Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs: Evolving Policy, Requirements, and Challenges – May 24

Due to increasingly stringent policy direction, public agencies that previously leveraged ratepayer-funded utility energy efficiency incentive programs to bridge funding gaps are meeting new obstacles. These incentive programs have provided critical support to local governments with great success, but increasingly burdensome documentation, expiring measures, and expanding delays in incentive review processes are threatening the momentum…

A budding opportunity for energy efficiency

“As the market develops in states like California, where recreational sales began in January, and Massachusetts, which follows suit in July, and as additional medical and recreational markets emerge around the country, energy efficiency can help reduce the energy use and pollution associated with cannabis cultivation, processing, and distribution facilities. The cannabis industry has expressed…

School district to save $15.3M with new energy efficiency program

“California’s Escalon Unified School District recently completed a 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic and integrated energy efficiency and STEM education initiative. Along with its partner, Oakland, CA-based energy partner ENGIE Services U.S., Escalon Unified leadership commemorated the completion of construction and implementation of the district-wide energy program. Through the collaborative partnership with ENGIE Services U.S., Escalon’s…

Estimating the Value of Energy Efficiency to Reduce Wholesale Energy Price Volatility

Wholesale energy prices have historically been volatile, and this can impose significant costs on electricity buyers and sellers. This report examines these costs in electricity markets and demonstrates the value of energy efficiency as a low-risk supply option. It estimates the value at risk in the PJM service territory and finds that volatility adds as…

Toolkit: Upgrade your parking to high-efficiency lighting solutions

High-performance energy-efficient lighting systems pay for themselves quickly by cutting energy costs by up to 70% and maintenance costs up to 90%, since these state-of-the-art lighting technologies can last 2 to 5 times longer than traditional outdoor lights. The U.S. Department of Energy has supported the advancement of high-efficiency outdoor lighting and controls solutions through…

Buying an efficient home is about to get easier in Massachusetts

“On Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker introduced legislation that would establish energy performance ratings and disclosure requirements for homes across the state. Tuesday’s proposal is the latest addition to a suite of successful policies undertaken by the state. Massachusetts has topped ACEEE’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard for the past seven years, buoyed by strong utility policies,…

Saving Watts to Save Drops: Inclusion of Water Efficiency in Energy Efficiency Programs

Energy production and consumption require water, and water transport and treatment need energy. Researchers and practitioners are increasingly interested in designing integrated programs to manage energy and water in tandem. Utilities typically do not focus on the avoided costs and indirect energy savings from reduced water consumption. Doing so would help them reduce expenditures and…
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