small businesses
Blog | September 15, 2018 by Jeannette LeZaks

How do we engage small businesses in deeper energy savings? Slipstream research team finds out

Are lighting savings the best we can do for small business customers? Slipstream 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. Slipstream can build these measures into the design of our own small business offerings. More
News | September 11, 2018 by Kimberly Johnston

Slipstream Launches Supply Chain Sustainability Tracking System

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, Slipstream developed a tool to support the tracking of sustainability efforts for businesses and their supply chain. Slipstream’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

Building systems integration: trends, complications and where we’re headed

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

Happy National Drive Electric Week!

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

Increasing risk can reduce regret-- Implications for energy policy

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 Robin Lisowski

Beneficial Electrification: What and Why?

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 Alyssa Spiel

Contractor Marketing and Outreach

Abstract  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 Chris Schultz-Buechner

Community-Based Energy Efficiency Programs Case Study

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 Rachel Krogman

Delivering Energy Savings to Residents of Manufactured Homes

A presentation on findings from 2015 pilot programs in Wisconsin and Michigan. More
Publication | August 14, 2018 by Justin Margolies

Here Come the Wedding Bells: The Engagement of Energy Efficiency and Electrification

Executive Summary  The verdict is in. The research community has identified electrification as a key strategy to decarbonize the economy. Two fundamentally powerful trends contribute to this new opportunity. First, the electric supply mix continues to experience an increased penetration of natural gas, wind and solar, which is rapidly reducing the electric power sector’s emissions rate. Second, existing and new electric powered equipment are increasingly exhibiting higher efficiency levels and lower lifetime costs than their fossil fuel powered counterparts. More