There is nothing small about the impact that small commercial buildings have on energy use in the United States. In fact, the 4.6 million small buildings across the nation consume 44% of the overall energy use in buildings, presenting an enormous opportunity to cut costs, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions. Despite this potential, small building owners and operators face unique challenges that have historically impeded the adoption of widespread energy efficiency solutions. A new report developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examines these barriers and suggests a path forward to support cost-effective energy savings for the small buildings and small portfolios sector, which typically has limited resources to pursue energy efficiency solutions.
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Small buildings have been left behind in the energy efficiency marketplace because financial and technical resources have flowed to larger commercial buildings (PGL 2013). DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) works with the commercial building industry to accelerate the uptake of energy efficiency technologies and techniques in existing and new commercial buildings (DOE 2013). BTO recognizes the SBSP sector’s potential for significant energy savings and the need for investments in resources that are tailored to this sector’s unique needs. The industry research and recommendations described in this report identify potential approaches and strategic priorities that BTO could explore over the next 3–5 years that will support the implementation of high-potential energy efficiency opportunities for this important sector.
Segmentation, identifying homogenous sub-populations within larger heterogeneous populations, has emerged as an important marketing tool over the past half-century. The technique is a response to the need to effectively communicate with an increasingly diverse population.
This resource describes the California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program, including program rationale, outcomes, strategy, and implementation.
The purpose of this report is to take a closer look at experience with on-bill financing programs and to analyze key elements for successful programs as well as factors that may impede the achievement of optimal results.
This presentation gives an overview of on-bill financing basics, Hawaii's energy landscape, and Green Energy Market Securitization.
Provides an overview presentation of power purchase agreements, specifically as they relate to public sector solar photovoltaic projects.
This resource provides a detailed guide to power purchase agreements for state and local governments including financial and contractual considerations.
This fact sheet describes how a hybrid finance model utilizing power purchase agreements (PPA) and public debt works and assesses the model’s relative advantages and challenges as compared to self-ownership and the third-party PPA. The fact sheet also provides a quick guide to project implementation and assesses the replicability of the model in other jurisdictions across the United States.
This resource describes the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development pilot loan program for home energy improvements launched in 2010.