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.