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Utility pricing and new business models: the inside scoop

Sep 08, 2014 — UW-Extension recently hosted a webinar that addressed impending electric rate restructuring cases and potential impacts on energy jobs in Wisconsin and the energy marketplace across the country. Watch the archived presentation. For background on the current utility business model, we've posted a paper authored by Steve Kihm, et al, for ACEEE's Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Read the abstract and download the paper. MORE...

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission releases DSM report

Aug 19, 2014 — On August 15, the IURC submitted a report on Indiana’s Core and Core Plus Energy Efficiency Program benefits, costs and savings to the Indiana General Assembly. The report was prepared by the Energy Center from data provided by Indiana utilities and the State Utility Forecasting Group. The IURC's final report can be found here. MORE...

BECCsters talk about behavior impacts

Aug 11, 2014 — The MadCity BECCsters explored measurement and evaluation of behavior change efforts at their mid-summer meeting on July 30. Four local experts shared their insights. Whether you are designing, running, overseeing, or researching behavior change, this discussion is for you. Read more about our group and watch the video on-demand. MORE...

Improved practices to capture greater energy savings

Jul 01, 2014 — The Energy Center is conducting a study for the Minnesota Department of Commerce to provide insight and tools to increase the effectiveness of utility efficiency programs to properly install and maintain heating and cooling equipment in Minnesota homes. The project includes both market research and a field study. Read more. MORE...

Are utilities circling the wagons?

Jul 01, 2014 — "The problem is that electricity markets are changing to more competitive and more market-driven approaches," said Steve Kihm, a utility finance expert at the Energy Center. Kihm and Elisabeth Graffy of Arizona State University say moves to raise fixed charges amount to a circle-the-wagons response by utilities. Read the full article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. MORE...

Training energy management catalysts

Jun 26, 2014 — EDF engaged the Energy Center to design and facilitate a five-day boot camp for their Climate Corps program, an initiative that places MBA students in host organizations to identify energy-saving opportunities. We’re also providing technical advisory services to EDF’s Building Energy Initiative in Chicago. The program is featured in the summer issue of Sustainable Chicago. MORE...

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