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Energy Intensity Analytics: How Solar Affects your Energy DNA

In this third Energy DNA blog post we explore Energy Intensity Analytics and how Energy Analytics can be used to optimize solar power or other forms of grid-tied renewable energy generation.  Recall that the colorful Energy DNA chart displays energy intensity by date (vertical axis) and time of day (horizontal axis). ENERGY ANALYTICS CASE STUDY 3:…

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Energy Analytics for Seasonal Energy Loads

My last Energy DNA blog post we showed how Energy Analytics could have helped avoid expensive demand charges at a vegetable packing facility.  This post describes how energy analytics can help with seasonal energy loads.  Recall that the colorful Energy DNA chart displays energy intensity by date (vertical axis) and time of day (horizontal axis).…

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California Drought affecting Hydroelectric Power Supplies; Electricity Rates Up

About 15% of California’s energy comes from hydroelectric power.  Or used to… as California’s historic drought progresses, skimpy snowpack above depleted reservoirs will lead to less hydroelectric power and higher electricity rates.  We’ll miss cheap Hydroelectric Power I met recently with managers at the Independent System Operator, which runs the California transmission grid.  They expect…

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What’s your Energy Analytics DNA?

If your growing business spent $100,000 on electricity last year, it’s likely you will pay your utility $10 million on electricity over the next 25 years.  It’s also likely that you can use Energy Analytics to save millions instead. It’s easy to get started with Energy Analytics by using existing data to measure what’s called…

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Using Energy Analytics to reduce demand charges

In California, reduced hydro and nuclear energy supplies are driving up electricity rates.  Solar and other forms of distributed generation can help, but they cannot reliably reduce demand charges or the key driver: peak demand.  Energy storage technologies are promising but still expensive.  For most California businesses, Energy Analytics offers the most compelling means of reducing peak demand and energy expense. Properly…

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Departing CPUC Commissioner advocates for Solar and Net Metering

Mark J. Ferron announced that he will be stepping down from his role as a Commissioner at the California CPUC for personal health reasons.   His thoughtful and candid final statement is worthy reading for those concerned with California’s energy future.   I’ve extracted below the two excerpts best related to this blog, Solar and Net Metering: Support…

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How Growers, Packers and Shippers can Reduce Energy Rates

“Rate sharks” are firms that will negotiate lower energy rates on your behalf in exchange for a share in the resulting savings: typically 50%.  But you shouldn’t need to pay a third party to get the best price you can for energy…   your utility is obligated to work with you to find the best…

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A Roadmap for Sustainability among Food and Beverage Producers

California’s food processing directors and executives face sustainability challenges including climate change, water scarcity, supply chain management and increasing regulation.  In their Roadmap for Sustainability the respected nonprofit Ceres provides a comprehensive and useful guidebook to implementing sustainability practices that can help the agriculture and food processing industries manage sustainability. The implications for food processing…

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Expanded Virtual Net Energy Metering is coming: benefits for businesses with multiple meters

Many energy consumers understand that under net energy metering policies they can use the utility’s grid like a battery, generating a retail bill credit for excess electricity they generate using solar or other qualified distributed energy generation sources. Going Virtual Recently some sectors have been allowed to take advantage of “Virtual Net Metering” (VNM) policy, which allows…

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Use Energy Analytics to reduce utility bills

Energy may be one of your businesses largest expenses, but it is an expense you can manage.   We encourage our clients to think of energy as a variable cost of goods sold rather than a fixed expense: your goal must be to reduce the energy cost of a unit of production.  You can achieve…

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Reduce Energy Expense with Biomass

HelioPower tour showcases compelling case for use of biomass to reduce California Ag industry’s energy costs and create additional profits with sale of biochar Sunshine isn’t nature’s only affordable source of renewable energy. Biomass is organic fuel, and can offer compelling returns to California growers and food processors. HelioPower Vice-President of Business Development Tom Millhoff…

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