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Utilities are facing new challenges as demand for electricity decreases.
In the United States, electric utility companies are primarily responsible for the generation and distribution of electricity. Electric utilities have traditionally depended on large, centralized power plants, usually burning fossil fuel, to produce electricity. Under the traditional utility business model utilities depend on increasing energy sales to earn a profit. However, the traditional utility model is facing challenges. In much of the United States, electricity sales have stagnated and even decreased, even as electrical devices have proliferated in our homes, schools and work places. Nationally, electric retail sales increased an average of over 2% from 1982 to 2007, but since then sales have stagnated with a slight average annual decrease of 0.2%.
Hospitals can save money through increased energy efficiency.
Most of us can agree that money invested in hospitals is money well spent, and most would also agree that healthcare facilities should take advantage of any opportunities to cut down on operational costs without sacrificing patient care. That very opportunity exists when it comes to energy use.
High speed rail will help increase the energy efficiency of American transportation.
In a recent post, we discussed exciting new developments in EV technology, of which there are seemingly more every week. High speed rail is another transportation sector being developed in cities across the country. Although building rail infrastructure — particularly of the high speed variety — can be time intensive, establishing high-speed train routes in the U.S. could increase the energy efficiency of the transportation sector, much like electric vehicles.
Breweries are adopting new techniques to increase the energy efficiency of the brewing process.

The plow, the wheel, irrigation and other inventions were a result of the agricultural revolution in 9000 BC. What spurred such innovations? The somewhat unexpected answer is... beer. The demand for barley (and ultimately America’s favorite alcoholic beverage) was the inspiration for many advanced technologies.

Meanwhile, in modern day, we are in the midst of a revolution to save energy. Fortunately, the American brewing industry has started to embrace energy saving practices in production, helping the bottom line while supporting energy efficiency.

Utilities are ramping up energy efficiency efforts.
Four utility associates of the Alliance to Save Energy — San Diego Gas & Electric, and Alliance founder-level members PG&E, Southern California Edison (Edison International) and National Grid — were ranked in the Top 10 for both cumulative and incremental annual energy efficiency savings in a recent report by Ceres and Clean Edge. We are proud to name these utilities among the elite group of our associates, and we applaud them for taking leadership roles in the utility sector and we look forward to continuing our work with them to further the adoption of energy efficiency measures.
The DOD is one agency working to reduce energy use, in part as a result of President Obama's Executive Order.
With the U.S. government as the largest energy user in the country, the President fully understands the importance of leading by example. The federal government occupies nearly 500,000 buildings and operates more than 600,000 vehicles—providing the Administration with a huge opportunity to cut down on waste, saving both energy and taxpayer dollars.
ESPCs and UESCs help reduce energy consumption and save taxpayer dollars.
As the nation’s largest energy consumer, the Federal government is always trying to find ways to reduce energy consumption and save valuable taxpayer dollars. One popular method used to reduce consumption is through improved energy efficiency because it has proven to be a cost-effective way to produce significant savings. However, due to the nature of energy efficiency projects, with the costs paid upfront and savings accrued annually thereafter, it can be difficult to fund such projects. A common sense solution to this problem is the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs). These agreements allow Federal agencies to form beneficial partnerships with outside companies to alter the cost structure of energy efficiency projects, but recent interpretations of the budgetary process by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) have made it more difficult for Federal agencies to use ESPCs and UESCs.
Add energy efficiency items to your back to school shopping list.
It’s back to school time! From kindergarten to college, it’s a season that can incite mixed emotions. Some eagerly await a new year of learning, but for others, the summer blues hit hard. No matter how you’re feeling as summer winds down, you can at least look forward to the opportunity to shop for new, fresh supplies to kick of the school year. If you feel guilty about your materialism, never fear. Here’s a handy list of eco-friendly, energy efficient back to school supplies that everyone can agree on.
New innovations in EV technology are appearing every day.
To say that Tesla Motors has been making the news lately would be somewhat of an understatement. Earlier this summer, the electric vehicle company announced it would be opening all of its patents for other companies to utilize for building their own models. Ubiquitous CEO Elon Musk said of the decision, “It is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis.”
Grocery stores are making changes to increase the energy efficiency of operations.
Massive office buildings and elaborately lit structures are generally the first buildings that come to mind when considering the biggest energy users. However, the grocery store is a frequented spot often overlooked in terms of its energy usage. Illuminating shopping aisles, keeping food properly refrigerated and operating cash registers requires a large amount of energy. Let’s take a look at how grocery stores are working to improve energy management and lower the energy consumption of your dinner supply destination.