Efficiency via Tech
Branko Terzic is a former utility CEO and Commissioner on the FERC and Wisconsin PSC. He is a Member of the USEA/Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame.
John Petrovich is the CEO of Secured Energy.
The Grand Transition in energy is underway as a matter of national policy and it is not just about replacement of fossil fuels. While the most publicized aspect is that of replacement of fossil fuel electric power generation with renewable energy resources, most typically wind and solar, federal, and state policies have also been implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency and conservation. The late Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy and Energy Efficiency Hall of Fame Honoree, called energy efficiency the first fuel, recognizing the multiple benefits from energy efficiency investments.
America's electric utilities have been taking the lead in energy efficiency, under local public service commission regulation, mostly with programs aimed at residential and commercial customers. Now, a new energy efficiency technology has emerged for the commercial and industrial electricity service customer.
The need for a new energy efficiency option was driven by a simple yet profound realization: Most large commercial and industrial facilities with their traditional commercial electric systems, including basic capacitor banks and rudimentary surge protectors, have served us well but are no match for today's escalating energy demands and increasing introduction of intermittent renewable energy supply.
An energy efficient electric distribution system for a commercial and industrial location should address the following four conditions: