In the coming months, fire safety experts in Boulder County will be serving as wildfire mitigation specialists that will counsel area homeowners on how to protect their properties from the threat as part of the Boulder County's new Wildfire Partners program. Boulder County officials are seeking to enroll qualified homeowners now for the first year program. Read the full Daily Camera Article Find out more and apply online at wildfirepartners.org....Read more
The implementation and integration of smart technology and its corresponding data management and analytics is no longer a question of why, but of when and how. Smart Grid Update has recently interviewed 50+ senior-level executives and thought leaders and published a free in-depth briefing uncovering the evolving role that big data analytics play in the utility sector. To download the executive briefing, click here. Here is a quick look at what the briefing addresses:Read more
- Creating a new organizational foundation for data and analytics initiatives through a workplace culture change
- Blurring the line between operations technology and utility information technology
- Bringing disparate data under a unified...
ACEEE Behavior Program staff developed a classification scheme, or taxonomy, that sorts Behavior-based energy efficiency programs run by utilities into discrete categories. Our aim was to focus and clarify terminology about behavior programs for both regulators and implementers. We offer a number of recommendations, including: stack, track, share, and coordinate. Questions we will be answering about this research includes:Read more
- What is the takeaway for energy efficiency program administrators, policymakers and utility regulators from this research?
- How should energy efficiency program administrators, policymakers and utility regulators use the taxonomy in the field guide?
- Why should energy efficiency program administrators, policymakers and utility regulators support...
Boulder County launched a new wildfire-preparedness program this week. The Wildfire Partners program offers tools and resources for residents who live in high-risk areas on how to best prepare themselves and their properties against wild-land fire threats. The program seeks to help Boulder County residents by providing customized solutions and expertise to increase the home's ability to withstand wildfire, with the goal of significantly increasing the safety of residents and firefighters. The program was developed by the Boulder County Land Use Department with support from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fire Administration, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Wildfire Partners program is administered...Read more
How much energy savings resulted from a given energy efficiency program? This is the fundamental question that program evaluators have faced since the days of the very first energy efficiency programs in the 1970’s. What makes this task more difficult than it sounds at first is that the results, or gross savings, observed among program participants must be compared to something that cannot actually be observed or measured: what would have happened if the program had never occurred. If gross savings alone are used, there can be misleading results due to the inability to consider the effects of “free-riders” (customers who participate in...Read more