Energy efficiency

The US Commonwealth of Massachusetts partnered with Energy Intelligence software (EIS) provider EnerNOC for rollout of an energy efficiency programme.Under the three year collaboration, the state will use the US based firm’s technology to lower energy consumption and costs in its 420 facilities including universities, adminstrative buildings, hospitals and courthouses.

[quote] Commenting on the signing of the US$5.6m project, Governor Charlie Baker said:  “This innovative program further signals our commitment to using advanced technologies and cutting edge strategies to make state government more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sound.

“This initiative will ensure that Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in energy efficiency standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” added the governor.

EnerNOC claims its solution will help the state government to monitor its progress towards reducing carbon emissions as well as drive operational efficiency by identifying and prioritise on capital investments.

The state plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% by 2020, states a combined statement.

Energy efficiency in the US

In late April, US power utility DTE Energy upgraded its energy efficiency tool 'DTE Insight' to help consumers reduce their power consumption and electricity bills.

The utility said the new feature now allows customers to use the DTE Insight app to set an energy budget target, monitor their energy efficiency targets through access to daily, weekly, monthly and annual energy costs.

The app is also able to connect mobile devices with smart gas and electric meters to allow consumers to receive notifications when they are approaching their targets.

In addition, the platform provides energy efficiency tips with step by step instructions and powerscans appliances to allow customers to view the monthly operating costs of a selected appliance.

DTE Energy claims the new feature allows the app to help consumers reduce power consumption by as much as 10% per month. [Energy efficiency: Oncor signs US$9m deal with Lime Energy]

Joel Miller, DTE Insight program manager said the utility serving 3,4 million gas and power consumers in Michigan isworking to make the DTE Insight app experience better, and more useful."

 

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