If we ramp up, will they come? Assessing employer and workforce readiness to accelerate energy efficiency in three Midwestern states
2010 | In this ACEEE paper, Marge Anderson, Claire Cowan and Nick Sayen discuss the Energy Center's research of energy efficiency program planning efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois as these states respond to the ever-increasing demand for a skilled workforce.
Unplug for Savings
2010 | The September/October 2010 issue of Home Energy Magazine features an article on the Energy Center's plug load study by Ingo Bensch and Scott Pigg.
Biomass Resource Assessment for Farmers Cooperative Supply and Shipping Association
2010 | With assistance from the Cooperative Network, the Energy Center presents a resource assessment of woody biomass in an area surrounding West Salem, Wisconsin. The report examines primary residues including forest harvest residues, maintenance cuttings, other removals, low-value pulpwood, and...
Energy use by residential gas water heaters: a technical field study in 10 Wisconsin homes
2010 | As part of a larger national project investigating the performance of residential gas-fired water heaters, the Energy Center of Wisconsin has monitored and evaluated performance of several types of water heaters
in 10 southern Wisconsin homes.
Dehumidification and Subslab Ventilation in Wisconsin Homes
2010 | Does subslab ventilation (Active Soil Depressurization) reduce basement humidity loads and what is the impact on electric loads? These were the two questions Energy Center researchers tried to answer through this field study.
Energy efficiency and demand response potential for Iowa Municipal Utilities for the years 2012 and 2018
2009 | By 2012 Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities members could save 58.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electric energy per year, reduce peak electric demand by 14.5 megawatts (MW), and save 869,000 therms of natural gas/propane per year through cost-effective energy efficiency initiatives. These...
Ten-year update: emissions and economic analysis of geothermal heat pumps in Wisconsin
2009 | This analysis determines the cost-effectiveness and environmental impact of geothermal heat pump systems. We used building models to compare geothermal systems with conventional systems in otherwise identical buildings. This study is an update of the study completed in 2000: Emissions and...
Energy Efficiency and Customer-Sited Renewable Resource Potential in Wisconsin for the Years 2012 and 2018 (Wisconsin Potential Study)
2009 | This technical and policy analysis was performed to determine the amount of energy use that can be displaced through efficiency programs and other initiatives.
Prepared on behalf of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to inform program goals, priorities and funding levels.
Energy Efficiency Guidebook for Public Power Communities
2009 | The Energy Efficiency Guidebook is a comprehensive resource for community-owned electric and gas utilities. Funded by the Energy Foundation, the guidebook serves as a roadmap for energy efficiency program planning and provides step-by-step recommendations for program design, implementation,...
Uncertainty, real options, and industrial energy efficiency decisions (paper and presentation)
2009 | The Energy Center's Research Director Steven Kihm presented a paper on the use of real options in industrial energy efficiency decision-making at the 2009 ACEEE summer study on energy efficiency in industry conference in Niagra Falls, New York. The paper was co-authored by Claire Cowan.