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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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Energy Efficiency  -  March 4, 2019

Benchmarking and Transparency: Resources for State and Local Leaders

Type: Article
Date Published: 3/4/2019
Source: Smart Energy Decisions
Primary Topic: Energy Efficiency

Buildings account for about 40% of the energy consumed in the U.S. and therefore offer a great opportunity for energy and cost savings. This resource guide from Better Buildings shows how benchmarking and transparency can provide the foundation for improved energy performance.
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Microgrids  -  February 18, 2019

Establishment Labs Deploys Microgrid to Maintain Manufacturing Operations During Grid Outages

Type: Case Study
Date Published: 2/18/2019
Source: Enel X
Primary Topic: Microgrids

As part of Costa Rica’s goals of achieving carbon neutrality by 2021, its electric grid has experienced frequent outages as it transitions to renewable generation. This case study, presented by Enel X, spotlights the path of Establishment Labs, a medical manufacturer looking to integrate solar-plus-storage to power critical equipment when the grid goes down.
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Energy Efficiency  -  February 15, 2019

EV100 Progress and Insights Annual Report

Type: Presentation
Date Published: 2/15/2019
Source: EV100
Primary Topic: Energy Efficiency

More companies than ever are switching to electric vehicles, helping to combat air pollution in cities, lower business risk and future proof their operations as low emission zones are introduced globally. EV100's first Progress and Insights Annual Report shines a light on companies’ fleet and charging commitments including key drivers and challenges.
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