Commentary

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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.
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    Aug 22, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was banned in New York state in 2008 to study its effects on the environment. Since then, there have been numerous debates on whether or not fracking would be beneficial for the state.
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    Aug 15, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a hot topic. There has never been a middle ground on the technology; people are either for it or against it.
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    Aug 12, 2014 | Michael Hinton
    Still reeling from the Polar Vortex, 2014 has been energy retail’s winter of discontent. It won’t be the last.
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    Aug 06, 2014 | Jessica Lorentz
    Elevations Credit Union (ECU) is currently monitoring energy usage for eight electric meters in four buildings using a dashboard format offered by Power Takeoff. The dashboard reports energy usage data at the end of the billing cycle for the previous month and also reports 15 minute interval data.