Articles by Lindsay Audin, CEM, CEP

Energy Wiz: What's Behind for the ‘Smart' Meter?

With more detailed user info, volatile pricing may not just be passing through.

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Energy Wiz: Squeezing Power Out of Steam Pressure Reduction

A new technology heats up the marketplace.
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Energy Wiz: Putting The Genie Back In The Bottle

At least 8 of the 23 states that have deregulated their retail electricity markets are considering reversing that decision. In the process, issues are being raised that could impact power pricing, regardless of how such changes occur. Power customers should be looking for ways to insulate themselves from sudden electric “shocks.”
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Energy Wiz: LED Blinks In The Spotlight

Light fixtures using light-emitting diodes (LED) hold great promise, but some early models have not met claims or expectations. Early adopters need to carefully test units being promoted for area and task lighting.


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Energy Wiz: Fluorescents Afoot

Should you jump on the incandescent ban bandwagon?
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Energy Wiz: Being Clear About Window Film

Manage heat gain while looking on the bright side.
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The Energy Wiz: LADDERED POWER <i>Contracts</i>

Under deregulation, some retail power customers are applying power purchasing techniques commonly used by utilities to avoid feeling wholesale price volatility at the retail level. One such technique involves “laddering” contracts. To ensure acceptable results, a clear understanding is needed of this technique’s limitations.
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The Energy Wiz: A Powerful Parable

When power customers look at their costs for electricity, they tend to lump the price of the commodity (i.e., the raw cost without delivery) with the rest of the electric bill (e.g., distribution). Doing so, however, may miss the boat on options to cut the total cost of power.
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The Energy Wiz: Fun With Energy Profiler Online

To deal with growing power demands, the Feds and some states are pushing demand-response and time-based power pricing (e.g., real-time pricing). Many utilities are helping customers to that end by providing online energy analysis software, such as Energy Profiler Online (EPO). For account loads over ~1 MW, your utility may already offer such services.

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The Energy Wiz: We're Havin' A Heat Wave ...

... AND WE'RE LEFT TO SWEAT PRICING AND SUPPLY.
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