Effective Energy Management from Home—Part Four

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Welcome to my blog series, #4 of 5, on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read Blogs #1, #2, and #3, I recommend you give them a quick read first.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

April 2, 2020

Effective Energy Management from Home—Part Three

Welcome to my blog series, #3 of 5, on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read Blogs #1 & #2, I recommend you give them a quick read first.

EMfromHome-P3_2You’re an Energy Manager working from home. Your buildings are mainly unoccupied and in shutdown mode, right? A bright side to the crisis is that you’re saving a lot of energy and water. 

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

March 31, 2020

Effective Energy Management from Home—Part Two

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Welcome to my blog series, #2 of 5, on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read blog #1, I recommend you give it a quick read first.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

March 26, 2020

Creating a Culture of Conservation

blog-creatingCultureConservIn a recent EnergyCAP-hosted webinar, Casey Keyser, Senior Energy Manager, described how Oklahoma State University’s “culture of conservation” has produced energy savings in excess of $38 million over a 13-year period.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- Energy and Culture

March 4, 2020

Commonwealth Announces 3% Energy Reduction in Program’s First Year

blog_paroadsign2Governor Tom Wolf announced January 9th that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania achieved “a three percent reduction in state government electricity, natural gas, and steam use” in the first year of its program to reduce carbon poll

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- Energy and Culture

January 22, 2020

UPDATE—10 Free Energy Newsletters You Might Want to Read

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Here (in no particular order) are 10 free energy newsletters to which you might want to subscribe:

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

November 14, 2019

Energy Block Grant Program Renewal Underway

0814blogIf you have an energy conservation project that’s waiting for funding, the U.S. Department of Energy may soon be able to help.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- Energy and Culture

August 15, 2019

PSU to Help Modernize the Grid

powergrid_blog“Providing for every contingency possible in a network like this, serving more than 65 million nodes, it’s a large and nasty problem. And it is one that has to be solved every ten minutes.”

That’s how Uday V. Shanbag, Associate Professor in Penn State University’s Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, described the challenge facing a team of Penn State researchers

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Topics: Energy and Culture

February 28, 2019

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. 

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

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 Management- Energy and Culture

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 Management- Energy and Culture

November 14, 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

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 Management- Energy and Culture

June 11, 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

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 Management- Energy and Culture

July 12, 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

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] 

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Topics: Energy and Culture

March 16, 2017

NYC Doubling Down on Benchmarking Mandate

NYC-buildings-1.jpgIn October of 2016, the New York City Council approved changes to a 2009 energy benchmarking ordinance (Local Law 84) that added new benchmarking requirements for thousands of private and city-owned buildings. The goal was to extend the reach of NYC's energy benchmarking and audit program.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

March 1, 2017

Energy Management in the Trump Era

flag-what-next.jpgThe dust has settled after the November elections, and the results are unchanged despite a flurry of protests.

Now that we are in the final days of Obama’s presidency, one thing is certain on the energy management front: change is in the wind. Today’s blog takes a look at President-Elect Donald Trump’s ambitious energy plan, and speculates a bit on what it might mean for our industry in the months and years ahead.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

January 4, 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

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