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Go to Pivot 4 for Energy Optimization: Shift to Meter-based Savings

Post: Pivot 4 for Energy Optimization: Shift to Meter-based Savings

As we’ve touched on so far in our series on Energy Optimization, electrifying our built environment requires innovation in policy frameworks, finance mechanisms, and customer inspiration. A critical component to our success, though, lies in the details—how we are measuring energy savings and energy usage in our buildings. This leads us to our fourth Energy … Continued

Go to Youth-led Strikes: The Largest Climate Mobilization in U.S. History

Post: Youth-led Strikes: The Largest Climate Mobilization in U.S. History

This month’s youth-led climate strikes—the protests and other events organized around the globe that collectively drew millions of marchers—represent a watershed moment: Leaders and policymakers are being pressured like never before to take meaningful action on climate change. Young people from around the world, joined by adult allies who have been working for decades to … Continued

Go to Expanding Access to a Winning Climate Strategy

Post: Expanding Access to a Winning Climate Strategy

A new report looks at the many new and creative ways that states in the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, plus New Jersey and Virginia, are integrating equity goals in their climate policy. Mariella Puerto, a co-director for Climate at the Boston-based Barr Foundation, shared her insights on the report in a blog post that … Continued

Go to Strategy Pivot 2 for Energy Optimization: Incentivizing Finance in Retrofits

Post: Strategy Pivot 2 for Energy Optimization: Incentivizing Finance in Retrofits

In our six-part series on energy optimization, we’re introducing five pivots in strategy that can shift the building sector into being an accelerator of climate action and a valuable grid asset. Traditional energy efficiency efforts designed to cut energy waste while increasing performance have done more than any other climate solution to preserve 2030 climate stabilization … Continued

Go to Solar Energy Is Providing a Critical Lifeline to Midwest Farmers

Post: Solar Energy Is Providing a Critical Lifeline to Midwest Farmers

2018 saw a 30 percent increase in farm bankruptcies across six Midwest states, according to research by the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, as farmers face weather, climate, and geopolitical challenges that threaten their viability. Unfortunately, 2019 has been an even bigger disaster for Midwest farmers. Historic floods and persistent trade wars have added more straws to … Continued

Go to Energy Optimization: It’s time to reimagine energy efficiency

Post: Energy Optimization: It’s time to reimagine energy efficiency

For decades now, energy efficiency has been a stalwart tool for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and lowering utility bills. With appliance standards, utility programs, building codes, and other energy-saving measures, we’ve established a resource that now powers over a third of the U.S. economy. But we need to fundamentally transform our strategies to accelerate this … Continued