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Mayor Bill De Blasio's One City: Built to Last plan has been a positive step forward for New York City's energy landscape. By 2050, New York City greenhouse gas emissions will be slashed by 80% if all goes according to plan. Achieving that goal will require a huge effort and the implementation of many innovative ideas and technology, and one that we applaud is the addition of solar panels in New York City schools.


Energy professionals from near and far came together for The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Building Energy NYC conference and expo last week. Bright Power was happy to attend and contribute to three diverse panels.


Portfolio Analysis. How to Look at O&M in a Whole New Way, With Big Savings Potential


For those unfamiliar, New York City’s Local Law 87, authored in 2009, is an ambitions piece of legislation which requires all buildings over 50,000 square feet to have an energy audit and retrocommissioning performed once every 10 years.


We at Bright Power applaud Mayor de Blasio for his ambitious plan - One City: Built to Last - to cut greenhouse gas emissions. For years, we’ve argued that while any effort to reduce energy waste is a step in the right direction, nothing beats buildings. If we’re really going to save the planet, we have to start by fixing the inefficient aspects of our built environment.


Our response to the recent announcement of WegoScore, as reported by Energy Manager Today.

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I always find it interesting when non-energy publications try to tell an energy story. The results are usually mixed. Earlier today, this short article about nation-wide electric price increases in the first six months of 2014 says just that. However it leaves out the meat of the story, the meat being why electric prices were so high. The answer lies in how the electric markets work.



The answer might surprise you.

While energy is essential to the livelihood of a building, it's often taken for granted. For the most part, the lights turn on every day and water runs. We're lucky enough to live in a time and place where that level of comfort is something we can rely on. So who can we thank? It takes a lot of time and effort from a lot of different people to keep a building up and running but it's really difficult to pinpoint who is actually in control of the one thing that actually keep a building, well, up and running: energy.


Once you’ve accepted the ice bucket challenge, there’s no turning back. You have signed a verbal contract with your friends, followers and your own conscience to dump a perfectly good bucket-full of ice water on your head for the sake of awareness. The challenge has been an enormous social and financial success for the ALS Association, but what about all of that wasted water?



And much more, when you’re saving on energy. Take a page out of Via Verde’s book.


In response to the growing body of articles like this and this, and my personal observations as a South Brooklyn resident