The UtilityXpert Series Part 3: How You Can Advance Your Career in Energy Efficiency

There are “doers”, and then there are “leaders”. For whatever career path you’re in, eventually, you tend to gravitate to either the application of the strategy (ex. tactics) or the formulation of such strategy. Guru always gravitated towards the strategy formulation side of things. So whether you run an energy efficiency program or are trying to mass market it, creativity and discipline are the precursors to success. Another tenet of success, according to Guru, is curiosity…which for energy efficiency professionals, is the number one skill or characteristic you can have.

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Bruce Chen
The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - May 24th

In this week’s UtilityXpert Round up, we explore some of the industry’s leaders take a stab at educating and fulfilling homeowners need for smart home equipment. Elsewhere, we look at some of the industry’s biggest trends for 2019, and Maine is thinking of adopting the “Nebraska” model for public power utilities. Utilities are listening to their customers, and everyone wins.

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Bruce Chen
The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - May 17th

In this week’s UtilityXpert Round up, we explore some amazing innovations in utility billing, as well as the embracing of big data by utilities. Xcel Energy is doing big things with their bill paying assistant. Elsewhere around the world (literally), we’re figuring out ways to ensure people in Africa are on-grid through…Facebook? We cover that and more in this week’s post.

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Bruce Chen
The Importance of Modern Home Energy Assessments

Demand-side management is evolving fast, and the changes are coming sooner than you think. This begs the question...Are home energy assessments still relevant to today’s customer?

In the past, poor engineering design, irrelevant recommendations and logistical nightmares prevented homeowners from realizing the full benefits of an in-home assessment. These days, modern technology has almost given the home energy audit somewhat of a renaissance, providing valuable assistance and value to a customer at any point in their energy efficiency journey.

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Bruce Chen
The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - May 10th

In this week’s UtilityXpert Round up, we explore some monetary…and also, non monetary reasons to embrace energy efficiency technology and analytical tools. We also explore the City of Montreal taking a first step towards carbon neutrality, as well as assess the need for utilities to prevent as opposed to fix. There is a pressing need for predictive technology for utilities, given all recent disasters that have taken place.

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Bruce Chen
The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - May 3rd

In this week’s UtilityXpert Roundup, it turns out that IOU investors will be able to see more than just a return on their money - decarbonizing electric generation has become a top priority for players such as Dominion Energy. Elsewhere, utilities in Oregon must figure out how to adapt and integrate electric vehicles, transportation, grid and customer data. Also, who said energy efficiency can’t be a chill or funny topic?

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Bruce Chen
The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - April 26th

In this week’s edition of the UtilityXpert by EnergyX, we talk about clean energy and California’s love affair with large batteries. We also take a huge step forward in Canada towards net-zero buildings, as well as tackle the topic of cybersecurity for utilities. As usual, a ton to discuss.

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Bruce Chen
The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - April 2nd

In this week’s edition of the UtilityXpert Roundup, we explore an unusual, but rather innovative way to do resourcing for renewable energy projects. Elsewhere, Illinois is really making a name for themselves. Their utility regulators are killing it in the smart-grid cybersecurity space, and Ameren has teamed up with Opus One to test blockchain enablement of micro grid energy trading. Learn more about what’s happening by reading below…

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Why Customers Who Are Moving or Selling Homes Are Most Likely To Participate in Energy Efficiency Programs

Encouraging homeowners to make retrofits when they aren't thinking about them is difficult. What could be easier is doing so when energy efficiency (EE) is top-of-mind for them.  The question is: "When are people thinking about energy efficiency?". The answer? When they are moving into a new home. Homeowners are increasingly aware that HVAC, water heaters and window upgrades are cost-effective changes that provide a solid ROI when it comes time to move or sell. So what are utilities doing to leverage this?

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The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - March 18th

In this week’s UtilityXpert Roundup, Entergy’s VP declares that grid changes are needed, and only IoT and advanced data analytics can help us along. Elsewhere, EE programs are improving all across the nation, green power is in demand, and Dominion keeps one of their major projects going. As usual, it’s been a busy week in the utility world.

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The UtilityXpert Series Part 1: A Sitdown with Jason Turner, ID Lab Global

In the UtilityXpert roundups, we typically find the industry’s best news and share it among our audience. This week ask industry experts and thought leaders a few questions and heard their answers on what should drive the utility industry forward. Our first instalment comes from a veteran marketer with over 25 years of experience marketing everything from fast cars, to rock n’ roll, to helping rebuild one of the largest online retailers in the world. His energy sector pedigree is equally impressive.

We invited Jason Turner, Co-Founder of ID Lab, one of the energy sector’s fastest growing marketing and strategy agencies, to kick off our UtilityXpert series.

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The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - March 11th

In this week’s UtilityXpert Roundup, Indiana Michigan Power makes a big splash. Elsewhere, Duke Energy is educating the world about data analytics and Xcel Energy is doing big things with clean energy. All over the world, though, LEDs are making a big, victorious play in arenas. By that, we mean sports arenas. Soon, your favourite Sunday activities and arenas will become more energy efficient.

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Bruce Chen
The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - March 4th

In this week’s UtilityXpert Roundup, utilities are taking a massive step forward. By leveraging data science and analytics, utilities are looking for new ways to engage their customers. In fact, AEP is essentially launching their own accelerator and welcoming forward-thinking ideas, as well as mentoring young companies to shape their technology.

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Bruce Chen
Demystifying EM&V: The 4 Best Resources for Utilities on Measuring and Verifying Savings

Public funding and support for energy efficiency programs should never be in doubt - the benefits of these programs doing well are endless. They include but are not limited to, improved public health, lower energy prices, job creation and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Unfortunately, providing evidence and documentation of savings is something that challenges utilities all across North America. In other words, proving your ROI when you invest in an energy efficiency program isn’t so easy.

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The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - February 25th

In this week’s UtilityXpert roundup, we finally have a potential move on the PG&E situation; one that involves a big breakup. More news coming out of New Hampshire, positive funding in Candaa and also, some innovation coming out of Austin with HVAC and demand response systems.

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Bruce Chen
What Energy Efficiency Program Implementers Should Look For In A Technology Partner

It’s not easy being an energy consultant or program implementer. You’re expected to do everything from providing grid optimization services, to implementing next-generation demand response and even distributed energy resources programs. Demand side management (DSM) programming has never been more complex. As such, having the right technology stack to participate in RFP bids successfully is crucial in making sure that your solutions come to fruition.

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The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - February 18th

There is zero doubt that customer engagement in the utility industry is changing rapidly. A lot has been said about the technologies that are disrupting this business, but at a high level, what does this mean for the utility? And what impact does it have on their brand as it relates to their customer service? In this week’s UtilityXpert roundup, we learn about some great case studies out of Ohio, Minnesota and more.

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The UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX - February 11th

There’s more and more technological innovation coming out of the utility world every week. From shaping the future of smart cities, to offering community solar to working with Google and IBM - the industry has it all. Check out what the past few weeks have brought us in this week’s edition of the UtilityXpert Roundup by EnergyX:…

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Low Income Energy Efficiency Programs: Why Participation Is Essential For Manufactured Homes

For 22 million Americans, manufactured homes (or mobile homes, as they were once called), isn’t a camping ground and actually represents a place of permanent residence. For low-income families, it’s not hard to see why - they can cost up to 50% less per square foot to build.

However, in the long run, they can be more costly for the homeowner to maintain. Manufactured home residents can spend more than twice the amount on energy, especially if the RV or mobile home is a bit older.

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