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Cadmus Client Vectren Honored with National Award for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Services Market Research and Evaluation

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Friday, June 5, 2015

Waltham, Mass., May 19, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that its client, Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren), has been recognized by the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) for its implementation of an independent thermostat pilot program that tested whether next-generation Nest smart thermostats would help eliminate the need for complicated thermostat programming and yield greater energy savings. AESP presented the award to Vectren during AESP’s 25th Annual National Conference and Expo, held in February in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Vectren Corporation is an energy holding company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. Vectren’s wholly owned subsidiary, Vectren Utility Holdings, Inc., serves as the intermediate holding company for three operating utilities: Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – North (Vectren North), Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana – South (Vectren South) and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (VEDO).

Cadmus served as the evaluators of the pilot program. The evaluation revealed that customers whose homes were equipped with smart thermostats realized, on average, reduced gas consumption (for heating purposes) of 12.5 percent from the baseline, and reduced electricity use (for cooling) of 13.9 percent from the baseline. The team analyzed two years of gas and electric billing data for 600 participating customers and over 3,500 customers in a control group, making the study one of the largest smart thermostat evaluations completed to date.

Thanks to the results of this study, research entities and program administrators will now have a better understanding of next-generation thermostat savings potential and more concrete evidence to recommend smart thermostats in demand-side management (DSM) program offerings.

AESP awards the Outstanding Achievement in Market Research & Evaluation to individuals, teams or organizations that have achieved one or more of the following:

  • Contributions to advancement of the energy services field
  • Raised awareness of an energy services program or need
  • “Best in class” performance in the design, implementation, or evaluation of an energy services program
  • Outstanding commitment to the advancement of the energy services field

“We are pleased with the program results and hope that other stakeholders see the energy savings benefit of large scale deployment of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats,” said Robbie Sears, Vectren’s vice president of customer energy solutions. “This prestigious AESP award reflects the importance of the findings of our program and the quality of Cadmus’ evaluation service to validate them. We greatly appreciate their support and look forward to working together in the future.”

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energyOrbit wins Smart Grid News Top 15 Companies to Watch

Posted By energyOrbit, Thursday, June 4, 2015


 energyOrbit seizes an opportunity.

 

Read all about energyOrbit in this Special Report: 15 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2015 http://www.smartgridnews.com/special-reports/energyorbit-seizing-dsmee-opportunity

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Cadmus Report Assesses State Options for Clean Power Plan Compliance

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Friday, May 15, 2015

Waltham, Mass., May 14, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it had issued a final report for the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) based on research exploring multi-state compliance options for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed 111(d) rule, also known as the Clean Power Plan. The full report is available at www.cadmusgroup.com/111d-west.

Under the proposed Clean Power Plan, EPA would establish numeric greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for every state and require each state to develop and submit a compliance plan outlining how it will achieve and enforce those goals. States will be allowed to submit single-state or multi-state compliance plans.

The report, “Exploring and Evaluating Modular Approaches to Multi-State Compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan in the West,” assesses multi-state collaboration on select elements—referred to as “modules”—of state compliance plans that consider renewable energy, energy efficiency, and re-dispatch (supplanting coal and oil with lower-emitting natural gas) approaches to reducing emissions.

“Our principal findings indicate that the modular approach is indeed a valid strategy for compliance with the requirements of 111(d),” said Kate Wilson, primary author of the report and director of Cadmus’ greenhouse gas and sustainability reporting services. “Furthermore, our team found that the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS), with some enhancements, is a potential platform to support this approach for the states in the Western Interconnection. The modular approach, supported by a system such as WREGIS, could benefit states as they approach 111(d) in that it is conducive to multi-state solutions without requiring one or more states that would like to cooperate to engage in complex negotiations and agreements on all compliance plan elements. It also offers the opportunity to lower overall compliance costs and allows greater compliance flexibility in cases where collaborating states offer comparative advantages. This research offers valuable insight for other states around the country looking to explore their compliance strategy.”

The report also identifies a range of policy considerations states will need to take into account before engaging in a modular approach and recommends ways of resolving them, with the caveat that EPA may address them in final 111(d) rules. The final 111(d) rule is expected this summer.

“Cadmus distilled complex technical material into a highly informative report for policymakers,” said Alaine Ginocchio of WIEB. “It describes what is needed to track and trade renewable energy and energy efficiency and demonstrate compliance with the Clean Power Plan. WIEB will continue to develop these ideas and the policy considerations identified.”

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus is an employee-owned consultancy committed to helping our clients address complex challenges by applying diverse skills and experiences in a highly collaborative environment. By assisting our clients in achieving their goals, we create social and economic value today and for future generations. Founded in 1983, we leverage our staff’s exceptional expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences, strategic communication, architecture and design, law, policy analysis, and the liberal arts to provide an array of research and analytical services in the United States and abroad. See more at www.cadmusgroup.com.

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Western states explore ‘modular’ credit trading to satisfy Clean Power Plan requirements

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Monday, May 11, 2015

Reprinted from E&E Daily with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. www.eenews.net. 202/628-6500

Emily Holden, E&E reporter

Published: Monday, May 4, 2015

States could benefit from a “modular” approach to regional coordination on the Clean Power Plan that would allow them to trade credits for renewable energy, energy efficiency and re-dispatch to natural gas, according to a report commissioned by the Western Interstate Energy Board.

The study, from the consulting firm Cadmus, concludes that states having a hard time meeting their individual carbon-reduction goals could save money by buying credits from states that are better positioned, rather than investing directly in their own emissions-cutting measures. And they wouldn’t necessarily need to formally submit plans together, negating the possible need for Congress to sign off on proposals to make them binding.

“The partial multi-state modular approach where two states collaborate on one element of their plan in a formal manner … is a really good mechanism because you can get the benefits of a multi-state approach without having to negotiate and engage in stakeholder discussions on every element of your plan,” said Kate Wilson, a co-author of the report.

EPA’s draft rule requires each state to write a plan to cut carbon emissions by a certain amount by 2030, to total a 30 percent reduction nationwide. The regulation says states can work together, but it does not clearly address this kind of modular strategy. Researchers in other parts of the country have been looking into similar options (ClimateWire, March 17).

Among the highlights, Cadmus found that an existing renewable energy credit, or REC, tracking platform in the West, WREGIS, could work well for swapping credits for reducing power use with energy efficiency programs.

The system could include a special marker on credits that are eligible as compliance methods under EPA’s guidelines. WREGIS already uses markers to identify credits that are compatible with the California Independent System Operator’s requirements, Wilson said.

Cadmus said states could also benefit from trading credits for re-dispatching to natural gas, or running existing natural gas plants more to limit the need for coal-fired plants. The group explored the “buy versus build” decision many states might face under the Clean Power Plan.

Concerns about double-counting

Researchers looked at how one fuel-diverse state could sell re-dispatch credits to another coal-reliant state. They found that working independently, the two states could cut 3.3 million tons of CO2 at $45.47 per megawatt-hour. Working together, they could reduce nearly five times as much carbon — 15.1 million tons — at a higher cost of $56.10 per megawatt-hour.

But states will still have to weigh how those compliance costs compare to their other options.

There are some roadblocks to the modular approach. Wilson said states would have to sort out how to quantify the emissions reductions achieved from investing in renewable energy or cutting back on power use. And they will need to develop consistent definitions for what counts and get those terms approved by EPA.

Wilson cautioned that there is a higher potential for double-counting credits, which EPA will not allow. The risk occurs if some states use a rate-based standard — and cut the amount of carbon emitted per megawatt-hour of power produced — while others use a mass-based standard and cap the total tons of carbon emissions allowed.

Cadmus presented the report last week to WIEB’s State Provincial Steering Committee, a mix of representatives from agencies and utility commissions in WIEB’s 11 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Click here to watch the recorded webinar on the report or download the report here.

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Cadmus Secures Additional Task Orders for ENERGY STAR® Commercial and Industrial Support

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waltham, Mass., April 24, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it had been awarded six new task orders under a current contract to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR® Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Buildings initiatives.

ENERGY STAR works with businesses, governments, public sector organizations, and consumers to encourage and support their efforts to reduce energy waste and boost efficiency while building awareness of the ENERGY STAR brand. Cadmus has supported EPA’s ENERGY STAR for commercial and industrial buildings since 1997, with participant education and outreach—including program management for the prestigious ENERGY STAR National Building Competition—and assistance for companies in their efforts to improve their operational sustainability through participation in the ENERGY STAR program.

Cadmus draws on expert technical knowledge of a wide range of industries, strategic insight, and relationships with an extensive network of qualified partners to deliver trusted program management support for public and private clients. Learn more here.

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus is an employee-owned consultancy committed to helping our clients address complex challenges by applying diverse skills and experiences in a highly collaborative environment. By assisting our clients in achieving their goals, we create social and economic value today and for future generations. Founded in 1983, we leverage our staff’s exceptional expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences, strategic communication, architecture and design, law, policy analysis, and the liberal arts to provide an array of research and analytical services in the United States and abroad.

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Cadmus Acquires TecMarket Works Assets

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Waltham, Mass., March 30, 2015 — The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it has concluded a deal to acquire evaluation and market research firm TecMarket Works’ assets. Cadmus will now be supporting TecMarket Works’ cutting-edge energy utility clients in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

“Since its establishment nearly three decades ago, TecMarket Works has earned a reputation as a pioneering evaluator of demand-side management programs,” said President and CEO Ian Kline. “I am delighted to welcome their exceptionally skilled staff to Cadmus, and I look forward to working together as we support programs by some of the most innovative clients in the industry.”

The acquisition of TecMarket Works’ assets allows Cadmus to expand into new projects with exciting clients whose programs are setting the pace for their industry. This transaction also expands our expertise and capacity, which will further enhance our ability to provide best-in-class advice and solutions to our clients. It’s one of many steps Cadmus is taking to ensure we play a leading role on the issues that will shape the industry over the coming years and beyond.

TecMarket Works founder Nick Hall, a long-time leader in the DSM industry, is retiring from TecMarket Works to take on new roles within the energy service industry and will not be joining Cadmus.

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus is an employee-owned consultancy committed to helping our clients address complex challenges by applying diverse skills and experiences in a highly collaborative environment. By assisting our clients in achieving their goals, we create social and economic value today and for future generations. Founded in 1983, we leverage our staff’s exceptional expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences, strategic communication, architecture and design, law, policy analysis, and the liberal arts to provide an array of research and analytical services in the United States and abroad. See more at www.cadmusgroup.com.

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Conservation Services Group to Join CLEAResult

Posted By Alissa H, Friday, May 1, 2015

Conservation Services Group (CSG) is joining CLEAResult.

 

http://www.csgrp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CSG_press_release_final_CSG.pdf

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TRC Acquires Distribution Engineering Services Firm X-Line, Inc.

Posted By TRC Energy Services, Friday, May 1, 2015

TRC Companies is pleased to announce that the staff of X-Line, Inc. has joined their team of professional engineers and environmental consultants.

http://www.trcsolutions.com/Lists/Recent%20News/ViewRecentNews.aspx?ID=11

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2015 ENERGY STAR Award Winners

Posted By Kim Burtraw, Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Updated: Monday, April 27, 2015

 Congratulations to the 2015 ENERGY STAR Award Winners!

 

http://www.energystar.gov/about/awards/2015_energy_star_award_winners

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Franklin Energy Announces Scholarship Recipients

Posted By Kim Burtraw, Monday, April 27, 2015

Franklin Energy Announces Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow Scholarship Recipients.

The company congratulates all candidates who submitted applications and encourage future qualifying students to apply.

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