Energy Efficiency

  • Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, and the Holyoke Housing Authority (HHA), a high performing Housing Authority in western Massachusetts, jointly announced today they will begin construction this month on a second energy performance contract (EPC) totaling $2.3 million. This project is expected to provide over $4.5 million in energy and water savings to the Authority over the 15 year term. Upgrades will be made to over 600 units in the Authority’s portfolio and will improve water efficiency, temperature and lighting controls, boiler equipment, and weatherization.
  • Apr 20, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The top reason that consumers have or would purchase an energy-efficient product is because they are interested in long-term savings, according to a recent survey.

  • Corporate conglomerate GE -- which plans to make Cecil Commerce Center the home of a new manufacturing plant for its oil and gas division -- announced Thursday it's also selected Jacksonville to participate in a six-month pilot program to install LED bulbs in 50 city street lights.
  • Apr 19, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Todd Recknagel, CEO of AM Conservation Group, talks utilities, energy programs and how to get a better return from your residential consumer on savings.  

  • Climeon is rated as one of the top 33 innovative technology companies in Sweden in the annual listing by prestigious business and technology publications, Affärsvärlden and Ny Teknik.
  • Ameresco, Inc., a renewable energy company, has won an energy savings performance contract, or ESPC, from the US Department of the Interior, or DOI.
  • part of the smart cities library series

    Mar 29, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    DR's impact on occupant comfort, coupled with an inadequate return on investment, can make commercial-level participation a difficult sell, but there are ways to make DR more appealing to the commercial building sector. 

  • Mar 10, 2015 | Rick Barnett
    "Saving" is a popular marketing pitch that emerged with rising consumption: "save 50% when you buy 3", "save time when you buy our gadget", "save energy with our efficient furnace", etc. These promises are made to motivate consumers to buy products.
  • Feb 25, 2015 | Katrina McMurrian
    The grid. It might not sound that exciting, but look beneath the surface and you'll find a dynamic system that is essential to our everyday lives and constantly developing and adapting to meet new needs.
  • Feb 08, 2015 | Derek Handova

    Electric utilities have been advancing the LEED revolution for more than a decade. Many of them have incentive programs for building developers, owners and tenants to construct or renovate LEED certified structures or offer technical assistance to help with the LEED process.

  • Feb 04, 2015 | Bruce Baccei
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) with data from AHRI informs us that 60% of commercial floor space in the US is heated and cooled by one speed roof top units (RTUs). This means that every time anyone of these RTUs comes on, a mild spring day or the full heat of summer, all that it knows is one speed, Full Blast!
  • #smartgrid & #smartcities are set to change the world

    Feb 02, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In case you didn’t get the memo, the Smart Cities lab at MIT---yes, that MIT---isn’t called the Smart Cities lab anymore. It’s now called the City Science Initiative, but it’s intent is still the same as it was with the original 2003 founding—namely, to find all the best, most efficient ways for humans to live together in urban environments. We talk to the head of that lab about how the power industry fits into this vision.

  • Why utilities need to embrace new connected technology
  • Jan 28, 2015 | Bruce Baccei
    As temperatures rise in the searing heat of July and August afternoons, above 90-95° F, ACs work harder and harder using more energy per unit of cooling provided because their efficiency goes DOWN as temperatures rise!
  • Jan 27, 2015 | Wannie Park

    Smart thermostats are the latest tool in the arsenal for utilities to stay relevant with customers.

  • Jan 26, 2015 | Jonathan Kleinman

    Five trends will have an impact on both consumers’ and utilities’ implementation of energy efficiency measures this year. 

  • Jan 13, 2015 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Owning a home is no easy task. Sure, you build equity, make it your own, and have some really memorable parties, but the investment of time and money can drain you both physically and mentally. If you couple that with raising a family and working full time, the last thing on your mind will be reducing your home's energy consumption. Until now...
  • Jan 02, 2015 | Shira Weintraub
    Many residential consumers are currently unaware of one of the easiest ways to reduce their cost of living. Some spend hours researching different smartphone data plans and cable services to save only a few dollars a month. By understanding what utility tariffs are and which ones are available, residents can unlock a new way to save more money in less time.
  • Dec 30, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    With so many smart thermostats on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which one is best for you. You want one that is going to be easy to install, simple to program, pleasing to look at, and probably most important, one that will save you money.
  • Dec 24, 2014 | Jessica Kennedy
    Results of a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) presents a life cycle assessment (LCA) on an array of electricity generation sources, from fossil fuels to solar power.