Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group – December 30, 2020

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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.


The Role of Energy Efficiency in a 100% Renewable Energy World

Tim Burrows

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One key reason that energy efficiency has been grabbing the spotlight in recent years is because of the role it can play in the energy transition. Can conserving and reducing energy use alone transition us to a carbon-free power sector? No, of course not. But is it a tool that can enable the other solutions to be more quickly and freely successful? Absolutely. This is the topic that Tim Burrows, President and CEO of Sustainable Returns Inc. dives into in this great thought piece that generated some vibrant discussion in the comments. Be sure to read the article and drop your thoughts at the end as well.


The Importance of Energy Data to Make Energy Improvements

Ron Miller

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In the march to include energy efficiency as a part of the energy transition, we need to make sure as an industry we’re targeting the low hanging fruit and racking up early and easy wins. To do so, complete and accurate energy data is a vital component of any energy efficiency upgrade, which is explained so well by Ron Miller of Reliant Energy Solutions in this article. Learning where to start so we make the right first steps cannot be overlooked.


How to Implement AI in Your Data Center

Suzie Ocie

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Energy efficiency is critical in many businesses, and the operation of a data center is one where it may play more importance than others. There are only a limited number of upkeep costs, and data centers tend to be energy intensive to optimizing the consumption of energy is critical to keeping the monthly operational costs down. Suze Ocie explains in this article some of the key ways in which artificial intelligence is making those efforts more effective and successful. The marriage of AI and efficiency will be one that only continues to grow in the coming years, so Suzie’s piece can serve as a great initial primer on the topic.


Energy Efficiency Victories in 2020 (AKA Don't Fall Victim to Doomscrolling) 

James Giordano

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Last but certainly not least comes this great thought leadership piece from James Giordano, Principal at Nexant, Inc. and the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group’s latest resident expert. In this interview article James posted, he discusses with Steve Nadal, Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) the ways in which a tough 2020 have actually been peppered with reasons for optimism in the energy efficiency space. If you’re feeling jaded or beat down by the past year but want to know what energy efficiency successes have managed to come through anyway and are still on the horizon, this article serves as a great pep talk and motivator!


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. If you're not yet a member of the EC Energy Efficiency Group, follow the link to 'JOIN NOW!' Then select the "join option" in the top right of the group page.  If you are not yet registered, you will be prompted to create a profile first.

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