Commentary

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    Oct 01, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    I'd venture to say that many, if not most, things in life are not planned and happen beyond our control. Education, relationships, families, and vocation occupy the majority of our lives. Some plans work out, and some don't. That rule applies to me. I started my career as a graphic designer, and now I work for a demand response company. It's best not to question these changes, but embrace them.
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    Sep 26, 2014 | Thomas Yoder, PhD
    Many people value outside-the-box thinking, especially for its ability to see a new pathway forward. If you find yourself lacking in innovation, try implementing a disciplined approach to analyzing the order of things. What was once hidden may now be seen. A house may become a device, and so too a substation.
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    Sep 25, 2014 | Devon Bass
    For years Texas was producing more wind power than it could effectively put to use. Between 2006 and 2009 over 7,000 megawatts of wind capacity was built in the state. These turbines were almost entirely located in the windy plains of West Texas.
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    Sep 23, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    The evolution of the utility industry has been pretty stagnant over the last hundred years or so. Power plants generate the electricity, it gets sent to your house through a network of wires and transformers, and the utility company sends you a bill every month.
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    Sep 19, 2014 | Richard Ware
    For those who have been watching the ongoing climate debate about global warming, the increasingly hot summer months are a poignant reminder of that phenomenon whenever the monthly power bill arrives in the mailbox.
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    Sep 18, 2014 | Julia Young
    Before discussing the various socio-economic advantages of solar energy, it is imperative to understand the global economic structure. This will give a better understanding of the benefits.
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    Sep 16, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    If you've participated in a demand response (DR) event before, you probably have a reduction strategy already in place. But what if you're forgetting something? What if there are more ways to reduce energy and get an ever larger payment?
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    Sep 02, 2014 | Matt Smith
    Demand Response (DR) has become a strategic program for many utilities in recent years for several reasons, including cost-effective peak load management and the opportunity to build stronger customer relationships by offering money saving programs. The choice of the network on which to run DR programs plays a major factor in operating efficiency, program effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
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    Aug 29, 2014 | Ron Patch
    Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However - even among HVAC industry engineers - accurately projecting these savings is a complicated endeavor. It can be done but requires a considerable amount of time and effort.
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    Aug 25, 2014 | Bennett Fisher
    Tools like ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings' efficiency, they are only that - a starting point.