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

Click here to read BPCA’s new white paper and then feel free to email your comments to

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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

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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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White House announces Clean Energy Investment Initiative

The White House recently announced a new Clean Energy Investment Initiative at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Summit.

The Obama administration is hoping to catalyze $2 billion of expanded private-sector investment to investigate and implement solutions to climate change — by using innovative technologies as a way to reduce carbon pollution. The White House specifically pointed out investments in solar photovoltaics, wind power, advanced batteries, energy-efficient lighting and fuel cells.

“Further clean energy innovation to improve the cost, performance, and scalability of low-carbon energy technologies will be critical to taking action against climate change,” said Brian Deese, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. “Foundations and institutional investors have the potential to play an important role in accelerating our transition to a low-carbon economy and cutting carbon pollution.”

According to Deese, solar industry employment has grown 85 percent since 2010, while the price of rooftop solar has dropped more than 50 percent.

Included in the pledge was the announcement that the University of California Board of Regents is building on their commitment to invest more than $1 billion in climate change solutions.

The White House also plans to host a Clean Energy Investment Summit in the Spring of 2015 to discuss investment in clean energy innovation.

More information available can be found here and on
For information on ARPA, visit this website

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Demand Response, Behind-the-Meter Generation and Air Quality

The absence of up-to-date regulations on Behind the Meter (BTM) electric generators may offset the current efforts to reduce the emissions from peaking power plants. There is a need to quantify the environmental impacts of Demand Reduction programs in designing sound policies related to demand-side resources, and this paper is a great start.

Nice research from Xiyue Zhang (Hannah) and K. Max Zhang.

See the entire article at ACS Publications Environmental Science and Technology

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