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Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Energy Efficiency Group in Energy Central- March 26, 2020

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While we’re all dealing with the uncertainty and crazy times that are surrounding us, it seems that all industries and sectors are being affected. The utility industry is no exception, and while numerous scheduled conferences and events for utility professionals are being postponed and canceled to keep health and safety as a top priority, we hope those who were looking forward to such events can at the very least turn to the digital community platforms provided by Energy Central as a way to stay connected, to share questions and ideas about how the utility industry is being impacted, and to continue operations for the reliable and affordable energy services that are essential for all customers, especially at that time.

In that vein, I do want to put in a quick plug for two resources Energy Central has started in the meantime:

  • First, we created a catchall COVID19 Q&A hub for our community members to share questions and look for feedback or resources from their peers in the industry. If you have questions or just want to share your insights about the state of the industry during the pandemic fall out, please leave a comment on this Q&A
  • Because the energy efficiency business may be particularly impacted, as so many programs or organizations involved in efficiency rely on home visits and technology installations that may be stalled, we started a similar Q&A to specifically address what practices energy efficiency professionals are having to change or implement. Please share those specific questions and thoughts here.

Outside of those main resource hubs, let’s see what other critical and high-value content has been posted to the Energy Efficiency Group at Energy Central recently.

Note for our regular readers: This digest is shifting from a once-every-two-weeks cadence to a once-every-four-weeks cadence to allow for more time in between digests and to really highlight the most hard-hitting, can’t-miss content for your consumption.

Matt Chester

Community Manager


UPDATE: Docket 19-3658 – DOE EISA Lawsuit

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Among the most attention-grabbing efficiency stories related to the current Administration and Department of Energy was the declaration of intent to change standard lamp definitions to reduce greatly the amount of covered products from anticipated energy efficiency requirements. This story has taken numerous twists and turns, and it continues with the latest story of courts granting the use of a deferred appendix in the case against the DOE. Read Matt Bowgren, Program Manager at Franklin Energy and registered member of Energy Central’s network of experts, discuss and share his thoughts.


Beyond Lighting: Innovative EE Program Ideas for Small Businesses

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Anyone who’s worked for an extended period of time with customers on their energy efficiency may be familiar with the phenomenon that when people adjust their lights to be energy efficiency they may tend to want to hang a banner noting ‘Energy Efficiency Accomplished.’ While efficient lights are of course an incredibly important part of EE strategy, stopping there means that additional opportunities to save energy (and money) can be unnecessarily overlooked. With this in mind, Lily Li of Hancock Software shares some perspective on ways that energy efficiency can and should be promoted to small businesses that goes beyond just lighting.


Tilak Subrahmanian of Eversource Energy: Profile of an Energy Central Innovation Champion

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As a part of Energy Central’s Special Issue on Innovation in the Electric Power Industry, we sought out nominees for professionals at utilities who were leaders in the area of innovation. After an extension nomination and review process, we came away with who we’re recognizing as Energy Central Innovation Champions. Each Innovation Champion is publishing a profile, in their own words, about what it means to innovate in utilities and what the future of innovation looks like. Among those champions is Talk Subrahmanian, Vice President of Energy Efficiency at Eversource Energy. Read his great article to learn about how innovation is taking hold in the energy efficiency space to get inspired, or even leave him a question about the work he’s done and how you can adapt those lessons.

AESP-EE Content on Energy Central

AESP Conference Feedback:

Creating a Sustaining Energy Management System in your Company. Part 2 – Practical Consideration

Publish Your Writing in the AESP Magazine:

Last, but not least, is a reminder that the Energy Central ‘Energy Efficiency Group’ is conducted in partnership with AESP. As such, I wanted to highlight some of the great AESP-related content and opportunities presented in this group. The first link is a great overview from Kristol Simms, the Director of Energy Efficiency Strategy & Innovation at Ameren Illinois, of the AESP Conference that was held earlier this year with some great lessons and takeaways that you can take advantage of, even if you weren’t there in person. Next is a really interesting article from Mark Stover, Program Operations Manager at Leidos, as he lays out what businseses small and large can and should be doing to take control of their energy management. Lastly, AESP shared an opportunity to have your efficiency and energy writing featured in the next issue of the AESP Magazine—if you have a nugget of an idea you’ve been sitting on, what better way to get it out there?



That’s a wrap for this edition of ‘Efficient Reading.’ Know that if you submit a great post on energy efficiency in the next two weeks, you very well may be featured in this spot for the next issue! And if you want to make sure your favorite piece doesn’t get overlooked in this bi-weekly digest, be sure to let me know in the comments what your favorite articles were.


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