What the New Federal Carbon Dioxide Rule Means for Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency advocates have argued for years that energy efficiency should be a first fuel – considered before others in portfolio planning.  Today, they appear victorious with the release of the US' first-ever carbon dioxide restrictions for existing power plants. The draft rule places energy efficiency in good position to be a top choice as … [Read more...]

Green Cities: It’s All in the DNA

We’ve made major strides in medicine by mapping the human genome. Now a Boston-based data analytics company has set out to do the same for our buildings. Like humans, buildings have a kind of DNA, markers that provide indicators about their energy health, such as age of construction or type of heating equipment. “Think of a giant decision tree. … [Read more...]

Retroficiency Wins Military Contract for Virtual Energy Assessment

Retroficiency, a Boston-based company pioneering the virtual energy assessment model, continues to expand, now with a large US military contract. The military often serves as an early adopter that brings new energy technologies to scale. The Army and Navy contract with Retroficiency for 640 on-site energy audits signals growing interest in big … [Read more...]

Are We Investing Energy Efficiency Dollars in the Wrong Buildings?

It’s not easy deciding what buildings merit our energy efficiency dollars. In fact, the obvious choices may be the wrong choices. That’s the takeaway from a report issued today that is bound to stir up some discussion within the energy efficiency industry. Produced by Boston-based analytics firm Retroficiency, the “Building Energy Efficiency … [Read more...]