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.
Fresh water is a fundamental resource. Coleridge’s poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, paints an extreme scenario of what happens when you’re surrounded by water that does not support life. The value of this diminishing resource and the cost of making it available for our every need are increasing exponentially.
The Energy Technology Leadership Group (ETLG), founded in July 2013, is a for-profit enterprise that proposes to, “advise members of Congress and the Administration (about) best practices provisions in the active and complex energy regulatory framework and best available technology for various projects, (and to) help non-American members avoid being unfairly targeted by protectionist policies.” According to its website, the organization focuses on energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage, tax and other incentives for technology innovation
Utilities have had success running energy efficiency retail programs that provide “mid-market” incentives to retailers and/or manufacturers. But it is difficult to quantify and account for what portion of incentivized products are purchased by customers who live outside of the utility’s service territory. This has become a big enough issue that there’s actually a standard industry term for it – called leakage.
If you are in any way associated with the energy efficiency industry, you've probably heard about the Green Button initiative. In fact, if you work in EE, it would be surprising if you haven't heard of the Green Button initiative.
Working in the energy efficiency industry means - much as it does in other industries - that I deal with a lot of acronyms on a daily basis. One of my favorite subjects, in fact, is an acronym that is just starting to gain traction in the EE "lexicon": HEMS, which stands for Home Energy Management (and/or Monitoring) Systems.