What Ecova’s Acquisition of Retroficiency Says about Disruptive Energy

If you’re wondering if there really is a business case for disruptive energy, look no further than Retroficiency’s story. The small Boston-based energy analytics company announced last week that it has been acquired by Ecova, a major U.S. energy efficiency player that serves 50 utilities and has delivered 108 terawatt hours of energy savings over … [Read more...]

Why it's Critical that PJM Load Forecasting Give Energy Efficiency Full Credit

Ken Kolkebeck and Austin Whitman of FirstFuel offer a way to ensure that PJM load forecasting takes energy efficiency fully into account. With back-to-school season upon us, it seems fitting that the topic of “partial credit” should be getting some press. This is no A-minus-versus-A debate, however: in the mid-Atlantic states that make up the PJM … [Read more...]

Military's Energy Strategy: Leading the Way in Technology Transfer for Energy Efficiency

Saving energy in buildings is key to the US military's energy strategy, explains Howard Snow, former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for installations, facilities and energy. China has emerged as the world's most voracious energy consumer, impacting both the political and commercial climates in the U.S. During World War II, 75 percent of … [Read more...]

What’s Behind the Upward Trend in Energy Efficiency Spending

Energy efficiency spending has jumped from $5.5 billion to $11.5 billion over the last five years, and 40 percent of that is commercial and industrial customers, says Swap Shah, CEO of energy use intelligence provider FirstFuel. What's driving the increase? Shah provides some insight in this podcast. … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: FirstFuel, Verde Energy USA, Plug Power, Comverge

This week in energy efficiency news… FirstFuel Software enhanced its Remote Building Analytics platform, which uses advanced data analytics to drive commercial energy efficiency at mass scale. FirstFuel has appointed former Groom Energy executive Paul Baier as vice president of products to spearhead adoption and implementation of the … [Read more...]

FirstFuel: On-Site Audits and the Variability Challenge

Back in July, FirstFuel provided some commentary on the challenges associated with energy analysis variability, and the potential impact on sizing, prioritizing, and investing in commercial efficiency opportunities. Highly respected journals such as ASHRAE and Energy Engineering Journal have recently raised this issue, while other organizations are … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: FirstFuel, U.S. Energy Department, American Efficient, EnerNOC, Awesense

FirstFuel Software secured $8.5 million in financing from new and existing investors, including E.ON SE, Battery Ventures, Rockport Capital and Nth Power. The investment comes on the heels of other significant milestones for the utility SaaS analytics company, whose customer list now includes several of the largest North American utilities. The new … [Read more...]

MicroNews: National Grid, Tecogen, Phillips, FirstFuel, Schneider Electric

This week in energy efficiency news…   National Grid, Worcester, Mass., opened its Sustainability Hub, a hands-on educational facility that showcases energy efficiency and emerging technology to its customers and the surrounding community. With exhibits and demonstrations created by Blue Hive, the Sustainability Hub aims to educate customers … [Read more...]

Rising Market: Maine’s Energy Efficiency Spending Doubles Part II

Maine is achieving energy savings in many tried-and-true ways – weatherization, fuel switching and installation of high efficiency light bulbs. But the state also is not afraid to explore the new and promising. The Efficiency Maine Trust, an independent entity in charge of the state’s efficiency efforts, is test driving three up-and-coming … [Read more...]

The $40 Billion Hiding in US Buildings

By Elisa Wood April 29, 2013 A pretty big wad of money – $40 billion – is hiding somewhere inside the lights, AC, thermostats, furnaces and fans of our offices, stores, hospitals and schools. That’s the amount of money the federal government estimates we can save annually by reducing energy use in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020.  To … [Read more...]