Slipstream https://slipstreaminc.org/rss.xml en Karen Weigert, Slipstream Vice President, to Speak at Bloomberg's BNEF Summit https://slipstreaminc.org/news/karen-weigert-bloomberg-summit <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Karen Weigert, Slipstream Vice President, to Speak at Bloomberg&#039;s BNEF Summit</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We are excited to share that Karen Weigert, Vice President of Business Strategy and Regional Operations, will present at <a href="https://about.bnef.com/about/">BloombergNEF's</a> annual <a href="https://about.bnef.com/summit/newyork/">summit</a> in New York City! <img alt="New York City" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="11a38b74-ae76-4e7a-a421-befb26765365" height="317" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/GettyImages-926689776_1.jpg" width="479" class="align-right" /></p> <p>BloombergNEF is a leading research provider in the fields of clean energy, transportation, and innovative materials. Since 2008, the BNEF Summit has been convening leaders in energy, industry, technology, finance, and government. The summit aims to facilitate constructive debate and bring attendees the latest insights to drive change. </p> <p>In a panel titled "Beyond the Headline," Karen and a panel of experts will examine and analyze recent media reports on the global energy transition, including technology development and financial innovation. </p> <p>Additional summit <a href="https://about.bnef.com/summit/newyork/speakers/">presenters</a> include Fortune 500 executives, renowned energy scientists, and government officials. </p> <p><strong>Beyond the Headline </strong></p> <p>Monday, March 25 | 9:15 AM </p> <p><strong>Presenters: </strong></p> <ul><li>Karen Weigert | Vice President, Business Strategy &amp; Regional Operations, Slipstream </li> <li>David Biello | Science Curator, TED</li> <li>Sarah Ladislaw | Senior Vice President; Director and Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies</li> <li>Lisa Viscidi | Director, Energy, Climate Change &amp; Extractive Industries, Inter-American Dialogue</li> <li>Stephen Munro | Senior Editor, BNEF (Moderator) </li> </ul></div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/author/elizabeth-schroeder" lang="" about="/author/elizabeth-schroeder" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Elizabeth Schroeder</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/14/2019 - 18:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/climate-resilience" hreflang="en">Climate resilience</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/energy-policy" hreflang="en">Energy Policy</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/behavior-change" hreflang="en">Behavior Change</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/carbon-footprint" hreflang="en">Carbon Footprint</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/sustainability" hreflang="en">Sustainability</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contact</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/172" hreflang="en">Karen Weigert</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:49:03 +0000 Elizabeth Schroeder 286 at https://slipstreaminc.org Future climate data for energy modeling — how could it benefit you? https://slipstreaminc.org/blog/future-climate-data-energy-modeling-how-could-it-benefit-you <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Future climate data for energy modeling — how could it benefit you?</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/home_page_thumbnail_300_x_960_/public/images/blog/future-climate-data-energy-modeling-how-could-it-benefit-you_0.jpg?itok=--R9SHrl" width="960" height="300" alt="curved glass building" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-home-page-thumbnail-300-x-960-" /> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/author/kristin-haas" lang="" about="/author/kristin-haas" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Kristin Haas</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/21/2019 - 03:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Our research team is passionate about solutions that inspire responsible energy use and research that advances energy systems. It is important to us to make our tools and information readily available to building designers and facility staff since they can change the way impactful decisions are made. That’s why we developed the only FREE climate data toolkit. This will benefit energy modelers for building design and retrofit as well utility efficiency program and policy planning.</p> <p>Building energy modeling is a very prevalent tool for assessing the impact of energy efficiency upgrades on new and existing buildings. However, these models currently use historical climate data. Climate change models predict the climate in a given location will be different from this historical data. Accurately assessing the impact of energy efficiency upgrades requires use of forward-looking datasets, informed by climate change models. That’s where our tool comes in. </p> <p>We know that buildings will perform very differently throughout the buildings’ operational life (decades long) due to the changing climate alone. Now, energy modelers have access to a tool that provides future climate data files to use within simulations that quantifies the energy impacts of climate change on building energy performance. This tool allows building designers and facility staff to evaluate upgrades under the climate that the measures will actually operate in.</p> <p>Intrigued? Download the free <a href="https://www.seventhwave.org/future-climate-data">climate data toolkit and check out our methodology</a> for creating this tool. There is a wide range of future climate datasets. Selecting the most applicable one is challenging and requires further effort. But, that’s why we are here. <a href="mailto:sschuetter@slipstreaminc.org">Contact me</a> with questions or requests for further information. <br />  </p></div> <div id="field-language-display"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-item form-type-item js-form-item- form-item-"> <label>Language</label> English </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/research" hreflang="en">Research</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/climate-resilience" hreflang="en">Climate resilience</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/emerging-technologies" hreflang="en">Emerging technologies</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contact</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/152" hreflang="en">Scott Schuetter</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/165" hreflang="en">Kristin Haas</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:00:00 +0000 Kristin Haas 282 at https://slipstreaminc.org Cannabis farming: utilities have power to make growing industry more energy efficient https://slipstreaminc.org/blog/cannabis-farming-utilities-have-power-make-growing-industry-more-energy-efficient <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Cannabis farming: utilities have power to make growing industry more energy efficient</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/author/donald-ushman" lang="" about="/author/donald-ushman" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Donald Ushman</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/07/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The cannabis industry is going through a change, we are amid a wave of legality. Cannabis is now legal in some form in most states and territories in America. As a result, legal cannabis production is a booming emerging industry with rapid expansion and large energy needs.</p> <p>With many opportunities available for growers to save energy, the time is right for utilities to take an interest. Whether it is trying to encourage more greenhouse facilities or offering ways to make indoor grow facilities more efficient, there are many ways to save. By developing programs specifically for the cannabis industry, a targeted approach will lead to large electricity savings and a more efficient industry.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Cannabis legalization" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="080c4a18-f75c-44e2-b5e9-6fc9ce3ba4a3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/cannabis.png" /><figcaption><br /> Source: Lokal_Profil CC BY-SA 2.5; Data obtained from National Conference of State Legislatures</figcaption></figure><p>Cannabis for both recreational and medical drug usage is the most energy-intensive agricultural crop in the United States. The energy estimates for cannabis cultivation range from 6 – 580 kWh/kg for greenhouse cultivation, and 4,400 – 6,100 kWh/kg for indoor cultivation. The growth and production methodology and efficiency have been largely unmeasured and unexplored due to the historically illicit nature and secrecy of the crop’s growth.</p> <p>As new production comes online, it offers utilities an avenue for offering savings and a chance to aid an underserved developing industry in becoming more efficient. Promoting initiatives and finding areas to save energy will be key in the next few years as new facilities start and make large financial choices about their building and the technologies they purchase. Many of these technologies have long useful lives and choices now will affect their energy usage for many years to come. Understanding the market and the grower’s needs are integral when offering rebates and incentives to influence purchases.</p> <p>The state of Washington researched the different growth methods of the legal cannabis cultivation and found 60 percent is indoors, 10 percent is greenhouse and 30 percent is outdoor cultivation. The different growth methods have varying energy usages and operating periods. Indoor cultivators will operate year-round and are the most energy intensive, with 150 W/ft² of active canopy. Greenhouse cultivators operate 30 percent to 50 percent of the year with energy consumption of 60 W/ft² of active canopy. Outdoor cultivators typically have little to no energy consumption, unless supplemental lighting is used.</p> <p>With indoor growing being the most prevalent and the most energy intensive, it makes sense for utilities to address how the energy is being used. Indoor growing can have low-energy costs, if the only equipment is efficient lighting and it is used in a low-density pattern. However, the ideal environment is bright, dry, warm (~70-80°F), CO2 rich, and with circulated air. High-intensity discharge lamps are prevalent due to the brightness and direct heat they provide. But, large discharge lamps in an enclosed space necessitates supplemental cooling to achieve the ideal environmental temperature. This means air conditioning is needed to counteract the heat provided by the lamps. A CO2 rich environment can be achieved by using a burner carbon dioxide generator, which could be from burning propane or natural gas. Other energy-intensive items used are dehumidifiers, room fans, in-line duct fans, water pumps, water purifiers, water heaters, ozone generators and powered carbon air filters.</p> <p>Typically, one third to one half of the indoor cultivation energy use is from lighting. This presents a large and easily accessible opportunity to provide savings. Usage of grow lights is across four major categories: high-intensity discharge (HID), fluorescent, induction and light-emitting diode (LED) lights. Some utilities will only provide rebates for a conversion or installation of LED lights. By only offering the most extreme conversion option (HID to LED), it can dissuade customers from participating. With some distrust and wariness for LEDs in the growers’ market, an LED-only option would never be considered by some customers. A better strategy is to offer a tiered approach where a lower incentive would be available for other lights, like ceramic metal halide. As lower wattage per square foot lighting is used, it will decrease the amount of air conditioning needed to keep the plants at optimal temperature. Incentives can be offered for the reduction in light wattage and also air conditioning.</p> <p>The second largest energy user within a grow facility is typically the dehumidification and ventilation. It can be an overlooked area of energy savings when designing a facility. When residential dehumidifiers are used, they can have inefficient operating ranges from two liters of water per kWh (minimum for ENERGY STAR® rating, but lower efficiency models are available). By purchasing and installing a traditional commercial dehumidifier, this can increase to 4.2 liters of water per kWh. Research from the Western Cooling Efficiency Center – University of California-Davis has shown that even larger energy savings are possible depending on the choice of dehumidification system. Traditional dehumidifiers deposit excess heat back in to the facility, causing inefficiency and additional work for the air conditioner. By using a dehumidification system that is designed to not add heat to the facility, they found energy savings could range from 30 percent to 65 percent. Incentives can be offered for higher efficiency dehumidifiers, and larger incentives when implementing a whole-facility dehumidification and conditioning strategy.</p> <p>In addition to allowing indoor grow facilities, the law in several states also allows for outdoor and greenhouse growing of cannabis. Using sunlight with supplemental lighting greatly reduces the overall energy consumption of a facility. By providing incentives for greenhouse growers, it could stimulate a greater shift towards greenhouses instead of indoor growing. Incentives could be for infrared polyethylene greenhouse covers, which absorb and retain infrared energy which maintains a higher greenhouse temperature overnight. A greenhouse controller can also be incentivized and implemented to automate the CO2 generation, dehumidifiers and the temperature. Additional incentives can be offered for piping insulation and thermal curtains.</p> <p>Slipstream wants to be your partner. We are here to help you design a program offering to support this new industry. <a href="mailto:adowd@weccusa.org">Contact me</a> to discuss next steps.</p> </div> <div id="field-language-display"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-item form-type-item js-form-item- form-item-"> <label>Language</label> English </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/cannabis" hreflang="en">Cannabis</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/agriculture" hreflang="en">Agriculture</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contact</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/189" hreflang="en">Austin Dowd</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0000 Donald Ushman 277 at https://slipstreaminc.org Sustainability Expert Joins Slipstream as Vice President https://slipstreaminc.org/news/sustainability-expert-joins-slipstream-vice-president <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Sustainability Expert Joins Slipstream as Vice President </span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Karen Weigert" class="img-right align-right" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="59eb59d9-022c-47e7-8d00-ca5763508ba3" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/karen-weigert.jpg" />Slipstream is pleased to welcome Karen Weigert as Vice President of Business Strategy and Regional Operations. Weigert brings collaborative leadership skills and a vision for a sustainable future to Slipstream—an organization she calls a "planet-fixing, people-enabling machine!"</p> <p>Weigert will provide leadership in the areas of strategy development and execution that grows slipstream’s impacts focused on decarbonization and resilience.</p> <p>"We couldn't be more excited to have Karen join the team," said Mary Woolsey Schlaefer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Slipstream. "Her passion, expertise and proven leadership will help us to move farther and faster toward a clean energy economy."</p> <p>Weigert's experience includes serving as Chief Sustainability Officer for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. During her tenure, she developed the 2015 Sustainable Chicago Action Agenda, which outlines ambitious sustainability goals for the city, as well as a roadmap to help residents and businesses contribute. A leader in clean energy advocacy and volunteerism, Weigert co-founded Chicago Women and Green and the Greencorps Chicago's youth program. Additionally, she produced "Carbon Nation," a documentary film that focuses on positive solutions to climate change.</p> <p>Currently, Weigert is the Sustainability Executive in Residence for the University of Chicago and a non-resident fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Of her move to Slipstream, Weigert says, "climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, so why not work with the people who are trying to make the greatest impact?"</p> <p><em><strong>About Slipstream</strong><br /> Slipstream is a mission-driven nonprofit that creates, tests, delivers and scales the next generation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that move us farther, faster toward a clean energy economy. Slipstream partners with utilities, local and state governments, regulatory agencies and other organizations to inspire new solutions to big energy challenges. With 39 years of experience demonstrating “what’s next” in programs and technologies, Slipstream is an established and trusted trailblazer in the industry. For more information about Slipstream visit <a href="slipstreaminc.org">slipstreaminc.org</a>.</em></p> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/author/donald-ushman" lang="" about="/author/donald-ushman" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Donald Ushman</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/26/2019 - 06:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/climate-resilience" hreflang="en">Climate resilience</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contact</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/66" hreflang="en">Chris Schultz-Buechner</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 26 Feb 2019 06:00:00 +0000 Donald Ushman 262 at https://slipstreaminc.org Manufactured homes – delivering powerful and personal impacts https://slipstreaminc.org/blog/manufactured-homes-delivering-powerful-and-personal-impacts <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Manufactured homes – delivering powerful and personal impacts</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/author/donald-ushman" lang="" about="/author/donald-ushman" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Donald Ushman</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:24</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Being a part of something that provides purpose and meaning in your everyday life is not something most people can say about their jobs. However, I am one of the lucky ones. Since 2016, Slipstream has been delivering a manufactured homes program for the <a href="http://www.meca.coop/">Michigan Electric Cooperative Association</a> (MECA), providing needed diagnostic and retrofit services to a customer base that traditional residential energy efficiency programs have overlooked. This program changes lives.</p> <p>Most program participants have limited or fixed incomes and cannot afford the services on their own. In many cases, they are elderly, handicapped or veterans and often socially, physically or economically isolated. They live in housing stock that generally uses twice the energy per square foot than a similar framed home.</p> <p>One of these program participants was an elderly gentleman living by himself with his dog in a home that needed a lot of help. During our inspection process, our implementation subcontractor discovered that the flooring, under the propane water heater, was damaged due to a bathroom water leak, resulting in the water heater exhaust flue disconnecting from the home’s chimney. The flooring also had several other holes. The occupant feared being evicted from his home and separated from his only remaining companion, his dog, if these issues were not addressed.</p> <p>Slipstream’s subcontractor repaired the flooring; straightened the water heater; connected the water heater flue to the exhaust chimney; installed a plug-in electric carbon monoxide detector; installed two smoke detectors (with a supply of batteries); and conducted Combustion Air Zone testing on the propane water heater and heating unit. The rapport the subcontractor built with the customer initially gave him the comfort to allow the work team, but no one else, back into his home to make these additional repairs.</p> <p>He made a point to thank all of us in a note. He wrote, “Very good crew! They were terrific! Again, they went beyond what I expected of them! I can't imagine any changes, what I experienced was so wonderful. To have someone VALUE ME in the manner they did. I really felt human and important! THANK YOU! I am very happy and can’t express how grateful, if I could hug you in person I would.”</p> <p>In our experience, this man’s story is not uncommon. We have found the care, interest and time we devote to improving a participant’s living environment is often more than they have seen in many years. It can also be the only type of positive and personal intervention they see for a long time after we are gone.</p> <p>In another situation, an elderly, limited-income couple occupied a “double-wide” manufactured home. For eight years they had consistently experienced no conditioned air coming out of any of the HVAC distribution system vents in one side of their home. They resorted to using four electric space heaters to help heat half of their manufactured home. This couple was in danger of losing their home due to extremely high electric energy bills.</p> <p>Our implementation subcontractor also discovered that underneath the home much of the insulation under the floor was removed or hanging down, damage that appeared to have been caused by another contractor (not affiliated with our program, who had been there to work on a plumbing leak earlier in the year).</p> <p>In addition, five cross-over ducts that flowed from one half of the home to the other were completely disconnected. The homeowners had relocated their manufactured home to a new trailer park eight years ago, and the cross-over ductwork had become disconnected during the move. Conditioned air had been pouring underneath the home rather than to the other half of the home.</p> <p>This couple was in tears when they thanked our subcontractor for all the work that was completed. They wrote, “If this program had not come and found these issues and fixed them, our water pipes would have burst, and our electric bill would have been so high we would have lost our home and been homeless at 75 years of age.”</p> <p>They were able to discontinue the use of four electric space heaters and greatly lower their energy bills. They could continue living in their home and have money to spend on other critical needs such as their prescriptions.</p> <p>The <a href="/solutions">solutions</a> Slipstream can provide are more than just a “nice to have” for participants and very often a “must have,” producing powerful and personal impacts. These stories illustrate how important it is to have programs like these in place. They allow us to change lives and provide safer, more efficient homes and decreased energy bills.</p> <p>Slipstream is actively expanding our manufactured homes program in additional states across the Midwest. For more information about our manufactured homes programs contact us at <a href="tel:800-969-9322">800-969-9322</a>.</p> <p><strong>You may also find this of interest…</strong></p> <p>Our research team conducted a field study of Minnesota’s manufactured homes to identify energy savings potential and help inform energy efficiency programs that will save residents money. Check out the <a href="https://slipstreaminc.org/research/manufactured-homes-study">webinar, infographic and final report</a>.</p> </div> <div id="field-language-display"><div class="js-form-item form-item js-form-type-item form-type-item js-form-item- form-item-"> <label>Language</label> English </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/manufactured-homes" hreflang="en">Manufactured Homes</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contact</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/171" hreflang="en">Rachel Krogman</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:24:06 +0000 Donald Ushman 253 at https://slipstreaminc.org