Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group – December 30, 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.



Understanding the Unique Challenges Facing Energy Efficiency Contractors

Curt Monhart

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The first entry into the digest comes from Curt Monhart, President of E3 Prime Environments, who digs into the contractor side of the energy efficiency equation that utilities may overlook. The technology and the incentive for energy efficiency upgrades can be, and are, made available, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be implemented into practice. The human element, chiefly in the ones who would be physically integrating these upgrades, is critical consider—and that’s the takeaway from this crucial article.


Applying machine learning techniques to implement the technical requirements of energy management systems in accordance with ISO 50001:2018, an industrial case study

Meisam Moghadasi

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A natural follow up to the last article, this one from Meisam Moghadasi, Research at the Materials and Energy Research Center (MERC) highlights another way to overcome the friction for proper energy efficiency tech, and that’s integrating intelligent solutions that tap into the capabilities of machine learning. This publication highlights some keen new insights that can reframe the way that utility efficiency managers approach this tricky area.


Reasons to be optimistic

Henry Craver

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As we head into 2022, it’s important to look for the positive trends and the reason to feel good about the direction that energy efficiency is going. That’s exactly what’s covered in this article by Henry Craver, and he highlights where energy efficiency policy and regulations (and likewise results) have been in recent years, which sets us up for what might be possible in the years to come.



Top Voices in the Energy Central Community for 2021 – Energy Management Network

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But lastly, before we look too far into the future, I want to make sure our readers have another chance to recognize the top voices in the energy efficiency community in the past year. Throughout December, Energy Central featured recognition and mini-interviews with some of the recognized top voices from 2021, so be sure to check out who was selected in this coverage of the Energy Management Network specifically—and perhaps that can be you next year!




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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