Expert Columns

Energy Efficiency  -  February 13, 2019

Engaging Franchisees in Energy Management & Benchmarking

Wendy's Smart Family of Designs 2.0 promotes energy efficiency while targeting significant savings in development costs. This column from Better Buildings shares efforts made by the energy team at Wendy's to provide coaching on understanding potential costs and potential return on investments from energy upgrades.
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GHG Emissions  -  February 11, 2019 - By Daniel Hill, EDF Climate Corps

Hershey aims to cut the carbon footprint of its chocolate with new Science-Based Target commitment

One of the world’s top chocolate companies shared new plans for reducing its impact on the planet – including committing to set Science-Based Targets. As this column from EDF Climate Corps notes, what sets Hershey apart from its peers is not this commitment. It’s the journey behind how it got here.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  February 6, 2019 - By BloombergNEF

Corporate Clean Energy Buying Surged to New Record in 2018

Corporations bought a record amount of clean energy through PPAs, in 2018, shattering the previous record set in 2017, according to this column from BloombergNEF. Moving forward even at this accelerated rate, will RE100 companies meet their 2030 targets?
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Solar  -  January 28, 2019 - By Amanda Corio, Google

Why we’re putting 1.6 million solar panels in Tennessee and Alabama

Hundreds of engineers, electricians, and construction workers are building two new, energy-efficient Google data center campuses in the Southeastern U.S.—one in Tennessee and another in northern Alabama. As this blog post from Google notes, they are not stopping there.
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Energy Efficiency  -  January 14, 2019 - By Better Buildings

City of Boston's improved energy management process

With nearly 4,000 utility accounts across more than a dozen different municipal departments as well as a need to leverage more granular data, the City of Boston needed a plan to improve their energy management processes. This column from Better Buildings reviews Boston's programmatic overhaul to how energy data was collected, analyzed, and reported, leading to the creation of real-time energy meter dashboards and recovering over $1.2 million in identified utility billing errors.
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Utilities  -  January 11, 2019 - By Coley Girouard

Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends

As we move into 2019, let’s check in on the top public utility commission (PUC) actions and trends of the past year. Ten prominent trends and actions stand out above the rest, from renewables continuing their downward price trajectory, to electric vehicle charging infrastructure build-outs getting approved, to exploration of utility business model reforms and non-wires alternatives to traditional distribution investments.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  December 14, 2018 - By Neil Kolwey

Renewable Energy Purchasing vs. Climate Goals

While renewable energy goals are part of a very promising trend towards adding more renewable energy to the grid, this column by Neil Kolwey suggests setting a strong climate goal based on energy efficiency and more selective renewable purchases is a more meaningful approach.
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Energy Efficiency  -  December 5, 2018 - By Sal Alhelo

The Invisible Enemy of Energy Management Programs (And 5 Steps to Beat it)

The efficiency you get out of your building today is rarely what your building is capable of. In this column, Sal Alhelo of JCPenney discusses the issue of efficiency degradation and how to avoid it in five steps.
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Energy Storage  -  November 30, 2018 - By Michael Pariser

A Battery Storage System Can Be The Perfect Complement to Your New Solar PPA

This column by EDF Renewables North America asks, what do you do with too much of a good thing—namely an oversupply of cheap solar during daylight hours? The answer could be battery storage systems.
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November 16, 2018 - By Daniel Hill

Revisiting 4 corporate sustainability trends all business leaders should be watching in 2018

Daniel Hill, EDF Climate Corps, revisits 4 trends cited earlier this year as those all business leaders should be watching in 2018. Where do they stand six months later?
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