Blaine Clapper

Blaine Clapper
Blaine is an Assistant Vice President, Sales & Marketing for EnergyCAP, Inc., and a certified Business Energy Professional. He consults with clients and prospects to develop cost-effective energy management solutions.

Recent Posts

Keys to Long-Term EMIS Success

EMIS_SuccessBlogEnergyCAP, Inc. (ECI) recently surveyed large government and public institutions to determine what makes an Energy Management Information System (EMIS) successful over many years. Survey participants included a mix of city and county governments, federal agencies, and the largest U.S. higher education systems. The results provide interesting insights into the objectives for implementing an EMIS and the keys to long-term program success.

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Topics: Energy and Culture- Energy Management

February 12, 2019

Saving Energy in University Housing

On- and off-campus student housing facilities consume a lot of energy, and the cost of that energy directly impacts students, schools, and property owners. In a recent EnergyCAP-hosted webinar, Melissa Kline, Founder of environmental consulting firm IMPACTenergy, described the process her firm uses to achieve energy savings in student housing.

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Topics: Energy and Culture- Energy Management

January 29, 2019

Energy Re-Imagined

 

solarPanels2-1Can a wearable device generate its own power? Will we see a time when gas stations are scarce? What is a microgrid?

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Topics: Energy and Culture- Energy Management

November 14, 2018

Catalyst for Change

“Be a hero!”

That was the message from Steve Heinz, EnergyCAP, Inc. Founder & CEO, as he delivered the closing keynote address at the 2018 EnergyCAP Catalyst training conference. This year’s conference theme was “Change is Coming,” and Steve’s presentation armed the 200 conference attendees with five specific operational and organizational changes they could implement to deliver immediate and long-term energy and cost savings:

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Topics: Company News

October 12, 2018

Are Your ENERGY STAR Scores About to Drop?

ESTAR_blogImage The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will soon be updating performance metrics in its Portfolio Manager application, and per the EPA, “1–100 ENERGY STAR scores and other performance metrics will, on average, go down.”

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

August 3, 2018

Changing Behavior to Save Energy

thermostat_blogEquipment retrofits are complicated, expensive, and can take months or years to implement, but behavioral changes produce immediate energy and monetary savings.

In a recent EnergyCAP-hosted webinar, Matthew Cherrin, Energy Conservation Educator at University of New Mexico (UNM) described the behavior-based process used by UNM to achieve energy conservation success over the past decade.

Read More July 10, 2018

President Trump Endorses “Measure – Manage – Save”

whitehouse500Okay, that’s fake news. He didn’t say exactly that. But he did issue an Executive Order mandating deeper efforts to achieve energy cost and usage reductions, built on a foundation of energy tracking and reporting. 

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Topics: Energy and Culture- Energy Management

June 11, 2018

Lights On In Miami-Dade County

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Dan Coogan, Utilities Superintendent at Miami-Dade County, has been analyzing the county’s 4,500 monthly electric bills in EnergyCAP since 2012. The county has documented many energy management successes over the past five-plus years, the latest of which came as the result of a team effort.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings

May 22, 2018

EnergyCAP Users Are “Top Cities”

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its 2018 ENERGY STAR Top Cities list, and 12 of the top 25 cities are EnergyCAP users. In 2017, more than 9,400 properties received ENERGY STAR benchmark scores via EnergyCAP’s interface to Portfolio Manager, the EPA’s benchmarking application.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

April 19, 2018

Riverside County’s Path to Energy Savings

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Energy management at Riverside County, CA is in very capable hands.

During her tenure at the county, Janet Purchase, County Energy Manager, and her team have realized more than $11.6 million in grants, rebates, energy savings, outside utility funding, and avoided costs. 

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- Bill CAPture

March 22, 2018

For EnergyCAP, It's A New Generation

“The next generation of EnergyCAP—EnergyCAP Version 7—is now available.”

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Topics: Software Features- Company News

January 23, 2018

A Philadelphia Case Study

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Battery. Conductor. Condenser. Charge.

Those words were coined by the City of Philadelphia’s most famous resident, Benjamin Franklin, as he established himself as the leader in the study of electricity in the mid-1700s. Franklin most likely never imagined that, more than 265 years later, the city he called home would still be an energy management leader. But, while Franklin sought to understand and harness the power of electricity, the city’s primary focus today is on energy conservation.

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Is ENERGY STAR a Viable Alternative to M&V?

101617_blogSmall-1.pngENERGY STAR® is the nation’s most widely used and recognized energy reporting and benchmarking system, but it is seldom considered to be a method of measurement and verification (M&V) of savings. EnergyCAP, Inc.’s CEO, Steve Heinz, recently led a study to determine if ENERGY STAR ratings can be used as a low-cost, simple M&V method when the cost of a more intensive analysis is not justified. Steve presented the results of his study at the most recent World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta, GA.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management

October 17, 2017

Superior Forecast Accuracy

hurricaneHarvey2.pngOver the past few weeks, we have all watched with trepidation the major weather events and natural disasters impacting the U.S. and other countries, and our wishes for safety and quick recovery go out to all who have been directly or indirectly impacted. 

Read More September 19, 2017

Not for Profit. For Education.

rwandanGraduates.pngSince 2009, EnergyCAP, Inc.’s non-profit organization, Global Capacity, has played an active role in helping the African country of Rwanda achieve its national education mission:

  • To combat ignorance and illiteracy
  • To provide human resources useful for socio-economic development of Rwanda through education & training

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Topics: Uncategorized

September 7, 2017

EnergyCAP On The Road

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The energy industry’s trade show season is about to kick off, and EnergyCAP is an eager participant. We will be exhibiting at two major industry trade shows in August and September, and we encourage you to visit with us:

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Topics: Company News

July 26, 2017

Energy-Efficient Cities Using EnergyCAP

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released its 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and we are happy to report that nearly one third of the top-performing cities rely on EnergyCAP for utility bill and energy management. (i)

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Topics: Energy and Culture- Energy Management

July 12, 2017

The Ins and Outs of Campus Energy Data

A large number of facilities with widely varied uses—administration, classroom, laboratories, athletics, parking, medical, etc.a diverse group of occupants, long operating hours, multiple funding sources, and consistent growth combine to make energy management at a large public university a complex undertaking. Lalit Agarwal, Director of Facilities Systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), recently presented a webinar titled “The Ins and Outs of Campus Energy Data” to explain how UNL has integrated numerous systems—including EnergyCAP—and internal teams to establish a program that is successfully reducing energy consumption across campus, while maintaining occupant comfort.

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Topics: Energy Management- The Workplace- Client Savings

June 28, 2017

The Paris Climate (Dis)Agreement

On December 12, 2015, representatives of 196 parties within the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiated the Paris Climate Agreement. [i]  Article 2 of the UNFCC agreement outlined its objectives:

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Topics: Energy and Culture

June 14, 2017

Unleash Your Productivity: Part Two

“Productivity Unleashed” was the theme of last month’s Catalyst Training for Savings Conference, and EnergyCAP, Inc. CEO Steve Heinz closed the conference with a keynote titled “10 Tips to Unleash Your Productivity.”  We shared tips 6–10 in our April 19th blog, and now the suspense is over. The top five tips are presented below.

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Topics: Company News

May 17, 2017

Unleash Your Productivity: Part One

Steve_Catalyst2017.pngThat’s a wrap! 

The 2017 edition of EnergyCAP’s Catalyst Training for Savings Conference came to a successful conclusion Thursday, April 13. And 100 EnergyCAP users–representing a wide range of organization types and sizes–departed State College, PA with an expanded arsenal of utility bill and energy management skills.

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Topics: Uncategorized

April 19, 2017

Software As A Foundation (SaaF)

buldingFoundation.pngThe term “Software as a Service” and its more commonly used acronym, SaaS, were originally coined in 2001 in an article published by the Software & Information Industry Association’s eBusiness Division.[i]  SaaS is simply defined as software rental, with the licensee typically paying a monthly or annual fee for the right to use a vendor-hosted application.

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Topics: Energy Management

April 6, 2017

Losing A STAR?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the ENERGY STAR program in 1992 and described it as “a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”[i] Over the past 25 years, the ENERGY STAR label – recognized by more than 90% of Americans – has progressed from computers and monitors to most major appliances and office equipment, lighting, homes, and commercial and industrial facilities. 

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Topics: Energy and Culture

March 16, 2017

Success Stories From the (Energy Management) Front

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Success is commonly defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”

When setting about to purchase an energy management information system (EMIS), the publicly stated purpose is commonly to reduce energy consumption. It’s a realistic, positive aim and an objective that typically garners internal and external support. That said, what ultimately “sells” the EMIS project is cost savings.

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Topics: Client Savings

February 8, 2017

2017: An EnergyCAP Year in Preview

running-at-the-gym.jpg“A new year, a new me.”

It’s a phrase I’ve heard numerous times over the past three weeks, and I witness vigorous attempts to live up to the cliché every January when I walk into my local fitness facility. Of course, by February, the traffic has gotten back to “normal.”

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Topics: Company News

January 26, 2017

The End of a ‘Quest

gq-sunset.jpgThe quest began in 2009 with the best of intentions: Provide home and small business owners with a free, easy-to-use online application to track and manage their energy use. Making money on the application was not a priority. Instead, it was largely a philanthropic pursuit intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save its users some money. It was a noble quest. But alas, what had begun with great fanfare in 2009 was over less than two years later.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

December 14, 2016

A County’s EnergyCAP Tale

JamestownShips.jpgIn 1634, England’s King Charles I signed legislation that created James City Shire within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, that prosperous shire, now known as James City County, is home to approximately 70,000 residents and is an EnergyCAP success story.

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Topics: Client Savings

November 30, 2016

Improving Utility Bill Auditing

audits-magnifying-glass.jpg“How are you currently processing your utility bills?”

Here at EnergyCAP, we’ve been asking that question of our prospects for decades. Surprisingly, the answers are often more about what people are NOT doing, rather than what they ARE doing:

The most common answers are:

  • “Each department receives its bills, gives them a visual check, and then forwards them to Accounting for payment.”
  • “Accounting receives the bills and pays them, and then they send us a spreadsheet to review.”

Both responses ("check first" or "check later") are commonly followed by, “We know we should check our utility bills more closely, but we don’t have a system in place to do that.”

These folks have already figured out that they should be auditing their utility bills. They just want to do it better. And that, of course, is where EnergyCAP comes in. EnergyCAP enables you to audit effectively.

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Topics: Software Features

November 9, 2016

Severe Weather CAN Impact Your M&V Calculations

icicles.jpgIt’s the “CAP” in EnergyCAP—"Cost Avoidance Program"—and it’s helping more than 800 organizations across North America to measure and verify the impact of their energy conservation measures. But what happens when extreme weather threatens to hinder accurate calculations?

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Topics: Software Features

October 12, 2016

Interval Data: A Valuable Complement to Billing Data

IntervalReading8dayView.pngOver my nearly two decades in the energy management software industry, I have spoken with many energy and facilities managers, and a common topic of conversation is the value of monthly utility bill data versus meter interval data for analysis. In most cases, my response is, “Do both.” Start with an analysis of billing data and refine your research and management with interval data.

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Topics: Client Savings

October 5, 2016

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