When Homeowners Don't Couple Energy Efficiency and Solar

How can programs motivate homeowners to make their homes energy-efficient before installing solar panels? And how can incentives support a whole-house retrofit approach that will optimize energy savings and prevent solar systems from being oversized? California, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Austin Energy have been grappling with this challenge for … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: ThinkEco and Friedrich, AutoGrid, Global Energy Efficiency Holdings, Metrus Energy, EaglePicher Technologies, WattJoule, Comverge

This week in energy efficiency news… ThinkEco and Friedrich have partnered to help utilities bring new customers into demand-side management programs. Beginning in summer 2014, utilities will be able to use ThinkEco’s platform and turnkey demand response services to incorporate connected Friedrich Kühlair conditioners directly into DR programs.  … [Read more...]

You Are Cordially Invited to a Texas Demand Response Party. BYOT.

We’ve all been invited to BYOB parties, but how about bring-your-own-thermostat? That’s one way to describe an unusual demand response program Austin Energy is testing for homeowners. It’s what Austin Energy refers to as a “retail up” program, one where the utility does not install smart devices in the home, but finds and uses those that the … [Read more...]