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Regulation  -  January 6, 2021 - By Caitlin Marquis, AEE

Top Energy Policy Trends from 2020–and How They Can Inform your 2021 Energy Plans

The year 2020 was certainly one for the history books, and for many of us, the cycle of bad news throwing wrenches into our lives and our livelihoods could not have ended soon enough. In terms of energy policy, however, the year brought some good along with the bad. In this column, Caitlin Marquis of AEE reflects on the trends that dominated energy policy in 2020 and will be shaping the debate for the year ahead. 

December 16, 2020 - By Tanya March, Envizi

Which renewable energy options are best for my business?

A recent Smart Energy Decisions webinar, “Optimizing the Pathway to Low-Carbon”, sponsored by Envizi, Edison Energy, and Redaptive, explored best practices for achieving Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction targets. This column from Tanya March of Envizi walks through the process of understanding which renewable energy options are best suited to your business and summarizes questions posed by attendees during the webinar.

December 11, 2020 - By Audi Banny, IMT

All Roads Lead to Green Leasing

Real estate in the U.S. and around the world is experiencing an astronomical disruption that will reshape the future of buildings, how they are built, operated, and occupied for the foreseeable future. In this column, Audi Banny of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) explains why traditional leases aren’t working, and why green, high-performance leases are becoming the new standard.

December 8, 2020 - By Mike Mattera, Akamai Technologies

New legislation can help Massachusetts build back a stronger, more equitable economy

As a sustainability professional living in the Commonwealth, Mike Mattera of Akamai Technologies is pleased to see that landmark climate change legislation was passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Now all eyes are on the state's general court, where final terms of the bill are being negotiated. In this column, Mattera explains the importance of legislation to build back a stronger, more equitable, just, and sustainable economy.

Energy Efficiency  -  December 7, 2020 - By ENERGY STAR

Energy Treasure Hunts During COVID-19

2020 was supposed to be a big year for energy treasure hunts and the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR© program - until COVID-19 hit. Yet even with restrictions brought about by the pandemic, this column from ENERGY STAR shows that organizations can still implement programs to find energy savings, engage employees, and build better energy management practices.

November 11, 2020 - By David Solsky, Envizi

Carbon Accounting is Complex. Software Can Help.

While making commitments and quantifying results is the critical first step to a carbon reduction journey, companies will find that carbon accounting and the process to reach traceable, auditable metrics can be complicated. This column from David Solsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Envizi, explains why it is critical to get started with a proactive approach. and why spending time doing the hard work now is time well spent.

Distributed Energy Resources  -  October 26, 2020 - By Jay Paidipati, IBM

IBM's DER Project Risk Evaluation Framework

While a DER project’s financial impact is very important to IBM, the company also needs to assess its impact on operations, the likelihood that it will get built, and how external factors might impact the project. In this column, IBM's Global Energy Manager Jay Paidipati shares the framework IBM developed to evaluate projects in the interest of exchanging best practices and benchmarking.

October 2, 2020 - By Thomas Murray, EDF +Business

Net zero is THE new business imperative

Even in this bleak current moment, when hope may seem sparse and many eyes are narrowly focused on November 3, we can’t lose sight of another urgent and looming crisis, one that poses severe threats to our communities and economy: climate change. In this column, Thomas Murray, EDF +Business, discusses the current landscape as a growing number of companies and investors recognize the risks posed by climate change and the need for bold and immediate action.

Distributed Energy Resources  -  September 25, 2020 - By Better Buildings

Resilience Isn't a Project - It's a Mindset for Better Plants Partners

2020 has been the year of “the pivot” – of looking critically at every part of operations and thinking creatively about new approaches to doing business. In this column from the Better Plants program, learn what General Motors and L'Oreal USA did to adapt to the events of 2020.

September 23, 2020 - By Jeff Colvin, MP2 Energy LLC

Redefining Corporate Renewables Procurement Strategy: Simplified, Effective and Accessible

For over a decade, renewable energy has been gaining prominence with leading global corporations. Yet even with declining renewable generation cost and increased pressure from shareholders to demonstrate sustainability progress, many organizations continue to struggle to execute on their sustainability strategies. This column from Jeff Colvin, MP2 Energy, explores innovative and simplified renewable energy solutions that can help them attain their sustainability goals.
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