Reports

Impacts of offfice plug load reduction strategies
2016 | Seventhwave, along with the Center for Energy and Environment and LHB, conducted a field research study to demonstrate and measure savings from potential plug load reduction strategies in office buildings. We also characterized the types of devices... more...
Energy efficiency opportunities for homes with high usage: market characterization and customer engagement strategies
2016 | We conducted an in-depth study of 100 high energy consumption homes in Minnesota. The goal was to help conservation program managers better understand the factors contributing to high usage, quantify the energy savings potential associated with... more...
Performance of water-source variable refrigerant flow: measurement and verification of two installed systems
2015 | Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems have developed into a promising emerging technology. While popular in some places in the world, these systems are quite new to the upper Midwest. The systems are an innovative version of a simple split system... more...
Find and flip: motivating high energy users to save energy
2015 | Prepared by Cool Choices and Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin). more...
Energy savings from implementing and commissioning demand control ventilation
2015 | Demand control ventilation (DCV) systems use sensors—generally either CO2 or occupancy sensors—to estimate the actual number of people in an area and supply only as much ventilation air as is needed at a given time. DCV has the potential to save a... more...
Adjusting lighting levels in commercial buildings: energy savings from institutional tuning
2015 | Task tuning is one form of lighting control that can be used in commercial buildings to save energy. It involves dimming lights in a space so that the average illuminance at the working plane is appropriate for the type of use in that space. Task... more...
Third-party distributed generation: issues and challenges for policymakers
2014 | more...
KEEP enrichment pilot: activity summary and results
2014 | This report describes our pilot efforts to test the infusion of more near-term energy savings efforts alongside KEEP’s energy education mission; presents the results of those efforts and makes suggestions for future activities. In order to... more...
SGIG consumer behavior study: Minnesota Power AMI behavioral research pilot
2013-2016 | Minnesota Power is a winter peaking investor-owned electric utility with ~145,000 customers in its ~26,000 square mile service territory that covers central and northeastern Minnesota. The utility's Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project... more...
Minnesota stakeholder meetings for energy savings goals
2013 | In late October and early November 2013, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) held two stakeholder meetings and four technical workgroup meetings with identified parties to gather input on the state’s energy savings goals. These meetings were held... more...

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