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Commentary from Industry Pros
Demand Response (DR) has become a strategic program for many utilities in recent years for several reasons, including cost-effective peak load management and the opportunity to build stronger customer relationships by offering money saving programs. The choice of the network on which to run DR programs plays a major factor in operating efficiency, program effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However - even among HVAC industry engineers - accurately projecting these savings is a complicated endeavor. It can be done but requires a considerable amount of time and effort.
Tools like ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings' efficiency, they are only that - a starting point.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was banned in New York state in 2008 to study its effects on the environment. Since then, there have been numerous debates on whether or not fracking would be beneficial for the state.
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a hot topic. There has never been a middle ground on the technology; people are either for it or against it.
Still reeling from the Polar Vortex, 2014 has been energy retail’s winter of discontent. It won’t be the last.
Elevations Credit Union (ECU) is currently monitoring energy usage for eight electric meters in four buildings using a dashboard format offered by Power Takeoff. The dashboard reports energy usage data at the end of the billing cycle for the previous month and also reports 15 minute interval data.
You're not likely to hear this at the neighborhood bar, and beer and wine makers are aiming to keep it that way. The rise in fracking operations worldwide in recent years has sounded alarms in the beer and wine making industries, as business owners are fearful of what fracking chemicals could do to their water supply. Their concern is centered on what would happen to their companies if toxic chemicals are released into the groundwater. With most energy companies holding their cards close to their vest and not divulging trade secrets, their fear is substantiated.
Some in the electric power transmission business must wonder if it makes political sense to follow the administration's lead and at least pay lip service to their green initiatives (mainly solar and wind) and to denigrate our basic resource of long-time availability, coal. The cheapest, TVA found out, was falling water from the many dams they had built over the decades.
The summer is here and vacations are being planned. Whether it's a family trip to a local beach, visiting relatives out of state, or a trip to Disneyland, families everywhere are eager to get out and enjoy this great time of year. With endless lists and preparations to take care of, it's easy to let energy efficiency take a back seat. But be proactive! A few simple modifications can really make a difference.