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Caution: Study is no breakthrough

Scott Pigg warns not to read too much into a recent study of savings from weatherization programs that has generated buzz in the mainstream press. Read his blog post.

Assessing plug load in commercial buildings

Seventhwave has been awarded a Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) grant to study plug load in Minnesota office buildings and identify energy reduction strategies. Read more.

Enhancing efficiency in small buildings

Seventhwave’s Marge Anderson and Preservation Green Lab’s Jim Lindberg talk the economic potential for energy efficiency in small buildings. Read the HuffPost blog.

Utility sales growth and shareholder returns

How does distributed generation impact utility sales and shareholder returns? Steve Kihm and Tracy La Haise present an interesting argument that it is not utility sales that drive utility stock returns, but asset growth. Read more.

New directors add geographic diversity to Seventhwave Board

Two directors bring new perspectives to our governance board. Rebecca Stanfield, deputy director for policy at NRDC’s Chicago office, has 20 years of experience in environmental advocacy. Eric Swanson, attorney at Winthrop & Weinstine in Minneapolis, practices energy and environmental law. See all Seventhwave Board members here.

Motivating high users to save energy

We worked with Cool Choices to explore whether engagement games could identify high users and drive them to energy efficiency programs. The answer is, “Yes!” Read the full report.