LightFair 2016 – Welcome to The Internet of LEDs

Lightfair 2016

This week over thirty of our field engineers from around the country traveled to the West Coast for our annual LightFair team meeting. San Diego is a great destination, the show promised to be huuuuge and the team looked forward to our annual scavenger hunt, scouring Lightfair’s exhibit hall for what’s new, what’s not and what’s wacky.  Winners were promised […]

As LED Lighting Continues to Surge, Even Failures Don’t Slow Adoption

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This month’s LightFair conference in San Diego will be another measuring stick for LED lighting.  It’s the sixth year since the show turned all-LED, pushing every other lighting technology off the convention floor. Our engineering team will make their annual trip to walk the show, investigating the latest products and partnership announcements and considering what’s next based on futuristic OLED displays. Both […]

A Looming Shift to Energy Managed Services?

Energy Managed Services

A few years ago our team defined the concept Enterprise Smart Grid, recommending that to effectively manage energy consumption companies require visibility, control and management systems.  We portrayed an overwhelming number of ESG vendors in our market landscape picture. Now, a few years later, there’s a quiet, follow-on trend being considered by commercial and industrial companies. Outsourcing energy […]

Will Efficiency Retrofits Be Sexier in 2016?

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This time a few years ago our team met up with a customer to review an energy efficiency proposal planned for early the following year.  Our HVAC and lighting upgrade was set to improve ventilation and lighting, while reducing the building’s annual energy consumption by 250,000 kWh.  The local utility was prepared to contribute 30% of the project’s cost, producing a 28 month […]

The Art and Science in Determining Occupancy

Groom Energy - Commercial and Industrial Energy Solutions, blog post The Art and Science in Determining Occupancy

Four years ago Nest introduced one of the biggest home energy efficiency devices since the on/off switch.  And while many think the rounded iPhone-like thermostat with a Wifi-connection was the invention, its revolutionary feature was really the integrated motion sensor. Yes, Nest’s easy-to-use interface mocks earlier un-programmable “programmable” thermostats.  And its cloud algorithms make your home’s HVAC smarter, learning as you turn the dial to set points that compete […]

The Other Winner When Grocery Stores Invest in Energy Efficiency: Shoppers

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Many grocery chains have a history of making investments in sustainability.  The industry’s Food Marketing Institute provides members guidance on a range of programs from agriculture to energy to recycling.  Some join partnerships like the EPA’s Green Chill for managing refrigeration chemicals.  Last week the USDA and the FDA gained industry support for their US Food Waste Challenge, which set the country’s first […]

Our Triple Crown – Groom Energy Makes Inc. 5000 For Third Consecutive Year

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Last week our team was proud to see Groom Energy’s name again included on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, this for our third year in a row. A decade ago we started our company not knowing how it would develop, but expecting that each year would be a new chapter, with constant change being a fundamental part of the entrepreneurial journey. […]

The New World – Using Toilet Water to Wash Your Hands? Ew.

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Last week our annual Red Sox outing came close to being washed out.  The first pitch was thrown with threatening clouds over Fenway, while our iPhones lit up with tornado warnings for Greater Boston.  But we lucked out and the game played on uninterrupted, although the last place Sox did avoid the win. As a distraction from watching errors on the field […]

Industrial Steam Efficiency – Think Really Hot Compressed Air

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Steam has long been an efficient way for manufacturing plants to deliver predictable, even heating to their production lines.  Typically our customers use medium pressure steam in food processing, as an input for metal or rubber manufacturing or to purify vapor streams in the production of chemicals. Recently our industrial team modeled an energy efficient steam upgrade at a […]

LightFair 2015 – Even Fluorescent is Now Uncool….

LightFair 2015

Last week’s annual LightFair conference was the fifth since the show turned into LEDFair back in 2010. At that event, for the first time, more than half of the show’s 450 vendors were displaying LED products. This year virtually all 500+ vendors in the Javitz Center were LED-centric. LED lighting has been PacMan, gobbling up LightFair booth space formerly reserved for less exciting high-intensity discharge, halogen and neon […]

Our LightFair 2014 LED Scavenger Hunt

LightFair 2014

This year we flew the whole Groom Energy field engineering team to Las Vegas for LightFair, the 25th annual lighting industry show.  While Vegas is a fun location for our team meeting, our real plan was to conduct an LED scavenger hunt, sending our engineers onto LightFair’s 500+ vendor filled exhibit hall in search of the latest, coolest LED lighting technologies. Can you […]

Energy Efficiency Finance – The Market’s Developing – But More Slowly than Solar

Last week I attended EDF/Citibank’s 3rd Energy Efficiency Financeconference in NYC.  Since their inaugural event a few years ago this conference has always provided a good gauge on the market’s rate of progress. Brad Copithorne‘s (EDF) opening summarized the overall mood, providing statistics confirming we’re broadly headed in the right direction, but acknowledging the disappointment that deal volume […]

In 2014 Energy Security Takes on a Different Meaning

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During World War II energy security meant access to oil for our fighting troops.  Years later the 1970′s oil crisis highlighted our supply risk with the Middle East. Post September 11th, with terrorism on the top of Washington’s agenda, the US connected energy to national security, taking steps like fortifying entrance points to nuclear power plants and natural […]

R.I.P. EPAct, December 31, 2013

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Like for many businesses, end of year is a busy time at Groom Energy.   Our engineering team is scrambling to satisfy utilities’ requirements, our back office is beginning year-end closing and our customers are pushing us to complete projects with budgets that disappear if unused. With the EPAct tax deduction expiring on New Year’s Eve, this year’s end-of-year […]

Energy Efficiency Ideas for 2014? Rate escalation, RTUs and Drones

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Last week we had our year-end team meeting, reviewing 2013 and discussing our draft 2014 business plans.  We brainstormed about energy efficiency market trends and came up with three things to watch for in 2014 – one economic, one application and one fun, futuristic idea. Electricity rates.  Will 2014 be the year when electricity price […]

PACE Financing – Energy Efficiency Comes to Triple-Net Tenants

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This week I attended a USGBC hosted discussion on PACE financing held in downtown Boston.  Based just on Massachusetts Senator Brian Joyce’s opening remarks attendees got the clear impression that PACE is on a roll again… Back in 2010 PACE also appeared to have momentum (16 states had already enacted legislation) only to have Fannie Mae and […]

Making Money While Feeling Good about Buying “Green” Stocks – If only it were that easy….

Making Money & Feeling Good About Buying "Green" Stocks - If Only It Were That Easy...

A few weeks ago one of our thoughtful engineers sent me a note wondering aloud about the correlation of sustainability-minded companies to above average stock price performance.   Like others with an environmental bias he hoped to feel good about buying shares in publicly traded, relatively greener companies while still making a strong financial return (and […]