How We Think
Building an Equitable Future
Building Codes can be a powerful tool to deliver an equitable energy future and achieve statewide climate goals. Improving energy efficiency through building codes can provide low-to-moderate income communities with higher health and safety standards, such as thermal control and improved air quality, as well as better resilience against extreme weather. But it will require rethinking cost-effectiveness to include non-energy benefits in the value equation. In addition to rethinking the value equation, this paper concludes that it is imperative to include representatives from impacted low-to-moderate income communities in the decision-making process. This paper examines current building code practices and offers suggestions on how we can move forward to ensure that a clean energy future is available to all. Read the paper here.
Automated Demand Response:
How the California ADR Program Can Address Changing Grid Needs
The California Joint Investor Owned Utilities commissioned a study to recommend a new approach for ADR incentives. The study explored four research categories: market, historic, technical, and exploratory. Results of the studies in each category and an updated ADR incentive structure are presented in this report.
NYSERDA Transformative Wave Catalyst Deployment
Transformative Wave’s CATALYST retrofit kit has been proven to reduce commercial and industrial customers’ HVAC energy use by 25% to 50% on its own. In addition, CATALYST also significantly improves indoor comfort, especially in buildings such as fast-food restaurants that have space pressure and air quality concerns. The full system, when paired with Transformative Wave’s eIQ’s alert system, can save a building owner a significant amount of time and money on repairs by identifying potential problems before a unit experiences a catastrophic failure.
For a comprehensive look at the findings of this deployment and utility recommendations, view our 2019 final report here.
How Forward-Looking Product Specifications, Strategic Engagement
and Competition Drive Adoption of Best -in-Class Technologies
In 2010, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company sponsored the launch of the LED Accelerator Program (LEDA), a market development program that promotes the highest performing and best quality LED lighting products. Using tiered incentives and engaging strategically with the market, LEDA leverages the buying power of large commercial customers to stimulate manufacturers to produce and sell best-in-class LED products. At the same time, LEDA builds the capacity of the supply chain to accelerate adoption beyond the program’s direct reach. LEDA’s market development strategy helped develop a competitive market for best-inclass LED lighting technologies. To read more, download the PDF here.
Energy Efficiency and Automated Demand Response Program
Integration: Time for a Paradigm Shift
Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) refers to the concept of integrating demand side (DSM) resources such as energy efficiency (EE), energy conservation, demand response (DR), advanced metering, and distributed energy resources such as renewables, distributed generation (DG), and storage. IDSM utility programs promote at least two of these resources instead of traditional utility programs which focus on only one resource at a time, which results in many missed opportunities for greater energy management. To read more, download the PDF here.
Commercial Market Roundtable: Priming the Pump
In this edition of our Commercial Market Roundtables we sat down with Mark Chaffee, VP Governmental Affairs and C&I Product Management at Taco, Tom Cooper, Sales Engineer at Emerson Swan, and Peter Gaydon, Director of Technical Affairs at Hydraulic Institute. We talked about the Pump Energy Index standard, heard about high-potential pumps measures, learned how pumps are moved through the market, and discussed key considerations for pump midstream program design and implementation.
Commercial Market Roundtable: Lifesciences Edition
The race to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine is on, and energy-efficient lab grade equipment has a huge role to play.
In this edition of our Commercial Market Roundtable series, we talked with Steve Miller, Energy Efficiency consultant at Eversource, Mark Brassard of PHCbi and Joe LaPorte, Distributor of PHCbi product and heard from the front lines how the market is responding to the vaccine drive. Learn about how incentive programs can support this life-saving effort and capture immediate portfolio savings.
Commercial Market Roundtable: Foodservice Edition
It’s no secret that the foodservice industry has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and utilities have felt the effects. But savings opportunities are out there, and we talked with four of the top companies in the industry.
In the first edition of our Commercial Market Roundtable series we met with Meghan Hurst from ITW / Vulcan, Suzanne Supplee from Turbo Air, Matt Raia from Restaurant Depot and Mark Brassard from Stirling UltraCold to get an inside view of how businesses are responding to the biggest crisis we’ve faced in our lifetimes and learned about some surprising opportunities for utility incentive programs.
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