BETI in the News

September 2, 2010

For all you fans of the Metropolitan Business Plan work we’ve been doing over the past year, check out this article in Xconomy. The final meeting of the Metropolitan Business Plan Steering Committee is next week, and then we move into implementation mode!

“An Iron Hand for Energy Efficiency”

August 9, 2010

Not to be confused with Adam Smith’s invisible hand for energy efficiency, which secretly sneaks into your house at night and turns down the thermostat…or something…I probably should have studied harder in my macroeconomics class. No, no, this is the iron hand that is the Chinese government and the incredible steps they’re taking to reduce energy use in their country: Read the rest of this entry »

On Your Mark, BETI, Go

August 4, 2010

It seems hard to believe that it’s been months since I posted on the progress of one of the Prosperity Partnership’s signature initiatives: the Metropolitan Business Plan for Energy Efficiency!

Last time, I posted a relatively comprehensive overview of what we thought the Building Energy-efficiency Testing and Integration (BETI) Center and Demonstration Network did. I ended with the disclaimer that “You’ll notice that there’s a lot of detail missing, including revenues and expenses.”

I’m pleased to say that we’ve addressed some of those issue and more in this second draft of the business plan. I encourage you to take a look, share comments and help us refine even further.

We’ll have a third and final draft in early September, and then on to implementation!

Announcing The BETI Center! (Or At Least What We’ve Developed So Far!)

June 17, 2010

Over the last six months, the Prosperity Blog has been very focused on the topic of energy efficiency, with lots of posts on the subject. Of course, that’s because we’ve been leading the Metropolitan Business Plan effort to identify a catalyzing investment that will grow the energy efficiency industry in our region. And we’re getting pretty close, with our concept of the Building Energy-efficiency Testing and Integration (BETI Center). Here’s the full rundown on what it is, what it does and why: Read the rest of this entry »

Hey, What’s Up With the Stimulus These Days?

June 7, 2010

Glad you asked. It’s been a while since we posted our last “Where are the Recovery Act Dollars” update, and I’m pleased to say that ARRA investments in our four-county region’s leading industry clusters (i.e. – direct funding of projects in clean tech and life sciences, excluding things like transportation and public safety) has topped $1.1 billion. Check out the entire list here.

The big question, as I’ve been saying for a long time, is not how much money did we get, but where did it go? Read the rest of this entry »

All It Takes Is a Little Push?

May 27, 2010

I had a friend in college that was an economics major. Or barely one…he got by on a C average. When I asked him why he didn’t switch his major to something that he was better at, he told me, “Doing something I’m good at is boring. The challenge to try and master something hard is what motivates me.” On the surface, that’s exactly what it sounds like when I tell you that I want our region to become a center for the manufacture of energy efficiency products. Our market analysis of the region’s energy efficiency industry cluster clearly shows that what we’re good at is software and services. But I wonder if getting good at the manufacturing thing just takes a little push in right direction. Read the rest of this entry »

Insightful Commentary: “This Is a Good Article”

May 10, 2010

I know many of you have come to see the Prosperity Blog as a unique source of insight and analysis on our region’s economic development activities. So, it will disappoint you to no end that I don’t have a lot to say about this article except that it’s a really good summary of one of the main issues for the energy efficiency market: that the demand for energy efficiency upgrades is hampered by the bad economy and the large upfront costs. The one additional piece of thought (“piece of thought?”) I’ll offer is this: I’m really glad that they discussed the supply side opportunity, because I don’t think a lot of folks do. Read the rest of this entry »