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Ecova to Present at ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
|By Business Wire
|August 13, 2014 12:11 PM EDT
Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, will
present four research papers at the 2014
ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Pacific
Grove, California. The 2014 Summer Study is the 18th biennial ACEEE
conference on energy efficiency in buildings. Energy professionals and
thought leaders from around the world will gather on August 17th
to discuss reducing energy use and climate impacts.
Ecova experts will provide insights into the next generation of utility
energy efficiency programs. Presentation topics include a holistic
strategic approach to commercial energy management, plug loads and DC
distribution, consumer electronics, and clothes dryers based on our
leading-edge research and studies. Since 2004, Ecova has been selected
by ACEEE to present at this preeminent conference.
“Energy efficiency is more important than ever before, especially for
utilities that are facing a rapidly changing market and shifting
customer expectations,” said Ted
Schultz, senior vice president of utility
solutions at Ecova. “We’re excited to share insights on the next
generation of energy efficiency programs that achieve cost-effective
energy savings, helping utilities put money back in their customers’
pockets and promote a sustainable environment.”
Experts will share findings and lessons from four Ecova authored or
co-authored peer-reviewed papers. Presentations include:
Reviving the War of Currents: Opportunities to Save Energy with DC
Distribution in Commercial Buildings
Monday, August 18th at 8:30 a.m. PT
Presenter: Suzanne Foster Porter, Director, Research & Policy,
Overview: Ecova estimates that today’s commercial office
buildings lose about 13 percent of their electricity every year simply
distributing and converting power, and the loss is even higher for
high-performance designs, such as zero net energy (ZNE). This
presentation examines an alternative approach for distributing power: DC
distribution “islands” within commercial buildings that eliminate the
need for repetitive power-conversion steps. Ecova summarizes the state
of the industry-led effort for DC distribution, including current
technology, demonstration projects, cost-effectiveness and ancillary
Innovations in Cost and Efficiency Analyses for Consumer Electronics:
A Technical Analysis of Display Components and Features
Wednesday, August 20th at 8:30 a.m. PT
Presenter: Clancy Donnelly, Manager, Research & Policy, Ecova
Overview: Consumer electronics comprise a rapidly evolving market
sector with shorter product cycles and faster changes in cost and energy
consumption compared with those of traditional appliances. This fast
pace of product development, along with the associated changing costs
over time and changes in duty cycle, necessitates a new and refined
approach to policy development and program design. Using computer
displays as a case study, Ecova discusses how engineering analyses for
consumer electronics differ from those for traditional appliances, and
how updated reverse engineering studies yield information on costs and
efficiency changes over time.
Strategic Energy Management: A Framework Approach
Friday, August 22nd at 10:30 a.m. PT
Presenter: Diane Levin, Senior Director, Utility Solutions, Ecova
Overview: In this presentation, Ecova will discuss the strategic
energy management (SEM) model, including corporate drivers for energy
management and how they can be leveraged for energy savings. It
highlights Ecova’s experiences working with clients on implementing SEM
and provides lessons learned from enrolling and supporting customers in
a strategic management approach. Utilities will understand elements to
consider when designing and implementing successful strategic energy
management programs in their portfolio.
The Time is Ripe for Paying Attention to Clothes Drying Time
Technology and Policy in Relation to Efficiency and Drying Time
Friday, August 22nd at 10:30 a.m. PT
Presenter: Dave Denkenberger, Technical Specialist, Research &
Overview: Clothes dryers now represent a $9 billion annual
national energy bill—about 6 percent of residential electricity
consumption and 2 percent of residential natural gas consumption. This
presentation explores the technical improvements that can be made to
clothes dryers to increase their energy efficiency and discusses the
corresponding implications to drying time. With this in mind, Ecova
argues that standards and voluntary labeling specifications should take
into account drying time when setting efficiency requirements for
different drying technologies.
Ecova will also be hosting two informal sessions at the event. These
include a show-and-tell on maximizing energy savings in multifamily
(August 18th at 2 p.m. PT) and a session on working with
national accounts (August 19th at 2 p.m. PT). For more
information on the 2014 ACEEE Summer Study, please visit the event
website or contact
us for a copy of the peer-reviewed papers on the topics presented at
Ecova is the total energy and sustainability management company
whose sole purpose is to see
more, and sustain
more for its clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and
carbon footprint data spanning thousands of utilities, hundreds of
thousands of business sites and millions of households, Ecova provides
fully managed, technology-optimized solutions for saving resources,
which in turn increase returns, lower risks, and enhance reputations.
Ecova is a subsidiary of Cofely, the leading brand of GDF SUEZ Energy
Services. For more information, visit the company’s website at ecova.com,
on LinkedIn at linkd.in/ecovainc,
or follow Ecova on Twitter at @ecovainc.
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