Our Very Own Legend of Energy


Last month, a member of the Ecova team received a “Legend of Energy” award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Since 2008, these awards have been given each year at the World Energy Engineering Congress, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the field of energy efficiency. The AEE’s goal is to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. Janice Boman certainly has achieved these lofty goals! As a certified energy manager with more than 30 years in the utility industry, Janice is one of just a few women who have received the Legends of Energy award. Starting in the industry in 1982 as an energy auditor focused on energy efficiency in homes, Janice progressed over...

An Interview with Brooke Mittermann: Princess of Energy

In Brooke’s home office, on the wall across from her desk are two shelves sporting eight She-Ra: Princess of Power dolls. “I loved watching She-Ra solve problems, fight evil, and make the world a better place―at least that’s how I interpreted the cartoon as a kid. The women were strong and powerful; not just damsels in distress.” Brooke told me during our interview. “I know it’s silly, but I love having these symbols of strength in my office. It’s sort of my female interpretation of masculine paintings of horses, ships with sails, or men holding swords and staring off into the distance.” I recently sat down with Brooke to hear more about her career and what she does for Ecova clients. I learned that Brooke helps clients reduce energy and resource consumption through efficiency programs,...

Ecova and Marriott Expand Energy Management Relationship

After working together for more than 10 years, Ecova and Marriott have renewed their agreement for utility expense and data management and related energy services. As part of the extension, Ecova will help Marriott monitor and understand its energy use at more than 700 hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada. The agreement covers all hotels managed by Marriott International, including Ritz Carlton and Gaylord. Since 2001, Ecova has worked with Marriott to better understand its energy consumption and spending and provide actionable insights for energy efficiency across its hotels. Through its utility expense and data management services, Ecova has helped Marriot optimize the receipt, audit, payment and reporting of thousands of utility invoices each month. Ecova identifies and corrects...

Energy Efficiency Training and....Negawatts?

Yes, Negawatts. As I attended an energy efficiency training led by my Ecova colleagues last week, I was reminded of several things, including Negawatts. ENERGY EFFICIENCY REALLY IS COOL! I know. You’ve heard this before. But the momentum behind energy efficiency (EE) is larger than I’ve seen it before. The new Department of Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, has already made EE a hallmark of his new administration. In fact, his second Tweet as Secretary of Energy (@ErnestMoniz) focused on EE! More and more cities are regulating energy efficiency in buildings, and the term Negawatts resurfaced during a training session for over 100 graduate students who are heading out to be the next generation of energy efficiency leaders. And it’s catchy, so pass it along. We could use some help in...

Let’s Hit the Green Button!

Today is a really exciting day for us at Ecova. In collaboration with the White House and San Diego Gas & Electric, we’ve joined the Green Button initiative! Green Button has the potential to truly transform the energy efficiency industry. While we are in the early stages of this initiative, we are already looking forward to working with both our commercial and utility clients to investigate how Green Button can help them. One way that we already know about is through bringing Green Button data to our products like the Meter Dashboard. You can read more about today’s news here. Related content: Product: Meter Dashboard Video: Facility Optimization Blog Post: Interval Data from Electric Meters - Every 15 Minutes Baby! Webinar Recording: Continuous Monitoring &...