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Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow Scholarship

The goal of Franklin Energy is to help utility customers manage their energy usage and meet energy goals. We make strides to reach this goal every day through implementing new programs and promoting energy-efficient behavior. But why stop there? For the fourth year in a row, we are going a step further in supporting future generations by offering our annual Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow Scholarship.

Sizing Up Small Business

How big is a small business? The short answer: it varies. The change can be quite dramatic from program to program; in fact, we saw the size limit vary from 60 kW to 400 kW in a recent review of ten electric programs.

Determining small business size can be difficult, and that doesn’t even take the issue of gas programs into account. They can have sizes anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 therms per month. What does all this uncertainty mean? Can you tell a 100kW commercial business by looking at it? Probably not.

Top 5 Reasons Your Program Design Needs to Include Networked Lighting Controls

Networked Lighting Controls (NLC) are being called the second lighting revolution, transforming the luminary industry with internet-connected smart devices that have features and benefits we haven’t yet seen. They can be compared to smart thermostats, offering users more hands-on control and allowing them to leverage new savings. Incorporating NLC into your utility-program offerings is definitely a bright idea, and here are the top five reasons why:

Lights Out on the T12: How to Make the Switch

If we were a diner, T12s would be 86’d off the menu. But in our industry, it’s not as quick as a chalkboard erase or menu reprint. Our program teams need to get out there – they need to provide education and outreach to serve up savings and bring better efficiency to the table, business by business. The U.S. federal government has regulations putting an end to T12 fluorescent lighting – but they only apply to the import or manufacture of it.  

Regulation isn’t a stop button. There are many businesses across counties and cities operating without that knowledge or understanding of how much lighting efficiency can help them. It’s not something top of mind when you’re managing staff, budgets, local regulation, tax compliance, and services or products. Even more, T12s have been around since the 1930s; so, while they are outdated, they’re what many individuals are accustomed to using.  

Capture Energy Savings with the Updated Department of Energy Commercial Refrigeration Standards

Have you heard the saying “change is the only constant?” That rings true on many fronts – even in the energy efficiency industry. With continuous improvements being made and new inventions coming along, it can be challenging to keep up. One of the latest changes seen is to the new energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment, issued by the Department of Energy earlier this year.  What are these new standards, and how do they affect utility programs?

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Want to stay abreast of regulatory updates, inspiring innovations and thought leadership related to grid optimization? Welcome to our blog, where Franklin Energy’s experts come to delve into everything you need to know to stay at the top of your game in our ever-changing environment.

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