Kelly Rose, Marketing Manager and Amber Buhl, Engineer 2
As we prepared our presentation for BECC 2013 we planned to show energy saving persistence from our annual Kilowatt Cup competition. But instead, we uncovered a surprising and valuable insight: when it comes to persistence, close observation of occupant behavior during a competition can reveal new ways to automate for even greater energy savings.
Without a doubt, energy efficiency presents a strong value proposition for small businesses as well as for the environment. Estimates may vary but the small commercial segment in the US (commonly characterized as businesses with peak demand < 200kW) generally represents over 6 million individual businesses, occupying about 4.5 million buildings and contributing close to 50 percent of all commercial sector electric energy usage
Maybe you remember, as a child, the delight of setting paper afire using just the concentrated sunbeam from a mirror or a magnifying glass. Today national laboratories, electric service providers and others are conducting the same experiment, on a utility scale, to produce what’s known as Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) to store and distribute efficient, cost-effective power to the grid.
I have been thinking, reading, writing and talking about changes that are occurring or that need to occur in the energy efficiency industry. This blog series explores these issues, and continues with the future of program design.
Last fall, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) selected PECI to research the emerging technology of Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) tools. That research has yielded a report and inventory, which focuses on how EMIS tools quantify energy savings from projects and programs.
We don’t think twice about how we access Wi-Fi with our phones and computers, and that's because of standardization. The OpenADR standard 2.0 enables automated two-way communication between utilities and customers’ equipment.