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Eric Fontaine has more than two decades of management consulting, reporting, and information systems experience. His expertise includes managing energy efficiency call centers and associated processing and technical assessment teams. He provides oversight of the AMPLIFY™ application management platform design. He earned both his MBA and bachelor’s in business from the University of Rochester.

In 2016, more than $10 billion in incentives were available as part of commercial energy efficiency programs across the U.S. and Canada. These incentives, which are primarily self-administered by approximately 3,300 utilities, all have varying requirements and specific stipulations to qualify. For businesses with multiple locations spanning multiple utility territories, managing the incentive qualifications, submission process, and payments can be complicated.

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LEDs have taken the energy efficiency industry by storm. It’s no secret that LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than any alternatives. However, for the commercial lighting sector, all LEDs are not created equal. That’s where the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) comes in.

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Variable-frequency Drives (VFDs) in HVAC units currently provide one of the more effective ways organizations can invest in energy efficiency. However, companies just starting to explore this option, or unaware of its savings, need to act fast. Legislation is expected to make VFDs code, which could end the opportunity to receive energy efficiency rebates on the technology before it is mandated 

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