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Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of the Top Content Submitted to the Energy Efficiency Group in Energy Central- December 3, 2020

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Energy efficiency is often referred to as the invisible energy source—what’s better and more affordable than the kilowatthour you don’t have to generate? Not only is it cheaper than generating, but it’s inherently carbon-free as well! It seems absurd to think that we still find the need to trumpet these advantages from the mountaintops to customers and utility executives alike, but that invisibility can also be a detriment to getting projects off the ground and recognized for the value they’re bringing. But for those of us in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group—we know there’s so much going on in this area week to week, and it’s anything but invisible. In fact, there’s so much going on that it can be tough to keep up with it all.

That’s why we hatched the ‘Efficient Reading’ monthly digest—if the holidays and general state of being busy have kept you away from the Energy Efficiency Group on Energy Central, please let this rundown be your eyes and ears of what you’ve missed.

 

Matt Chester

Community Manager

 

The Case for Putting the EE in a GrEEn REcovery

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/o/aesp/case-putting-ee-green-recovery

In case you’ve missed it, economies across the world are in a bit of a tough place thanks to the events of this past year. We keep looking to government leaders to bring around the type of stimulus and recovery plan that communities across the country need, and how those recovery programs look will vary based on who you ask. But one theme that pops up again and again is that with an economic stimulus amount of funds likely to be spent in short order, making that recovery a green one is a golden opportunity to make systems more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and forward looking. In this article from AESP written by Raegan Bond of Dunsky Energy Consulting, she writes with authority about how energy efficiency must be integral to any sort of green recovery spending that’s to come out of this miss. It’s a compelling argument and one that hopefully leaders are listening to.

 

Energy Efficiency & Workplace Diversity Delivers a Triple Win

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/o/franklin-energy/energy-efficiency-workforce-diversity-delivers-triple-win

Continuing on the theme of energy efficiency being a prime opportunity benefit things outside of just purely the world of efficiency, Tina Semotan—Chief Administration Officer of Franklin Energy Services—highlights the value that comes from the combined focus on energy efficiency and diversity in the workplace. Leaders at utilities and other energy-related organizations must lead in this regard and the benefits will multiply—read Tina’s take on this if you aren’t yet convinced of these facts.

 

CPS Energy Launches Global FlexPOWER BundleSM Request for Proposal to Bring Cleaner, Greener Energy to San Antonio, Texas

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/cps-energy-launches-global-flexpower-bundlesm-request-proposal-bring-cleaner

Dana Sotoodeh of CPS Energy posted this important request for proposal to the Energy Efficiency community, so I wanted to make sure to highlight it for anyone who missed it. CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned, fully-integrated electric and gas utility in the United States, is looking to add 900 MW of solar, 50 MW of storage, and 500 MW of firming capacity as a part of their exciting initiative, and those who lurk around the Energy Efficiency Community might be just the parties to participate. Check out the full post to find out more.

 

Our grid efficiency needs to increase!

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/our-grids-efficiency-needs-increase

Too often when we’re talking about efficiency, people focus solely on the efficiency in energy consumption and use. In this article shared by Markus Dirnbacher of ENcome Energy Performance, he highlights one of the most critical efficiency topics for utilities: efficiency in transmission and distribution of power. So much of the power generated in the sector never actually reaches the end consumer thanks to resistive losses, and in this piece Markus highlights those challenges and offers up discussion of some of the emerging trends (distributed energy, anyone?) that are starting to tackle the issue.

 

 

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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