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  • Meghan Bock

Plug into the future: Strategies for diversifying your EE & DR portfolios

Updated: Jan 9


LED lighting represents the go-to measure for energy efficiency programs given its high potential, quick pay-backs, and overall customer satisfaction. As costs have gone down and natural adoption has grown, however, it's no wonder that lighting is close to reaching full market transformation. The savings from lighting will continue to drop over the next three to five years, at which point most utilities will no longer benefit from offering lighting incentives as part of their efficiency program. Tasked with this challenge, utilities must look for new solutions to help strengthen their energy efficiency and demand response portfolios. The key to meeting long-term goals will be to offer a more comprehensive mix of measures and to integrate these measures with distributed energy resources (DERs). Before the lights turn off, what strategies can utilities pursue to leverage long-term savings and shape future demands?

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>> 50 States of Electric Vehicles – 2017 Annual Review

>> Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales Forecast Through 2025 and the Charging Infrastructure Required

2) Strategic Energy Management

>> Strategic Energy Management – Ameren Illinois

>> Opportunities for Strategic Energy Management in the Municipal Water Sector

>> Evaluation, Measurement, & Verification (EM&V) Best Practices & Recommendations for Industrial Strategic Energy Management Programs

3) Smart Energy Management Systems (i.e. Smart Thermostats)

>> National Study of Potential of Smart Thermostats for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response

>> Overview of Existing and Future Residential Use Cases for Connected Thermostats

4) Electric Water Heaters

>> Utilities in hot water: Realizing the benefits of grid-integrated water heaters

>> The Hidden Battery – Opportunities in Electric Water Heating

5) Custom Rebates for Water & Wastewater Customers

>> Des Moines Water Works Paves Way for Energy Savings in Water Sector

>> Specific Energy Pump Optimization Case Studies