Fracking, exports and storage, oh my
Rife with tension and uncertainty are fracking, gas storage and exporting the very same natural gas that had only just begun to ease prices down. So what’s next?
Multifamily accounted for a whopping $18.03 billion in energy bills a decade ago, a number that has only grown alongside overall residential energy use since then, and then add […]
Amory Lovins was right. In 1989, the American physicist noticed a misprint in a report of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission: negawatt for megawatt (MW). He borrowed the word to describe power saved through conservation or efficiency measures, and argued that these were the best way to meet rising demand for power, both for […]
5 utility industry trends to watch this year
Last year brought about a number of interesting developments in the energy industry. Here are five key trends we’ll be watching closely in 2014.
Energy efficiency policies continue to spread worldwide
The introduction of new energy efficiency policies and regulations was widespread in 2013—and that momentum appears poised to continue around the […]
Everything old is new again—the California drought
In 1977, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency. It started with voluntary water reductions, and then was converted to mandatory water restrictions.
Households were given a water budget—families were given an allotment of 225 gallons-per-month of water to use. If you used more than that, you were fined. (In the […]
Socrates and the thermostat
Feedback informs nearly every decision we make. Whether it’s grades in school, a scowl from our wife or occupancy at our communities, we internally process the responses we receive and that becomes the basis by which we construct future choices. It’s a simple principle of human behavior. Think Pavlov.
Another principle is that […]
Saving for a rainy day
From backyard tinkerers to big corporations, inventors have been struggling to find a way to store solar, wind and other renewable energy so it can furnish electricity when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow.
California is offering businesses a big incentive for success—contracts that the utility industry estimates could total as […]
It has the power to transform multifamily swifter than any other. Here’s what you need to know about looming legislation.
Energy conservation rings loudly in the legislative halls of many states as lawmakers tackle issues related to the utility billing of multifamily residents. Since the reasons behind the legislation differ, the bills and lobbying effort […]
Canary in the coal mine
Allow me to provide a first-hand account from the beautiful Northeast: this winter was brutal. Endless snow, bouts of extreme cold and a polar vortex have made this mother-of-all-winters colder than most winters across the last twenty years.
Chicago had its third snowiest winter on record, Detroit had its second snowiest and others broke wintery-white […]