Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group – February 25, 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.


Don’t wait until 2030 to electrify NYC buildings: De Blasio is onto something, but his timeline is too timid

Stephen Mushegan

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In this linked editorial from Stephen Mushegan, Manager of Building Electrification at the Rocky Mountain Institute, discussion of the push in New York City to require new building construction to implement all electric measures is discussed in detail. Stephen notes that the direction the NYC mayor is going is the right one, but with climate change and decarbonization being an actively ticking clock that there’s no time to waste with half measures when greater movement can be taken on a quicker timeline. And based on the detailed comments received on this article, the Energy Central community certainly has a lot of interest in this topic—so I encourage you to share your thoughts in the article’s comments section as well!


Takeaways from the 2021 AESP Annual Conference

Elizabeth Popp

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Despite moving from an in-person gathering of energy professionals to an online format, the AESP Annual Conference appears to have been just as impactful and inspiring for those who were able to attend. For anyone who missed this critical yearly conference, Elizabeth Popp (Associate Director of Marketing at Michaels Energy) has you covered with the trending topics and critical takeaways from this crucial gathering of industry leaders. See what the industry is talking about and leave Elizabeth a question if you want to know more about what was discussed.


Recurring Savings from a Touch-Free Program Design (that Customers Already Love)

Danielle Marquis

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Forward-looking utility programs are constantly finding new ways to engage customers and ensure the desired impact is reached, as sometimes the marketing or the changing of customer behavior is the real limiting factor, not the technology or opportunity. In this piece, Danielle Marquis of Franklin Energy highlights the way that subscription models can be leveraged in the energy efficiency industry to unlock new opportunities in a creative way.


What first? Renewable Energy or Energy Efficiency?

Norbert Vasen

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Finally, an interesting thought piece from Norbert Vasen—CEO of Birdseye Energy Consulting GmbH—on the opportunities presented by renewable energy and energy efficiency, how these two areas of focus interact, and if there should be a sense of priority between the two. Just as thought-provoking as the original article are the discussions taking place in the comments—so be sure to check those out 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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