Energy Efficiency Ideas for 2014? Rate escalation, RTUs and Drones

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Dec 12, 2013 9:44:31 AM

Last week we had our year-end team meeting, reviewing 2013 and discussing our draft 2014 business plans.  We brainstormed about energy efficiency market trends and came up with three things to watch for in 2014 – one economic, one application and one fun, futuristic idea.

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Topics: Energy Cost

PACE Financing – Energy Efficiency Comes to Triple-Net Tenants

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Sep 19, 2013 3:14:55 PM

This week I attended a USGBC hosted discussion on PACE financing held in downtown Boston.  Based just on Massachusetts Senator Brian Joyce’s opening remarks attendees got the clear impression that PACE is on a roll again…

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Topics: PACE

Making Money While Feeling Good about Buying “Green” Stocks – If only it were that easy….

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Jul 30, 2013 8:25:23 AM

A few weeks ago one of our thoughtful engineers sent me a note wondering aloud about the correlation of sustainability-minded companies to above average stock price performance.   Like others with an environmental bias he hoped to feel good about buying shares in publicly traded, relatively greener companies while still making a strong financial return (and further driving down the cost of capital for these same companies.)

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

LightFair 2013: LED Lighting Is Warm, Smart and Looks Like What You Know

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Apr 24, 2013 8:47:22 AM

As we do each spring, this week a team of Groom Energy engineers made the pilgrimage to Lightfair in search of “the next big thing” in lighting.  We went to training sessions, walked the exhibit floor and talked with smart folks to develop a collective view of what’s going on, what’s hot and what’s not.

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Topics: News and Events, LightFair

Is It Really Unfair For US Cities To Require Building Energy Benchmarking?

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Apr 15, 2013 7:46:44 AM

Harvard economist Robert Stavins recently published a study assessing the impact when US cities require their real estate owners to perform periodic energy analysis on their buildings.  As Boston considers passing its own energy benchmarking ordinance, Stavin studied other existing programs and concluded “there is currently no real evidence that these mandatory programs lead to any changes whatsoever in energy use.’’

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Energy Benchmarking

Simultaneous Heating & Cooling: It Happens More Than You Realize.

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Mar 11, 2013 11:21:22 AM

During building energy assessments we often find obvious, no-cost behavior changes savings:   A compressor running flat-out for an idled production line.   Flood lights illuminating an unused parking lot all year long.  Warehouse dock doors that stay open all day.   Our very technical recommendations come with a smiley face:

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Topics: Blog Topics, Refrigeration, Heating

Need “Guaranteed” Energy Savings? You Just Don’t Trust Me.

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Feb 27, 2013 9:39:22 PM

Over the last year we’ve participated in an increasing number of interviews, conferences and panels discussing the energy-efficiency finance market, including commercial PACE and on-bill repayment programs.  Awareness is high, with many policy, government and utility executives generally convinced that if low-cost capital were more readily available, energy-efficiency adoption across residential, institutional, government and commercial/industrial markets would surge.

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Topics: On Bill Finance, PACE, ESCO

Analysis: Superbowl Power Outage Shines a Bad Light On HID Lighting

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Feb 4, 2013 9:16:51 AM

If you weren’t one of last night’s 100+ million Superbowl viewers, by now you’ve probably heard that a stadium wide power outage stalled the game for 34 minutes.

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Topics: back up generator

Another bumpy start for Cleantech incentives in 2013

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Jan 26, 2013 2:19:59 PM

So the fiscal cliff drama has resolved itself temporarily, with both solar and wind incentives living on for another year…

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Topics: Federal Grants, Clean Energy grants

This Year’s Best Stocking Stuffer? An LED bulb.

Posted by Dalkia Solutions on Nov 12, 2012 9:02:26 PM

Six weeks till Christmas – which means time to think about cool energy efficiency gifts for your loved ones.

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Topics: LED lighting