Will District Energy Efficiency Focus Attract Businesses in Portland?

With a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Portland State University will build a living lab to evaluate, in real time, the effects of district energy efficiency upgrades in a section of Portland, Ore., and will study whether the upgrades boost economic development. First, the grant will fund a district-wide … [Read more...]

What We Heard You Say…Best and Worst Quotes about Energy Efficiency

Thought we'd share some interesting things we heard and read in our recent reporting on energy efficiency. Best Material for Jerry. "Energy efficiency is kind of like the Seinfeld show: It’s about nothing! It’s about the refrigerator that cools beer the same, but uses one-quarter the energy. Who knew? There’s a bias in the energy world to think of … [Read more...]

Portland’s Energy Efficiency Success: The Guilt Factor

Here in Portland, Ore., the words “light rail,” “streetcar,” "public transportation" and “electric charging stations” are all part of our everyday language. And so it came as no surprise that the city of Portland ranked second in a report by ACEEE as a best place to find energy efficiency work. In the report, Portland was the shining star of … [Read more...]