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Energy Efficiency  -  May 3, 2019

Innovation Summit Presentation: Lockheed Martin of 2025 - Future of Energy Management

Type: Presentation
Date Published: 5/3/2019
Source: Lockheed Martin
Primary Topic: Energy Efficiency

If our machines use less energy, will we just use more of them? That's the question asked by Devan Tracy, senior energy engineer at Lockheed Martin, in the opening of her presentation at Smart Energy Decisions' 2019 Innovation Summit.
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Energy Efficiency  -  April 29, 2019

2019 Innovation Awards Insights Report

Type: Article
Date Published: 4/29/2019
Source: Smart Energy Decisions
Primary Topic: Energy Efficiency

The second annual Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Awards were presented on March 13, 2019, to 22 large electric power users representing commercial, industrial, higher education and government sectors. This special edition of Smart Energy Decisions Insights highlights winners for Customer Projects, Utility Partnerships, and Renewable Energy Sourcing.
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Solar  -  April 22, 2019

Shining Cities 2019 - The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy

Type: White Paper
Date Published: 4/22/2019
Source: Environment America
Primary Topic: Solar

America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy. “Shining Cities 2019: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy” from Environment America presents a list of top solar cities and best practices to follow as cities tap their solar potential.
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Energy Efficiency  -  April 10, 2019

Innovation Summit Presentation: Delta Force - Driving Energy Efficiency at UVA

Type: Presentation
Date Published: 4/10/2019
Source: University of Virginia
Primary Topic: Energy Efficiency

The University of Virginia is having a great year, winning both the NCAA championship AND the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award for Energy Efficiency Technology! In this recap from the 2019 Innovation Summit, Jesse Warren of UVA offers a detailed look at the Clark Hall project, one of Delta Force's biggest successes.
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April 8, 2019

Aurora Public Schools Energy Management System

Type: Case Study
Date Published: 4/8/2019
Source: Aurora Public Schools

Aurora Public Schools (APS), which serves 40,000 students across 63 schools, has a goal to reduce energy usage by 10% by 2023. Knowing they needed to step up their efforts to reach that goal, APS decided to implement an energy information system (EIS). This case study follows the journey taken by APS and successes achieved.
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April 5, 2019

Innovation Summit Presentation: The Evolution of Sustainable Operations at Bloomberg

Type: Presentation
Date Published: 4/5/2019
Source: Smart Energy Decisions

Continuing our recap of the 2019 Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Summit, we present "The Evolution of Sustainable Operations at Bloomberg" from Michael Barry, global head of sustainable business operations. Barry discusses Bloomberg's efforts around sustainability and energy efficiency and emphasizes the importance of collaboration and building a business case to support sustainability efforts.
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March 29, 2019

Michigan State's long-term view on renewable energy

Type: Presentation
Date Published: 3/28/2019
Source: Michigan State University

With students and faculty pushing for environmentally friendly programs and a longer life span than most corporations, universities have special advantages and challenges when it comes to implementing renewable energy programs. In this presentation from a recent Renewable Energy Sourcing Forum, Dr. Wolfgang Bauer of Michigan State University explores higher ed's approach to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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March 27, 2019

Innovation Summit Presentation: Collaboration Enables Merck to Take a Huge, Sustainable Leap Forward

Type: Presentation
Date Published: 3/26/2019
Source: Merck & Co. Inc.

The Smart Energy Decisions 2019 Innovation Summit opened on a high note with a team from Merck discussing how their usually conservative company set a strategy of aggressive environmental sustainability goals and how they plan to reach these targets.
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Distributed Energy Resources  -  March 18, 2019

A Comparison of Fuel Choice for Backup Generators

Type: Article
Date Published: 3/18/2019
Source: Enchanted Rock
Primary Topic: Distributed Energy Resources

With increasing severe weather events and disasters triggering greater numbers of costly power outages, there is a growing interest in generators for reliable backup power. As businesses consider backup generators and systems, this research, sponsored by Enchanted Rock, discusses the costs and benefits of various configurations.
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Sourcing Renewables  -  March 13, 2019

Capturing the Full Value of Renewable Energy for Businesses in ERCOT

Type: White Paper
Date Published: 3/13/2019
Source: NRG Energy, Inc.
Primary Topic: Sourcing Renewables

As companies explore renewable options, they often find themselves stymied by product complexity and market uncertainty. This paper, presented by NRG Energy, Inc., examines why these challenges exist within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - even as low wind and solar energy prices serve as a strong motivator for companies to sign large offtake agreements.
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