Take Me Out to the Ball Game Spring 2013
LA ConfidentialApril 18, 2013

Hitting A Home Run With An Energy Audit

The home run trot is one of the iconic moments of a baseball game. While an energy audit is not as dramatic, the end result can put building managers in a similar position as the slugger who reaps the rewards of a job well done.

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Fairy Tales December 2012
LA ConfidentialJanuary 18, 2013

Don’t Lose Your “Head” Over Line Loss

During the process of delivering electricity, some power is lost through wire resistance, transformers, and other physical causes. Losses may also occur due to theft of service and meter error. Such line losses occur at two levels: while transmitting power at high voltage to a utility’s zonal boundary, and again when distributing it at lower voltage across a utility’s territory to customer meters.

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Fairy Tales December 2012
LA ConfidentialJanuary 18, 2013

Solar PV Cuts Peak Demand Charges

Solar power from photovoltaic (PV) panels, when secured through long-term contracts, has become competitive with power supplied by utilities. Under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a developer designs, installs, owns, maintains and operates the PV system at a customer’s site, and sells the power generated by the system to the customer at a competitive rate. Through such arrangements, many facilities are now securing years of lower cost and pollution-free electricity.

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Fairy Tales December 2012
LA ConfidentialJanuary 18, 2013

All LED Lights May Be Dimmed

The advent of light emitting diode (LED) lamps and fixtures for area and spot lighting has created both opportunities and pitfalls. Dimming, in particular, has presented some new challenges.

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The Butterfly Effect July 2012
LA ConfidentialJuly 17, 2012

Natural Gas: The Butterfly Effect on Electricity Prices

Several members of the Luthin Associates staff have been purchasing deregulated energy products since the early 1990’s, and during this period we often noted a fairly strong correlation between natural gas and oil prices. It was also a common occurrence when meeting with a CFO for him or her to correlate the rising cost of electricity with the current price of oil.  While this correlation may have once been valid, changes in the market and the evolution of the nation’s energy production infrastructure have diminished the importance of oil in the electricity markets and simultaneously enhanced the significance of natural gas as a price indicator.

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