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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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,

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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

iStock-1136522918Despite 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. 

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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.

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Topics: Energy and Culture

February 3, 2016

Carbon Dioxide Pollution - 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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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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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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March 12, 2014

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