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Paper
Effective consumer marketing is a significant contributor to the success of residential energy efficiency programs. Often overlooked, however, is the program marketing and promotion potential which lies within a service territory’s trade ally network. More
Report
Community-based energy efficiency programs foster social connectedness to transform the way people consume energy—relying on group interaction, peer support, and communal resolve to impact behavior. A community can be defined by geography, such as a city or neighborhood, or by a shared characteristic, such as employees of a business, fans of a sport, or members of a social network More
Presentation
A presentation on findings from 2015 pilot programs in Wisconsin and Michigan. More
Paper
Beneficial electrification is the practice of electrifying energy end uses otherwise powered by fossil fuels – such as natural gas, propane, fuel oil, and gasoline – for the purpose of reducing cost and greenhouse gas emissions. Analysis suggests that aggressive electrification, coupled with supporting policies, could nearly double utility electric sales by 2050, while decreasing energy sector carbon emissions by 70 percent. Electricity providers, consumers, and the environment all reap the benefits! More
Paper
Published in the Spring 2018 issue of Home Energy magazine. More
Report
We studied the viability of performance-based procurement (PBP) to achieve higher energy savings, without increasing capital cost to owners, through early owner involvement, goal setting and energy modeling. The study also examined the role that conservation improvement programs (CIPs) could play in supporting this approach. We tested the PBP method in six pilot projects and observed the outcomes. We supplemented our study with assessment of existing programs, interviews and analysis through the Sustainable Buildings 2030 program, and outreach to energy modeling professionals. More
Report
Download the report Prepared for Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Prepared by Illume Advising, LLC and Seventhwave. More
Report
RTUs are used in more than one third of U.S. commercial buildings, the highest of any cooling equipment type. Why? They are reliable and have a low capital cost, as well as established service and distribution networks. There is anecdotal evidence, however, that these systems operate inefficiently. To validate or refute this evidence, we conducted a multi-level field study sponsored by Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. More
Fact Sheet
This fact sheet was developed as part of a commercial plug load study funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. More