Does Amazon-Whole Foods make Grocery Store Efficiency more relevant?

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Jun 19, 2017 10:33:34 AM

Friday’s news hit Bloomberg at 9:06am.  Within minutes my 14 year-old daughter walked in with,”Hey Dad, did you hear Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion?” There’s no Bloomberg terminal in her room, just an iPhone feed.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Refrigeration

Lightfair 2017 – Standardization is here, LED apps still developing

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on May 15, 2017 8:26:23 AM

Last week a dozen Groom Energy team members traveled to the City of Brotherly Love to take part in our 10th annual Lightfair tour.  For two days, the team scattered across the Exhibit Hall floor, navigating around 30,000 other LED lighting fans, searching for what was new, cool and different.

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Topics: LightFair

Without Their Own Software, Can Utilities Survive?

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Feb 13, 2017 7:38:02 AM

Today large companies often prioritize resources and investment for their core competencies, while everything non-core becomes eligible for outsourcing.  Outsourcing makes them more efficient and saves them money over the long term.  Ironically, knowing how to outsource has itself become a core competency.

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Topics: Utilities

Energy Managed Services – Can One Company Do It All?

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Sep 18, 2016 5:17:37 PM

In 2005 we started Groom Energy with a pretty basic idea: eventually, companies would (1) more actively manage and reduce their energy consumption and (2) consolidate their vendors, rewarding the ones who offered comprehensive services and performed the best.

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Topics: Energy Managed Services, INC 5000

LightFair 2016 – Welcome to The Internet of LEDs

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Apr 27, 2016 8:10:29 PM

This week over thirty of our field engineers from around the country traveled to the West Coast for our annual LightFair team meeting.

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Topics: LED lighting, LightFair

As LED Lighting Continues to Surge, Even Failures Don’t Slow Adoption

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Apr 1, 2016 5:35:31 AM

This month’s LightFair conference in San Diego will be another measuring stick for LED lighting.  It’s the sixth year since the show turned all-LED, pushing every other lighting technology off the convention floor.

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Topics: LED lighting, LightFair, Enterprise LED Lighting

A Looming Shift to Energy Managed Services?

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Feb 11, 2016 2:19:12 PM

A few years ago our team defined the concept Enterprise Smart Grid, recommending that to effectively manage energy consumption companies require visibility, control and management systems.  We portrayed an overwhelming number of ESG vendors in our market landscape picture.

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Topics: Energy Managed Services, Enterprise Smart Grid

Will Efficiency Retrofits Be Sexier in 2016?

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Dec 15, 2015 6:16:39 AM

This time a few years ago our team met up with a customer to review an energy efficiency proposal planned for early the following year.  Our HVAC and lighting upgrade was set to improve ventilation and lighting, while reducing the building’s annual energy consumption by 250,000 kWh.  The local utility was prepared to contribute 30% of the project’s cost, producing a 28 month return on the potential investment.

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Topics: LED lighting, Solar PV, Behavior Change

The Art and Science in Determining Occupancy

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Oct 18, 2015 6:26:42 AM

Four years ago Nest introduced one of the biggest home energy efficiency devices since the on/off switch.  And while many think the rounded iPhone-like thermostat with a Wifi-connection was the invention, its revolutionary feature was really the integrated motion sensor.

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Topics: Measurement and Verification, Occupancy

The Other Winner When Grocery Stores Invest in Energy Efficiency: Shoppers

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Sep 28, 2015 10:02:10 AM

Many grocery chains have a history of making investments in sustainability.  The industry’s Food Marketing Institute provides members guidance on a range of programs from agriculture to energy to recycling.  Some join partnerships like the EPA’s Green Chill for managing refrigeration chemicals.  Last week the USDA and the FDA gained industry support for their US Food Waste Challenge, which set the country’s first food waste reduction goals.

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Topics: Grocery Energy Efficiency