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Ginger Juhl

If you know Ginger, you might describe her as “a little quirky”, slightly “touched” and “a bit to the left of center.” She secretly agrees with this assessment, but prefers to describe herself as the only predominantly right-brained member of the Enbala team. This is a good thing since she leads Enbala’s marketing efforts – and balances out the mostly left-brained, logic-driven Enbala community. Ginger, like most everyone at Enbala, is passionate about the outdoors and preserving its natural beauty. During her career she’s worked with many of the industry’s leading smart grid consultants, systems integrators and software/hardware developers and has been instrumental in helping them evolve from unknown companies to shining stars in the utility community. When she’s not putting together an event, tweeting or writing a press releases or blog, you’ll find her hiking, scuba diving somewhere in the Caribbean or biking along the Platte River near her home in Denver.

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survey reveals interesting trends in distributed energy

By Ginger Juhl on Mar 16, 2017 2:35:26 PM

There are many drivers for investing in distributed energy resources, but it’s always interesting to take the pulse of the industry to assess current thinking. Last month Enbala took advantage of the large number of utilities attending DistribuTECH 2017 in San Diego and asked attendees to weigh in on which utilities are investing in distributed energy resources (DERs), what types of DERs are in the mix and key factors underpinning successful integration of DERs. More than 100 attendees took the survey, whose results uncovered some very interesting facts about where the industry is today and where it might be heading.

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Topics: DERMs, distributed energy resources, DERs, utillity survey

Distributed Energy Resources: The Energy Efficiency Story

By Ginger Juhl on Oct 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Today, October 5, is the inaugural Energy Efficiency Day 2016, and the perfect time to talk about what we are doing - in conjunction with our customers - to reduce traditional energy consumption and make the world a better place for ourselves, our children and our children’s children.

Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of regional and national organizations working to promote energy efficiency, including many that we strongly support. This includes the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Advanced Energy Economy, the Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations, Appliance Standards Awareness Project, E4TheFuture, Natural Resources Defense Council, and a very long list of cities, utilities, universities, associations and companies like ours who share a common mission with sustainability at its core. You’ll see most of us writing, tweeting and otherwise sharing our energy efficiency stories today – stories about using better technology and practices so that less energy is consumed to accomplish the same tasks, while continuing to keep homes and businesses comfortable.

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Topics: DERs, distributed energy resources, distributed energy, energy efficiency

Capturing the Full Benefits of Demand Flexibility

By Ginger Juhl on Aug 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This blog was co-authored by Enbala and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Enbala extends its heartfelt thanks to the Institute for the insights and effort that went into creating this piece. 

INTRODUCTION:

Demand flexibility - allowing household devices like HVAC systems and smart appliances to interact with the electric grid in response to real-time price changes - can save customers money and lower the overall cost of electricity. The Rocky Mountain Institute's recent paper, The Economics of Demand Flexibility, analyzed the economics of making common household loads controllable and responsive to electricity price signals. The Institute found that just making two devices flexible, i.e., smart thermostats that could flex an HVAC system’s output up or down by 2 degrees and smart water heaters that could change the timing of water heating, could lower system-wide peak demand by eight percent and save $10–15 billion in costs to the grid annually. 

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Topics: DERs, DERMs, demand flexibility, Distributed energy resource management, demand management, battery storage, Solar energy, distributed energy, peak load management, Rocky Mountain Institute, Symphony by Enbala

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