Using car talk to sell home energy upgrades

By Elisa Wood September 29, 2010 Does the word ‘audit’ give you a warm and fuzzy feeling? Not likely. Yet it’s typically the first service an energy efficiency contractor offers to a prospect. Sometimes the audit is even free, much like the unwelcome kind we receive from the IRS. Use of words like ‘audit’ ‘retrofit’ and ‘weatherize’ turn off … [Read more...]

New security guidelines for the smart grid part 1

Lisa Cohn of realenergywriters.com interviews Marianne Swanson, chair of the Cyber Security Working Group and a Senior Advisor for Information System Security at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She describes an initial set of “Smart Grid” standards and how they affect Smart Grid product vendors and utilities. New security … [Read more...]

Move over Star Trek: Here comes Energy

By Elisa Wood September 22, 2010 Remember when the idea of generating electricity from wind turbines and solar panels seemed really cool? No denying their benefits, but they are sooo last year. Energy folks have gazed with envy at those who work in telecommunications for a long time. They invented the cell phone. Energy wanted its own … [Read more...]

Meeting EPA

Lisa Cohn from realenergywriters.com interviews Bob Hunter, CEO of TrendPoint Systems, about a new approach to managing data center efficiency to meet new EPA standards. Meeting EPA] … [Read more...]

EE advances in the IT sector part 2

Lisa Cohn from realenergywriters.com continues her interview with Rick Bauer, director of product management for CompTIA, a nonprofit trade organization for information technology. They discuss a new study showing a worldwide cut of more than 32 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions associated with IT equipment since 2007. EE advances in … [Read more...]

East coast states again dominate awards for efficiency

By Elisa Wood September 15, 2010 Again East Coast states have won disproportionate recognition in a national analysis of energy efficiency programs, this time from the well-respected American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. ACEEE named five of the best state-led efficiency programs in a report issued Wednesday. Three of the five awards … [Read more...]

EE advances in the IT sector part 1

Lisa Cohn from realenergywriters.com interviews Rick Bauer, director of product management for CompTIA, a nonprofit trade organization for information technology. They discuss a new study showing a worldwide cut of more than 32 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions associated with IT equipment since 2007. EE advances in the IT sector part … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency and PV: Together Forever

By Elisa Wood We have seen a marriage of the energy efficiency and solar energy industries as the US has worked to green its buildings. In fact, some financing programs require that all cost-effective efficiency be pursued before solar panels are installed. Here Elisa Wood interviews Liz Merry, owner of Verve Solar Consulting, about how the solar … [Read more...]

Best states for energy efficiency

By Elisa Wood September 2, 2010 If you live in Connecticut, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey or Ohio your state is doing something right – a lot right – when it comes to energy efficiency. The ten states deserve kudos, in that order, for policies that encourage energy efficiency, … [Read more...]

Stretching oil supplies with additives part 2

Lisa Cohn of realenergywriters.com continues her interview with Sergio Trindade, Ph.D., director of science and technology for International Fuel Technology. He's a co-laureate of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, as a member of the International Panel on Climate Change. He served as the assistant secretary-general of the United Nations (UN) for Science … [Read more...]