Efficiency

“We’re doing a lot of work with real estate agents to understand what their needs are and to provide them a scope of services that can help both home buyers and sellers,” Adams said.

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Charley Juris: “The only way to make it work is to be part of the overall design and construction process. We help people design energy efficiency into the remodels and work with contractors we’ve vetted who have proven to us they’ll do it right and for a fair price.”

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“Until now, there has been no independent way to design, measure, and verify the benefits of a smarter, more sustainable grid,” said David Chiesa, Senior Director of Development at S&C Electric. “Now we can answer the question: What did our upgrade to a smarter system deliver for our customers?”

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Pressure from customers and other stakeholders is boosting utility commitments to programs and tools designed to save energy and enable markets for renewable sources of electricity, so says a report by Ceres, a sustainability-focused non-profit and Clean Edge, a research consultancy. But it depends on where you live. In some states – you can probably…

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Among the recommendations: ensure that all benefits, and not just the costs, of efficiency programs are accounted for.

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Virginia has steered clear of clean energy policies that are creating jobs and businesses in dozens of states. Perhaps the biggest reason is that the state’s energy policy – and the only market for electricity – is run by investor-owned Dominion Virginia Power which serves 70% of the state’s electricity load.

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