Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group – May 20, 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.


Next Big Thing: From LEDs to HVAC

Tilak Subrahmanian

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One of the dangers of energy efficiency initiatives and programs is the risk of complacency. People may install efficient lights or appliances and get that dose of the ‘feel good’ chemicals for a job well done, not realizing that the job isn’t done and technological advancements are making it so continued attention must be paid on energy use and opportunities for efficiency. That’s the central message here of Tilak Subrahmanian, Vice President at Eversource, when he talks about taking energy efficiency policy from the now commonly accepted solutions, like LEDs, and into new opportunities like heat pumps and other HVAC equipment. Just because the low hanging fruit had been captured doesn’t mean we stop harvesting the next level of fruit!


Joe Biden’s Green New Steel

Jay Stein

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Efficiency isn’t restricted just to residential or commercial energy use, but efficient processes are really needed in major industrial outlets to help usher in the energy transition. That’s why Jay Stein, Senior Fellow Emeritus with E Source, focuses on the possibility for green push in steel production. As he notes, steel is among the most carbon intensive industries we’ve got, so identifying efficiency and clean opportunities for the process is critical to decarbonization processes.


EEGR Buildings Target the 58% of all Energy Wasted Each Year

Glen Spry

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When it comes to areas for opportunity to really get the next stage of energy efficiency savings, nowhere is more exciting right now than the buildings stock. Whether new or retrofit, advancing technologies and increasing customer demand is making this area a prime target, and Glen Spry (CEO & President of sensorsuite) describes in this article how buildings themselves can actually become grid resources that utilities are able to tap into in new and innovative ways. You’ll have to read this full article to get the entire picture, but rest assured there’s plenty of reason to get excited about these possibilities!


Comment on speech of Bill Gates, to world Leaders @ “ Summit Climate” -- Improve old technologies – Forget new ones (case: electric showers)

Sergio Feitoza Costa

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To end this issue of the Energy Efficiency Digest, we have an interesting set of insights from Sergio Feitoza Costa of COGNITOR on the idea that proper improvement in some sectors may require improving existing solutions rather than creating the next shiny toy. Specifically, Sergio highlights the idea that “we do not need new technologies. We need to improve the existing ones and share them with non-developed countries.” When looking at energy efficiency in a global perspective, this is a great and important point to keep in mind.



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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