Honda Malaysia now charity 3M and Ecotint window stain film during dealerships …

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Honda Malaysia (HM) has announced a accessibility of comparison window stain films during all of a 82 dealerships nationwide. Customers who squeeze any stream Honda will have a choice to implement a certified window films during an affordable price. Four are now offered, and they are:

3M – Horizon Safety (only in Pen. Malaysia) – RM1,500
Ecotint – Ray Barrier 4 – RM1,500
Ecotint – Ray Barrier 6 – RM2,100
Ecotint – Ray Barrier Premier 6 – RM2,800

HM says that it went by a difficult routine to name 3M and Ecotint as applicators of choice. 3M imports a film from Japan and Korea, while Ecotint’s products are made by Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co Ltd in Japan.

The comparison films have varying density and manifest light transmittance (VLT), though all approve with JPJ regulations. Using non-metallised and low infrared rejecting films, HM says that business need not worry about division of electromagnetic signals and can use GPS and Smart Tags normally. The specs of a films are listed below.


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Those who squeeze HM’s comparison window films get 5 years guaranty from a date of installation, negotiable tenure for warranty, after sales support as good as a shorter and safer designation process, a association says.

Films are customarily totalled and embellished directly on a automobile windows during a designation process. The heating routine can potentially repairs surrounding rubber and cosmetic parts, while scratches on a windows can happen, HM says, adding that this partnership with 3M and Ecotint has enabled both suppliers to pre-heat and pre-cut their films to compare Honda models, that translates to a shorter designation routine and reduce risk of damage.

CES Predicts Employment Surge, Economic Benefits from Widespread Use of …

The conversion and installation process for LED lighting, soon to be the norm for public buildings, will provide employment for over 114,000 new electricians, plus a boost for the overall economy, says Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc.

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Based on its commercial clients’ experience of energy cost savings from converting to light-emitting-diode-based (LED) lighting, Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc. (CES), one of the nation’s foremost full-service energy consulting companies, estimates that the conversion of high-rise buildings in the 32 most heavily developed cities in the U.S. to LED lighting would yield a total energy cost saving of $3.65 billion over five years.1

In addition to cost savings, converting these buildings’ lighting systems and installing LED lighting would provide a substantial number of new jobs for electricians, already a booming field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of electricians is expected to grow by 20% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, resulting in a net increase of 114,700 jobs. Median earnings for a trained electrician in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, were $49,840 per year, 43% above the median for all workers of $34,750.2

The combination of a lowering of overall energy consumption and entry into the market of a large cohort of skilled, highly compensated workers, says CES, will provide real and lasting benefits to the economy, benefits that are already apparent and will quickly become more so. While initial adoption of LED lighting has been slow, it is expected to proceed much more rapidly over the next few years. Robert Weissbourd, president of RW-Ventures and the author of a study on green economic opportunities in Chicago, predicts that in the next decade, LED lights will capture more than half of the world’s demand for new lighting. Weissbourd compares the situation of LED lighting with that of digital photography, noting that as recently as the late 1990s, there were many who felt that technology was still decades away from replacing conventional photo film. LED’s time, he says, has come.3

Other observers agree. According to General Electric, LED, which now accounts for only 18% of the global lighting market, will see its market share increase to 70% by 2020. Over that same period, GE expects the value of the market to grow from $66 billion per year to $100 billion. To demonstrate the capabilities of LED on a large scale, GE has recently undertaken some major LED conversion projects. At Marriott headquarters in Bethesda, MD, the company has illuminated two million square feet of garages and parking lots with LED systems to provide 70% energy savings and a two-year return on investment. In Las Vegas, NV, an LED street lighting solution for the city’s streets is expected to generate annual energy savings of $1.7 million and a reduction in annual maintenance costs of $1 million.4

“We’ve seen comparable results with LED conversions made by our clients,” says CES CEO Pat Clouden. “We know the economic benefits are real, and so are the opportunities for tomorrow’s new electricians.”

That opportunity, as Clouden sees it, will not be short-lived. CES expects the need for large numbers of skilled electricians to continue well past the major conversion of the country’s large buildings, due to the emerging importance of LED circuitry in what is being called the Internet of Things. According to a recent study from Navigant Research, annual sales for occupancy sensors, photosensors, and lighting network gear related to LED lighting applications will grow from $1.1 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion by 2020. Falling LED prices, says the report, will drive up the adoption of lighting controls. The semiconductor nature of LEDs makes them inherently controllable, with better dimmability, easy integration of controls with drivers, and instantaneous setup. Each new LED fixture can, in essence, become a node on an intelligent controls network.5

CES has transitioned from selling primarily to residential customers to selling primarily to businesses, and has become one of the nation’s leading full-service energy consulting companies. Along the way, it has been a pioneer not only in helping its customers negotiate the best and most appropriate per-unit energy purchase arrangements, but also in helping them to reduce consumption through commercial energy saving programs and commercial LED lighting.

About Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc.:

Headquartered in Clearwater, FL, Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc. (CES) is one of the nation’s foremost full-service energy consulting companies, with over two million residential and 300,000 commercial customers across the United States and Canada, including many Fortune 500 companies. Founded in 1999 by Patrick J. Clouden, CES transitioned in 2004 from selling primarily to residential customers to selling primarily to businesses. The company’s long-standing relationships with the largest independent energy suppliers in the U.S., coupled with its unparalleled knowledge of the industry, give CES customers access to the most competitive electricity and natural gas rates available in their area. CES is dedicated to educating its customers about the choices available to them as energy consumers, and to helping them, in a volatile energy market, to balance short-term savings against long-term risk. The company’s mission is to assist its commercial clients in better managing their energy costs so as to add to their bottom line. CES is an industry leader in providing its clients with effective strategies and solutions to reduce energy costs. References are available upon request. For more information, visit

1. “LED Conversion: Consumer Energy Solutions Says Skyscrapers in 33 U.S. Major Cities Would Save 3.65 Billion in Energy Costs,” Wall and Ceiling Canada, April 10, 2015.

2. “Job Outlook for Electricians,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

3. McMahon, Jeff, “LED Poised to Light Up The World: Study,” Forbes, January 27, 2012.

4. Trefis Team, “GE Lighting Sees Brighter Future with LED Growth,” Forbes, June 11, 2013.

5. Clancy, Heather, “Why LED Retrofits Are The ‘Trojan Horse’ of the Internet of Things,” Forbes, December 26, 2013.

Post award conference provides contractors information, direction

Post award conference provides contractors information, direction
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Robert Mackey, Energy Savings Performance Contract project manager, addresses representatives from companies selected as the 14 Energy Service Contractors (ESCO) for the third Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC. Members of the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville ESPC team met with the ESCO representatives at the Training Conference Center on the University of Alabama Huntsville campus June 17.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The one-day-long post award conference allowed Huntsville Center representatives and opportunity to review the terms of the Energy Savings Performance Contract MATOC with the ESCO representatives.

More than 30 representatives from companies selected as the 14 Energy Service Contractors (ESCO) for the third Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) met with U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville representatives at the Training Conference Center on the University of Alabama Huntsville campus June 17.

An ESPC is one of the acquisition vehicles an installation can use to meet the Army’s 30 percent energy and 15 percent water reduction goals without upfront capital costs.

The one-day-long post award conference allowed Huntsville Center representatives and opportunity to review the terms of the Energy Savings Performance Contract MATOC with the ESCO representatives.

“This was a long time in the works,” said Porcha Porter, ESPC project manager.

“We had an original MATOC (Multiple Award Task Order Contract) that was $900 million, and now this MATOC increases our capacity for awards up to $1.5 billion which means we can get out and get more work done in the field for the installations and agencies needing the service.”

Porter said the greatest benefit of the conference is bringing the entire team together to begin working out the details of the MATOC.

“Today we have the ESCO representatives here with the Huntsville Center ESPC team — the engineers, the contracting officers, the project managers, the office of counsel — to gather additional information and go over Huntsville Center’s expectations. The conference also provides the ESCO representatives an opportunity to ask specific questions of us.”

American Development Institute LLC of Smithfield, Rhode Island, is the sole small business receiving a contract under the ESPC III MATOC and one of the ADI representatives, John Rizzo, said the conference was very useful as the company begins its processes to meet contract requirements.

“Our roots are in [previously] helping a lot of the larger ESCOs, and it’s important for us to step out and be recognized as a small business that can be recognized in this industry,” Rizzo said.

“As the Center representatives went through the details of the contract, from legal issues to monitoring and verification to safety and training, they have been very informative and accommodating, and I think we’ll see that same support as we get more involved in the projects.”

Porter said ESCOs are key partners in the ESPC program as they provide the capital and expertise required to make comprehensive renewable energy and water efficiency improvements on installations or facilities supported by the MATOC in exchange for a portion of the generated savings. That business model allows the installation or facility to then focus appropriated funds on other mission critical requirements.

“Agencies often don’t have funding for upgrading facilities so the real benefit of ESPC is that we have this tool available to partner with these companies for third party financing. In today’s fiscal environment, many installations are seeing declining budgets and upgrading facilities to meet federal energy reduction goals is quite challenging,” Porter said. “Third party financing through the ESPC provides a viable solution for the installation and is a win-win solution for the government.”

Under terms of the ESPC MATOC, implementation and development costs are financed for up to 25 years, allowing for the replacement of older systems with newer, more efficient systems. The ESPC MATOC also provides savings guarantees through mandatory measurement and verification and the savings guarantees must exceed payment each year.

Huntsville Center is the Army’s leader in ESPC, awarding more than 80 percent of the total ESPC contracts servicing customers at more than 30 sites around the world. As the program continues to grow, Porter said more customers are coming to Huntsville Center looking to the ESPC as a solution to meet energy reduction requirements.

“Huntsville Center has proven itself a leader in the ESPC realm for getting these projects implemented in the field. The benefit we’ve developed from our [ESPC] program and process is getting recognized and we’re getting more interest from other agencies and organizations.”

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Tint-Off™ Competition Rules and Regulations and Annotated Score Sheets are …

Registered and impending International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT) competitors can now perspective a central foe manners and regulations as good as annotated measure sheets online. Currently in a fifteenth year, a Tint-Off™ Competition is behind for WFCT 2015 and includes a Architectural, Automotive and Paint Protection Film (PPF) divisions. The muster building is set to be hold Sep 30-October 2 during a Reno-Sparks Convention Center. This year’s eventuality will ring all from educational seminars and exhibits to networking opportunities, as good as a attendee-favorite Tint-Off competitions and Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony.

Prizes for a 2015 winners have also been finalized. For a Architectural Division, a first-place leader will accept a grand esteem of $5,000, a bullion award and trophy, as good as bragging rights as a “World’s Best Architectural Window Film Tinter.” Second place will accept $1,000 as good as a china medal, and a third-place leader will get $500 and a bronze medal.

Back for a second year and bigger than before, a first-place leader of a PPF Division will accept a grand esteem of $5,000, a bullion award and trophy, as good as bragging rights as a “World’s Best Paint Protection Film Installer.” Second place will accept $1,000 as good as a china medal, and a third-place leader will get $500 and a bronze medal.

The first-place leader for a Automotive Division will accept a grand esteem of $10,000, a bullion award and trophy, as good as bragging rights as a “World’s Best Automotive Window Film Tinter.” Second place will accept $2,500 as good as a china medal, and a third place leader will get $1,000 and a bronze medal.

Here are a manners and regulations and annotated measure sheets for any of a 3 Tint-Off divisions:

Tint-Off Rules and Regulations:
Architectural Division
Automotive Division
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Siemens Receives Base Contract Award from Army Corps of Engineers

ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has selected Siemens as one of the contract holders for a base contract award that now gives the company the opportunity to bid on the design, construction, and operation of a variety of energy savings projects across the U.S. government.

Siemens Government Technologies Inc. (SGT) will hold this energy savings performance contract (ESPC). The cost of any projects subsequently won by Siemens will be funded by the guaranteed energy savings derived from the conservation measures that Siemens implements.

The Army Corps of Engineers has been one of the most active users of ESPCs in the federal government. This successor Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) builds on earlier momentum by providing a new funding ceiling, an extended timeframe, and an expanded scope beyond U.S. territory and into U.S. government facilities in Germany, South Korea, and the Marshall Islands. Though USACE will hold the contract, all federal agencies will be able to use this vehicle to seek industry help to achieve energy and cost savings. Other federal agencies currently using ESPCs range from the Departments of Defense and Energy to the General Services Administration and National Park Service.

An ESPC allows federal agencies to reduce their energy usage while incurring no upfront costs. As a certified energy service company, Siemens provides the expertise for meeting federal energy goals and optimizing energy management — from energy audits and full program design, to alternative financing that covers costs while energy savings are realized. The performance contract leverages energy savings to pay for facility, capital, and technology improvements. This enables federal agencies to reduce operating costs while realizing the additional value of new, energy-efficient equipment and infrastructure. These facility improvements decrease energy consumption, save money, optimize functionality, and help government agencies meet their federal energy-saving mandates

“Siemens is proud to be a significant partner across the federal government, helping a variety of agencies use ESPCs to meet their mission to save energy and use more renewable energy. We are applying our innovative energy and environmental expertise in energy efficiency and power generation to help them do that,” said Judy Marks, president and chief executive officer, Siemens Government Technologies. “As the largest single user of energy in the U.S., the federal government is leading by example through its commitment to improving the energy efficiency of America’s publicly-owned buildings and facilities, reducing carbon emissions, and enhancing the nation’s energy security.”

For more information on Siemens Government Technologies, visit


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date: 6/29/2015

Wawa and Area Leaders Learn Small Changes = Big Energy Savings – Wawa


On Thursday June 25, 2015, the EDC of Wawa was pleased to host an Energy Conservation Workshop at the Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre. Attendees included twenty representatives from a variety of sectors including: municipal, regional communities (Michipicoten First Nation, Dubreuilville, and Chapleau), local schools, the hospital and social housing. The purpose of the workshop was to show how both technological upgrades and behavioral changes result in optimal energy savings.


The workshop opened with a speech by Mayor Ron Rody where he stated that Wawa council is committed to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for the community as a whole. Emily Cormier, Energy Project Manager at the EDC of Wawa facilitated the workshop and spoke about the Wawa Energy Plan. Key presenters included Ashley Remeikis, Municipal Energy Specialist  from Local Authority Services (LAS), an affiliate of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) who engaged attendees in a presentation and group activity regarding small behavioral changes that they can make at work to optimize energy savings without high capital investment. Jody Tait, Energy Conservation Advisor from Algoma Power Inc. (API) discussed ways to save at home and showed participants how to use MyHydroEye, where API customers can track their hydro consumption online. The workshop concluded with a presentation by Karry Anne Campbell, Bioeconomy Specialist from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, discussing the bioenergy supply chain, benefits, technical information, and ways to include biomass heat in community energy planning.


The next stage of the Wawa Energy Plan, Baseline Study and Energy Maps will be available to the public on July 21, 2015. The Wawa Energy Plan is funded by the Municipality of Wawa, the Ministry of Energy, the Economic Development Corporation of Wawa and Algoma Power Inc. If you would like more information on the project, please contact Emily Cormier, Energy Project Manager at 705-856-4419 or by email at
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ADVICE: Energy Savings

Cornwall’s families are told shopping around for energy could save them more than two hundred pounds a year.

Latest statistics from OFGEM reckon we pay over a hundred and fifty pounds more than we should on gas alone.

It works out at fifty pounds for electricity.

Researcher are encouraging us to switch.

Dave Atfield from Wadebridge Renewal Energy Network helps those facing fuel poverty: “The obvious first step is to reduce demand and so we give people advice on insulation, access to grants etc. And then we look at issues around switching energy provider and reassuring people that the process isn’t as scary as they might think.”

He added lots of fears put us off: “That it’s complicated, that something will go wrong and they may be without energy. For those that don’t have access to the internet they need professional advice and people feel that it’s possibly going to be more than an issue than it actually is.”

The research also claims that independent energy suppliers are on average cheaper for fixed tariffs. Some of these deals are below £1,000 compared to £1,165 for an average customer.

Ofgem’s chief executive Dermot Nolan said: “It’s the same pipes and wires, so why pay more for your gas and electricity when you don’t have to?  Now is the right time to go energy shopping if you live in Cornwall. You could save yourself around £205 by choosing a new tariff for the winter – simply visit our website at to help you pick a better deal.”

OFGEM added that we make even more savings by moving from paying for energy by cheque to direct debit (up to £100) and/ or opting for a tariff with paperless bills (up to £70).  

For an easy guide on saving money on your bills click here

You can also check the Energy Saving Trust’s website for more tips on how to save money by reducing the amount of energy you use here

WREN’s advice for people in Cornwall can be accessed here

NYSERDA Seeks Promising but Underused Energy Efficiency Technology …

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering $3.3 million to improve the market share of underused energy efficiency technology in commercial, institutional, and non-process-related industrial settings.

The technology must be commercially available and provide energy-savings or load-reduction for electric and natural gas customers.

Applicants may offer two types of proposals: focused demonstrations or energy performance validation.

NYSERDA will fund focused demonstration projects for up to 60 percent of installation costs, capped at a maximum of $250,000 per project, and will fund and provide performance validation services at the demonstration host sites. To be eligible, demonstrations must a) provide independent performance data from previous projects, and b) Be among the Focused Demonstration Targeted Categories posted on NYSERDA’s website.

Energy performance validation proposals will receive funding and performance validation services from NYSERDA at the demonstration sites. To be eligible, technologies must provide performance data from previous projects. Applicants are responsible for all project development and implementation costs.

The project is part of NYSERDA’s Technology and Market Development (TMD) portfolio of programs, under the $75 million Advanced Building Technologies initiative.

The state is focusing on buildings because they account for nearly two-thirds of New York’s energy consumption, and 50 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Emerging energy efficiency and load management offer new opportunities for energy savings in buildings. But until these technologies gain market acceptance, they are likely to face barriers to implementation. These barriers  may include higher upfront costs, installation or commissioning challenges, lack of performance validation, limited customer or contractor awareness, and the lack of supply chain development.

NYSERDA hopes that the program will dentify barriers to increased market adoption, prove in-field performance, and increase market and customer awareness.

Proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis through December 30, 2016 or until funds are exhausted.

Program application forms are available on NYSERDA’s website, as is additional instructions for proposals. The contact for questions is Liz Hanna, 866-NYSERDA, ext. 3358, [email protected] Contractual questions should go to Venice Forbes, 866-NYSERDA, ext. 3507, [email protected]

Follow Energy Efficiency Markets on twitter @EfficiencyMkts to track RFPs and opportunities.

Energy efficiency can be incredibly valuable — but we do need to measure it …

Earlier this week, I wrote about a new paper by three economists affiliated with the E2e Project suggesting that a federal program to improve the energy efficiency of low-income homes in Michigan wasn’t nearly as cost-effective as we thought.

That paper, and the press hype around it, triggered a bunch of sharp critiques from within the energy-efficiency world — see here, here, here, and here — and I wanted to highlight some of the more insightful responses below.

Critiques of one weatherization program don’t necessarily apply to all energy-efficiency policies

Just as a refresher, there were three notable aspects of the E2e study: First, it was a randomized controlled trial — the gold standard of evaluations, but something that’s rarely done for efficiency efforts. Second, the study found that the actual energy savings from weatherizing Michigan homes was just 39 percent of what models had predicted beforehand. Third, the study argued, the upfront cost of boosting efficiency in Michigan under the federal Weatherization Assistance Program greatly exceeded the estimated monetary benefits that accrued from saving energy.

What made this study interesting, to me, was that it suggested we shouldn’t just assume energy efficiency is always the cheapest way to reduce emissions based on modeling that suggests massive potential for eliminating waste at negative cost. As Michael Greenstone, one of the co-authors of the paper, told me, that hypothesis needs to be field-tested, rigorously, to make sure those savings actually occur.

However, a number of readers thought this study (and my post) could be interpreted as an attack on all energy efficiency. So I figured it was worth clarifying this point. It’s not! The researchers only scrutinized a single federal program in Michigan. As Greenstone explicitly told me, this hardly undermines the rationale for every single efficiency policy out there, many of which operate very differently. But it does raise some worthwhile questions.

Now, on to some of the specific critiques — which offer important context and help clarify what’s valuable about this paper:

1) There’s more to low-income weatherization than saving energy

Not just about lower electricity bills. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

The federal Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income families upgrade the efficiency of their homes through things like replacing furnaces, improving insulation, and sealing cracks in doors and windows. Through a randomized controlled trial, the E2e study found that this cost the government about $5,000 per household, but only saved households about $2,600 in energy costs over the lifetime of the upgrades.

However! As Rebecca Stanfield of the Natural Resources Defense Council pointed out, these programs aren’t intended to be cost-effective solely on the basis of energy savings. They also have a variety of social benefits: helping low-income people stay comfortable through the cold winter, improving people’s health by removing mold or asbestos, fixing potential carbon monoxide leaks from heaters, boosting the value of dilapidated housing stock.

Martin Kushler, a senior fellow at the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy, cites a Department of Energy evaluation pegging these “non-energy benefits” at around $3,466 per household. “Viewed in that comprehensive manner,” Kushler writes, “programs like WAP are cost effective from that broader societal perspective — as a public policy, they make sense.”

That’s fair. Though, as a counterpoint, the Department of Energy often frames the weatherization program as a pure win in terms of energy savings alone. This E2e study raises some questions about that — although, since it only examined efforts in Michigan, it’s tough to make generalizations about the program nationwide. Other states might do better.

2) Low-income weatherization isn’t representative of all home efficiency programs

Employees at EnerNOC work in the “mission control” room, or network operations center, at their hub, in Boston, Massachusetts, August 12, 2013. (Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)

This follows from the first point above. Because low-income weatherization has so many different social goals, experts have long understood that it’s a less cost-effective way of saving electricity than other efficiency programs.

Look at the broader context: The federal government spends about $225 million per year on the Weatherization Assistance Program (plus it got a $5 billion infusion, spread out over multiple years, from the 2009 stimulus bill).

By contrast, US utilities spent $7.2 billion in 2012 alone on a wide variety of ratepayer-funded efficiency programs — with about one-third of that going to residential efficiency (some of that weatherization). When it comes to efficiency, this is where the real money is. And, as many people pointed out, utilities scrutinize these programs much more closely, and they tend to be considerably more cost-effective.

Merrian Borgeson of NRDC points to a 2015 study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finding that the cost of the average utility-run residential efficiency program was about 3.3 cents per kilowatt-hour — or about half the cost of electricity from a brand-new power plant. By comparison, low-income programs cost about 14 cents per kWh:

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Bottom line: Sure, there are low-income weatherization programs that may not be particularly cost-effective from a pure energy standpoint. That’s partly because they have all these broader social goals. But those low-income programs are only a small fraction of what’s going on with efficiency around the country.

The bigger story is that electric utilities around the country are finding that it’s cheaper to help homes become more efficient — by, for example, offering rebates for more efficient appliances, lighting, heating, and so on — than it is to build new power plants. And that’s before we get into any of the benefits from saving CO2 emissions.

3) But yes, we do need better ways to measure energy efficiency

Who wants to talk metrics? (Shutterstock)

Finally, there was this thoughtful response from energy finance consultant Matt Golden. He raised the two big contextual points above, but he also pointed out that the E2e study raised an important issue — namely, that “existing models for estimating efficiency over-predict savings.”

As Greenstone told me, policymakers typically rely on models and engineering studies to predict the potential energy savings from various efficiency measures ahead of time. This, in turn, helps guide various programs. But these models are far from perfect. As the E2e study discovered, the Michigan weatherization program was only saving 39 percent as much energy as the models had predicted. That points to a real potential pitfall in designing efficiency programs.

Golden, for his part, agrees that models tend to be over-optimistic about potential savings, and that this is a genuine problem. Yet he also points out that some states are trying to devise solutions here: “One recent study in New York State by Performance System Development shows that calibrating predictions to past bills dramatically improves results. California is taking a different approach with the CalTRACK system, which uses electricity meter data to track actual savings and adjust predictions to match actual performance.”

In theory, this should over time lead to a system where utilities, states, and others can identify efficiency opportunities more rigorously — and devote more resources to programs that deliver the most savings. “Rather than rely on top-down programs that pay rebate coupons upfront,” Golden writes, “we should establish markets that price savings based on levelized avoided cost of new generation and pay for results as they occur.”

Golden’s full response is very much worth reading. Energy efficiency really does have the potential to save money and cut CO2 emissions. But we still need to measure it properly. “The important question here is not whether public investment in efficiency is a good value,” he says, “but rather, how do we maximize our efficiency returns?” On that, both he and Greenstone would agree.

Further reading:

Editorial: Cost of energy ‘savings’

A startling new study finds that a widely used federal program aimed at saving energy for home heating costs more than it saves. It’s another caution on the dangers of relying on computer models of anything.

The Weatherization Assistance Program, run by the Energy Department, has financed energy-saving projects at more than 7 million homes since 1976, in cooperation with states, municipalities, utilities and private agencies.

More than 7,300 households in Michigan with incomes less than twice the federal poverty level returned, on average, minus 2.2 percent, on the investment in work done.

Counting “greenhouse gas” emissions, the return was even worse: minus 9.5 percent.

Energy was indeed saved, 10 percent to 20 percent for participants. The savings, however, amounted to only 40 percent of the estimates provided by the computer model used to assess the effects of adding insulation, sealing leaks and tuning up furnaces. Indoor temperatures did not change significantly.

The model “overestimates returns by a significant margin,” wrote the investigators.

Haven’t we seen this movie before? No model of the economy used by the White House has ever predicted a recession — at least in public. For decades the Energy Department’s investigations of actual highway fuel usage by motor vehicles has been far below the requirements of federal law.

All the sky-is-falling, we’re-all-doomed predictions of global warming come from one or more computer models out of more than 20 used to represent the earth’s climate. Not one predicted the halt in warming that has lasted 18 years.

A little humility is in order. Predictions are necessary, but facts ought to rule in the end.

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Environmental groups scoff at pipeline report

Environmentalists are questioning the findings of a study funded by a Kinder Morgan subsidiary that found jobs and energy savings would accrue from a pipeline the company hopes to build.

In a study funded by Tennessee Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, the Beacon Hill Institute found the proposed infrastructure would create energy savings of up to $204 annually for families and $25,415 on average at industrial businesses.

“All the report says is their infrastructure will create jobs and increase our energy supply. In fact, every new energy infrastructure creates jobs and increases our energy supply . . . wind, solar, hydro. What’s the point?” Environmental League of Massachusetts President George Bachrach wrote in an email. He said, “Frankly, we think it’s pretty outrageous for the ‘Institute’ to be fronting for a self-serving, Kinder Morgan funded report.”

The proposed pipeline would bring Pennsylvanian natural gas into New Hampshire and Massachusetts, where winter energy demands for heat and electricity have created price spikes in recent years.

About a quarter of the route in Massachusetts runs through public and private conservation land, said The Trustees of Reservation Director of Policy Jennifer Ryan, calling that a “big concern.” She said the pipeline would run through one of the group’s properties in Windsor and an 80,000-horsepower compressor would be built nearby where it would be visible and audible from the Trustees’ property.

The Trustees maintain scenic properties around the state that are open to the public.

Some energy improvements may lack good payoff – Standard

A research report out this week casts doubt on the true payoff of some home energy improvements. Will the energy-saving investment provide a worthwhile return?

It can depend on which experts you talk to and exactly what improvements are made, under which conditions.

For starters, switching to LED lightbulbs or shutting off power strips are some easy ways to save money and energy.

To promote additional energy savings, utility companies and some government agencies offer incentives.

In 2007, Questar Gas began offering rebates for things such as upgrading furnaces, water heaters and driers.

As a result, 1 in 4 customers has taken measures to save natural gas, said Darren Shepherd, a spokesman for Questar.

FILE – In this May 6, 2009 file photo, watt-hour meters track electricity used by residents of an apartment building in St. Marys, Pa., Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Home efficiency measures such as installing new windows or replacing insulation may actually cost homeowners money in the long run, according to the surprising conclusion of a University of Chicago study released Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Since implementing its measures in 2007, Questar customers have saved 5 million dekatherms of gas annually, which is enough to supply 65,000 homes a year.

“There’s significant savings that have occurred since 2007,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd said the gas that is saved means the company does not have to buy it on the open market.

“By reducing demand, it’s a benefit really for everyone across the board,” Shepherd said. “Because so many have taken advantage of the program, we haven’t had to buy as much gas as before.”

And technology is only getting better.

When Questar started its program in 2007, it was difficult to find high-efficiency water heaters. Today, such water heaters are the minimum standard.

To keep up with technology, Questar reevaluates its rebates every year.

Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Paul Murphy said to promote efficiency, the company has Utah Demand-Side Management, known as the Wattsmart program.

“Our program is working,” Murphy said, “It’s saving electricity and it’s saving money.”

Rocky Mountain Power applies 3.6 percent of bills directly to energy efficiency services. That money is used to give incentives and find ways for businesses and homes to be more energy efficient.

“Energy efficiency programs we find we are getting a lot more return than that 3.6 percent,” Murphy said.

The programs are evaluated by the Utah Department of Public Utilities.

However, a recent study called “Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program” questions if energy efficiency improvements provide a viable return on investment.

Meredith Fowlie and Catherine Wolfram of the University of California, Berkeley, as well as Michael Greenstone of the University of Chicago conducted the study. The University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute, which does economic research, published the study this month.

The study says conventional wisdom suggests that energy efficiency policies are beneficial because they induce investments that pay for themselves and lead to emissions reductions. 

However, this belief is primarily based on projections from engineering models.

The researchers conducted an experimental evaluation of the nation’s largest residential energy efficiency program using a sample of more than 30,000 households.

The study says many improvements, such as replacing windows, may not actually offer a good return on investment.

Mitch Richardson, a senior energy analyst for Survey and Testing Services Inc., said it depends what the money is spent on.

“Like a lot of things, it depends,” Richardson said. “Windows are kind of a tricky improvement to make.”

Savings depend on what the homeowner is starting with.

For those with single-pane, aluminum-framed windows, there will be a return on investment.

A lot of door-to-door salesmen will push windows, because they are the biggest, most expensive home improvement.

However, such an upgrade is not needed if the building already has double-paned and wooden- or vinyl-framed windows.

“Don’t upgrade them,” Richardson said, “you won’t get your money back in your lifetime.”

Dianna L. Gethers, Building Energy Efficiency Program Specialist for the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, took issue with the study because the home improvements went beyond energy efficiency and most were for health and safety needs of the occupants.

“If you have no insulation,” Gethers said, “you have birds coming into your home.”

Most of these efforts work, such as Utah’s energy conservation plan, which Gov. Gary Herbert approved in 2014, she said.

“We’re one of the only states that have those in place,” Gethers said.

There are a number of low-money, high-value fixes Richardson recommended, such as making homes more airtight.

“For a few bucks of caulk and some labor, you will save a lot of money,” Richardson said.

He also suggested upgrading to compact fluorescent or LED lights.

Gethers said LED lighting is low-hanging fruit that provides inexpensive, almost immediate savings.

Along with such suggestions, Murphy recommends keeping air conditioners at 78 degrees in the summer.

For those putting money and effort toward energy efficiency, along with air sealing, Richardson recommends ensuring that there is 14 inches or more of blow-in insulation in the attic.

When installing a new furnace, look for one that is at least 95 percent efficient

When choosing an air conditioner, make sure it is the right size. Even getting an oversized air conditioner will waste energy.

“You are racing it all the way up to the top, and then it stops,” Richardson said. “If it is turning off and on all the time, then it’s not as efficient.”

For those looking to improve existing homes, people need to realize that efforts can only go so far.

“You can make old places more efficient, but on old houses, you get to the point of diminishing returns very quickly,” Richardson said.

The biggest savings can come in new construction.

“Building a new home from scratch,” Richardson said, “you can do a lot of things that way.”

The Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development is looking to add more efficiency efforts to the 2015 building code, which will require homebuilders to use more energy efficient materials in construction, which would add dramatic energy savings to consumers.

“I think it’s a cost-benefit not only for the homeowner,” Gethers said, “but you are saving energy, which is great for everybody.”

The new code would include 25 measures to improve efficiency, such as requiring homebuilders to implement more energy efficient materials and appliances into their projects.

However, in the past, homebuilders have fought energy improvement additions to the Utah building codet, Richardson said.

“New consumers don’t know better,” Richardson said, “so why put in something that makes a difference?”

For those looking at new homes, Richardson recommends looking for an Energy Star label.

There are benefits to buying the energy efficient homes, not just for savings, but for comfort and the structure will last longer.

“A lot of people have it in their head that an energy efficient home will be less comfortable,” Richardson said, “when it will just be the opposite.”

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Summer energy savings

As it heats up the folks at Entergy Mississippi want to remind you of some programs that could assist you with your energy costs. Money raised through “The Power to Care” program helps elderly and disabled customers pay their energy bills. Also, Entergy’s “Level Billing Program” helps any customer manage their costs throughout the year. There’s also the “Residential HVAC Equipment and Tune-up Program.” The program offers check ups on A/C and heat pumps at a discount or little or no cost for low-income customers.

Entergy also offers the free Residential Audit and Direct Install Program” known as “READI.”  Through the program you’ll learn how to make your home more energy efficient. A home inspection is included.

We have an energy expert come to your home, walk through your home with you. It takes about an hour and very specific recommendations about how you can make your home more energy efficient, they’ll give you a simple report, says Mara Hartmann, Entergy Mississippis spokesperson.

Some other tips to save energy include, setting your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.  Also, use fans to cool off, replace air filters, close blinds and shades, wrap your hot water heater with a blanket and seal leaky windows and doors.

For more tips and programs take a look at the Entergy website at

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Johnson Window Films Returns to Sponsor WFCT 2015

Johnson Window Films, a manufacturer of modernized laminates, has sealed on to be a Sponsor of a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT). The eventuality is set to be hold Sep 30 – Oct 2 during a award-winning Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Reno-Sparks Convention Center and will embody educational seminars, an muster gymnasium and a attendee-favorite Tint-Off™ competitions.

During a conference, attendees will be means to take partial in educational seminars by attention leaders and consultant speakers, network on a uncover building with window film and paint insurance film manufacturers and suppliers, as good as perspective 3 Tint-Off divisions.

We spoke with Steve Chambers, clamp boss of sales and marketing, on what Johnson will be charity on a uncover floor.

WFM: What products and/or services will your association be displaying in a counter over this three-day show?

SC: In further to a finish line of automotive films we will be showcasing a far-reaching array of Architectural and confidence window films.  We’ll also be introducing Johnson Window Film University, that offers a finish window film training curriculum that includes endless hands-on designation training in 7 categories:  basic automotive, modernized automotive, automotive security, simple prosaic glass, modernized prosaic potion and confidence film and connection systems.  In further to a designation training we’re charity courses on sales and offered designed to assistance dealers foster and grow their businesses. This will embody courses like offered your window film businesses, amicable media marketing, offered automotive window film and offered architectural window film.  Our idea is to yield dealers with a information and collection indispensable to be successful in this flourishing and rival market.

WFM: What done we confirm to Sponsor a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™?

SC: Johnson Window Films has been a believer of Window Film repository and a window film attention given a commencement and we wish to continue that support.  This eventuality is a pivotal eventuality to bond with a stream dealers and to network with impending new partners. The dealers that take a time to attend and attend in this eventuality are accurately a form of dealers we’re looking to supplement to a family.

WFM: Why is a uncover critical to a window film industry?

SC: It creates a training sourroundings for all window film professionals either they competing or spectating. Sharing information and designation techniques strengthens a attention and promotes growth. This eventuality allows dealers to showcase their skills and joining to bettering themselves and a industry.  Johnson Window Film encourages foe as it breeds value and innovation. Something we essay for each day.

WFM: Does your association have any recommendations for a Tint-Off competitors?

SC: If we are here competing we already know what to do. Just stay focused, ease and cold and do what we do best.

WFM: Will Johnson offer any specials during a show?

SC: In an attention increasingly dominated by corporate conglomerates Johnson Window Films has always stood out from a crowd. We’re family-owned and operated and focused on one thing – producing window film products that broach quality, opening and reliability. All a window film products, made in Southern California by Johnson Laminating and Coating, Inc.—an ISO 9001-2008 approved company, are made to a top standards and sole worldwide.


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Local window tinting business Smartfilm is celebrating a one-year anniversary of safeguarding business from a object while pushing with a giveaway window tinting offer. The association is holding a cookout Saturday, Jun 27 during a plcae in Mesa, and a initial 20 cars in line will accept a giveaway window tint. The subsequent 100 cars in line will accept a $50 present label and bonus coupons will be give out to all attendees. To foster skin cancer awareness, Smartfilm is also donating 10 percent of all deduction between Jun 28 to Jul 3 to The Skin Cancer Foundation. The anniversary jubilee runs from 11 a.m. -to 4 p.m. For some-more information call 480-907-7200 or visit

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New ‘Low-Cost, Tunable Window Tintings’ are on their Way

While some businesses have problem determining either to suggest decorative, solar control or remoteness film, academia has grown a approach to incorporate all 3 into a singular film.

Researchers during a University of Cincinnati (UC), in partnership with Hewlett Packard and EMD/Merk Research Labs, have grown “tunable window tintings,” in an bid to reinstate normal architectural shades and support in automotive privacy.

What it Does

The product can not usually be dimmed from transparent to shadowy and change colors, nonetheless it also has a ability to go change a light transmittance from transparent to opaque, achieving remoteness for a user as well.

The product can leave windows totally transparent ...

The product can leave windows totally transparent …

While a film has solar control properties, Jason Heikenfeld, UC highbrow of electrical engineering and a male behind a development, is betting consumers will compensate some-more for a aesthetics.

“You can sell a product to people who are engaging immature product, nonetheless it’s not as constrained to a ubiquitous consumer,” he says. “We consider they will compensate some-more for remoteness control and light control.”

Heikenfeld says his origination is not usually allied to normal window film performance, nonetheless offers some-more flexibility.

... or make a room darker ...

… or make a room darker …

“You can substantially impersonate a opening in existent film,” he says, nonetheless admits a film has not been tested for solar control properties. “You can get tighten to limit clarity that we can get with a film, opacities and tone tints that will compare anything out there on a marketplace says—though we can usually name dual tone options.

As for tone choices and opacities, tone tints will “match anything out there on a market,” Heikenfeld says, nonetheless users can usually name dual colors. “For example, we can name amber and blue. If we brew those two, we get black. With amber, we have comfortable lighting and with blue we have cold lighting.”

... or it can go ambiguous to yield a user with privacy.

… or it can go ambiguous to yield a user with privacy.

What Tinters Think

Jason Zirpoli, owners of Applied Film Technology in Cheseapeake, Va., is vehement about a product with so many capabilities—especially if a window film attention ends adult installing it.

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David Kratz, owners of Oklahoma City-based Adams Window Tinting, is meddlesome in a product, nonetheless also has his doubts.

“Currently with switchable (electrochromic) films, there is usually a one-year guaranty and a product costs anywhere from $25-$78 per block foot,” he says. “Almost each designer who calls me wanting a switchable film changes his mind once he learns about a life camber of it [so] it will be engaging to see a continuance of this new product.”

The product can also switch colors, causing a room to knowledge a cold or comfortable lighting effect.

The product can also switch colors, causing a room to knowledge a cold or comfortable lighting effect.

Its Cost and Lifespan

According to a press recover put out by UC, it was a “challenge” to keep a cost of a new element underneath $30 per block foot. Heikenfeld also says that a initial marketplace for a film will be automotive and will have a 10-year lifespan in that application. For residential and blurb buildings, it will final 20 years, he says.

One of a researchers’ goals is to partner with window manufacturers to request a film during a phony process—a idea that stream window film manufactures have nonetheless to accomplish.

Heikenfeld says a “roll-on coating” will also be sole as a retrofit and would be commissioned by approved “laminaters.” The product has now been incited over to a commercialization partner, a name of that is not being expelled during this time.

No Question: Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver Huge Benefits

Decades of experience and verification prove energy efficiency programs deliver huge benefits to consumers and the environment – and these benefits far exceed the costs. A new working paper about a single federal efficiency program for low-income residents in Michigan is generating a lot of hype, but does nothing to contradict these basic facts.

The paper, which has not been peer reviewed, examines the Weatherization Assistance Program funded by the Department of Energy in Michigan, but one of the authors cautions that it should not be generalized beyond that. “This is one study in one state looking at one subpopulation and one type of measure,” study co-author Meredith Fowlie, an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, told the Washington Post. “I would not feel comfortable generalizing from our study in Michigan.”

So here are the facts:

  • Energy efficiency programs are continually tested and measured by state regulators – and the benefits generally far exceed the costs of the programs, or they wouldn’t go forward. Each dollar invested in energy efficiency measures yields $1.24 to $4 in benefits, according to a study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
  • In addition to bill savings, a new report out today underscores that efficiency programs produce a host of other economic and environmental benefits, including avoiding the need to build new transmission lines and power plants while reducing public health impacts from air pollution.
  • The federal program examined in the new study also focuses on improving the health and safety of low-income residents and such steps as removing asbestos or upgrading wiring would not produce energy savings, per se.
  • A closer read of the study makes clear these weatherization programs provide vital support for Americans most in need of assistance at great value to society, and these results are not generalizable to most other efforts to reduce energy waste.
  • And nothing in the study contradicts the well-documented fact that energy efficiency is the cheapest, fastest, and cleanest way to reduce climate change emissions from power plants under the Clean Power Plan.

Regions, states, public and private utilities, and third parties across the country have over 30 years of experience investing in energy efficiency programs and have developed processes and protocols to evaluate, measure, and verify energy savings. And state utility regulators, publicly owned utility governing boards, and independent system operators (ISOs) are sufficiently confident in the results to use energy efficiency in resource planning and procurement.

What’s the study about?

In the program examined by researchers at the University of Chicago and UC Berkeley, participants received a range of energy efficiency improvements, as well as home repairs needed to do the work safely and effectively in often old and poorly-maintained buildings.

Despite all of the negative reports, the results of the program from the participants’ perspective are actually quite positive - they get a 10 to 20 percent bill savings, plus on average $1,000 of non-energy improvements such as asbestos removal and electric wiring updates, PLUS in many cases a new furnace or new windows – all at zero cost to them (remember, these are low-income Michigan residents who likely could not afford these improvements).

Substantial data shows that energy efficiency is well worth the investment

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory maintains a database of the measured and verified costs and savings from energy efficiency programs across the United States. Their most recent report found that the 2,100 program years they examined had a total cost of saved electricity, weighted by the energy saved, of 4.6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) across all sectors. This includes both program costs and participant costs related to the energy efficiency measure. This is about half the cost of building a dirty coal power plant.

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The chart shows that residential efficiency on average costs 3.3 cents per kWh, and commercial and industrial efficiency costs 5.5 cents per kWh. Not surprisingly, low-income programs cost more (14.2 cents per kWh) and have a smaller customer contribution due to the participants’ ability to pay. Given that these low-income programs provide more benefits than just energy savings, and that the average rate U.S. utilities charge residential customers is about 13 cents per kilowatt hour, this is still a good deal.

The costs used to calculate cost-effectiveness are not generalizable

Unfortunately, in calculating the cost-effectiveness of this program, the researchers included not only the costs of the non-energy related improvements, but the full cost of the efficient equipment installed, concluding that this efficiency program doesn’t deliver. The project costs included basic non-energy improvements like removing dangerous wiring and toxic asbestos, which increased costs by about 25 percent (about $1,000 on top of the $4,000 in improvements). The full cost of new furnaces and windows were also included (as opposed to the incremental cost of the more efficient model which is the standard measure of energy efficiency program cost-effectiveness) — no one gets a furnace solely for the energy-saving features (they mostly want to be warm in the winter!). This accounting makes a huge difference. For example, about 1/3 of all participants in the program got a new furnace at a cost of over $3,100 each. If you assume that the “incremental” efficiency premium on the furnace is about $400 (meaning the less efficient furnace option is $2,700), the cost of the efficiency portions these projects is far less – about $3,100 instead of $5,000.

The social mission of these programs are met by providing these basic services to low-income residents, and we should continue making sure that low income residents’ home are safe, comfortable AND efficient. But in energy efficiency programs for non-low-income customers, the incentive or rebate would only pay for part of the cost of the improvements.

There are many reasons to invest in energy efficiency for low-income residents

If you read the study details, the authors are clear that these research finding are not widely applicable to energy efficiency, or even necessarily to other weatherization programs. However, the news release was not so careful and as a result, many news stories are reaching the wrong conclusion. In fact, low-income programs serve a much broader purpose than just maximizing energy savings per dollar spent or with the primary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They are focused on improving the health and well-being of low income residents, especially those most vulnerable, such as children and the elderly.


If you ignore the over-inflated hype, this paper has some valuable insights:

  • It is one of only a few attempts to measure a “rebound effect” (where supposedly people do things like keep their homes even warmer in the winter because efficiency makes it less expensive to do so) – the authors find no evidence of rebound.
  • It is important for more programs to do after-the-fact assessments of bill data and try to learn more about what efficient technologies and practices are best able to capture savings.
  • We need to make weatherization programs more accessible to low-income families. As the authors state, applying for the Michigan program was “highly onerous and time intensive” on multiple levels. Weatherization programs should be easier to access for those most in need.

In short, energy efficiency continues to be the way to go, both for customers ‘pocketbooks and the environment.

Energy efficiency: Delivering Consistent Results for Households in Michigan and …

A new academic working paper has been characterized in press accounts as broadly casting doubt on the cost-effectiveness of all residential energy efficiency programs. But extrapolating the results from one low-income program in Michigan to counter years of experience proving otherwise in the Midwest and elsewhere could lead to seriously flawed conclusions about the benefits of smarter energy use. As I’ll detail below, existing utility efficiency programs offered by utilities in Michigan for residential customers are saving between 2 and 7 dollars for every dollar spent on the programs and have been performing well for years.

The paper released by a consortium of academic institutions looked at the results of the U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program on single-family, low-income Michigan homes and concluded the costs of the program significantly outweighed the financial value of the energy saved.

While the data underlying the paper’s conclusions may well lead to valuable insights that can help government, non-profit and utility program managers design better programs, it shouldn’t be used, as the accompanying press release suggests, to undermine the vast body of research demonstrating the potential for cost-effective residential energy efficiency programs to deliver enormous value to customers (including in Michigan and elsewhere in the Midwest).

One of the papers authors agrees, saying: “It’s important to note that these results may not apply to all energy efficiency programs across the nation, says study co-author Meredith Fowlie, an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. “This is one study in one state looking at one subpopulation and one type of measure,” she says. “I would not feel comfortable generalizing from our study in Michigan.”

Scores of studies, extensive research, and years of experience show: Energy efficiency remains the most cost-effective utility resource, and the cleanest.

As my colleagues have pointed out, making broad conclusions about energy efficiency programs from the experience with this one would be a mistake. For example,

  • Programs like the federal weatherization program these researchers examined generally have goals that reach far beyond just maximizing energy savings per dollar spent. The program they analyzed allocated $1,000 per household on non-energy investments (such as asbestos removal or mold abatement), often necessary to make the home safe and to eliminate health threats in them. These are worthy expenditures, but weatherization programs have broader goals than utility efficiency programs, such as improving the health and well-being of low income residents, especially those most vulnerable, such as children and the elderly. Utility efficiency programs focus only on energy upgrades.
  • The analysis compared the full cost of the installed equipment to the value of the savings over the lifetime of the equipment. However, utility energy efficiency programs generally do not pay for the full value of a new appliance. Rather, they pay down the incremental cost – the difference between a standard model and a more efficient one. This is a particular feature of weatherization programs, and critical, as those living on low incomes typically can’t contribute to the cost of weatherizing their homes. And it also demonstrates why low-income efficiency programs should not be compared to other efficiency programs.
  • The study noted and measured a very high cost of marketing energy efficiency programs to low-income residents. This is a well-documented market barrier that innovative community-based programs such as the Chicago-based Energy Savers Program have begun to break down. Where traditional marketing of incentives often fails to engage building owners and tenants, if information about a program comes from trusted allies in the community, and is offered at the time of refinancing, the cost to acquire that customer as a participant in the program can be dramatically reduced.

Proven cost-effective energy efficiency programs abound in Michigan and the Midwest

More to the point, there are fantastic examples of very cost-effective residential energy efficiency programs offered to Michigan residents from the utilities right now – as there are in many Midwest states. Both Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy are required to use energy efficiency programs to lower customer costs and deliver benefits, including lower carbon emissions. Both companies have offered a broad suite of programs, including ENERGY STAR® appliances, home energy reports, audits, and discounts for efficient products. Both have also painstakingly documented the results of their programs, and using multiple ways of measuring costs and benefits, they have saved between $2 and $7 for every dollar spent on the programs.

In 2013 (the last year for which I have data), Detroit Edison (DTE) reported that its residential programs had a benefit to cost ratio of $6.90 saved for every dollar spent when comparing the utility’s cost for delivering energy savings versus what it would cost to generate and deliver the same amount of energy from a power plant. The ratio of benefits to costs was 4.1 to 1 when both the utility and customer costs of participating in the program were compared with the total costs avoided by the program savings. Either way, energy efficiency was the clear winner from a cost-effectiveness perspective for residential customers.

Also in 2013, Consumers Energy delivered cost-effective savings to its residential customers in Michigan. On average, its 12 residential programs had a benefit to cost ratio of $2.60 saved for every dollar spent when comparing the utility’s cost to deliver the energy savings, versus the utility’s cost to meet customer demand with a power plant. The benefit to cost ratio was 1.97 when comparing the programs total benefits to the total costs (customer and utility) to achieve the savings. Nearly identical results were reported for 2014. Again, these programs are saving substantially more than they cost — regardless of which test is applied.

These results are not unique to Michigan. A look at the cost-curve below for the programs offered by ComEd, the utility serving northern Illinois including Chicago, demonstrates that the costs of the programs, represented by the blue line in the chart, are far exceeded by the benefits, represented as the avoided costs that would be incurred to provide equivalent electric service without the energy-saving programs.

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One of the paper’s main conclusion, that the estimated results of a program can differ substantially from the actual measured results, could lead to improved engineering estimates and models, and using metered consumption data to determine the results of energy efficiency programs. I would not argue with making these improvements in how we estimate and measure results.

But to assume that the results of the one federal program resemble the cost-effectiveness results of other residential energy efficiency programs would be an enormous mistake and it’s a mistake that could be easily made based on the press materials accompanying the paper.

Possible solutions for bird, window collisions embody film





Time is of a hint to revoke injuries and fatalities to a feathered friends in a area of a Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium, that is some-more than half-way built.

Christine Sheppard, a bird collisions debate manager for a American Bird Conservancy (ABC) in The Plains, Va., pronounced warblers, thrushes and sparrows typically are a many visit victims.

“We detected in a tests with tunnels that what birds consider they can fly by is formed on their physique size,” Sheppard said. “These small warblers with their wings stretched are maybe 6-inches wide. If you’ve got lines spaced 4 inches detached many of these birds will consider ‘damn we don’t wish to strike my wings so I’ll go around.’”

Window film with plane lines that are 2 inches detached would be even improved on a 8,500 potion units comprising a track extraneous and 5 outrageous entranceways approaching to be a world’s largest pivoting doors, Sheppard added. But she acknowledges that building a new element is a extensive undertaking.

“It’s not pardonable during all, generally an outward window film given we have to make it able of withstanding consistent barrage with UV deviation either it’s manifest in a tellurian operation or not,” she said. “There are a lot of things to be resolved for this to happen. If 3M is looking during this they’re not going to come adult with a resolution before a track is built. That’s for sure. And, unless someone is peaceful to present a income to put pronounced window film up, we competence be behind where we started — though we can’t pronounce for a Vikings.”

There is a transparent Solyx polyester film on a marketplace from Decorative Films LLC of Frederick, Md., that has really slight plane lines and deters bird collisions, Sheppard said. It has an approaching useful life of 7 years and been practical to a extraneous of bureau windows and zoo exhibits. The product was used on a vast potion wall of a bear enclosing during a Philadelphia Zoo to strengthen birds and forestall visitors immature and aged from encountering swift victims.

“It’s not really overt and it seems to be rarely effective during interlude collisions,” Sheppard said. “We got this window film adult and a zoo hasn’t had a singular collision given and a many critical thing is that they haven’t had a singular censure from a open that they couldn’t see a bears. This is critical given any resolution has to work for both people and birds.”

Cookout on a Budget & Summer Energy Savings

Summer energy savings 30 Minute Projects for Savings

Install and Use Fans to Cool Your Home

·If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

·Don’t forget to turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room and keep in mind that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.

·Choose an Energy Star certified ceiling fan for 60 percent more energy efficiency than standard fixtures.

Use Cooler Lightbulbs

·Replace incandescent lightbulbs with LEDs. LED light bulbs use 84 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer.

·These bulbs have made significant advances over the last few year and finally deliver the warm light incandescent bulbs have comforted us with for decades.

Change Air Filters

·Changing air filters regularly (every 1-3 months) is a quick and easy way to keep energy consumption lower. Dirty air filters force your AC unit to work harder than necessary and waste energy.

·Air filters provide the added benefit of air quality control by trapping large particles, such as dust mites and pet dander, as well as smaller particles like bacteria and mold spores.

Cookout on a budget

Choose the perfect party-worthy grill

·Charcoal grills are ideal for on-the-go activities. Whether tailgating or camping, conveniently pack up the portable Char-Broil American Gourmet Barrel Style Charcoal Grill and cook on-the-go.

·Urban apartment dwellers do not need to sacrifice innovation or quality with the Charbroil Small Space Grill, a compact option for small outdoor areas. Folding side shelves make this grill easy for storage in small spaces.

·Charcoal grills add a natural, smoky taste and perfect char marks to meat and vegetables. For new flavors, soak natural wood chips, like cherry or cedar, in water for an hour.

·Place the chips in an aluminum foil envelope and position on the charcoal to add natural aroma.

·Use about 30 briquettes of Kingsford Original Charcoal to grill one pound of meat. Be strategic when placing charcoal briquettes to create hotter and cooler areas of the grill. Place food directly above the stacked briquettes to add quick bursts of heat, perfect for searing a tuna steak or other meats.

Set up to spend the day outdoors

·The perfect outdoor party or tailgate is not complete without a great setup. Keep you drinks cold and ensure your burgers, hot dogs and fixings make it to the party in a portable cooler. If you are short on table space your cooler can double as a portable table.

·Provide ample seating space for your guests with multipurpose folding chairs. They are lightweight and easy to bring with you wherever your tailgate may be.

·If your party heats up outdoors, ensure your guests stay cool with a misting system. Whether you wrap it around a pole or gazebo or attach it to the top of a bucket or table your guests will appreciate some cool relief on a hot day.

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Big Energy Savings For Greenhouses

Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli speaks at the University of Windsor, June 23, 2015. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli speaks at the University of Windsor, June 23, 2015. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

The local greenhouse industry is set to benefit from a new provincial energy initiative.

Cervini, Brunato and Amco Farms have signed on to develop combined heat and power greenhouses, which will add power to Ontario’s grid.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says the Industrial Energy Incentive then comes into effect, cutting greenhouse hydro bills in half. “We’ve got ourselves to a situation where we have a surplus (of power). Using complicated software and algorithms, we can allocate that surplus to different regions, to help support job creation.”

Chiarelli says the combined heat and power greenhouses will also generate revenue for the farms which build them.

MFRD Responds to Early Morning Fire during Parker’s Window Tinting

Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department’s Engines 1 and 4, Ladder 1, and Rescues 7 and 9 responded to a glow during 1119 Hanson Street (Parker’s Window Tinting) around 2:45 Saturday morning.

A Murfreesboro Police Department major out on unit told Dispatch after finding a business was full of smoke.

When units arrived on scene, a fume was rolling out of a building.

Crews were means to extinguish a glow quick according to Shift Commander Dale Maynard. “They got inside and got it knocked down fast,” pronounced Maynard.

Maynard also pronounced that they got word that a owners of Parker’s lives right above a business. They conducted a sum of 3 searches for any occupants and did not find any pointer of anyone being in a building. Crews did accept word a brief time ago that a owners was not on site during a time. He is in track to a stage now.

Captain/Shift Inspector Nora Smith is on stage conducting an investigation. At this time, it appears a glow started in a vessel inside a business.

No injuries are compared with this incident.

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This week compressed air pioneers and innovators CAM Technologies, Inc are offering new designs that are building interest among general managers of manufacturing plants who want impressive energy savings.

This week compressed air pioneers and innovators CAM Technologies, Inc are offering new designs that are building interest among general managers of manufacturing plants who want impressive energy savings.

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CAM Technologies is a leading industrial controls company that specializes in delivering compressed air automation products and services. Today they focus on compressed air driven automation that delivers remarkable energy savings for manufacturing.

Electricity is the major expense in most manufacturing facilities. Over a decade the cost of electricity can amount to 75% of the total budget, far higher than what is spent on equipment and maintenance.

“Every manufacturing plant manager knows this. That is why so many firms are coming to us for smarter compressed air automation that cuts back on the need for electricity,” said Chris Wagner, owner of CAM Technologies, Inc.

Saving just 4 horsepower in the automation chain is equivalent to replacing 100 industrial lighting fixtures. Compressed air is seen as a much cheaper and greener option for powering everything from manufacturing to residential homes.

Wagner is a pioneer in the compressed air industry. He is widely known and respected in the United States and worldwide, and holds two patents. The CAM Technologies, Inc. customer list is a Who’s Who of major industry brands including Whirlpool, Clorox, Harley-Davidson, Johnson Johnson Medical, Stanley Tools, Solo Cups, Trane, Toyota, Pepsi, Hershey, and Johnson Controls to name a few.

The performance of a typical compressed air system can be improved by 20% to 50% through system optimization solutions offered by CAM Technologies.

“Often companies buy equipment based on the lowest purchase price and don’t consider how much energy that equipment will consume. Our advanced compressed air technologies will save them more money in the long run due to much higher energy efficiency,” Wagner said.

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Nottingham, MD 21236
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From smart meters to smartphones — young people need engagement to save …

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Whether in full-time education, starting a career, or saving to settle down, the financial strains on young people means that every penny counts — yet it seems that taking control of their energy bills to free up extra cash is not often a priority.

Young people don’t understand their bills

Research by the Energy Savings Trust has revealed how disengaged and undereducated young people are when it comes to their energy bills: only an astonishing 7% of young people (under 35) fully understand their energy bill according to a survey of over 2,000 consumers. Notably, 40% were even unaware that electricity is measured in kilowatt hours.

82% of those surveyed declared an interest in saving energy, and subsequent money, yet the reality is completely different as the lack of understanding around bills hinders them from successfully doing so.

The results also showed that under 35s are twice as likely to own smart heating controls, showing an increased interest in energy when there’s a connection to technology — something archaic energy bills are trying to tackle through the mandatory introduction of QR codes.

Getting to the root of the problem

With many young people being renters, it’s difficult for them to go to the same lengths as homeowners in ensuring their house isn’t leaking money. Energy efficiency tactics such as insulation and using greener appliances are often beyond the capabilities of a tenant — the range of opportunities to save money on energy long-term are limited.

Having limited control over how your home uses energy is a recipe for becoming disengaged with your bills and feeling helpless to have an impact on your spending.

Renters can of course, switch their energy tariff; many young people who rent are possibly not even aware that they are able to shop around and switch their energy bills, saving hundreds of pounds a year.

Could technology help?

uSwitch iPhone app

Bringing technology to energy bills could help young people take more control over their spending and understanding of energy. Focussing bills around technology opens the opportunity to make them fit-in with the busy device-dependent lives of young people:

The roll-out of smart meters provides the opportunity to see exactly what is being spent, directly illustrating the connection between turning off appliances and saving money with connected devices and monitors.

The introduction of QR codes to bills is another scheme that offers the unique opportunity to decode your energy bill by scanning a code contained on the bill. uSwitch’s iPhone app, for example, makes use of this information to show precise comparison results for the exact requirements of a home, and what can be potentially saved by switching plans / suppliers.

With a connected account to the app there is constant access to bill information from your device — much less hassle than relying constantly on paper bills and having to manually enter energy details. uSwitch is also able to notify account holders when their plan is ending or there’s a cheaper deal available.

These types of advances in the energy billing system could make gas and electricity more accessible and transparent to younger people.

License image bureau to free in new building

ROCKINGHAM — Drivers looking to replenish their car tags or accept a new permit image will shortly notice a North Carolina License Plate Agency has altered addresses.

The Rockingham bureau has changed from a former plcae during a Broad Street Square Shopping Center on East Broad Avenue to a new bureau during 601 S. Long Drive, Suite C.

Tammy Bass, who is a owners of a private Rockingham permit image bureau engaged by a state, has been in assign of a comparison building for 12 years, nonetheless she pronounced she’s worked there for 22.

Bass will have 4 employees operative for her when a new bureau opens Monday morning. The group will keep a hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays by Fridays.

“We don’t tighten for lunch,” pronounced Bass. “There will always be someone in a office.”

When asked what accurately a permit image group does, Bass pronounced simply, “tags and titles.”

“We replenish their tags, and we now collect a county car taxes,” she explained. “When they compensate their renewals, afterwards we change any titles and emanate them a permit image on any car they purchase.”

The N.C. Department of Transportation lists LPAs as charity car registration services and pretension transactions, as good as car permit image deputy tags and transcribe registrations.

On tip of all that, a bureau also provides notary service.

When a new apartment became accessible to Bass, she knew now was a time to switch to a incomparable space.

“We indispensable a bigger office,” she said. “We use this county and a surrounding counties, so we indispensable a most bigger office.”

That’s accurately what she got. The new plcae on Long Drive is 2,400 block feet, while a former bureau was extremely reduce during 1,300.

Bass pronounced it might take a small time before all motorists are wakeful of a move.

“Our bureau had been there for over 30 years,” she said. “Everybody knew where we were.”

The usually moves left to make on Friday will be to pierce a computers into a new space, and Bass pronounced a bureau would be sealed so a state could hoop that responsibility.

Next door, however, another pierce was made.

Pegram Insurance, an auto, home, commercial, life and health word company, also done a pierce from Broad Street to Long Drive, environment adult emporium in Suite B.

Bass pronounced it’s common for an word group to stay nearby a permit image agency.

According to representative Krystine Zwiebel, Pegram has been open given Jun 1, though owners Monica Moser had been handling in a former building for some-more than 15 years.

The Rockingham License Plate Agency can be reached during 910-997-4014.

Reach contributor Matt Harrelson during 910-817-2674, listen to him during 12:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on WAYN 900 AM and follow him on Twitter @mattyharrelson.

High-speed flywheel brake energy recovery system generates DMU fuel savings



Ricardo, Artemis Intelligent Power and Bombardier Transportation have conducted a project called DDFlyTrain, which showed that a flywheel-based energy recovery system could reduce fuel consumption on diesel multiple units (DMUs) by up to 10%.

The high-speed, flywheel-based, brake energy recovery system concept was developed for DMU rolling stock.

This hybrid technology is based on Ricardo’s TorqStor high-speed flywheel energy storage system and Artemis’ Digital Displacement hydraulic pump-motor transmission.

The optimal configuration for a DMU was found to be two 4.5MJ capacity TorqStor units with a maximum speed of 45,000rpm.

Ricardo Innovation vice-president David Rollafson said: “Ricardo’s TorqStor high-speed flywheel technology linked to the Artemis Digital Displacement high-efficiency transmission provides a technically feasible and commercially attractive means of enabling regenerative braking on DMUs, so providing a pathway to reduce the carbon footprint of this form of rail travel.

“The double-digit percentage fuel savings and short commercial payback demonstrated for this technology make it attractive both as a retrofit solution for existing fleets, as well as for application on new-build rolling stock.”

The project is set out to show the feasibility, operational fuel and energy savings, and economic investment case for the use of high-speed flywheel energy storage on DMUs.

Led by Artemis, the project has also produced a proof of concept test rig used to show the technology to rail industry stakeholders and a concept for integration onto a Bombardier Turbostar DMU.

Started in 2013, the research project was co-funded by Innovate UK and the Rail Safety and Standards Board.

The project included extensive simulation work based on field service data, which was used in the optimal sizing and design of a practical installation high-speed flywheel brake energy system for rail-based application, and the construction and commissioning of a test rig for demonstration purposes.

The company said that the launch phase efficiency of conventional diesel rail vehicle transmissions, which typically use a torque converter on starting from rest, can be as low as 30%.

Apart from its promising application on DMU rolling stock, the high-speed flywheel technology demonstrated in the DDFlyTrain project is also attractive for electric multiple units operating on DC conductor rail networks such as the London DC electrified lines region.

Artemis managing director Dr Niall Caldwell said: “Digital Displacement technology is ideally suited to railway driveline applications requiring highly efficient fluid power, as demonstrated in the DDFlyTrain project where we have used this high-efficiency variable transmission as the powertrain interface for the TorqStor high speed flywheel.

“With the DDFlyTrain test rig commissioned in our Edinburgh lab, we are now in a position to demonstrate this very promising application to rail industry customers.”

Image: TorqStor unit used on DDFlyTrain demonstrator rig. Photo: courtesy of Ricardo.

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Eaton to Highlight Energy-Saving, Advanced Performance Solutions in …


Power management company Eaton, a 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year, will showcase its innovative and energy-savings solutions for the residential building and construction industry at the 2015 PCBCtrade show on June 24 and 25 in San Diego, California, booth 917. Taking place at the San Diego Convention Center, the PCBC show is the largest homebuilding trade show representing the West Coast region and Eaton’s extensive lighting, wiring devices and other home building products will be on display.

Visitors to Eaton’s exhibition booth can get a better look into the development of LED lighting – exploring how it has evolved, why it has become the optimal solution throughout the home and the cost and maintenance savings generated by LED products. Offering the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of LED products, Eaton will showcase the innovative Halo® ALLSLOPE LED downlight system for slope ceiling applications, as well as numerous ENERGY STAR® certified and code-compliant recessed downlights, surface-mounted products, undercabinet and track lighting luminaires.

”Today’s energy codes continue to raise lighting standards on the West Coast and throughout the nation, increasing the demand for products and solutions that deliver advanced performance and energy savings,” said Glenn Siegel, director, Marketing and Product Management, Eaton’s Lighting Division. “Eaton will continue to help the building community adhere to the changing energy landscape, and the PCBC show will once again give us the opportunity to demonstrate our leadership.”

In addition to energy-efficient lighting solutions, show attendees will also be able to see a number of residential and wiring device solutions including:

  • The Anyplace RF battery-operated switch enables homeowners and contractors to install a switch anywhere in the home without installing additional wiring.
  • The Aspire RF wireless control is a customizable, energy-saving solution. This radio frequency-based system includes one-touch controllers and a wide range of wiring devices, enabling homeowners and contractors to create an integrated home control network.
  • The Type CH Plug-on Neutral Loadcenters and Circuit Breakers enable the contractor to connect the breaker directly to the neutral bar, eliminating the need for wiring a pigtail and providing a time savings of up to 25 percent per AFCI and GFCI installation.
  • Eaton’s Solar Power Centers combine both utility power and solar photovoltaic (PV) power into one enclosure panel and feature industry-exclusive, factory-installed, code-compliant markings, enabling installers quick and easy identification of product ratings and location of the parallel energy source disconnect.
  • Eaton’s Complete Home Surge Protection product offering protects homeowners’ appliances and sensitive electronic equipment throughout the home during a surge and simply installs at the breaker box.
  • The AF/GF circuit interrupters were developed in response to the 2014 National Electrical Code that now requires AFCI protection in kitchens and laundry areas as well as the historical requirement of ground fault protection.
  • The AFCI receptacles are designed to recognize an arc fault and quickly trip to stop the flow of electricity to prevent the electrical system from being an ignition source of a fire.

“Our Anyplace RF switch brings the ultimate in flexibility and convenience, allowing a switch to quickly be installed where one doesn’t exist without running wire,” said John Krause, senior manager, Eaton’s Wiring Devices Division. “In addition, our wide range of wireless control solutions empower homeowners with the ability to easily design their own control system while offering energy savings, safety and convenience to suit their personal needs.”

For additional information on the Eaton solutions to be featured at PCBC, visit, and

Eaton delivers a range of innovative and reliable indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, as well as controls products specifically designed to maximize performance, energy efficiency and cost savings. Eaton lighting solutions serve customers in the commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential, utility and other markets.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

Saturday Morning Fire during Parter’s Window Tinting

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Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department’s Engines 1 and 4, Ladder 1, and Rescues 7 and 9 responded to a glow during 1119 Hanson Street (Parker’s Window Tinting) around 2:45 Saturday morning (6/20/2015).

A Murfreesboro Police Department major out on unit told Dispatch after finding a business was full of smoke.

When units arrived on scene, a fume was rolling out of a building.

Crews were means to extinguish a glow quick according to Shift Commander Dale Maynard. “They got inside and got it knocked down fast,” pronounced Maynard.

Maynard also pronounced that they got word that a owners of Parker’s lives right above a business. They conducted a sum of 3 searches for any occupants and did not find any pointer of anyone being in a building. Crews did accept word a brief time ago that a owners was not on site during a time. He is in track to a stage now.

Captain/Shift Inspector Nora Smith is on stage conducting an investigation. At this time, it appears a glow started in a vessel inside a business.

No injuries are compared with this incident.

Energy excellence – collaborative savings for DCS and Tesco Ireland

Tralee-based DCS has worked closely with Tesco Ireland for over 10 years on a range of electrical contracts and, in 2012, carried out a retrofit project replacing shop-floor lighting with LED panels at the retailer’s Clarehall store in Dublin. Tesco paid 50pc of the project value up front, while DCS Group financed the remainder. The retailer is now repaying DCS Group over a four-year period from the savings made through the lighting installation. “The premise is that the savings that are achieved through the implementation of the project pay for it,” says Sugrue. “It’s a win-win for everyone.” 

The success of the project led to a €2m retrofit of a further seven Tesco stores – Blanchardstown, Clearwater, Clonmel, Douglas, Dundrum, Nenagh and Santry – involving the replacement of all existing shop-floor lighting with energy efficient, edge-lit 43w LED panels. The results have been impressive: the programme, which was carried out between April and June 2014, has resulted in average energy savings of 61pc – or an estimated €540,000 a year – across the seven stores. 

Notably, the project was the first to be financed through the €70m National Energy Efficiency Fund, which was launched by the Government in conjunction with SDCL in 2013 as part of a national retrofit programme and uses a ‘pay as you save’ model. Under the terms of the deal, DCS drew down from the fund and Tesco is now repaying this over a five-year period based again on the savings delivered. 

For DCS, the size and scope of the project and the new financing model provided invaluable experience, says Sugrue. “On the financing side, there was a huge amount of legal paperwork to get through and a lot of due diligence on DCS,” she says. “The lights also had to stand up to all sorts of scrutiny from the funder’s point of view and from Tesco’s point of view. 

“It was a huge learning curve for us because there were so many parts to the project that we had to overcome – even coming up with new solutions for individual store requirements,” says Sugrue. For example, three of the stores have open ceilings: the DCS solution to this was an innovative suspended frame system that allows the LED panels to be hung at a specified height and with pre-agreed spacing over the centre of the aisle. 

The work also had to be carried out at night over the three-month period with DCS using three teams and spending between 10 days and three weeks in each store. 

 “The detail we went into was significant but I would still say that projects that we’re doing now and propose to do in the future, we’ll still be able to tweak them better from what we learnt in that project. It’s a continual process.”

The financing model was driven by both parties, she says. “It meant Tesco didn’t have to put up that substantial capital upfront and could keep it for something else. We were proactive in driving it because it was business and generated a project for us. 

“It was a huge learning curve but very good for the company. It brought us to a different level.” 

Implementing the project, doing so under an energy performance contract and subsequently winning the Sustainable Energy Award in 2014 have all generated credibility and exposure for DCS, Sugrue says.

“It’s quite complicated to put a project like that together but it gives us huge credibility. From that we have made one significant contact with another funder who is very interested in going forward with us and being involved in other projects we have on the table. We have also received phone calls from various people who were interested in the accelerated capital allowance part of it.

“There is a very big appetite for similar work, both from within Tesco and other clients that DCS is dealing with.” 

The deadine for applications for this year’s Sustainable Energy Awards is 26 June. This year, the SEAI is looking for innovative solutions to energy saving that have strong replication potential across all sectors. 

Nest Labs’ New Line Focuses On Security, Not Savings

Nest Labs has released its newest product line and the company has seemed to shift its focus away from energy savings and towards home security. The name of the company has long been synonymous with “energy efficiency” but that has changed with this latest line of products. The advertisements for the company’s signature “smart” thermostat touted that it could learn your patterns and save you power. The concept was so popular that last year, Google bought Nest Labs for $3.2 billion.

The new thermostat released by the company has a number of new features, including a smoke and carbon monoxide detector and a high definition camera that allows you to keep watch over your home remotely. The carbon monoxide and smoke detector can recognize several different types of fires. The software for the thermostat has been updated to provide temperature alerts and can support a multi-zoned home with up to 20 thermostats. There is also a feature that notifies customers when the temperatures drop below a certain point to help them avoid having to deal with frozen pipes.

Nest has also unveiled Nest Cam, a home camera system that allows you to monitor activities in your home with your smartphone or tablet. The video cam has a magnetic base, captures 1080p video over Wi-Fi, and transmits it using 128-bit SSL and a unique 2048-bit RSA key for security. The company has also released a new version of their app that users can use to control all of their Nest devices. The Nest app is now version 5.0 and is available for both iOS and Android.

The newest offerings are less focused on energy savings than they are on home protection. The company is reportedly planning to unveil the next slate of features and partners for its Works with Nest program during the third quarter of the current fiscal year. Greg Hu, Nest’s head of product marketing, told Greentech Media that the company is “working on a whole lot of stuff on the energy front,” and expects energy-focused announcements to be made in the third quarter, though no specifics were offered.

Trucking Group Denies IWFA Exemption Application

Truckers are going to have to settle for a stain regulations as they now are—for now.


Trucks still can’t stain darker than 70 percent, per a FMCSA.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied an grant focus from a International Window Film Association (IWFA) to concede a use of window film that does not accommodate a light delivery mandate in a windows to a evident right and left of a motorist specified in a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).

“We are really unhappy with FMCSA’s decision, generally after carrying worked closely with a group for some-more than 3 years on this project,” says Darrell Smith, executive executive of a IWFA.

The stream order permits windshields and side windows of blurb engine vehicles (CMVs) to be coloured as prolonged as a light delivery is not limited to reduction than 70 percent of normal.

The statute states that while organisation done a box that reduced light improves motorist comfort, reduces eye aria and lowers a feverishness of a interior environment, it unsuccessful to yield any justification that changing a statute would boost safety.

“CMVs versed with [film] that blocks some-more normal light than now available will [not] grasp a turn of reserve that is homogeneous to, or larger than, a turn of reserve that would be performed by complying with a regulation,” a statute reads.

University of Cincinnati, attention partners rise low-cost, ‘tunable’ window …

Technology grown by a University of Cincinnati and attention partners can do something that conjunction blinds nor existent intelligent windows can do. This patent-pending research, upheld by a National Science Foundation, will lead to low-cost window tinting that boldly adapts for brightness, tone temperatures and opacity (to yield for remoteness while permitting light in).

A partnership between a University of Cincinnati, Hewlett Packard, and EMD/Merck Research Labs has resulted in a patent-pending breakthrough in ‘tunable’ window tintings. The breakthrough means normal window shades could shortly be transposed by a low-cost tinting where a brightness, tone feverishness (warm or cold usually like illuminated light bulbs) and opacity (privacy) are tractable by a user.

Details on this research, partly saved by a National Science Foundation, are today’s cover story in a Jun emanate of a prestigious trade journal, Applied Optics.

The investigate was led by Sayantika Mukherjee, doctoral tyro in UC’s Novel Devices Laboratory, partial of a university’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, and by W.L. Hsieh, visiting doctoral tyro from a Institute of Applied Mechanics, National Taiwan University; N. Smith, scientist during Merck Chemicals, Ltd.; M. Goulding, scientist during Merck Chemicals, Ltd.; and Jason Heikenfeld, UC highbrow of electrical engineering and computing systems.

Importantly, a newly grown device structure that creates these ‘smart windows’ probable is really elementary to manufacture, permitting affordability for both business and home use. It can be integrated into new windows or even simply practical to already existent windows, by means of a roll-on cloaking consisting of a honeycomb of electrodes.

Benefits of a new intelligent windows

Currently, many home and blurb windows use automatic shades to yield remoteness and to retard light, feverishness or cold. This centuries-old record is already inexpensive and effective, that has slowed a adoption of electronically tranquil window tinting, that formerly could usually impersonate a clear-to-opaque opening of automatic shades. However, this new breakthrough during a University of Cincinnati is about to change that.

States UC’s Jason Heikenfeld, ‘Simple electronic window switching is not enough. You need to yield consumers with something we can’t do mechanically, and for that there is already a vast demand. For example, there is already proven direct for control of tone feverishness in a lightbulb market, and after all, windows are a source of lighting. Maybe even some-more compelling, go home to your area and demeanour during a drawn blinds for remoteness though that also retard sunlight. What if we could have your remoteness and also let a light in during any liughtness we want?’

In other words, shade and remoteness can be simultaneously, electronically tranquil for a initial time. Windows could go chalky for remoteness so no one can see in, though still concede 90 percent (or more) of a accessible light in. Or, a environment change could low a entering light or change a tone of a light along a spectrum from cooler blue to warmer yellow. ‘Blinds can’t do that,’ pronounced UC’s Mukherjee.

So, in summary, a new UC-developed Smart Window device structure provides options for doing any one of a following:

+ Be practiced concurrently for liughtness and tone feverishness most like consumers can now buy lightbulbs that yield a comfortable or a cold light. This will impact a peculiarity of a light entering a home or building

+ Allow we to have your remoteness while vouchsafing 90 percent or some-more of a light in or low a entering light to a reduce volume, or return behind to a entirely transparent window. No some-more need to retard healthy light entering a residence usually for a consequence of a small privacy

+ Provide multidimensional control of a incomparable operation of tone and opacity selections. Beyond a above dual examples, coexisting control between any other forms of dual window states are possible. For example, a window could also exclusively control both manifest light and infrared feverishness transmission. So, we could retard infrared feverishness from a object in a summer though let it into a residence in a winter

+ Importantly, all of this is inexpensive to make and can be practical to windows during customary manufacturing. The new device structure can also be practical to windows now in use, around a cut-to-size film of electrodes practical to windows already in place in homes and other buildings

The record behind a breakthrough

Heikenfeld and UC’s Novel Devices Laboratory are general leaders in developments associated to adaptive optics, e-paper and a use of tone in displays on electronic devices. For years, they have done breakthroughs associated to a brightness, tone superfluity and speed of such displays.

The plea for a UC, Merck and HP organisation consisted of requesting this technology, common in e-paper electronic displays on a mobile and mechanism devices, to a incomparable aspect like windows and to do so in a approach that could be made inexpensively, for reduction than a $30 per block foot, that is a attention customary for window manufacturing.

It’s a plea a organisation has worked on for a past 3 years interjection to in-kind support from all 3 partners and to a $357,526 extend from a National Science Foundation’s Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry program.

Explains Mukherjee, ‘Basically, one tone has one charge. Another tone has another charge, and we request voltage to repel or attract a colors into opposite positions. The simple record is not that opposite from what a organisation has formerly demonstrated before in electronic arrangement devices.

The incomparable plea was to find an suitable device structure in sequence to request a record to a incomparable aspect area of a window in a approach that was inexpensive and sincerely easy. The incomparable impact for us was to comprehend a intensity of a few resourceful though constrained handling modes such as changing tone feverishness or privacy/shade.’