Uniting Municipalities and Utilities for Joint Energy Efficiency Goals: Exclusive Interview with Ersilia Serafini, CEO of Summerhill Group - [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Interview]
- Aug 14, 2019 2:48 pm GMT
Energy efficiency as a goal carries with it undebated support. Whether the goals are to reduce customer energy bills, reduce overall energy demand, or enhance reliability of the grid, increasing energy efficiency is a pretty universal positive. However, that does not mean that working towards energy efficiency is always worked towards in a manner that best supports successful implementation, and not because of any specific opposition but rather because of inefficient program design and implementation.
Within cities and localities, a number of different stakeholders might flood customers with messages about how and why to increase the efficiency of their home or business. However, when those messages become conflicting, confusing, or overwhelming because they’re coming from different directions, the end result might be the undercutting of efficiency goals. Collaboration between stakeholders, including municipalities and utilities, is the key to successful implementation, according to Ersilia Serafini, the CEO of Summerhill Group. At the upcoming AESP Summer Conference, taking place in Toronto at the end of August, Ersilia will be moderating a panel entitled 'On Common Ground: Where municipalities & utilities can make things happen.’ As a sneak peek into this critical and fascinating topic, Ersilia was kind enough to spend some time answer my questions about how and why municipalities and utilities should be working in tandem toward joint energy efficiency goals.
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