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Like LEED and Energy Star, Can ISO 50001 Become A Green Brand?

Posted by proadmin on Aug 10, 2011 2:10:34 PM

Several years ago Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was all the rage.

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Topics: ISO 50001

Will ISO 50001 Have The Same Success Rate As The Carbon Disclosure Project?

Posted by proadmin on Aug 10, 2011 8:28:07 AM

In last week’s Traditional Energy Audits Are So Yesterday we noted that the recently introduced ISO 50001 energy management standard may help companies establish their own energy management process. Where audits are a snapshot look at usage, ISO 50001 gives them a “Plan-Do-Check-Act” framework for energy usage in their business.

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Topics: ISO 50001

It’s 100 degrees outside – does it matter if your AC is set to 72 or 73?

Posted by proadmin on Jul 22, 2011 2:48:23 PM

As this heat bubble hovers over New England many folks are heading home on a Friday night to turn on two things – the Red Sox and their air conditioners.

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Topics: heat wave, Energy Cost, residential air conditioner use

Home Energy Apps – not yet “plug and play”

Posted by proadmin on Jul 5, 2011 10:06:14 AM

Of course the conventional view is that the smart grid market will be “huge” – and the target for smart grid today is squarely on the residential market.  So it shouldn’t be missed that within days of each other both Google and Microsoft killed their initial home energy software applications.

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Topics: Google PowerMeter, HAN, Sub-metering, Microsoft Hohm, Enterprise Smart Grid is launched

Posted by proadmin on Jun 28, 2011 10:55:42 PM



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Topics: launch,, Enterprise Smart Grid

Incentives for the “5th fuel” can still be complex

Posted by proadmin on Jun 15, 2011 5:24:28 PM

2076_img_0334-300x300Jim Rogers from Duke Energy famously promotes efficiency as the “5th Fuel” in the world-wide portfolio of energy production.  He echoes the consensus that renewable energy requires massive incentives to make it financially viable, while energy efficiency does not, and hence these opportunities should be more actively addressed.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, utility rebates, Rebates, energy efficiency incentives

Attn: Steven Chu – Support Utility On-Bill Financing with DOE Loan Guarantees

Posted by proadmin on Apr 28, 2011 12:40:52 PM

Whenever a utility offers our customer on-bill financing we know we’ll be installing this energy efficiency project within a few months.  Our hit rate for these projects is literally 100%.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, On Bill Finance, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant pro, PACE, DOE Loan Guarantee, OBF, utility bill financing

CESA – our PPA for Energy Efficiency Projects

Posted by proadmin on Apr 11, 2011 2:01:14 PM

With our $2.6 million investment announcement we described that a portion of these proceeds would fund our CESA (Corporate Energy Services Agreement), our PPA for energy efficiency we began delivering in 2009.

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Topics: CESA, energy efficiency financing, Shared Savings, Power Purchase Agreement, PPA for Energy Efficiency, PACE, Corporate Energy Services Agreement, performance contract

Cooling Tower VFDs – Energy Savings with No Performance Dropoff

Posted by proadmin on Mar 30, 2011 12:03:19 PM


When our engineers step onto a roof and see cooling towers with multiple cells/fans they see energy $avings.

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Topics: Variable Frequency Drives, Cooling Tower, Energy Saving VFD, VFD

Snow covered solar panels – what’s the payback for shoveling?

Posted by proadmin on Feb 1, 2011 12:15:56 AM

As Boston faces its fourth major snow storm in a month many New Englanders have sunk deep into the “dark months” blues.  And each day as I stare at Groom Energy’s snow-covered solar array I can’t dismiss some level of guilt for our environmental faux pas.

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Topics: Solar PV, snow covered solar, Renewable Energy, Harvard solar PV