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Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Energy Efficiency Group in Energy Central- August 13, 2020

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As the summer drags on and buildings heat up, energy efficiency couldn’t be more relevant and critical. The goal of energy efficiency programs from utilities is not to require sacrifice for customers during these critical times—the use of space cooling and other daily functions are often a matter of health and wellbeing, not simple comforts—but rather the analyze and implement solutions to allow those functions to operate in the most energy-efficient (and, thus, cost-effective) manner.

As the dog days of Summer trudge along, what are the energy efficiency stories that are attracting eyeballs in the Energy Central community? Keep reading to find out!

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

Energy Efficiency the Renewable Energy Sources as a UNFCCC Process Tool

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/energy-efficiency-renewable-energy-sources-unfccc-process-tool

This white paper was submitted by Valery Matveev, Vice Director at Noo Logistics, and it outlines a perspective of what makes energy efficiency so important. Energy efficiency can be highlighted as a tool working in concert with renewable energy in the overall goal of the United Nations to move away from fossil fuels sources. Considering the relative efficiency of renewable sources, not treating them all in the same way, is also a key lesson from this white paper. A lot of great insights can be gained, so this is an encouraged deep-dive read.

 

New Energy Efficiency as a Service Model Has Potential to Accelerate Investment in Commercial Buildings

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/o/Guidehouse/new-energy-efficiency-service-model-has-potential-accelerate-investment

This next key article also framed a new way in which we can and maybe should be looking at energy efficiency, specifically looking at the possibility that energy efficiency measures can be implemented as a service (EEaS) and how the financial aspects of necessary efficiency upgrades may look different when approached in that manner. As the sector innovates and the importance of efficiency increases, finding creative solutions to make these measures more accessible will be critical, so this post from Sasha Wedekind, Research Analyst at Guidehouse, is a great read.

Energy Efficiency Programs in a COVID-19 World

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/energy-efficiency-programs-covid-19-world

Of course, energy efficiency programs don’t exist in a bubble and the impact on utility implementations of efficiency this year have been completely upended by COVID-19 and the resulting fall out. Sending agents into homes became less feasible, funding priorities shift around, etc. This update from Katherine Johnson, President of Johnson Consulting Group, highlights some of the key directions that energy efficiency programs have had to unexpectedly take in 2020.

 

Berkeley Lab report identifies interactions between energy efficiency and demand response

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/berkeley-lab-report-identifies-interactions-between-energy-efficiency-and-demand

At Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the EMP team have been studying the interactions between energy efficiency and demand response and what those conclusions mean for customer and utility alike. These are two tools that will undoubtedly play a significant role in the future utility-customer relationship, so their forward-looking study is an important one to add to your reading list.

We’re All Connected

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/o/aesp/were-all-connected

It’s also great to see an update from Jennifer Szaro, President and CEO of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP). In this post, Jennifer shares an important message about how the efficiency industry is all in this together. While that saying has become ubiquitous in the time of COVID, reading her article will highlight exactly why it’s a truism for energy efficiency professionals, utilities, and even customers and highlight how and why you might want to act on this togetherness.

 

Energy Central Interviews on Energy Efficiency

Last but not least, I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight two fascinating and eye-opening interviews featuring Energy Central community members and experts from the past month. Be sure to read the interview with Kevin Myers of Santee Electric Cooperative and listen to our recent podcast episode on energy efficiency for all featuring Kristol Simms of Ameren Illinois.

 

 

That’s a wrap for this edition of ‘Efficient Reading.’ Know that if you submit a great post on energy efficiency in the next four 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 monthly digest, be sure to let me know in the comments what your favorite articles were.

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