Energy Efficiency - July 29, 2019 - By Gavin Platt, Lucid
There’s hidden potential for energy savings in your buildings, but how do you tap into it? This column from Gavin Platt, VP of design and co-founder of Lucid, discusses how innovators are learning to harness the power of building data in Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) to activate a modern energy management program.
July 24, 2019 - By Scott Wood, EDF Climate Corps
The 2020 presidential candidates are starting to introduce an array of proposals to fight climate change. In this column from EDF Climate Corps, Scott Wood offers advice on what is needed to advance climate-related initiatives.
Energy Efficiency - July 12, 2019 - By Cliff Majersik, IMT
Washington State recently became the first state to adopt an existing building performance standard, putting it at the forefront of all states in addressing energy efficiency in buildings. In this column from the Institute for Market Transformation, Executive Director Cliff Majersik shows how Washington is blazing a trail that other states are likely to follow.
Finance - July 1, 2019 - By William Tokash, Navigant Research
Corporate commercial and industrial (C&I) energy and sustainability managers are looking for cost-effective, customized, and comprehensive energy solutions that can guarantee energy savings. In this column, William Tokash of Navigant Research discusses a new, broader set of financed distributed energy resources (DER) solution options that extend beyond energy efficiency that have emerged to define how energy as a service (EaaS) solutions will be deployed across the C&I landscape.
June 21, 2019 - By Alexandro Jimenez, Hubbell Control Solutions
Commercialized lighting has evolved to include LED technology, which comes with the advantage of utilizing low voltage current to enable lighting products to function while still receiving the same illuminating benefits. While the luminaires have received most of the attention to date, this column from Alexandro Jimenez of Hubbel Control Solutions explains why it’s the lighting controls, including Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting, that will ultimately be the leading technology for energy efficiency.
June 17, 2019 - By Brianna Esteves, Ceres
As multinational companies drive clean energy investment in Virginia, greening the grid and leading the state to a low-carbon future. This column from Ceres shows how Microsoft is pushing the envelope and leading the charge, both in their own operations as well as in the realm of clean energy policy advocacy.
Sourcing Renewables - June 5, 2019 - By Patrick Flynn, Salesforce
Salesforce is calling on Virginia’s utilities, regulators, and lawmakers to prioritize clean energy in their policymaking and grid-planning activities. This column from Patrick Flynn, VP of sustainability at Salesforce, argues that with 70% of the world's internet traffic flowing through data centers in Virginia, the state needs to do better than generating only less than 6% of its power from renewable resources.
Energy Efficiency - June 3, 2019 - By Sal Alhelo, JCPenney
To enjoy an energy efficient building, your overall strategy must address two different areas of energy efficiency: the regular routine (automation) and the irregular (anomalies). In this column, Sal Alhelo of JCPenney warns that addressing only one of these two areas - or worse, applying the same strategy to both - means you are likely wasting energy.
May 31, 2019 - By Tom Murray, EDF + Business
The days when business leaders could dodge social or political issues are coming to an end. In this column from EDF Climate Corp, Tom Murray says executives need to publicly and visibly put company values to work.
May 13, 2019 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy
As-a-service business models are growing in popularity - and one of the most impactful may be Efficiency-as-a-Service. This column from Better Buildings discusses this pay-for-performance, off-balance sheet financing solution that allows customers to implement efficiency projects with no upfront capital expenditure, including how it works, alternative approaches, and advantages and disadvantages.