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Microgrids are a Macro Deal

By 5 on March 30, 2021

Despite the name, microgrids are a big deal. In fact, microgrids are a hot topic of conversation lately because of the crucial role they play in business continuity and resiliency planning. Thanks to a handful of unpredictable weather events, a wide variety of stakeholders are turning to microgrids to keep power flowing when natural disasters or catastrophic grid failures disrupt the utility grid’s normal operations.

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Topics: Demand Response Sustainability Education Resiliency
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Client Spotlight: Catholic Diocese of Dallas

By 5 on March 30, 2021

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas was established in 1890 and today serves an area of over 7,500 square miles across Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall Counties. The diocese operates 69 parishes, 2 seminaries, 3 high schools and 26 elementary schools. The Diocese of Dallas is one of the fastest growing dioceses in the United States, whose parishes and five missions serve approximately 1.2 million Catholics and a larger North Texas community of more than four million people.

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Topics: Clients Procurement Demand Response Sustainability Renewables
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Your Business Needs a Whole Health Energy Plan

By 5 on February 26, 2021

Since the dawn of electricity deregulation, most commercial and industrial clients have relied on brokers and sales reps as their primary source of education and strategy development. Clients meet with a different set of sales people to discuss procurement, engineering, demand-side management, sustainability, and resiliency, leading to a fractured decision-making process and piecemeal strategies that lack depth, diversity, harmony, and foresight. When energy prices are falling, the weather is following normal patterns, and suppliers are offering low bids in a race to the bottom, any sales rep or broker running a simple procurement process can appear to be adding value to your business.

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Topics: Markets Procurement Demand Response Sustainability Education Resiliency
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Client Spotlight: Klein Tools

By 5 on August 26, 2020

Klein Tools, founded 160 years ago by a German immigrant, Mathias Klein, continues to be led by his family, six generations later. The Klein family takes great pride in carrying on Mathias' legacy of creating and manufacturing the highest quality tools and related products. Klein Tools is headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL and has offices, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities throughout the country. Klein Tools are so well known and respected among professionals in the electrical industry that a Lineman’s pliers are often referred to as “Kleins.”

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Topics: Clients Procurement Demand Response
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Client Spotlight: Sustainable Development Capital LLP

By 5 on September 19, 2019

Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) is an international advisory and investment firm that promotes and supports the investment and development of clean energy and energy efficiency projects around the world. With offices in the UK, Ireland, Singapore and New York, SDCL funds energy efficiency projects that reduce both operating costs and carbon emissions. SDCL invests in projects that improve building operations, deliver better energy solutions and increase property asset values.

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Topics: Clients Demand Response Resiliency
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Client Spotlight: Houghton College

By 5 on June 17, 2019

Houghton College had a number of exciting energy projects on campus prior to engaging the team at 5. These projects were driven by their commitment to sustainability and featured a campus-wide LED lighting retrofit project, a 2.6 MW solar array and other initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint. 5 was able to partner with Houghton College’s sustainability and finance teams to put all of the pieces together into a comprehensive strategy for energy procurement and demand-side management.

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Topics: Clients Case Studies Videos Procurement Demand Response Sustainability
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Spotlight - Energy Efficiency & Benchmarking for Hardware Store Chain

By 5 on April 21, 2016

After conducting a benchmarking study for a chain of hardware stores, 5 found that one of the client’s locations used considerably more energy per square foot than any of their other stores.

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Topics: Case Studies Demand Response Sustainability Resiliency
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Spotlight - Benchmarking for National Restaurant Chain

By 5 on April 20, 2016

5 conducted a benchmarking analysis for a national chain of quick-serve restaurants. The goal of the study was to understand how electricity consumption varied across 4 distinct designs currently being utilized for their restaurants.

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Topics: Case Studies Demand Response
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Will Demand Response Dollars Get Benched?

By Luthin Associates on January 18, 2015

Several recent legal challenges related to Demand Response (DR) may have a long term impact on Demand Response programs, including how Demand Response participants get paid, and by whom.

The issues involve two separate cases about how energy and capacity are treated in DR programs. In one case, grid operators and power plants followed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 745 for three years until it was challenged in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland Regional Transmission Organization (PJM RTO) market by a group of power producers. Order 745 sets the value of DR payments in energy markets to equal the hourly wholesale Locational Marginal Price (LMP) in effect at the time of demand reduction. This mechanism trims demand from the generators at times when hourly pricing is highest thereby cutting into their revenue during these high-priced periods.

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