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The latest energy efficiency industry news, tips, trends, and insights from the Encentiv Energy team.

Energy Efficiency: What is the Real Impact of Our Work?

This month we celebrated Energy Efficiency Day (October 6th) with a whole week dedicated to all thin...
Kelli DeThomas October 26, 2021

Analysis: Top States for Outdoor Pole/Arm-Mounted Area and Roadway Luminaires Rebates

To continue on the trend with energy efficiency moving past a day and being celebrated year-round, w...
Amanda Marchione October 26, 2021

UtilityGenius™ Launched by Encentiv Energy

✨Transform✨ your process for researching utility programs and incentives with UtilityGenius™ – a new...
Encentiv Energy Team October 25, 2021

Dark Sky Q&A with Jane Slade, Lighting Expert and Starving for Darkness Podcast Host

A few months ago we dove into an episode of the Starving for Darkness podcast discussing the Dark-Sk...
Amanda Marchione September 28, 2021

Mid-Year Rebate Trends

This analysis is based on program changes for both downstream and midstream incentive programs throu...
Emily Stoodley September 28, 2021

The first instant rebate plugin that works for commercial LED ecommerce sites and utilities

To say that ecommerce is growing rapidly in the C&I lighting space is an understatement. 54% of ...
Ashley Garia August 29, 2021

One of the biggest drivers of climate change is electricity production and use

On August 9th, 2021, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released th...
Amanda Marchione August 27, 2021

Introducing the new Product Awareness that helps you create more relevant marketing content, sales enablement that converts, and plan market expansion

Your go-to headquarters for finding where utility rebates are highest in North America for any of yo...
Ashley Garia July 28, 2021

Battle Between Cryptocurrency Mining and Energy Usage

According to CNET.com cryptocurrency mining rigs work 24 hours a day and “a rig with three GPUs can ...
Amanda Marchione July 28, 2021

Dimming the Lights on the Dark-Sky Movement

On May 5th, 2021, the Get a Grip on Lighting podcast had guest Jim Benya, an illuminating engineer a...
Amanda Marchione June 29, 2021

Energy Efficiency Auction Pilot in Ontario

In the Canadian province of Ontario, the utilities have run the “Save on Energy” rebate program for ...
Steve Moritz May 25, 2021

Sales Enablement With a Twist

Sales enablement helps build trust with your prospects and helps you cut through the noise. But what...
Ashley Garia April 28, 2021

Bringing More Value to National Accounts, Design Teams, and Pricing Departments

Did you know that you can use utility rebates and utility information to bring value to cross-functi...
Jason Brown April 28, 2021

Valuing Dimming in Energy Efficiency Programs

Dimmable lighting unlocks increased energy savings and gives building occupants more comfort and con...
Christina Halfpenny March 29, 2021

Analysis: Top States for High Bay Luminaire Rebates

High bays are consistently one of the most popular product categories and utility programs offer gre...
Kelli DeThomas February 23, 2021

Glossary of Industry Terms & Concepts

This glossary contains definitions of terminology and concepts commonly used in the energy efficienc...
Ashley Garia January 27, 2021

The Importance of Luminaire Level Lighting Controls in the Future of Energy Efficiency

  Last month we summarized some of the important takeaways from the latest Networked Lighting Contro...
William Walker November 29, 2020

Impacts of DLC® 5.1 Dimming Policy on Product Design and Sales

Updated May 18, 2021 to reflect current DLC® requirements. As of October 2020, due to changes in DLC...
Mike Cham October 29, 2020

Encentiv Energy is Growing!

Jason Brown, PE, CEM, LC joins Encentiv Energy as new Vice President of Customer Operations  
Ashley Garia October 23, 2020

Encentivizer Rebate Explorer

The fastest way to see rebate estimates for any product category across the United States and Canada...
Ashley Garia September 29, 2020

Your Guide to Rebate Bonus Programs

Are you looking into rebate bonus programs? Get ready to learn more about them and what you need to ...
Ashley Garia July 27, 2020

Resources to help you through this pandemic

We’ve been navigating through this new world for what seems like a long time. Energy efficiency proj...
Ashley Garia April 30, 2020

How Encentiv Energy is Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Given how rapidly the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is progressing we wanted to be transparent wit...
Ashley Garia March 18, 2020

What you need to know: DesignLights Consortium® V5 Technical Requirements

Updated May 18, 2021 to reflect revisions
Mike Cham February 28, 2020

The most impactful energy efficiency policy since 2007

A bipartisan bill, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) in the Senate ...
Jeremy Struhar February 28, 2020

What is the future of Efficiency Programs?

This question is one we hear often from customers and others in the industry. Every year we seem to ...
Steve Moritz January 30, 2020

Startup List for 2020

  As the new year rings in, one thing is for certain: utility rebate programs are changing...a lot. ...
Ashley Garia January 30, 2020

Navigating the Complex World of Utility Rebates from the SnapCount Insights Blog

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Steve Moritz December 5, 2019

3 Things About Upcoming Utility Program Changes You Need to Know

Rebates are a vital component to energy efficiency, no matter what your role is in the industry. The...
Ashley Garia November 26, 2019

What to Expect from DLC® V1.2 Hort Report Technical Requirements

Review of DLC® Version 1.2 Hort Report technical requirements and what to expect. In the latest upda...
Steve Bolibruck October 30, 2019

What you need to know about tariffs and how to offset them

Let’s face it, tariffs are confusing and seemingly unpredictable. This article will provide the basi...
Ashley Garia September 30, 2019

Top 5 articles you need to read now

These articles are the best of the best. Learn about utilities and why they give away money, horticu...
Ashley Garia August 28, 2019

DesignLights Consortium® Updates to Testing Requirements for DC/PoE Luminaires

    In order to simplify policy and reduce the amount of testing required of manufacturers, the DLC ...
Ashley Garia August 20, 2019

Part II: Let’s talk about lighting controls and rebates

Welcome to part II of our series on lighting controls and rebates!
Mike Cham July 29, 2019

Full Report: LIGHTFAIR International 2019

The Philadelphia Convention Center was home to the 30th annual LIGHTFAIR International Trade Show + ...
Ashley Garia May 30, 2019

Encentiv Energy and Streamlinx Partnership: Accelerating Utility Incentive and Program Research for Retrofitters at LFI 2019

See it in action at LIGHTFAIR International 2019 in SnapCount’s Booth 3867! Encentiv Energy and Stre...
Ashley Garia May 6, 2019

LED New Technology Adoption: HID Replacement Lamps

If you attended our February webinar [View the webinar Utility Rebates: What's New in 2019 here] you...
Mike Cham April 24, 2019

Horticultural Lighting: Utility Incentive Programs & DLC® Hort Qualification

Horticultural lighting is a fast-growing market in the LED industry. With a focus on year-round cult...
Steve Bolibruck April 24, 2019

2019 DesignLights Consortium® Stakeholder Meeting Recap

The eighth annual DesignLights Consortium® Stakeholder Meeting was held April 1-3, 2019 at the Ritz-...
Mike Cham April 15, 2019

Does Field-Adjustable Light Distribution Have an Impact on Utility Rebates?

The last piece of the DesignLights Consortium’s® (DLC®) V4.4 SSL standard, Field-Adjustable Light Di...
Mike Cham March 27, 2019

Next Generation of Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

New York launches a major initiative targeting over 4MM MWh of energy savings by 2025 For more than ...
Steve Moritz February 27, 2019

Green New Deal

The term ‘Green New Deal’ goes back more than ten years, with the basic idea of increasing green ini...
Jeremy Struhar January 30, 2019

2019 Utility Program Changes

As the new year rings in, one thing is for certain: utility rebate programs are changing...a lot. Cl...
Ashley Garia January 30, 2019

Most Read Articles of the Year

  What a year 2018 has been! We’re ending on a high note and covering the most read content of the y...
Ashley Garia December 19, 2018

Exploring DLC® Premium: Past, Present, and Future

 Three years into DesignLights Consortium® Premium, with over 130,000 (and growing) products listed,...
Mike Cham December 13, 2018

Key Takeaways from IEA’s Energy Efficiency 2018

Last month, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report, Energy Efficiency 2018, in whic...
Jeremy Struhar November 28, 2018

Field Adjustable Light Output and Concerns

 As part of the Design Lights Consortium’s® Technical Requirements V4.4 update, Field-Adjustable Pro...
Mike Cham October 30, 2018

Environmental Focus: Energy Savings, Sustainability & Global Warming

Most of the time when we talk about energy efficiency in this industry, we talk about the economics....
Sam Levinson October 29, 2018

State of LED Rebates

 
Jeremy Struhar September 25, 2018

A manufacturer's guide to understanding how to use rebates to increase sales

Rebates...UGH. They’re like your favorite worst enemy. We all know how important rebates are to the ...
Ashley Garia August 27, 2018

July 2018 Recap of DesignLights Consortium® Stakeholder Meeting

The DesignLights Consortium® Stakeholder meeting was held earlier this month at Boston Park Plaza in...
Ashley Garia July 31, 2018

Combining Efficient Retrofit and Rebate Processes

If you’re like most retrofitter professionals, this scenario may seem familiar. You audit a facility...
Ashley Garia July 31, 2018

Keep Your Eye on Rebates

Rebates are a vital component to energy efficiency, no matter what your role is in the industry. The...
Jeremy Struhar May 30, 2018

A Breakdown of Lightfair International 2018

Lightfair International proves to be one of the best trade shows across the industry year after year...
Ashley Garia May 30, 2018

New Product Announcement: LED Payback Widget

Completing an energy savings project is about more than just receiving a one-time rebate from the el...
Jeremy Struhar April 27, 2018

LED Lighting Facts® Program is Ending

Did you know the Department of Energy is ending the LED Lighting Facts® Program? Here's how the Desi...
Ashley Garia March 29, 2018

DesignLights Consortium® Controls Summit Recap

The DesignLights Consortium® 2018 Controls Summit was held in San Ramon, California at the spectacul...
Ashley Garia March 29, 2018

Incorporating Rebates into HVAC Capital Planning

Capital planning is an arduous process and for most multi-site building owners includes plans to inc...
Jeremy Struhar February 27, 2018

AHR Expo Recap

Last month, Mike Cham, Encentiv Energy’s CTO, and I ventured out to the Windy City to attend the AHR...
Jeremy Struhar February 27, 2018

Lighting Controls Rebates Now Available in the Widget

As lighting controls become more and more prevalent, it does not always paint the whole picture to j...
Jeremy Struhar January 30, 2018

3 Early Trends in Utility Rebate Programs for 2018

Here at Encentiv Energy, we live and breathe utility rebate program information. Each day our entire...
Jeremy Struhar January 30, 2018

Utility Rebate Program Changes for 2018

 Throughout the year, there are seemingly endless changes taking place within utility rebate program...
Ashley Garia December 28, 2017

What's missing from your energy audit software?

If you already have an energy audit platform or you’re looking to get one…you know the benefits of g...
Ashley Garia November 29, 2017

Key Takeaways from KEEA

The future for utilities, rebate programs, and DOE/EPA cuts. The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance...
Ashley Garia November 29, 2017

We're Celebrating 10k Views of the Encentivizer™ Widget

Why is 10,000 views (and counting...) a significant number you ask? Well, it's because in a few shor...
Ashley Garia November 14, 2017

Large Financial Services Company Finds Out for Themselves, “Does Encentivizer™ Project Estimator Really Work?”

This project was for a large corporate financial services company that consisted of LED lighting and...
Ashley Garia October 27, 2017

Industry Impacts From the DesignLights Consortium® NLC Analysis Study

The DesignLights Consortium® (DLC®) is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the wides...
Mike Cham October 27, 2017

Encentiv Energy Accepts Office Lighting Challenge for Energy Efficiency Day 2017

This year, Encentiv Energy is participating in the second annual Energy Efficiency Day on October 5,...
Ashley Garia October 5, 2017

Mike Cham, CTO to Receive AEE Energy Innovator of the Year Award for Second Time

The Association of Energy Engineers, a nonprofit professional Association of over 18,000 members, is...
Ashley Garia October 4, 2017

You Should Know This When It Comes to Utility Rebates

This is one of the most overlooked items when applying for rebates - don't let it happen to you. Reb...
Ashley Garia September 27, 2017

Encentivizer™ Product Awareness: New Interactive Map Feature

Featuring a New Interactive Map to Easily See Which States are Offering the Highest Rebate Amount fo...
Ashley Garia September 27, 2017

Energy Star®: Driving energy savings AND rebates

So, what does ENERGY STAR have to do with Encentiv Energy? Encentivizer (Encentiv Energy’s best-in-i...
Mike Cham August 28, 2017

Dead End: Looking for Utility Rebates Online

The typical process of looking for energy efficiency rebate information is frustrating, complex, and...
Jeremy Struhar August 28, 2017

An Inside Look at the DesignLights Consortium 2017 Stakeholder Meeting

I attended the sixth annual DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) Stakeholder Meeting in Portland, Oregon i...
Steve Bolibruck July 27, 2017

Do you know about HVAC and VFD incentives and what they mean for you?

Upgrading an HVAC system can be a costly project, and even adding VFDs (Variable Frequency Drives) i...
Mike Cham July 27, 2017

The Energy Efficiency Financing Valley of Death

Think about what happens when you go to buy a car. To help close the sale the car dealership automat...
Steve Moritz June 28, 2017

Saving Schools Incentive Dollars Doesn't Take a Summer Break

Following the ritual of spring graduations, school districts and universities across the country fin...
Ashley Garia June 28, 2017

Lightfair Adventures

For those of you that may not know about Lightfair International, it's the world’s largest annual ar...
Ashley Garia May 25, 2017

Don't panic, just make sure you're clear on this

If you didn’t take a 6-month vacation, odds are you’ve been developing projects that will be affecte...
Ashley Garia April 20, 2017

What You Need to Know about DLC Requirements V4.0

DesignLights Consortium™ is implementing the final step in the Technical Requirements Version 4.0. W...
Ashley Garia March 12, 2017

AESP’s National Conference 2017 – Destination Innovation

Spending Valentine’s Day away from home on business - in a destination city like Orlando, at Univers...
Steve Moritz March 12, 2017

Encentivizer XL™ Gets Major Updates

Powerful New Features Support XL Users Pittsburgh, PA, February 7, 2017– Encentiv Energy today annou...
Ashley Garia February 6, 2017

The End-of-Year Utility Rebate Program Tsunami

In January 2017 our system recorded over 450 program changes that include new rebate amounts, new su...
Steve Moritz February 6, 2017

#1 Reason the 2016 Election Won't Have a Negative Impact on the Energy Efficiency Industry

  "Energy efficiency will always be the lowest cost resource. The cheapest kWh is the one you don’t ...
Steve Moritz December 1, 2016

An Energy Efficiency All-Star Roundtable Discussion

It’s not often you get an opportunity to witness a meaningful peer-to-peer event in your industry – ...
Steve Moritz November 22, 2016

Encentiv Energy Delivers New Experiences for Encentivizer Platform

New Awareness UI, Enhanced Financing Options for Portfolio Awareness & All-New Lighting Controls...
Ashley Garia November 16, 2016

Encentiv Energy Launches New Website

Encentiv Energy is inviting utility companies, manufacturers, and energy efficiency service provider...
Ashley Garia November 15, 2016

Encentiv Energy Announces Investment from Investment Group Led By Birchmere Ventures

Pittsburgh, PA, September 28, 2016– Encentiv Energy, a Pittsburgh-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS...
Ashley Garia September 28, 2016

Energy Innovator of the Year Award Goes to Encentiv Energy's Chief Technology Officer

AEE Recognizes Individuals and Organizations for Contributions to the Energy Industry – The Encentiv...
Ashley Garia September 9, 2016

Encentivizer Awareness™ Now With Enhanced Features

New Features Make Managing National Accounts or Multi-Site Facilities Across Multiple Utility Territ...
Ashley Garia June 29, 2016

PJM Says Yes to Energy Efficiency

  Energy Efficiency Qualifies as a Capacity Performance Offering
Ashley Garia February 2, 2016

Utility Rebate Customers: Claim your PJM Capacity Credits!

Beyond each of our local electric utilities, large regional cooperatives manage the generation and t...
Ashley Garia November 28, 2015

PJM Incentives: The Facts

For those of you that may not know about PJM incentives or have questions, here's a quick study.
Ashley Garia July 24, 2015

Watch a Video on Encentivizer

In the perplexing world of energy efficiency rebates, we have the tools to help you navigate it. The...
Ashley Garia July 15, 2015

Bonus Rebates Are Back!

Special savings for customers of First Energy
Ashley Garia December 1, 2014

FirstEnergy G&I Audit Incentives

Eligible participants will receive an incentive of up to $0.05 /kWh saved, not to exceed 50 percent ...
Ashley Garia November 30, 2014

FirstEnergy Street Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, and Traffic Signal Incentives

Governmental & Institutional customers of FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities (Met-Ed, Penelec,...
Ashley Garia November 19, 2014

Beyond Utility Rebates: PJM's EER Program Webinar

Lighting Solution Development is teaming up with Encentiv Energy to host a free webinar about one of...
Ashley Garia September 12, 2014

Ohio and Pennsylvania Customers: Are you taking advantage of PJM incentives?

There is a lot of talk about local utility rebates as incentives for energy-efficiency projects, but...
Ashley Garia July 24, 2014

13 Changes to Utility Energy Efficiency Programs in Pennsylvania

It's that time of the year again when Pennsylvania utilities make changes to their energy efficiency...
Ashley Garia July 11, 2014

First Energy PA: New Bonus Available!

Government, Non-Profit, and Institutional (includes schools, institutions of higher education and ho...
Ashley Garia July 11, 2014

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