Energy Efficiency

  • Sep 19, 2014 | Richard Ware
    For those who have been watching the ongoing climate debate about global warming, the increasingly hot summer months are a poignant reminder of that phenomenon whenever the monthly power bill arrives in the mailbox.
  • Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that through the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program, BGE customers have achieved $2 billion in energy savings over the lifecycle of the energy efficiency measures installed.
  • Among U.S. school districts, the San Bernardino City Unified School District has become a national leader in energy efficiency, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Efficiency efforts throughout New England are expected in the next decade to offset most of the increase in demand for electricity, officials with the region's electric grid said Thursday.
  • Aug 29, 2014 | Ron Patch
    Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However - even among HVAC industry engineers - accurately projecting these savings is a complicated endeavor. It can be done but requires a considerable amount of time and effort.
  • 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.