Energy Efficiency

  • Jan 20, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Within our brains, that fuzzy little smart city concept revolves around more intelligent technology working together across traditionally disparate industries that “touch” under a municipal umbrella: power, water, transport, lighting. But, how do we get there? Here are five rules to live by when building a smart city. 

  • Jan 09, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    Thermal standards for homes were established to improve thermal performance by strengthening the barrier between outside and the conditioned interior.  A checklist of thermal standards is included in every jurisdiction’s energy code.  For example, wall insulation in Oregon has to be rated at least R-21.  A building inspector verifies compliance for each component of the thermal shell:  foundation, underfloor, walls, roof, skylights, doors and windows.
  • Jan 02, 2014 | Kristopher Settle
    The streets of New York City will be a little brighter (literally) over the next few years. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced a new effort to replace the city's current amber streetlights for white, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs throughout the five boroughs. 
  • Dec 30, 2013 | Joao Gomes
    A study conducted by - American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) - the survey evaluated the use of energy from 25 indicators, divided into four key areas: Industry, Transportation, Building and National Efforts to promote Energy Efficiency. According to the study, a country that uses less energy to achieve the same result, or even overcome, reduces costs and pollute less, creating a more competitive economy.
  • Dec 26, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “Think of us as a kind of statewide utility that delivers Maine’s lowest cost energy resource, which is energy efficiency,” said Paul Badeau, director of communications with Efficiency Maine. 

  • Dec 03, 2013 | Kevin Monte de Ramos
    No longer are utilities vertical-integrated from source to home. Reliable energy is assured by SMART grid investments; providing many of us the comfort of a heightened standard of living, raising productivity levels by subsidizing energy efficient end-uses, and making obtainable the luxuries of our aspirational society.
  • Pilot programs with Efficiency Maine tackle data, integration
  • Nov 12, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment of our popular utility2utility interview series, we asked Carol White, director of National Grid’s program strategy in Massachusetts about her favorite efficiency programs and how efficiency fits into National Grid’s business plan.

  • Oct 28, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    At Memoori, a consultancy out of the UK, they believe one answer to stringent generation and distribution requirements is interfacing smart buildings with the present smart grid and providing demand response and distributed energy capability through a combination of using advanced buildings energy management systems (BEMS) and enterprise energy management systems (EEM).

  • Oct 15, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The most you probably know about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR program is what I have traditionally known about ENERGY STAR: It’s a good thing to look for when shopping for a fridge at Lowe’s. But, ENERGY STAR is at work behind the scenes of utilities as well.

  • Oct 14, 2013 | Keith Patterson
    The city of Boston unveiled a row of four energy-positive townhouses - homes that generate more energy than they consume - on August 27 in the Roxbury neighborhood. The project, part of the city's attempt to provide more eco-friendly housing options, were launched by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development.
  • Oct 04, 2013 | Rasika Athawale
    Energy Efficiency is no doubt the least cost, lowest risk and cleanest source available today. Among the various means for improving energy efficiency, combined heat and power (CHP) has gained attention of users and policy makers alike.
  • Sep 24, 2013 | Rick Barnett
    Thermal optimization is produced by thoroughly insulating a building's structural shell, to a level at which thermal performance is optimized. This results in the least energy consumption for heating and cooling ("space conditioning"). Space conditioning is the largest part of residential energy use, to a greater extent in homes more than a few years old.
  • Sep 17, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    I first heard about Green Mountain Energy around the time I started writing for the power business, and, at that time, very few people in this business talked about renewable or sustainable energy. Fast forward about 15 years, and those two words are on everyone’s lips—and Green Mountain’s still growing.

  • Sep 13, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis


    Energy trends don’t solely impact utilities. We spoke with Beth Lachman, senior operations research analyst with RAND, a nonprofit institution focused on research and analysis to impact policy. RAND works quite often with the military and recently released a study on “Key Trends That Will Shape Army Installations of Tomorrow." In it, they reveal how energy trends have weight and depth beyond just our utilities vision.


  • Over the years I have had many conversations with fellow energy professionals regarding how best to do our jobs. Some folks (especially the newer ones) tend to believe that expensive projects with outside contractors must be initiated in order to reduce base energy costs. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  • Aug 22, 2013 | Kristopher Settle
    Upon first glance, performance has been shaky at best for American manufacturing of late. As of late June, figures show US manufacturers at their lowest rate of production in over four years.
  • Aug 21, 2013 | Debsankar Pramanik
    The way the modern world is growing, there is enormous importance of water conservation, to ensure water availability for our future generation and to conserve energy.