Standard Offer Electricity Rates for 2017

In 2017, electricity prices will go up for businesses that are in the small rate class and go down for the medium rate class. According to the Maine Public Utilities Commission: “For CMP residential and small business customers… Read More

Electricity Cost Increase for CMP Customers Starting July 1, 2016

Starting July 1, 2016, Central Maine Power electricity customers will pay more for grid power. CMP estimates that the total electricity bill will increase by 4% for small accounts, and 7.6% for medium-sized business accounts. For example, if… Read More

Solar Wall Controls, Portland Food Co-op, and Gelato Fiasco

In this edition of the Spark newsletter, we share some news about solar walls, grocery stores, and gelato. Solar walls are fun projects: who doesn’t love the idea of getting free heat from the sun? Our very first… Read More

“Sparking” Restaurant Efficiency

Restaurants use a lot of energy. But did you know that the typical independently-owned restaurant wastes about half of it? Imagine you are running your own restaurant at about average efficiency. If your restaurant spends $50,000 per year on… Read More

CoolBot: Crazy Idea or Worth Considering?

First, welcome to the Spark Applied Efficiency blog! If you’re into energy efficiency, this blog is for you. We’ll share the best thinking, the best products and the best practices we discover in the world of energy efficiency…. Read More