Insights

At CLEAResult, we take pride in cultivating an actively collaborative environment infused with intelligent, creative and passionate people. The unique insights of our industry leaders stem from their experience and enthusiasm for achieving results for our clients.

We update this page regularly to share our thoughts regarding industry news, emerging technology and new products, energy policy developments and other topical issues.


Happy Holidays from CLEAResult

December 11, 2014
by CLEAResult staff

Thank you for welcoming us into your communities and the more than 60 cities across North America where CLEAResult has offices and employees. It’s been a year of tremendous growth and success due to the support of our partners, staff and friends. As this exciting year draws to a close, we want to take a moment to share some holiday cheer and best wishes for a prosperous new year.

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Top 10 energy efficiency predictions for 2015

December 9, 2014
by Jonathan Kleinman, VP of Policy, Design and Evaluation

We assembled a group of policy, technology, customer engagement and business experts from within our CLEAResult leadership, to forecast the future of energy efficiency in 2015—no crystal ball or time machine required. Read our top 10 list of trends and predictions, in no particular order:

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Energy leaders recognized with international awards

December 8, 2014
by Glenn Garland, CEO

Two CLEAResult leaders are recipients of recent prestigious awards. Congratulations to Bill Younger, vice president of energy performance services, and Paul Willis, managing director of our Vancouver, Canada office. We’re proud of their outstanding achievements and dedication to innovation and our mission to change the way people use energy.

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Futurist Jack Uldrich shares 7 trends shaping the future of energy efficiency

November 21, 2014
by CLEAResult Staff

Renowned futurist and the best-selling author of 11 books, Jack Uldrich, discussed seven trends in technology at the CLEAResult Energy Efficiency Roundup that will impact electric utilities. In his keynote address he shared his thoughts on how utilities can future-proof today against tomorrow’s transformational energy trends.

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Marketing isn’t all about you: 3 tips to create Youtility from Jay Baer

November 19, 2014
by CLEAResult Staff

Best-selling author of the book “Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help Not Hype”and president of Convince & Convert, Jay Baer, wowed the crowd at the CLEAResult 2014 Energy Efficiency Roundup with a compelling keynote. It’s harder than ever for utilities to effectively reach their audience, but there are better ways to engage customers with useful marketing.

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EE Roundup speaker Michael Chesser on how utilities are responding to change

November 18, 2014
by CLEAResult Staff

Michael Chesser, a senior fellow in the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution, has a unique perspective on the drivers that are shaping the utility industry as the former chairman and CEO of Great Plains Energy. At the 2014 CLEAResult Energy Efficiency Roundup, Chesser presented a historical perspective, drivers of industry change, utilities’ evolution in response to change and his views on opportunities in the industry in a keynote speech.

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Energy efficiency is simply good business

November 11, 2014
by Glenn Garland, Chief Executive Officer

Last week CLEAResult welcomed more than 115 leaders from utilities around the country to our second annual Energy Efficiency Roundup in Austin, Texas. We enjoyed two days packed with sessions dedicated to addressing important industry issues and sharing ideas to expose people to the great work being done in this industry.

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Our growing, client-focused team

October 13, 2014
by Glenn Garland, Chief Executive Officer

As you may have noticed, we’ve grown recently. On the occasion of the official welcoming of PECI to our team, I wanted to take a moment to discuss each of our recent acquisitions in a little more detail.

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The insider's guide to managing plug loads

October 6, 2014
by Amber Buhl, PE, Engineer

Now that we know the basic facts of plug loads and have an understanding of some key strategies for reducing plug loads, we are ready to go deeper, looking at tools and technology that can help manage your plug loads.

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6 simple steps to reducing plug loads at work

August 29, 2014
by Amber Buhl, PE, Engineer

Reducing plug load energy use is an area that is full of opportunity and ripe for focus. Plug loads as a portion of total commercial (and residential) energy use are growing in size. This is both because of the increasing number of devices that we use at home and work, but also because other building systems are getting more efficient due to building code and utility efficiency programs.

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5 facts about plug loads that will make your hair stand on end

August 7, 2014
by Amber Buhl, PE, Engineer

“Plug load” refers to the energy used by a device that plugs into a typical AC electrical outlet. When we think about plug loads, we often think of task lights, computers, cell phone chargers. But bigger items, including copy machines and kitchen equipment are also a part of an office building’s plug load. And of course, other building types might have specialty equipment that also makes up part of its plug load.

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Three steps for optimizing your data center

May 30, 2014
by Bill Younger, Vice President of Energy Performance Services

Optimizing in-house data centers is a surefire way for organizations to reduce energy costs, but it’s often overlooked. We work hard to help data center owners and operators recognize this prime opportunity, as we know from experience just how much savings can result.

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First Commissioning Lab a great success

April 30, 2014
by Lia Webster, Sr. Engineering Manager

I’m just back from conducting our first hands-on commissioning lab, and couldn’t be more pleased with the result! The facility we used is the Mechanical/Electrical Technology Department at Sacramento City College (SCC) where HVAC technicians are trained. It’s a playground of central plants, packaged units, deconstructed equipment and classrooms, ideally comingled for easy access.

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Prop 39’s phase one: Complications, considerations & recommendations

April 28, 2014
by Alison ten Cate, Senior Director, Pacific Business Unit

Passed by California voters in 2012, and covered in a previous Insights article, Proposition 39 closes a tax loophole with 50 percent of the resulting tax revenue allocated over a five-year period to much-needed energy upgrades in K–12 schools and community colleges. This legislation is intended to not only achieve comprehensive energy improvements in public schools, but also to spur job creation—especially in the most economically challenged areas of the state. 

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