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Value Energy Efficiency Beyond Cost Savings by Distilling the “Diffuse Benefits”

Written November 12th, 2014 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Policy, Opinion
Value Energy Efficiency Beyond Cost Savings by Distilling the “Diffuse Benefits”

Interesting ideas emerge from studying the value of energy efficiency beyond the financial return on individual measures from utility cost savings. Read the rest of this entry »

Kate Gordon: Clear Understanding of Climate Risks Would Reduce Cleantech Business Risk

Written April 11th, 2014 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Policy, News
Kate Gordon: Clear Understanding of Climate Risks Would Reduce Cleantech Business Risk

2014-04-kate-gordon-nextgeneration_300_381_80Climate and energy are both inherently local issues, says former Center for American Progress VP for Energy and Environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Nest Acquisition Revives Google’s Energy Management Strategy

Written January 16th, 2014 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, Opinion
Nest Acquisition Revives Google’s Energy Management Strategy

Google may have found its long-sought path into the energy utility market with its acquisition of Nest Labs and the Nest Learning Thermostat. Read the rest of this entry »

Irrigation, Construction Ideas Take Top Prizes at 2013 Cleantech Open Global Forum

Written November 22nd, 2013 by
Categories: Energy Business, News
Irrigation, Construction Ideas Take Top Prizes at 2013 Cleantech Open Global Forum

The latest ideas in asphalt paving and concrete reinforcement were second only to an idea that saves water on farms. Agriculture was a theme this year, with four of seven winning companies involved in some aspect of farming. Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations to Cleantech Open 2013 Regional Finalists

Written October 22nd, 2013 by
Categories: Energy Business, News
Congratulations to Cleantech Open 2013 Regional Finalists

Will a startup finally make fusion energy a reality? The 2013 Cleantech Open has judged this and other companies worthy of advancing to a national competition in November. Read the rest of this entry »

Window Retrofits: The Gateway Drug for Home Performance Improvements

Written August 7th, 2013 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, Opinion
Window Retrofits: The Gateway Drug for Home Performance Improvements

Homeowners looking for more comfort and energy efficiency frequently start their search with their windows because that’s something they can see and feel. Contributor Sam Pardue believes that Home Performance Contractors can expand window retrofits into bigger measures and more revenue. Read the rest of this entry »

Brainy Motors Promise Big Leap in Energy Efficiency

Written April 22nd, 2013 by
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Brainy Motors Promise Big Leap in Energy Efficiency

Electric motors are everywhere. They lift elevators, bring conditioned air to your desk, make your washing machine agitate and your PC hard drive spin. What’s surprising is that they are quietly – or not so quietly – consuming more electricity than any other single use. One company is working to change that. Read the rest of this entry »

Behavior Modification Could Explain Why Window Inserts Beat Predictions

Written April 11th, 2013 by
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Behavior Modification Could Explain Why Window Inserts Beat Predictions

Energy models apply the laws of physics, but the hazy laws of human behavior might be behind the surprisingly good results found in recent independent tests of a retrofit window insulation product from Portland, Oregon-based Indow Windows.
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Simple incentives save energy in remote fields and hard-to-reach homes

Written November 26th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, News
Simple incentives save energy in remote fields and hard-to-reach homes

How does a utility with some of the country’s lowest electric rates convince customers to do anything to save energy? Denis DuBois talked with John Francisco, who manages Energy Services for Inland Power, to find out why their energy efficiency programs are  successful. Inland Power and Light is an electric co-op powering 39,000 homes, farms and businesses in eastern Washington. Read the rest of this entry »

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