The Curse of the TRC

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The Curse of the TRC

Archaic utility cost effectiveness-testing is killing effective energy efficiency programs

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IRS To Lose Its Slice of Utility Rebates

Author: Cyril Penn
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May 01, 1993

Residential utility customers who receive rebates for installing energy-efficient appliances in 1993 will no longer have to share a cut with Uncle Sam because under the newly enacted Federal Energy Policy Act, the rebates aren't taxable. [continue reading]

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Snohomish PUD Slashes Conservation

Author: Ted Rieger
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May 01, 1993

The Snohomish County Public Utility District, an electric utility in Everett, Washington, unexpectedly dropped its conservation plans for 1994 after failing to negotiate a new contract with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for a "conservation power plant." [continue reading]

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RECYCLING REFRIGERATORS: WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY?

Author: Carol Nelson
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January 01, 1993

Over the past decade, a number of utilities in the United States and Canada have successfully implemented programs to collect and dismantle old refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners from their residential customers. [continue reading]

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HAULING IN THE CULPRITS: MICHIGAN'S BOUNTY PILOT

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January 01, 1993

The Michigan Public Service Commission examined the potential of picking up operating, second refrigerators in the mid-1980s. [continue reading]

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SMUD'S REFRIGERATOR GRAVEYARD - CONDITIONS OF THE DECEASED

Author: Willem Bos
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January 01, 1993

As part of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD) high efficiency refrigerator program, the district offers an incentive of $100 to customers who trade in an older refrigerator in conjunction with the purchase of a new model. [continue reading]

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Performance Contracting: An ESCo Perspective

Author: Greg Thomas
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November 01, 1992

Residential performance contracting presents great opportunities and great risks for both the utility and the energy service company (ESCo). [continue reading]

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Performance Contracting: Advice To Utilities

Author: Gil Peach
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November 01, 1992

Many utilities are using, or considering using, residential performance contracting to carry out energy conservation programs. [continue reading]

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Conversions + Conversations= Conservation

Author: Joann Henson
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November 01, 1992

Like most utilities in the Northwest, Grays Harbor Public Utility District (PUD) is seeking to meet its future load growth largely through energy conservation programs. [continue reading]

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Travis Weeks

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from ...

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Shawna Henderson

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who ...

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