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

Tribute to an Energy Management Veteran

f15-jet-fighters.jpgIt's November 11 as I write this blog. Veterans' Day sort of snuck up on me this year. I'm not sure why—perhaps I have gotten so used to celebrating every national holiday on the artificial Monday. As I was reflecting on the significance of the day, and the freedoms protected by generations of U.S. servicemen and women, it seemed particularly appropriate to offer a Veteran's Day tribute to an air force veteran who we know well at EnergyCAP, as well as the energy management industry that sparked within him a unique but passionate patriotism.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

November 14, 2016

Green Run Amok

blog-meter2.jpgWhen I saw the green energy monitoring panel on the wall of my hotel room, I couldn’t believe my eyes. An energy monitoring panel here? I’d never seen anything like this! The building’s designers must have had some sustainability goal in mind, but drawing on my forty years of experience producing energy tracking software, all I could think was this is so…wrong!

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Topics: Energy and Culture

November 2, 2016

Measuring Progress toward Zero Energy

zero-energy-2.jpgI was recently reading an article on Greenbiz.com relating to Zero Energy Buildings which got me thinking (again) about the challenges associated with any energy stewardship project. Chief among these is measurement and verification (M&V).

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Topics: Energy and Culture

August 25, 2016

EDI: Two Decades the Champ, but Still Misunderstood

old-boxer.jpgDespite its 20 years as the heavyweight champion of utility bill electronic processing and payment (at least in the eyes of the largest utility vendors), Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI, is still a widely misunderstood utility billing option.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

August 4, 2016

The Right to Energy

electric-outlet-blue.jpgBig ideas often have small beginnings. Today’s blog is about one such beginning, and it has to do with energy and human rights. But we’ll start our story with a different kind of beginning—a meeting of rebels in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1776.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...”

Thus begins the second paragraph of what is arguably one of the greatest political documents ever penned, America’s Declaration of Independence.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

April 6, 2016

Check out EnergyCAP’s Top Ten Blogs

goldenMoment.jpgWe haven’t run our “10 Top EnergyCAP Blogs” feature for quite a while, so we are presenting it now. These are the most-read blogs published in the last 14 months. Take a look through the list and click on the link(s) to view any that might offer value to you!

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Topics: Energy and Culture

March 9, 2016

Primary Election 2016: What’s an Energy Voter to Do?

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The caucuses are closed in Iowa, and the political pundits are already busy prognosticating about what happened there and what will happen in the New Hampshire primary election next Tuesday.

If you don’t vote in either place, you know that election fever is soon coming to your state or commonwealth, county, municipality, and precinct. It’s a presidential election year, and if you are registered to vote, you’ll have the opportunity to determine who represents you in the fall elections. So who do you choose, and how do you choose? What’s an energy voter to do?

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Topics: Energy and Culture

February 3, 2016

How Dirty is Your Electricity?

Did you know that one kWh of electricity used in Denver may emit almost four times as much carbon dioxide as one kWh used in Buffalo? Those indirect (Scope 2) emissions are what the Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) is now calling carbon pollution.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

August 13, 2015

Coldest Winter in 15 Years? Weather Data Shows it Depends on Where You Live.


elsaoval3.pngWalking through the streets of State College, Pennsylvania, this past winter, I often found myself quoting Disney’s Queen Elsa under my frozen breath, “The cold never bothered me anyway.” Mind over matter, right? That’s what we told ourselves as we pushed through a brutal winter while our hearts longed for warm sun, lush green grass and the blooming flowers of springtime here in Happy Valley. But as we look at temperature data from cities spread across the lower 48 states, many citizens probably didn’t mind this winter as much we did!

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Topics: Energy and Culture

June 11, 2015

County's PV Project Promises Reductions

Today's blog is about an EnergyCAP user that is taking PV generation to another level.

Photovoltaics, or PV, is the third most significant renewable energy resource after hydro and wind power, according to Wikipedia. We’ve all seen PV—those jet-black solar panels gleaming from the roofs of public and commercial buildings or acres of land on solar farms. You or your neighbors may even have installed PV, taking advantage of various tax or utility incentives.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

January 15, 2015

How Many Top Cities and Counties Have An Energy Manager? [Survey Results]

It's a simple question: How many of America's top cities and counties have an energy manager on staff?

I couldn't find an answer on Google, so I took the matter into my own hands. In order to answer that question, I called more than 100 of the most populous cities and counties and asked.city_Minneapolis

What I discovered amazed me.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

October 7, 2014

TENANT STAR Still Only a Bill

The TENANT STAR legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last March in strongly bipartisan fashion was signed by President Obama on April 30th.
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TENANT STAR is a tidy solution for a pair of perennial problems—how to encourage tenants to moderate their energy use when building owners are paying for the utilities, and how to encourage building owners to invest in energy efficiency upgrades when tenants are paying for the utilities.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

July 31, 2014

Unsung Heroes of the Power Grid

One of the pleasures of working with the energy industry is the opportunity to hang around people who are passionate about energy. One of those people is EnergyCAP Project Manager David Ulmer.

78780324David used to work for PJM Interconnection, a grid operator. After attending his recent Energy Leader webinar on Power Grid Fundamentals, I’ve gained new respect for the unsung heroes of the grid—the grid operators who manage the supply of electricity from minute to minute to ensure that the electricity is there when it's needed.

Let's take a look at some of David's insights into these daily behind-the-scenes heroics.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

May 15, 2014

Energy Manager Quiz Results | Global Capacity Update

Quiz Results

D_quizResultsIt's been a month since we posted the popular energy manager quiz, so we thought we'd report on aggregate results. But it's not too late to take the quiz if you would like to.

So far, our pool of quiz-takers is passing, but barely. The average score was only 62%.

Out of the 15 questions, the easiest question was the one about smart meters and the power of interval data. Ninety-two percent of you got that one right.

The toughest of the questions was the one about which home heating option (electricity or gas) would result in the fewest carbon emissions.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

March 12, 2014

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