Efficient Reading: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Energy Efficiency Group – July 15, 2021
- Jul 15, 2021 11:56 am GMT
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.
2021 Shaping Up to be a Banner Year for State Leadership in Energy Efficiency: Powering America’s Post-Pandemic Job Creation
This story from Lloyd Kass, Franklin Energy’s VP of Market Development & Regulatory Strategy, highlights two key themes that have pervaded the energy industry in recent years: the need for states to lead the way on policy and the ability for the energy industry to be a jobs creator. In the post-pandemic world, energy efficiency in particular is leaning into these themes, with the added benefit coming at the right moment of energy efficiency also helping households who are struggling financially with utility bills in the light of the economic conditions. This article provides some great tangible examples of what state policies are coming into play at the right moment.
Renewables and energy storage – the way forward for ERCOT?
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/renewables-and-energy-storage-way-forward-ercot
The situation in Texas and the ERCOT grid from earlier this year continues to ring throughout the utility industry, chiefly as leaders look to ensure such outages and storm vulnerabilities are not an issue moving forward. While renewables and energy storage may look at face value to be a matter of clean energy, the energy efficiency plug that Wayne Muncaster (VP of GridBeyond in North America) highlights is how these grid assets can enable the whole energy system to operate more efficiently and optimally—something that’s much needed in strained grids like in ERCOT and elsewhere.
New DOE Software Helps State, Local, and Public Institutions Track Energy Efficiency Projects
Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ee/new-doe-software-helps-state-local-and-public-institutions-track-energy
Lastly, this great update coming straight from the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab highlights a new software tool that the department is using to track the implementation, progress, and success of energy efficiency projects. The federal assistance when it comes to energy efficiency projects will continue to be needed for them to be implemented at the scale needed for real impact, and ensuring lessons are learned, references are available, and funding / implementation are properly tracked ensures transparency, optimization, and other benefits. See this full article to learn more about the eProject eXpress (ePX) and check it out for yourself.
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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