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small businesses
Blog | September 15, 2018 by Jeannette LeZaks
Are lighting savings the best we can do for small business customers? Seventhwave research says no. Our research team dug into the Minnesota small business market and found diverse savings opportunities. These savings will help Minnesota programs pilot holistic savings in small buildings. Seventhwave can build these measures into the design of our own small business offerings. More
News | September 11, 2018 by Kimberly Johnston
Wisconsin Manufacturer, Inpro, First to Onboard Following its mission, to champion and deliver innovative energy initiatives that produce enduring economic and environmental benefits for all, WECC developed a tool to support the tracking of sustainability efforts for businesses and their supply chain. WECC’s Sustainability Tracking System (STS) provides a customizable solution to assist businesses with sustainability planning and reporting. More
Building systems integration
Blog | September 11, 2018 by Scott Hackel
A couple of years ago, my team conducted a research project investigating how to reduce the energy use of office plug loads. Among the solutions we tested, one option was a power strip with an occupancy sensor. It shut off your monitors and other gadgets when you were away from your desk. Many buildings we investigated also had occupancy sensors controlling the lighting in the same office space. One of the offices we tested had yet a third occupancy sensor network – and CO2 sensors to control the HVAC system in some spaces. More
Electric Car
Blog | September 7, 2018 by Elizabeth Schroeder
September 8-16 is National Drive Electric Week! National Drive Electric Week is an annual celebration and outreach campaign, with the goal of increasing awareness of the benefits and widespread availability of electric vehicles (EVs). More
Increasing risk
Blog | August 23, 2018 by Steve Kihm
On the path to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future, we will have to make decisions that have uncertain outcomes. In other words, they involve risk. Newer technologies might not work well—or they might work better than expected. Customers might not embrace home automation—or they might use it in ways we haven’t even imagined. More
Beneficial Electrification
Blog | August 21, 2018 by Elizabeth Schroeder and Justin Margolies
In our 2018 Energy Outlook, we pointed to several emerging trends that are likely to shape our work in the future—including a cleaner grid, local focus, a growing energy storage market, and heat pump technology for space and water heating and cooling. While these developments are exciting on their own, the combination is indicative of a fundamental transformation of the power sector. More
Publication | August 21, 2018 by Elizabeth Schroeder
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
Publication | August 21, 2018 by Elizabeth Schroeder
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
Publication | August 21, 2018 by Elizabeth Schroeder
A presentation on findings from 2015 pilot programs in Wisconsin and Michigan. More
Publication | August 14, 2018 by Justin Margolies
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