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Utility business models: The role of investor value

In the ongoing discussions of the changing utility industry landscape, the term business model is frequently heard, but unfortunately rarely defined in an explicit way. Statements such as “utilities need new business models” therefore ring hollow. The management literature suggests that a business model must: Continue reading
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All-electric new homes: Advancing sustainable building in Illinois

Efficient electric homes offer a world of benefits for both builders and home buyers—and a new, exciting way for utilities to incorporate emerging technology into their energy efficiency portfolios.   In 2019, Slipstream was asked to collaborate with an Illinois utility to envision what the next generation of residential efficiency programs might look like. Earlier this year, we launched a pilot with the objective of recruiting Illinois builders to go all-electric while linking solar and EV offerings into an integrated, comprehensive package. Continue reading
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Electric outdoor power equipment for a triple win

Electric outdoor power equipment offers a trio of benefits – reduced health impacts, reduced carbon emissions, and lower operating costs. With numerous options in the market and performance matching that of gas equipment, a switch to outdoor electric power equipment is easier than ever.  Continue reading
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How can Minnesota improve their light levels and save on cost?

Lighting in commercial buildings has been the target of energy efficiency programs for years, with the primary strategy one-for-one fixture replacement. However, recent changes to federal standards for fluorescent lamps and more stringent building and product codes, have eroded these program savings. Market changes are forcing energy efficiency programs to look beyond efficacy-based, one-for-one replacement incentives. Research in other Midwestern states shows that LED-lit spaces in commercial buildings are often over-lit, which leads to excess energy usage and dissatisfied occupants. Continue reading
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The importance of examining unconscious bias

What is unconscious bias and why should we talk about it? Unconscious bias is an inherent or learned stereotype about people that everyone forms without realizing it. Our unconscious bias happens in the background of our brains. It’s important to become aware of our bias, to ensure we make the best decisions— personally and professionally. Slipstream started the conversation to educate staff on the importance of becoming aware of our unconscious bias and the impact it has on decision making. Continue reading