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Climate Solutions Innovation: Annual Summer Study on Energy Efficiency

August 29th, 2022

Last week energy efficiency professionals gathered for the annual Summer Study on Energy Efficiency, where the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy presents innovative ideas on the topic of Climate Solutions: Efficiency, Equity, and Decarbonization. This year’s conference features two papers with contributions from ERI senior engineer Gretchen Schimelpfenig. As utilities improve programs to increase indoor agriculture customer participation, …

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Strategies for Successful Greenhouse Maintenance Planning

August 24th, 2022

Benjamin Franklin once said that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The old adage holds true in many facets of life, and is also applicable in the maintenance of your greenhouse or CEA facility. ERI’s senior engineer, Gretchen Schimelpfenig, PE recently published a well thought out article on how to develop a successful and effective operations …

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ERI Presents at the 2022 Water Conservation Showcase on Sustainable Cannabis Growing Facilities

July 30th, 2022

Energy Resources Integration’s Engineering Manager, Ethan Clifford, P.E. will be joining Whitney Ray and Chris Castle as Water Conservation Panelists on August 3 at the 2022 Water Conservation Showcase. The cannabis industry has taken off in California but these grow facilities can demand a high volume of water and energy to thrive. Ethan and his team will highlight ways to …

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ERI Welcomes Gretchen Schimelpfenig as a Senior Energy Engineer

July 23rd, 2022

Energy Resources Integration, LLC is excited to welcome Gretchen Schimelpfenig to the team as a Senior Energy Engineer! Gretchen will be recruiting customers and developing projects for ERI’s energy efficiency program implementation services, as well as bringing her expertise in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) to accelerate sustainable facility design and construction. Gretchen has had a passion for architectural engineering for …

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Holistic Approach to Pumping Systems Upgrades: Commercial and Industrial Facilities

March 21st, 2022

Energy Resources Integration’s Engineering Manager, Ethan Clifford, will be taking the stage again, this time virtually, to educate professionals on a holistic approach to pumping systems upgrades. This class will cover modernizations for both commercial and industrial facilities and will take place on March 22nd from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST. In the webinar, Clifford will be giving a …

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ERI Headed to the AESP 32ND Annual Conference

February 4th, 2022

Eric Noller, Principal, and Ethan Clifford, Engineering Manager, of ERI are headed east far from our sunny state of California to Music City in Nashville, Tennessee for the 2022 AESP Conference. The Association of Energy Services Professionals, AESP, is set to host a diverse group of attendees representing a wide range of industry professionals at their 32nd celebration of this …

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ERI Study on Indoor Agriculture Published to ETCC

July 16th, 2021

Energy Resources Integration (ERI) in collaboration with Southern California Edison (SCE) recently completed a Market Characterization of Indoor Agriculture. This study focuses on fully indoor non-cannabis horticulture, also known as Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). The demand for fresh produce in densely populated regions, combined with external forces such as drought, fires, and climate change, have propelled the development of urban …

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New Refrigerant Regulations

March 26th, 2021

Recently passed California and Federal climate regulations are aiming to curb global warming by reducing the impact of HFC refrigerants. While these regulations will not immediately impact existing refrigeration and HVAC systems, they will have the potential to impact choices for new equipment and retrofits in the coming years. Why Refrigerants? Many refrigerants, including the currently common class of Hydrofluorocarbons …

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California approves utility-scale battery storage to avoid blackouts

December 17th, 2020

California Approves Energy Storage Systems to Bolster Grid [ read Bloomberg article » ]Its Electric Grid Under Strain, California Turns to Batteries [ read New York Times article » ] The CPUC recently approved one of the largest utility-scale battery storage installations in the country, in an effort to improve grid resiliency. The approval came in the wake of rolling …

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Introduction to the Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER)

July 9th, 2020

Click to view larger image » On Wednesday July 15th at 11am PT, ERI Principal Eric Noller will join Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Johnson Controls, and other industry partners to present the beta release of the BETTER tool. BETTER is an open-source, web-based tool which converts readily-available monthly energy data into recommended energy efficiency interventions. This live demonstration will include …

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California Time of Use Changes for Electrical Utilities

April 10th, 2020

In California, a common electrical billing structure is Time-of-Use (TOU) which various the billing rates based on the time of the day, season, and weekends. Starting in November 2020, the CPUC has approved a change to the TOU schedule to adjust for the shift in the CA electrical grid resulting from a change to renewable sources and how consumers utilize …

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Persistence in Energy Savings From Retro-Commissioning Measures

March 31st, 2020

Retro-commissioning, or RCx, can be an excellent, low-cost way to improve building energy efficiency, by improving the operation of existing equipment. However, energy savings don’t mean much if they don’t persist. Numerous factors including comfort complaints, occupancy changes, or even standard equipment maintenance, can reduce the persistence of RCx measures. Studies have found that RCx energy savings can decrease anywhere …

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How Much Money Does Smart Fleet Charging Save? 40%, for This California Bus Operator

March 29th, 2020

The Bay Area’s Tri Delta transit is making the switch to electric busses, with the help of some novel technology. Fleet charging startup, Amply, is working with Tri Delta to reduce electricity use while expanding their electric fleet. Amply’s system is able to actively manage vehicle charging, minimizing demand and time-of-use rate charges. The active management is especially important to …

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Events

Holistic Approach to Pumping Systems Upgrades: Commercial and Industrial Facilities

March 21st, 2022

Energy Resources Integration’s Engineering Manager, Ethan Clifford, will be taking the stage again, this time virtually, to educate professionals on a holistic approach to pumping systems upgrades. This class will cover modernizations for both commercial and industrial facilities and will take place on March 22nd from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST. In the webinar, Clifford will be giving a …

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California Energy Design Assistance Program & Your Cannabis Facility

October 18th, 2021

ERI is excited to announce our partnership with Willdan as we work together to facilitate the implementation of the California Energy Design Assistance Program (CEDA). The CEDA program, managed by Willdan, is the successor to the California Savings By Design energy efficiency program that many California based businesses are familiar with. In a nutshell the CEDA program is an energy …

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AESP 2021: Reshaping Customer Engagement Technologies in a Remote Environment

January 26th, 2021

At this year’s 31st annual conference for the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) and presented virtually, ERI’s Engineering Manager Ethan Clifford will discuss strategies for benchmarking and remote data analytics during the era of COVID-19. On January 28th at 8:30am PT, the session will explore a tool that ERI has piloted and used to successfully identify energy savings potential …

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City of San Francisco Benchmarking Ordinance Push Back Deadline to July 1st , 2020

April 20th, 2020

In 2009, the City of San Francisco implemented a taskforce to target reduce emissions for existing commercial buildings within the City. The result from the taskforce was the creation of the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance which would require buildings to perform energy audits and benchmarking on a routine basis. The San Francisco Environment Code Chapter 20 requires all …

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