Thoughts

Actions Have Consequences: Passage of Ohio Legislation Will Cost Jobs

A lot of analysis of the impacts of the SB 310 legislation in Ohio, particularly on the state's economy, has been in the news lately. Many of these assessments, including those from ACEEE, have focused mostly on employment numbers. But numbers are relatively abstract, and we need to remember that these numbers represent workers and their families. Several conversations at our recent Market Transformation Symposium with implementation contractors working in neighboring Indiana brought this home to me. Last month, Indiana canceled their energy efficiency programs, and many contractors running programs in the state have already begun the process of laying off...
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NEEA Seeks Input on Draft 2015-2019 Business Plan

Regional non-profit seeks input for next five years of market transformation programs The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), a non-profit alliance of utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the Energy Trust of Oregon is launching a series of regional events to gather input on NEEA's Draft 2015-19 Business Plan. NEEA is inviting the energy efficiency stakeholder community to provide feedback and comments on a summary of NEEA's Draft 2015-2019 Business Plan, which NEEA’s Board, advisory committees and staff have been formulating over the last eighteen months. This summary outlines the specific markets and savings goals, and details the strategies and activities that...
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Getting to Real-Time Program Evaluation

At Populus we pride ourselves on offering our Clients three things: 1) Real time customer service through advising 2) Innovation and technology 3) Integration of services and process This approach disrupts the traditional implementation model in many ways- one of them is real-time program evaluation and critical information gathering that enables our Clients to improve cost-effectiveness. The advising model shines light into processes that are typically opaque. We do this by allowing our Clients visibility into their customers’ interaction with their programs. Populus provides this while simultaneously allowing us to hear and document the “Voice of the Customer” and other targeted data from their clients...
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Obama Administration Outlines New Strategy to Better Protect Communities, Businesses and Public and Private Lands from the Threat of Wildland Fire Ahead of 2014 Fire Season

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014—As the 2014 wildfire season approaches, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots today released the Administration's National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. This strategy, developed by federal, state, tribal and local community partners, and public stakeholders, outlines new approaches to coordinate and integrate efforts to restore and maintain healthy landscapes, prepare communities for fire season, and better address the nation's wildland fire threats. "Through more strategic coordination with local communities, the National Cohesive Strategy will help us better protect...
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What Do You Think About Deep Energy Retrofits?

Populus COO Seth Portner's thoughts on GreenBuildingAdvisor's Musings from an Energy Nerd,  "We know that an informed consumer is one who makes good decisions- and that implementing one upgrade is the single biggest determining factor in doing a second upgrade.  We call this process a "phased retrofit" -- the concept of engaging with customers to make a series of incremental efficiency improvements over time.  We view a long term relationship with folks and cultivating a better informed client will lead them to deeper energy saving AND renewables by engaging them on their terms around their energy use and goals- and...
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