BPCA Recommendations in response to the Governor’s 2018 Energy Efficiency Targets

BPCA has been submitting official comments regarding energy efficiency within NY REV.  Another round of comments is due by October 8th.  BPCA / EFNY members are encouraged to reach out to me (conrad@home-performance.org). Here is the letter as currently written: BPCA Recommendations in response to the Governors 2018 EE Targets .

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The future looks better than it has in the past

solar and wind

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Transitioning from State-sponsored Home Performance to a Free-Market Economic Paradigm for Energy Efficiency

BPCA Market Transformation White Paper FINAL Dec 2015 and then feel free to email your comments to conrad@home-performance.org

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Energy is a form of currency; manage it like money and reap the business benefits.

“Recognizing the Value of Energy Efficiency’s Multiple Benefits” is a new white paper written by Christopher Russell, Brendon Baatz, Rachel Cluett, and Jennifer AmannChris Russell


The benefits of energy efficiency extend beyond energy savings. Homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities gain comfort, health, and safety benefits from energy efficiency programs. Additional benefits for businesses include savings on maintenance, materials, and the costs of regulatory compliance. On the supply side, electric utilities enjoy reduced system costs. Focusing on the residential, business, and utility sectors, this report examines each of these multiple benefits, their role in program marketing, and current best practices for including them in cost-effectiveness testing.

Click here to download it for free from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (you must register)

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Zebras escape Phily Zoo wearing old-timey prisoner garb…

Two zebras broke free in Philadelphia on Sunday, bringing traffic to a crawl as they Zebrasroamed city streets for about an hour, and strolled around inside a fitness center.

Video shown on local media shows police vehicles following in slow pursuit as the animals jockeyed through traffic just before being captured. Sorry – I lived in this neighborhood for a couple years – couldn’t help myself!

Full (truncated) story here

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Street art in Ithaca New York

tesla vs edison

Tesla vs Edison depicted on an electrical box downtown…

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Hey East Coasters – this has been the hottest winter on record!

If you live on the East Coast of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just released some statistics that may surprise you:

    • Globally, this has been the hottest winter on record, topping the previous record (2007) by 0.05°F.
    • This was “the 19th warmest winter for the contiguous US.”
    • Globally it’s easily been the hottest start to any year (January-February), beating the previous records (2002, 2007) by 0.07°F.
    • This was the second warmest February globally, and “slightly below” the 20th-century average in the contiguous U.S.
        Note: For NOAA, winter is the “meteorological winter” (December 2014 to February 2015).


As the NOAA map above shows, other than the “cooler than average” northeast, this winter has been “warmer than average” and “much warmer than average” and “record warmest” over every other land area in the world.

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