Energy Efficiency Bonds and Clean Water Funding Synergize

A precedent set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened up opportunities for states throughout the nation to potentially leverage the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to guarantee energy efficiency financing and enable private investment. This innovative approach was initiated in 2013 by the New York State Energy … [Read more...]

You Are What You Read? The Stories Readers Liked Best in 2013

Here’s what we can guess about you, our audience, based on the stories you read the most this year on You’re intrigued by up-and-coming concepts and technologies. The counter-intuitive draws your attention, as do emerging trends and young and rising companies. You’re looking for news not easily found elsewhere that … [Read more...]

Ohio Win Over Bill to ‘Gut’ Efficiency, Renewable Standards Caps Strong Year

(This was originally published on Advanced Energy Perspectives.) The 1988 Baltimore Orioles had a bad season – the worst losing streak in baseball history – when they chalked up 21 losses before winning a game. Opponents of advanced energy surpassed this record, going 0-26 in 2013 for bills introduced to roll back or eliminate renewable and energy … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: FirstFuel, U.S. Energy Department, American Efficient, EnerNOC, Awesense

FirstFuel Software secured $8.5 million in financing from new and existing investors, including E.ON SE, Battery Ventures, Rockport Capital and Nth Power. The investment comes on the heels of other significant milestones for the utility SaaS analytics company, whose customer list now includes several of the largest North American utilities. The new … [Read more...]

Sell That Energy Efficiency To Utility CFOs With These Tips

What keeps utility CFOs from embracing energy efficiency and demand-side management? What convinces them to invest in energy efficiency and demand-side management? Ward Eames, president, NTC, which provides educational content for utilities, provides tips based on his new ebook, "7 Strategies to Power Up Your CFO's Support." Listen to the podcast … [Read more...]

“Cutting Energy Use in Casinos” Podcast Gets All The Listening Love in 2013

In 2013, for our Energy Efficiency Markets Podcast, we interviewed energy efficiency experts about investment trends in energy efficiency, technology advances, how to sell energy efficiency to utility executives, energy efficiency projects, how to cut energy use in specific types of buildings--and much more. Which of these podcasts yielded the most … [Read more...]

Utilities, Boost Multi-Family Housing Efficiency with These Tips From WegoWise & ACEEE

Traditionally, utilities have ignored multi-family housing efficiency—because it’s harder to reach the owners and tenants. But don’t give up on these buildings; utilities can reach them by following in the footsteps of those who are already succeeding, says a new report from ACEEE that identifies best practices. ACEEE looked at several successful … [Read more...]

The Utility of the Future

The utility industry is in the midst of a massive transformation. As we plot a path to the future, through a shifting and challenging new landscape, it raises a key question: How will utilities evolve in a world where loads are declining, distributed generation is decreasing in price and increasing in volume, and capital costs for new … [Read more...]

Supercharged Buildings Use Less Energy than Conventional Buildings

This is the 6th article in a six-part editorial series which explains how a Supercharged building design can make your next commercial build more comfortable and energy efficient. Best of all, these building principles cost no more than conventional construction. This editorial series is sponsored by Termobuild. Supercharged buildings use less … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency RFPs and Market Prospects to Watch in the Northeast and Ontario

Several business opportunities are emerging for energy efficiency and combined heat and power in the Northeast and Ontario. Here are some solicitations and prospects we suggest you keep an eye on. Connecticut plans to open up bidding in January for $15 million it is making available in its second round of microgrid funding. Bids will be due in … [Read more...]