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…

Efficient homes + renewable energy = a better Bakersfield

“The California Energy Commission is considering updates to building energy codes which would make living in Bakersfield better. These updates will ensure that the cost of housing and energy costs stays reasonable by using one of our greatest local assets: abundant sunshine. The proposed building energy efficiency standards, to take effect in 2020, would make…

Energy Efficiency Has a Leading Role to Play in Our Distributed Energy Future

“The increased prevalence of distributed energy resources is driving changes to utility planning. Our new report, The Role of Energy Efficiency in a Distributed Energy Future, found that most utilities are not currently using energy efficiency in distribution system planning, but several states are pursuing new approaches to using efficiency to displace traditional distribution infrastructure…

Report: Global LED Lighting Market Growing But Slowed by Key Limitations

“Analyzing the LED lighting market by product type, installation type, end-use application, and geography, the report looks at growth drivers, trends, and restraints. Noting that LEDs are being used for a number of indoor, outdoor, architectural, automotive, and horticultural applications, P&S Market Research says that the increasing adoption of energy-efficient lighting solutions worldwide is a…

Prefab Finds a Home in Fire-Ravaged Neighborhoods of California

“Which is a pity, Ms. Dameron added, because, compared with traditional methods, modern prefab construction saves time, limits waste and often incorporates environmentally sensitive materials and energy-saving technologies. If ever there was a time and place for prefab to flaunt its virtues, it is now, in Northern California. Even before the fires, stringent statewide building…

Webinar: The Increasing Connection Between Energy Efficiency and Real Estate – Mar 15

“How is residential energy efficiency increasingly connected to real estate transactions? Some five million such transactions take place every year in the United States. One example includes a new law that went into effect January 1, 2018 in Portland, OR. The new law requires a U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Score be included in…

Webinar: Innovative approaches to energy efficiency retrofits

Please join us for a free Peninsula Advanced Energy Community (PAEC) webinar on March 28, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT. Register here. California has 9 million single-family homes, 3.1 million multi-family dwellings, and 600,000 commercial buildings. Most of them could be much more energy efficient. How do we accelerate implementation of deep energy efficiency retrofits that…

Report: The Role of Energy Efficiency in a Distributed Energy Future

“This report found that most utilities are not currently using energy efficiency in distribution system planning, but several states are pursuing new approaches to using efficiency to displace traditional distribution infrastructure upgrades and integrate more renewables into the grid. These states provide clear examples of how energy efficiency can be used as a resource on the…

Better Together: Linking and Leveraging Energy Programs for Low-Income Households

“EPA is committed to helping communities benefit from energy efficiency and renewable energy. To facilitate this effort, EPA is developing a series of case studies and webinars to highlight effective efforts by state and local agencies, non-profits, and utilities to bring EE/RE to low-income households. This webinar series explored the topic of linking and leveraging…

Build Your Own Battle: How to Host an Efficiency Competition – Mar 7

“Are you looking for a fun way to engage building occupants and the community in energy- and water-saving activities happening in local buildings? Based on EPA’s successful National Building Competition concept, EPA has created off-the-shelf, co-brandable tools and resources to help you “Build Your Own Battle.” We’ll walk through a live demo of the tools…
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