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Does Buying Back Your Utility Owned Street lights Make Sense For Your Community?

If you are a  municipal leader trying to save your community every cent possible while improving public spaces and keeping everyone safe, then buying back your utility owned street lights might make sense. SmartWatt recently completed a project for the Town of Owego that will save the town approximately $45,000 per year in maintenance costs …

Rebecca E. Eden

May 25, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

Energy Efficiency Incentives For Public Entities in Illinois are Back

Municipal officials in Illinois with big energy efficiency or infrastructure improvement projects planned for the second half of the year can rest easy after Ameren recently announced an extension of its incentive program. Ameren, a utility company that services Central and Southern Illinois, is picking up part of the state’s Energy Now incentive program for the …

Ben Stewart

May 23, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

Illuminating Municipalities’ Options For Street Lighting

Street lighting is vital to creating a safe and aesthetically pleasing community, but paying for the maintenance, operational, and energy costs associated with keeping streets illuminated can be a drain on your budget. Often times, maintenance and operational costs are inflated when the local utility owns the fixtures and charges a premium to maintain them. …

Ben Stewart

February 25, 2017

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Utility

SmartWatt Optimizes Traditional Utility Program Administration

Say you’re a utility looking to initiate a program — maybe an energy efficiency program — aimed at small or medium businesses or multi-family housing and you have a detailed plan to achieve your goals.

Ben Stewart

February 15, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

SmartWatt’s South Business Unit generates accolades

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) EnergyRight® Solutions for Business+Industry program team awarded SmartWatt’s South Business Unit with the “Excellence in Performance Middle Tennessee District” Award. The Business Unit also received a certificate of recognition for outstanding performance from Oncor, a utility company in Texas. The award, given out mid-November to the company in the middle Tennessee …

Ben Stewart

January 31, 2017

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Utility

National Grid & SmartWatt: United In Serving Small Businesses

Since its founding over three decades ago, National Grid has remained committed to meeting the energy needs of residents and commercial organizations, providing electricity to 3.4 million customers in upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In 2008 they former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer set a goal to reduce energy consumption state-wide by 15 …

Ben Stewart

January 24, 2017

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Small Business

Bringing Energy Efficiency to Offices

Office buildings represent approximately 17 percent of energy use in commercial buildings nationwide and consume more energy than any other building type. With almost 60 percent of existing office buildings built before 1980, many are in desperate need of upgrades to aging building equipment, appliances and systems. Even small offices can reap a big payoff …

Ben Stewart

November 28, 2016

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Utility

Innovation: Integrating Renewable Energy Into the Grid

Many utilities want to learn how to integrate renewable energy into the electrical grid. What better way than to help fund a test bed devoted to that very principle? To that end, National Grid announced recently that it will give two grants totaling $1 million to SUNY Polytechnic Institute for its new 356,000-square-foot ZEN building. …

Ben Stewart

November 3, 2016

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Utility

Utility Trends: 10 Things to Watch For as Utilities Evolve

The outlook for our energy future is that demand will continue to grow, while traditional supplies become more scarce. According to the 2014 Global Utility Evolution Benchmarking Study on utility trends, the worldwide demand for electricity will increase by more than two-thirds and gas by almost half between 2011 and 2035. The writing is on …

Ben Stewart

October 2, 2016

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