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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
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, News
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
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, News
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 »

Innovative appliance motor cleans up in national competition

Written November 12th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, News
Innovative appliance motor cleans up in national competition

Judges for the 2012 Cleantech Open have chosen the nation’s most promising cleantech startup in 2012′s final competition. The top winner’s invention may power your next washing machine. Read the rest of this entry »

“Clean Tech Nation” recommends seven-point action plan for U.S. cleantech leadership

Written November 7th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Policy, News, Podcasts, Radio Programs
“Clean Tech Nation” recommends seven-point action plan for U.S. cleantech leadership

The renewable energy sector has had its share of bad press domestically in the past couple of years. Globally, China and other countries like Germany and Brazil are making serious investments in clean energy and threatening to leave the US behind. But the authors of a new book have a seven-point action plan to put the U.S. in front of this growing industry and keep it there.  Denis Du Bois interviews industry analyst Ron Pernick, co-author of Clean Tech Nation: How the USA Can Lead in the New Global Economy. Read the rest of this entry »

Hot new energy efficiency measure is ductless heat pumps, as market for CFLs is saturated

Written November 5th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, News
Hot new energy efficiency measure is ductless heat pumps, as market for CFLs is saturated

Snohomish County Public Utility District is known in the Pacific Northwest for its innovative approaches to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Denis Du Bois interviewed Bob Gunn, senior utility analyst for the PUD, to find out what programs are successful today and why. Read the rest of this entry »

Increasing energy efficiency adoption starts with the customer experience

Written October 25th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, News
Increasing energy efficiency adoption starts with the customer experience

Do customers’ experiences with utilities matter? Customer experience expert Roy Barnes thinks so. At a conference in Washington, Barnes inspired the audience to improve their customers’ experiences at every touchpoint. Read the rest of this entry »

Cleantech Open Announces 2012 Finalists

Written October 11th, 2012 by
Categories: Energy Business, Green Building, News, Renewable Energy
Cleantech Open Announces 2012 Finalists

If the cleantech sector has an Academy Awards, the Cleantech Open is it. Cleantech startups from around North America are gathering this week to learn which lucky teams will represent their regions in the national Cleantech Open business competition in November, 2012. Denis DuBois attended the Pacific Northwest region’s judging and awards party in Portland, Oregon, to get a taste of the action. Read the rest of this entry »

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