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

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Happy holidays and let your LED light shine! Constellation installed 280 LED lights along the Montage Mountain Resort’s 26 ski trails in Pennsylvania. The ski resort paid no upfront costs through Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy program.

Happy holidays and let your LED light shine! Constellation installed 280 LED lights along the Montage Mountain Resort’s 26 ski trails in Pennsylvania. The ski resort paid no upfront costs through Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy program.

Here’s what we can guess about you, our audience, based on the stories you read the most this year on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com.

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 tells the story of an industry in revolution. And you’re really interested in virtual power plants.

Interestingly, two of the top stories emerged from the same place: the National Summit on Integrating Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid

So, drum roll please, here are the most read stories for 2013 on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com.

Tied for First Place

Can You See the Power Plant in this Photo? No? Welcome to the Age of the Virtual Power Plant

No one likes to admit it, but we’ve all got a little NIMBY in us.  Energy is a good thing, yes, but Not in My Backyard. Power plants just aren’t pretty. That’s why it’s intriguing to see Charlottesville, Virginia – my backyard – on the cutting-edge of a new approach: the virtual power plant, one that you cannot see, smell, hear or touch. That’s right, it’s invisible.

Why Homeowners Don’t Trust Energy Efficiency. And What Might Change Their Thinking

Distrust is one of the single biggest reasons homeowners don’t invest in energy efficiency upgrades. Will the promised savings really materialize? Homeowners are  dubious. “It is obviously pretty hard to get someone to say yes to a value proposition, if they don’t actually believe in the value,” said Andy Frank, president and founder of Sealed, a company whose business model directly addresses this confidence problem

 Second Place

The New Power Couple: Energy Efficiency + Demand Response

Move over Bill and Hillary. An even more electrifying power couple is emerging: Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, or EE and DR as their fans call them. EE and DR may not be well-known beyond the world of energy geeks, but their pairing was the focus of intriguing discussion last week in Washington, D.C. at the National Summit on Integrating Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid, sponsored by the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS), the National Association of State Energy Officials and National Home Performance Council.

Third Place

Goodbye Two Guys and a Truck, Hello the Nation. Growing an Energy Efficiency Installation Business Big

It’s commonly held that a small business model best suits energy efficiency installation, what’s dubbed ‘two guys and a truck.’ But a Philadelphia company is intent on showing that scale is possible in the US – national scale. The Mark Group USA is quickly expanding beyond its Pennsylvania base with an eye toward becoming a national energy efficiency installer.

Fourth Place

Are We Investing Energy Efficiency Dollars in the Wrong Buildings?

It’s not easy deciding what buildings merit our energy efficiency dollars. In fact, the obvious choices may be the wrong choices. That’s the takeaway from a report issued today that is bound to stir up some discussion within the energy efficiency industry. Produced by Boston-based analytics firm Retroficiency, the “Building Energy Efficiency Opportunity Report” offers some counter-intuitive advice on how to find the buildings that offer the most  potential for energy savings.

Fifth Place

Are We Over-Hyping Smart Energy — Again

Sometimes we’re spot-on when we predict the future. Other times we blow it horribly. Larry Zarker, CEO of the Building Performance Institute, presented examples of how we misread the smart home’s future – and how we’re paying for it today – at the recent National Summit on Integrating Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid in Washington, DC.

Finally, we’d like to thank you for your interest in EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com and our new LinkedIn group. We plan to expand our coverage of the energy efficiency industry in 2014.  So please visit often. And, if you haven’t already done so, sign up for our free Energy Efficiency Markets Newsletter.

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Elisa Wood About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of MicrogridKnowledge.com. She has been writing about energy for more than two decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.

Comments

  1. Great way to end the year… nice read.
    My company TwoGuysandaTruck.com… no just kidding, but not really. There is room at the table for both big business and 2 guys and a truck. I have found the best in class showing up in small companies, dedicated technicians, and experts with literally decades of experience and service. The offset is that they cannot grow large enough and maintain that level delivery. Happy New Year, Karl

  2. Chala bavundi sir..Pata..pata guhciri meeru perchina prati mata bavundi..Ayite ee pata ne munde vinnappatiki naku meghasandesham lo migta rendu gurtunnayi..idi gurtuku raledu..ippudu prayatninchina saree :(..kani ikapi alagaa marchipolenu..anda bavundi mari..:)

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