Read more

New Yorkers Saving More than Energy With Efficiency

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Dip in Energy Prices Plus Energy Efficiency = Savings Hudson Valley News Network, March 8, 2016. Image credit: Unsplash According to a news release from Con Edison, all New Yorkers got the benefit of declining energy prices in 2015, but 28,300 Con Edison customers found an additional way to save money: they got rebates from the … Read more

Maine Energy Efficiency Program Cuts May Impact Hospitals

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Hospitals speak out against energy efficiency cuts WKBZ, February 17, 2016. Image credit: geralt Representatives from some of Eastern Maine’s hospitals say they don’t want the state legislature to take away money given to them from a regional energy efficiency program. They, along with the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) say investing that money in … Read more

Energize Connecticut Receives Boost in Support

Connecticut utilities detail energy savings spending plan New Haven Register, October 4, 2015. Image credit: tpsdave The plan produced by the utilities proposed to spend $250 million annually on energy saving efforts every year between now and the end of 2018. That’s a $20 million a year increase compared to what is currently being spent annually, … Read more

Efficiency Under Fire: Case Studies and Strategies for Successful Industrial Programs

Gita Subramony and Cameron Kinney, ERS Presented at ACEEE Summer Study, August 6, 2015. Image credit: raedon Energy efficiency programs are under attack in several states, including Indiana and Ohio, where programs have been eliminated or curtailed. In 2014 the Indiana state legislature introduced a bill allowing customers with 1 MW of demand or greater to … Read more

Are Low-Income Customers More Responsive to Energy Efficiency Programs?

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Want your energy efficiency program to succeed? Aim it at poor people Grist, September 1, 2015. Image credit: geralt So, say you are a government, and you want to persuade people to conserve electricity — because using less energy is one of the easiest ways out there to fight climate change. You could institute something like … Read more

Is Tenant Star the Right Tool to Drive Commercial Building Energy Savings?

From Enery Star to Tenant Star: The next frontier in building effiency GreenBiz, July 10, 2015. Image credit: PixelAnarchy It’s not hard to see the allure of Tenant Star. Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager is already successfully helping more than 400,000 commercial buildings measure, track, assess and report their energy and water use. And last year Energy … Read more

Shining a Light on the Real Issues with the E2e Weatherization Study

The E2e weatherization study: generating more heat than light ACEEE, July 2, 2015. Image credit: geralt Methodology First, parts of this study use an experimental research design called a randomized controlled trial, where researchers define a pool of eligible customers and randomly assign some of the eligible customers to a treatment group and some to a … Read more

Calling Out the Efficacy of Energy Efficiency

A new study claims the fiscal cost of upgrades outshine the savings by 50%. Amber Plante for Zondits, June 29, 2015. Image credit: Bullhorn Energy efficiency gives us a way to use less power, reduce costs, and still live comfortably. This principle has been at the forefront of the movement to upgrade lighting, household appliances, … Read more