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In the US state of Missouri, Columbia Water and Light announced plans to increase investments in energy efficiency programmes.According to a local publication, the utility is in the process of developing an incentive programme which will target commercial and industrial consumers.

The initiative will be named the 'Motors, Pumps and Drive Incentive' programme and is expected to help to reduce load on its grid.

John Wulff, Water and Light's key accounts energy management specialist, said: “The goal is to not let the motors run until failure. Go ahead and upgrade now and get the energy savings instead of waiting until they fail.

"[Customers] will see reduced cost in their utility bills by being more energy efficient.”

The Columbia Daily Tribune noted that the Water and Light Advisory Board last week gave city staff the go-ahead to further develop the programme’s details and bring back a full proposal for the incentive.

Tina Worley, utility services manager for Water and Light said that the board discussed the programme, which is still in its conceptual stage. The utility anticipates presenting a plan to the board for consideration in the next two months.

Missouri River Energy Services DSM

In related news, Missouri River Energy Services selected cloud-based demand side management solutions firm energyOrbit to help its members manage their energy efficiency projects.

In a press statement, Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) said it selected energyOrbit’s demand side management platform to automate recording and management of energy efficiency projects being deployed by the agency’s 60 member municipal utilities under the Bright Energy Solutions programme.

Through the Bright Energy Solutions programme, MRES provides cash incentives to residential and business customers of its member utility companies in Iowa, Minnesota and Dakota for participating in various energy efficiency programmes.

Consumers are also provided with rebates to install energy efficient equipment and appliances to reduce their energy usage and costs. The programme is meant to help utility firms maintain the stability of grid networks and reduce operational costs.

Commenting on the signing of the contract with energyOrbit, Shannon Murfield, manager of energy services at MRES, said with the "… platform, our members can independently attain all of their own tracking and reporting needs." Read more...

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