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Luthin Tunes_LA Confidential_Winter 2020

Navigating Local Law 97 of New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act

A major challenge for building managers in New York City is on the horizon: hard limits on their facilities’ greenhouse gas (GHG) output. New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act (CMA), specifically Local Law 97 (LL97), requires that thousands of non-residential buildings with more than 25,000 gross square feet show that they do not exceed those limits. It covers all commercial and institutional facilities, including industrial properties not involved in producing utility power or steam. Even Foghorn Leghorn, never at a loss for words, had to stop and take a breath after hearing about this new legislation.

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ArticlesAugust 10, 2017

Luthin Associates, Alongside Other Firms, Helps Clarkson Avenue Microgrid Project be Selected as a Stage 2 Winner in the NY Prize Competition – Receiving a $1 Million State Grant for Microgrid Engineering and Design

Luthin Associates recently partnered with Burns Engineering, Customized Energy Solutions, Siemens, NYPA, Matrix New World Engineering, Michael Barnas PLLC, and ConEdison in the NY Prize competition. The NY Prize competition is a first-in-the-nation competition to help communities create microgrids.

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Wizard of Oz - Summer 2017
LA ConfidentialJuly 18, 2017

What’s Going on Behind the Curtain?

The Wizard told Dorothy and her friends many tales of his amazing powers, but a strong breeze blew away his credibility when it pushed aside the curtain, revealing those tricks as little more than noise and smoke. Such may be the case with energy account auditors, they may claim savings based more on a customer’s misplaced trust of the auditor than on any real financial wizardry.

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Wizard of Oz - Summer 2017
LA ConfidentialJuly 18, 2017

Is Courage Needed to Pursue DER?

Energy efficiency and renewable projects are no longer skipping down the same yellow brick road as they were this time last year. Similar to the Cowardly Lion, some are inching courageously forward despite doubts from customers and the industry, while others have stepped off the road until the way forward becomes clearer.

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Wizard of Oz - Summer 2017
LA ConfidentialJuly 18, 2017

The Brains Behind the Savings

The Scarecrow had enough sense to know that he needed a brain, but what about your building? The impending rollout of distributed energy resource (DER) tariffs and power pricing suggests that many facilities may soon need their own “transplants.”

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SmartCEO Brava Awards
EventsJune 14, 2017

SmartCEO Brava Awards

Congratulations to our CEO, Catherine Luthin for being a NJ SmartCEO 2017 Brava Award winner! Catherine along with other award winners will be honored as SmartCEO shares their inspiring stories in SmartCEO magazine and celebrates their success at a high-energy awards gala.

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AEE Energy Management Conference East
EventsMarch 22, 2017

GLOBALCON 2017 Conference & Expo

Join us at the AEE GLOBALCON 2017 Conference! Catherine Luthin chairs Session 1A: Creative Ways to Pay for Energy Efficiency.

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Hospital Engineering Society of Greater New York (HESGNY) Educational Session
EventsMarch 09, 2017

Hospital Engineering Society of Greater New York (HESGNY) Educational Session

A presentation delivered by Nat DiDonato on Con Edison Tariff Changes That Impact Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Projects.

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Weather Extremes January 2017
LA ConfidentialJanuary 18, 2017

Factoid: Supercritical Solutions

As we look at opportunities to impact climate change, out-of-the box thinking may help us bridge the gap until fossil fuel plants are out of the picture. Those of you who enjoy the beach may have noticed   the “Fudgie – Wudgie” guy (that is what we called him in the 20th century) selling ice cream on the beach out of shopping bags or pushing a cart. Rather than using ice which will not last the full day, he uses a solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2) known as dried ice. Did you know that CO2 also occurs in liquid form? Well, somewhat.

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Weather Extremes January 2017
LA ConfidentialJanuary 18, 2017

Potential Impacts of Near-Term State and Federal Energy Policies Related to Climate

With the election of Donald Trump, federal and state energy policies may sharply diverge in the near future. Some states, such as New York and California, are trying to reduce carbon emissions, while President-elect Trump appears to have other priorities.  Trump’s campaign proposals are preliminary, but a few general directions are clear. Here is how those divergent strategies and transition plans may impact energy policy.

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Weather Extremes January 2017
LA ConfidentialJanuary 18, 2017

Riding the Weather Roller Coaster

Climate change may gradually alter the landscape of energy production like tectonic shifts, but seasonal weather variations yield much shorter and obvious changes, a bit like riding a roller coaster. During the winter of 2015-16, much of the U.S. rode it to the warmest winter on record. In the Northeast, December 2015 had 27% fewer heating degree-days (HDD) than the 30-year average, while January-February saw HDDs 12-17% below normal. Two years before, we had the Polar Vortex winter, one of the coldest on record. Such short term variations cause ripple effects on energy pricing that may be felt for a year or more thereafter.

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