KEEP enrichment pilot: activity summary and results
2014 | This report describes our pilot efforts to test the infusion of more near-term energy savings efforts alongside KEEP’s energy education mission; presents the results of those efforts and makes suggestions for future activities. In order to acknowledge KEEP’s long-term energy education...
Third-party distributed generation: issues and challenges for policymakers
Promoting quality installation of central AC and heat pump systems
2014 | This presentation explored quality installation and maintenance practices for residential central air conditioning and air source heat pump systems in Minnesota.
It covers key technical aspects of ensuring optimal system performance from new and existing systems, and surveys the...
Designing a new utility business model? Better understand the traditional one first
2014 | By Steve Kihm, Energy Center of Wisconsin; Jim Barrett and Casey J. Bell, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (from ACEEE Summer Study proceedings, 2014)
There appears to be a consensus among energy efficiency advocates that traditional utility regulation...
Does disruptive competition mean a death spiral for electric utilities?
2014 | By Elisabeth Graffy and Steven Kihm, Energy Law Journal, May 2014.
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SGIG consumer behavior study: Minnesota Power AMI behavioral research pilot
2013-2016 | Minnesota Power is a winter peaking investor-owned electric utility with ~145,000 customers in its ~26,000 square mile service territory that covers central and northeastern Minnesota. The utility's Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project includes a two-phase consumer behavior study...
Minnesota stakeholder meetings for energy savings goals
2013 | In late October and early November 2013, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) held two stakeholder meetings and four technical workgroup meetings with identified parties to gather input on the state’s energy savings goals. These meetings were held pursuant to a directive from the Minnesota...
Performance of an LED lighting system in a parking application
2013 | The Energy Center completed a study of the performance of the LED lighting system at The Brewery parking structure in Milwaukee, Wisconsin including energy use monitoring over a two-year period. The study, funded by Focus on Energy and We Energies, included illuminance measurements within...
Daylight controls glossary
Drain water heat recovery: a field study of commercial applications
2013 | Drain water heat recovery (DWHR) as discussed in this report is the recovery of useful heat through a heat exchanger placed in the building drain system. This project was an effort to characterize the performance of drain water heat recovery systems as installed in commercial facilities. The...