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In late February/early March, the House of Representatives and Senate appeared to be in a race to get energy Bills* to the table, each including a section called, “Tenant Star Program,” which would emerge as “star” sections of the respective Bills. How would it work, and what’s different between the two Bills? How Tenant Star Would Work Ultimately, the Program would be touched by several different Federal agencies: DOE, EPA, General Services Administration (GSA) and EIA. Upon enactment of the Program through either the House or Senate Bill, DOE and GSA would develop a Tenant...
In 1989, Terry Egnor, an entrepreneurial energy efficiency expert started a new business in Portland, Oregon, named MicroGrid, Inc. Egnor partnered with Tom Hartmann and two others to strategize a concept: to optimize energy efficiency opportunities by tying together one or more buildings’ systems with controls and creating more economy...
PECI is one of the most gender-equitable firms I have ever encountered. 75 percent of the executive and senior level officials and managers are women. My colleague’s recent blog post compares this to other energy efficiency providers across the country where the average is closer to 25 percent. Here, in no particular order, are five reasons I believe PECI recruits, promotes and retains top female talent:...
As you’re reading this, would you say you’re thermally comfortable right now? If not, can you pinpoint the aspects of your surroundings that are making thermal conditions less than ideal for you? It turns out that thermal comfort is more than just air temperature. In fact, there are five other factors besides air temperature that contribute to thermal comfort. “More Than Just Air Temperature,” originally published at HPAC.com, describes all six factors, how to estimate the expected level of thermal...
At the Energy Thought Summit in Austin, a panel focused on identifying the key challenges to smart grid deployment and possible solutions for overcoming them. Weighing in were speakers from ABB North America, Schneider Electric, EMeter (Siemens), GE Energy Management and the University of Minnesota, among others. When asked to identify the key challenges to effective smart grid deployment in the U.S., the panelists identified the following:   Lack of interoperability related to lack of communication...
Reflecting on the first day of the Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas, I was struck by a few consistent themes that emerged from the seven sessions that packed the day’s agenda. We heard nearly 30 speakers, ranging from utility executives to car manufacturers, university...
I’m currently attending the Energy Thought Summit (ETS) in Austin, TX—a unique opportunity to discuss and hear ideas of industry leaders regarding the future of the energy industry in the U.S. and worldwide. Attendees of ETS are made up of executives and thought leaders in...
As part of  Western Energy Institute's (WEI) March conference, I had the opportunity to tour San Diego Gas and Electric’s Energy Innovation Center. Here are my 8 favorite sustainable features!   1. They just obtained LEED double-platinum status for operations and maintenance, in addition to new construction — one of only 10 buildings in the world to have done so. 2. I...
Larry Montgomery knows a thing or two about how to prosper in the thin-margined grocery business. He’s been in the industry for more than 50 years. Of course there’s always more to learn, and as owner of North Shore Sentry, an independent grocery store in California’s North Bay area, Larry’s constantly on the lookout for new ways to keep costs down. In 2012 he hooked up with EnergySmart Grocer, a PECI-managed program that partners with utilities across the country to bring energy savings to grocery customers. The program benefits grocers both large and small, and in Larry’s case, it was a...
For me, the first quarter of the year is a time not only for reflection and intention-setting, but for gratitude. It also marks my first anniversary at PECI. Since joining the PECI team one year ago, I’ve noticed something curious: women. Women everywhere! In all seriousness, the prevalence of women in leadership positions at PECI is unusual by just about any standard. Our human resources team recently submitted its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) report to the government (EEO-1), and shared the raw data with me. The following graphic illustrates the proportion of female workers by...

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