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


Data Disaggregation Helps Reveal Energy Waste, and Target Solutions

AESP Contributors Jeff Adams, Brad Cain, and Deb Dynako

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AESP members Jeff Adams, Brad Cain, and Deb Dynako review survey data about how consumers may feel about and ultimately utilize information coming from data disaggregation, and what that might mean for broad energy efficiency programs being implemented across the industry. The ability to pinpoint where energy waste is coming from, identify problem areas or equipment malfunction, and influence action are just a few types of the magic that can be accomplished when smart energy data disaggregation is put in the right hands, so if your organization hasn’t explored the possibilities then this article is a great place to start.


TAF Urges $27-Billion Federal Investment for ‘Well-Functioning Deep Retrofit Market’

The Energy Mix

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Another area of innovation in energy efficiency is in building retrofits, particularly important because investments made in standing buildings will have decades-long impact. The payback is typically there for any customer—residential, commercial, or otherwise—to invest in efficiency upgrades, but the upfront costs can be quite a hurdle. That’s where energy policy can, and should (according to this article), step in to eliminate that inertia. Read about what a ‘well-functioning deep retrofit market’ even means and how a federal injection of funds can really kickstart that much-needed market.


Biden, States Kick Off Pivotal Year for Appliance Efficiency Standards


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Speaking of energy efficiency policy, our friends at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy chime in here on the appliance efficiency side of the equation. After the previous administration focused its efforts on delaying or watering down many appliance efficiency standards, this blog post argues that the Biden Administration and supportive state governments are poised to hit a pivot point and get efficiency standards back on track. Once again, these are the types of upgrades that pay for themselves, but without policy requiring them it will come to the disadvantage of consumers who are unknowingly sold more inefficient and ultimately expensive-to-run machines.


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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