Technology for the Environment
Arriving on Saturday, we had plenty of time to get setup and get acquainted with the attendees and other exhibitors.
Already we have networked and met with several key players in the utility space to discuss Parachute Software’s web based energy efficiency incentive management technology.
In the morning we attended the general session that had a broad range of topics including the important role energy efficiency plays within the utility and end users. In addition, we experienced two critical presentations including the following topics, “Partnerships for Meeting the Customer in the Home” and “Making Solar Work for Utilities”.
Tomorrow promises to be another full day that will bring more information and education about the role energy efficiency will continue to play in our future.
Incentive programs like the proposed “Cash for Caulkers” have the dual benefit of reducing harmful emissions into the environment and stimulating the economy. While a lot of tax-payer money is going into programs like this, it can be debated that the overall benefit far outweighs the cost. While these programs are incenting individuals and businesses to become more energy efficient, it’s important to consider how efficient the programs are themselves.
Parachute Software was recently included in the California Center for Sustainable Energy database. You can locate us at the following link http://energycenter.org/index.php/component/content/article/110-auditing-and-analysis/2018
You can also search for Parachute on the CCSE website, or look for us under the auditing and analysis section.
WHO IS CCSE?
The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to Greening Your World®. Join us for free workshops; take advantage of incentive programs; attend our special events, and contact us for technical assistance. CCSE is here to help.
We can expect to see new energy efficiency rebates offered by utilities over the next several weeks to help curb electricity usage by encouraging responsible use of appliances like air conditioning. Con Ed has recently included some new incentive rebates for their customers.
Con Ed offering rebates for energy efficiency
“We want people to have the lighting and cooling they need to live comfortably this summer, while using less electricity to get both,” Con Ed CEO and chairman Kevin Burke said in a published report.
As indicated in Dave Linton’s presentation to the Green Building Expo 2010, energy efficiency is the fastest, lowest risk, most economical way to address climate change.
Here is a link for a Parachute Power Point describing why energy efficiency rebate programs are important to improve electricity sustainability within the grid
What is your experience with energy efficiency rebates? What would you like to see improved with the rebate process for commercial? residential? industrial?
Energy Efficiency Incentives for the Home
The most recently publicized environmental incentive program in the Obama plan is dubbed Cash for Caulkers. This energy incentive program will look to energize the home renovation industry, while encouraging a move to energy efficiency. In Canada, the “Home Renovation Tax Credit”, was a moderately successful endeavour that concluded this month after a number of years. The difficulty in administering incentives, is the inability to centrally manage the program while providing the visibility and traceability for all participants involved in the programs. Several programs offer the ability to print a PDF document from a website, and then mail the form and within 8-12 weeks you receive a cheque. There are number of ways to optimize this process through software workflow tools.
No matter how these programs are administered, they benefit both the economy and the environment by encouraging a switch to enhanced resource efficiency. Both the Canadian and US governments should be applauded for their long overdue efforts to improve sustainability.
If President Obama is looking for yet another announcement to improve the environment, perhaps this might be his next move: http://environment.about.com/b/2010/03/05/plastic-money-to-replace-paper-currency-in-canada.htm
What energy incentive programs have you applied for? What was your experience with them?