Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group – December 2, 2021

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Programs promoting energy efficiency for utility customers, for grid infrastructure, and wherever it else applies in the utility business is one of the truest win-win operations in the sector. Customers always strive to find ways to reduce energy use and thus bills, and utilities see increased efficiency as a cost-efficient and quick pathway to ensuring supply and demand remain in striking distance of each other without the costly headache of new generation. New technological solutions and innovative leadership continues to open new energy efficiency doors, so the Energy Efficiency Group on Energy Central seeks to keep you fully and completely informed.


Climate Math

Rick Barnett

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In the past month (and of course longer), many leaders have been trying to do the climate math to figure out what must be done to meet various carbon reduction targets. In this insightful article, Rick Barnett—a Consultant Green Builder—highlights how that math is all flawed if it doesn’t start with the lower hanging fruit of energy efficiency in buildings. Click the above link to see Rick show his work on this equation.


Glasgow Climate Pact means that ‘deep renovation’ of buildings must become gold standard for all renovation decisions

Jo Junkel

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Of course, a main reason that these emission reduction questions have been top of mind was the recently completed COP26 conference in Glasgow. Jo Junkel of BPIE also highlights the key role that efficiency in buildings must play in the wake of these discussions, focusing on the deep renovation of existing buildings as the goal for which we really must strive.


Reimagining Customer-Centricity to Scale Energy Efficiency Savings

Marisa Uchin

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Of course, energy efficiency really does require buy-in from the customer—whether that’s to embrace retrofits, efficient equipment, or even just engage in efficiency-focused behaviors that technologies enable. Marisa Uchin, the Chief Commercial Officer at Franklin Energy, does a deep dive on how a customer-centered efficiency focus is increasingly the key to utility energy efficiency programs.


EISA Update

Matt Bowgren

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Lastly, we have a peek into the world of light bulb efficiency standards via EISA, thanks to Matt Bowgren. Matt highlights the under-the-radar changes that may be coming to certain exemptions/definitions governing light bulb efficiency standards that could have massive impacts on the actual implementation and total energy savings of these regulations—but you’ll have to read his take on it to get the full scoop.




This wraps up another edition of ‘Efficient Reading.’ Check back in this spot in four weeks to see what submissions have captured the attention of our community. And if you think there are stories I’m missing—let me know in the comments, or better yet submit an article on those stories so it can be included in the next issue. Make sure you don’t miss out on these shared insights in the future.

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