No one would disagree that this is a good time to be in the energy efficiency business. Another report, this one out last week, signals just how good.
Conducted by Comverge, the survey of more than 100 US utilities found that 92% plan to increase their efficiency budgets by at least 10% in 2011. Comverge also found that 22% plan to boost their EE budgets by more than 20%.http://www.comverge.com/newsroom/comverge-press-releases/2011/Janua....
However, it is not always easy to pinpoint where the business opportunity lies, since they may emerge from so many different sources: utilities, government agencies, energy companies seeking to subcontract, or large energy consumers and others. Further, the opportunities tend to be diverse, given that the energy efficiency industry encompasses so many different kinds of businesses — installers, green builders, architects, consultants, load managers, appliance and car manufacturers, information technology companies and more. Any search requires casting a broad net.
Here are a few recent opportunities that Energy Efficiency Markets,http://www.realwriters.net/rew/news_frame.htm, picked up in its weekly search.
There are about 30 opportunities listed in the newsletter here,http://www.realwriters.net/rew/news_frame.htm, and updated weekly. It’s free. Another excellent free source is a monthly mailing distributed through the Washington State University Extension Energy Program, and available by firstname.lastname@example.org. It lists energy efficiency opportunities, as well as a broad range of other kinds of green and environmental projects.
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