Not to Worry. The Clean Power Plan is Still Very Good for Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is no longer a building block in the Clean Power Plan, released in final form by the Obama Administration August 3. But our sources tell us that’s not a bad thing -- as counter-intuitive as it may seem. In fact, the carbon reduction plan will give energy efficiency a very big boost, as expected all along. Why did the EPA remove … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…Making Money on Home Demand Response…Fuel Cell Deals…Opower’s Latest Update

A tariff change at the PJM Interconnection will create a new way for residential demand response to earn revenue in the wholesale market, effective this week. The change means that residential demand response resources can now participate in PJM’s synchronized reserve market. Demand response company Comverge helped win the change by providing … [Read more...]

Avoiding Mistakes and Managing Challenges in Developing Community Microgrids

Before developing a community microgrid, it's important to engage the right experts and take into account certain market challenges, as detailed in this except from  “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy.” The value of a microgrid lies in its sophisticated ability to offer … [Read more...]

Financing Community Microgrids: An Excerpt from Our New Community Microgrid Guide

Financing community microgrids may require piecing together funding from a variety of potential sources. Each project requires a customized approach, and an evaluation of not only costs, but also potential revenue sources. When you first seek out financing for a municipal microgrid, your team should assess your organization’s credit quality, the … [Read more...]

Two More Good Reasons for Community Microgrids

Community microgrids keep the lights on during a crisis, as well as strengthen the central grid, as we described in last week's article in this series. Here are two more good reasons for community microgrids, excerpted from our new report, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News: Cool Stuff from NRG & Ice…Cement, Steel and Energy Savings…Massachusetts Behaves…NY Goes Solar

The energy storage deals keep coming in California, a state that requires utilities secure 1.3 GW of the resource by 2020. The latest pairing is between NRG Energy, a megasize generation and innovation company and Ice Energy, a technology leader that uses ice to provide energy storage. NRG and Ice Energy will supply 25.6 MW of behind-the-meter … [Read more...]

Four Good Reasons for Community Microgrids

It is clear why city leaders are turning their attention to community microgrids. Energy is the lifeblood of any contemporary community, and severe storms in recent years have revealed the vulnerability of the central grid. The American electorate knows this and is concerned. In a March 2015 Gallup poll 88 percent of those surveyed described … [Read more...]

Wasted Heat: The New Icon of the Carbon Reduction Era?

The light bulb left burning in the empty room stands as the classic image of energy waste. But the new image may soon be steam wafting on a city skyline, as district energy advocates step up their efforts to make known the big cost to society of wasted heat. That’s one of the messages emerging this week at IDEA2015, the International District … [Read more...]

What are Advanced Microgrids? A Primer for Communities Considering Local Energy

What are advanced microgrids, exactly, and why are they becoming so important to the electricity grid? Here is a primer excerpted from MicrogridKnowledge.com's new report, "Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy." Microgrids have received heightened attention in recent years … [Read more...]

Next for the Resilient Power Industry: How to Keep the Rest of Us Out of the Dark

Resilient power -- what keeps the lights on when the central grid fails -- is evolving from a concept into an industry. Its roots lie in the realization that loss of power is at best uncomfortable, at worst dangerous in today’s electricity-reliant society. Outages also are expensive. So averting power loss has a monetary value to society. This … [Read more...]