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Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group – May 19, 2022

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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.

 

Financing Post Pandemic Building Upgrades

Curt Monhart

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/financing-post-pandemic-building-upgrades

This month’s digest starts with Curt Monhart, President of E3 Prime Environments, sharing some insights on how this unique moment of time may be poised for building efficiency upgrades and how building owners still struggling economically in a post-COVID world can look to finance those valuable upgrades. Specifically, using PACE loans can make new opportunities for these energy efficiency provisions. Take a look and consider whether this approach may be valuable for someone in your network.

 

The More Heat Pumps the Merrier

Jay Stein

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/more-heat-pumps-merrier-energy-technology-revolution 

Electrification is a concept that’s going hand-in-hand with energy efficiency these days, and heat pumps are one of the most critical technologies to opening up these possibilities. Jay Stein, Senior Fellow Emeritus at E Source, shares information about the interactions between beneficial electrification, refrigerants that have their own climate challenges, and how decisions can and should be made.

 

Con Edison Earns Recognition Again for Energy Efficiency Success

Allan Drury

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/con-edison-earns-recognition-again-energy-efficiency-success 

Looking to utility successes with energy efficiency programs will be a key aspect to spreading best practices across the sector, so the recently announced awards to Con Edison for its energy efficiency programs are worth reading for all across the sector. Both EPA and DOE have recognized the efficiency work that Con Edison is doing—take a look at this overview of those recognitions from Allan Drury to highlight where your utility may be able to take some inspiration.

 

Ghana Energy Commission shows impressive results from energy efficiency policies

Jenny Corry Smith

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/ghana-energy-commission-shows-impressive-results-energy-efficiency-policies

And speaking of lessons learned, we can also look beyond the U.S. borders to see where successful efficiency implementations are making waves. Specifically, Ghana’s success with energy efficiency policy is worth noting in this summary from Jenny Corry Smith, Director of CLASP. While Ghana and U.S. customers and utilities may have some notable differences, there are always lessons to be learned and ideas to brainstorm based on those results, so definitely check out Jenny’s overview of these efficiency successes as well.

 

 

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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