Sustainable Energy Monitor: What We're Reading in April

Catch up on the latest sustainable energy and green industry news from April.

EPA Honors Seven DC 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partners of the Year

The DCSEU is among seven DC-area organizations named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for outstanding contributions to public health and the environment by demonstrating national leadership in cost-saving energy efficient solutions. [EPA]

How to Increase Customer Outreach and Engagement with Benchmarking Data

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) explores how efficiency program administrators and providers can use building performance data gathered through city policies to increase and improve customer engagement. This blog is the fourth in an on-going series exploring the findings of IMT’s Putting Data to Work project. [IMT Blog]

WGL Energy completes one of the largest municipal onsite solar projects in the U.S.

Together with DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser, WGL Energy debuted a 11.8 MW solar system installed across 40 properties in DC – including at schools, hospitals and recreational centers. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at HD Woodson High School, which is now home one of the largest solar installations in the city. [Solar Power World]

Brookland’s New Food Hall Is Full of Bagels, Coffee, and Italian Fare

The new, energy-efficient food hub is home to more than 25 food start-ups and has a food market, and a commercial kitchen. Tastemakers’ work with the DCSEU will result in lifetime energy cost savings of more than $100,000. [Eater DC]

Energy efficiency can help 32 states meet clean air rules by cutting pollution

Energy efficiency is a proven, low-cost way to reduce pollutants. A new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows how it can significantly help 32 states comply with US air quality regulations. [ACEEE Blog]

Nest Is Giving Away 1 Million Thermostats to Low-Income Households

Nest is raising awareness for the energy burden that many families face through their utility bills. Not only has the company committed to installing 1 million smart thermostats for income-qualified residents, it will also donate 10% of its sales between April 20 and April 30 to organizations dedicated to alleviating energy poverty. [Fortune]

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind

Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you’re probably pulling electricity from a wind turbine in Texas or a solar farm in Virginia. In fact, your clicks and taps may have helped build them. [USA Today]

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