Energy Efficiency

  • Aug 25, 2014 | Bennett Fisher
    Tools like ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings' efficiency, they are only that - a starting point.
  • Aug 11, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    China's now the largest energy producer and the largest energy consumer in the world, overtaking the U.S., finally, in areas like oil, coal and natural gas—and, of course, they’ve been the largest power generator around the globe since 2011. If you know nothing else about the Chinese power powerhouse, here are 5 facts to start a watercooler conversation today.

  • Aug 06, 2014 | Jessica Lorentz
    Elevations Credit Union (ECU) is currently monitoring energy usage for eight electric meters in four buildings using a dashboard format offered by Power Takeoff. The dashboard reports energy usage data at the end of the billing cycle for the previous month and also reports 15 minute interval data.
  • Jul 25, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    The summer is here and vacations are being planned. Whether it's a family trip to a local beach, visiting relatives out of state, or a trip to Disneyland, families everywhere are eager to get out and enjoy this great time of year. With endless lists and preparations to take care of, it's easy to let energy efficiency take a back seat. But be proactive! A few simple modifications can really make a difference.
  • Jul 22, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    As the smart city concept evolves, utilities will—by necessity—be taking the lead on many projects. Keeping that evolution in mind, Intelligent Utility has been quietly building you a smart cities library where you can access ideas, insights and project details on what’s happening within the smart city space.

  • Jul 15, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dr. Victor M. Larios, a professor at the University of Guadalajara and the chair of the IEEE Smart City Initiative Pilot in Guadalajara, Mexico, gives details and highlights.

  • Jun 19, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    The largest part of residential energy consumption (generally considered around 40%) maintains interior comfort regardless of the weather. Energy used to create this comfort is a function of how well inside is separated from outside. The separation zone, or "thermal shell", is the insulating layer around conditioned interior space.
  • Jun 17, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Recently, this muni has moved its conservation focus to a more personal customer front, pushing energy services out to niched users that would allow them to specifically understand narrow areas of consumption. For this issue of our popular Utility2Utility series, we spoke with Lars Henrikson, senior planning and development specialist with the utility on the reasoning behind these new service offerings.

  • May 22, 2014 | Shlomi Palas
    When a company produces 150 tons of food waste every day that is either a huge problem or a great opportunity to innovate and produce energy. Grocery stores, restaurants, sports arenas, schools, and hospitals in the U.S. generate an average of two tons - 4,000 pounds - of food waste per week. An estimated 35 million tons of food waste from commercial and residential sources end up in U.S. landfills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • May 21, 2014 | Brad Yaggie, BOC
    According to the National Lighting Bureau, poor lighting conditions cause the productivity levels of your employees to fall by 5% and can even lead to physical stressors like eyestrain, blurred vision, and headaches. Increasing light levels while decreasing your energy consumption will not only take care of your employees by making them more productive but it will also maximize your profitability by cutting your energy bill by as much as 40%.
  • May 11, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    David Groarke, an energy utilities expert at PA Consulting Group, writes about how "ensuring that grid conditions are as efficient as possible will serve utilities and rate payers well" in these times of upheaval and industry change.

  • May 06, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Suzanne Pletcher, the director of communications with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, details a case study on energy efficiency and cost savings in Colorado.

  • Apr 28, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We talked with Debbie Kimberly, vice president of customer energy solutions at Austin Energy, as part of our women-in-energy article series. Here she offers great insight to women--and men, too--on how to get the most out of an energy career.

  • Apr 25, 2014 | Dean Schiller
    A few years ago, the smart grid industry had almost entirely written off the in-home display (IHD) for energy management. Several companies had introduced products that were pulled from shelves shortly thereafter due to poor sales. Media coverage pointed to high costs, complicated hardware, and low adoption rates as the downfall of these systems.
  • Apr 21, 2014 | Dan Sosland
    The Gordian knot of carbon footprints, global warming, energy costs, and home/transportation inefficiencies is enough to exhaust the most resilient optimist. But.help is on the way. The path forward-to lower carbon, lower costs, and cleaner energy-grows clearer each day. The energy system of tomorrow consists of clean local energy resources, new technology for users, and maximizing efficiency measures.
  • Apr 17, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “I don’t know if there are very many people—men or women—who think they want to go work for a utility when they grow up,” said Debbie Kimberly, vice president of customer energy solutions at Austin Energy. But, that may change for future generations when they get a gander at how Kimberly’s career has unfolded under a motivating, mentor-filled utility environment. (Part of the women-in-energy article series.)

  • Apr 10, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Patti Mason, director of advocacy for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Colorado, writes that "energy costs—unlike salaries—are actually one of the few expenses that can be decreased without having to negatively affect classroom instruction." Here's how Colorado is leading the way.

  • Apr 10, 2014 | Gerry DeNotto
    Imagine, if you would, the following scenario which recently occurred. A man walked down a dark street in his neighborhood in a typical northeastern United States suburb, trying to avoid fallen branches brought down by a Sandy - like super storm and other debris that forced him to keep his eyes on the ground in front of him.
  • Apr 02, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For this installment in our most popular article series, we talk to Mauro Suà, director general of AMB (Aziende Municipalizzate Bellinzona), or the municipal utility for the city of Bellinzona, Switzerland. The city—already an award winner within Europe for smart energy thinking—is working toward an energy region status. Suà talks the smart cities movement and the projects they are currently working on within the city itself that blend into that movement.