Is the Microgrid Industry Missing the Message about Local Energy?

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Something funny happened on the way to this century’s big, new electric transmission build out. North America got religion about local energy. Consider this headline in yesterday’s New York Times, “Fight to Keep Alternative Energy Local Stymies an Industry.” The article talks about the 3,100 miles of transmission line projects awaiting … [Read more...]

Report: Customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic States & DC Could Miss Out on as Much as $1.3B in Utility Bill Savings

Electric customers in the Mid-Atlantic region may be missing out on $433 million in annual utility bill savings over the next three years – as much as $1.3 billion** – because their transmission grid operator seems to be under-counting the impact of energy efficiency programs that avoid the need for more power, according to an analysis released … [Read more...]

Green Mountain Power Builds Microgrid to Revitalize City

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Green Mountain Power has begun building what is believed to be the US’ first solar microgrid in a brownfield landfill,  part of project to revitalize Rutland City. The Vermont utility is installing 7,700 solar panels that can generate 2 MW, backed up by a 4-MW battery storage system. Called Stafford Hill Solar Farm, the $10 million microgrid … [Read more...]

Joule Assets: Unearthing Hidden Revenue for Smaller Energy Efficiency Companies

Take heart smaller energy efficiency companies. Good times are coming. That was the positive message from Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, as his company recently rolled out news of $90 million in financing being offered to 10 US companies with a $270 million pipeline of projects. “The contractors, the technology integrators, technology … [Read more...]

What’s Ahead for New England Energy Efficiency Markets?

If you’re in the business of installing efficient light bulbs, New England is a good place to be. If you build conventional power plants, it’s not so good. And it looks like it won’t be so good in the near future either. That’s one of our takeaways from a recent report, “ISO New England Energy-Efficiency Forecast Report for 2018 to 2023,” … [Read more...]

Sweating the Small Stuff: Energy Efficiency Policy and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Energy efficiency policy work doesn’t always make for great conversation at dinner parties. Energy efficiency represents energy and money not wasted, so it’s less tangible than new solar panels or a natural gas well. And much of NEEP’s work is behind the scenes, spread across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in regulatory proceedings that can … [Read more...]

Joule Assets Part 2: How to Achieve the Real Potential of Microgrid

Two topics keep cropping up in our conversations with energy efficiency insiders: 1) Joule Assets' new investment fund 2) Microgrid. So we recently brought the two together by asking Joule Assets CEO Mike Gordon about the investment potential for microgrid. Joule Assets made headlines in January with the launch of its $100 million Energy … [Read more...]

Goodbye Two Guys and a Truck, Hello the Nation. Growing an Energy Efficiency Installation Business Big

It’s commonly held that a small business model best suits energy efficiency installation, what’s dubbed ‘two guys and a truck.’ But a Philadelphia company is intent on showing that scale is possible in the US – national scale. The Mark Group USA is quickly expanding beyond its Pennsylvania base with an eye toward becoming a national energy … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Investment Shows Pay Off in New England Forecast

By increasing energy efficiency and demand response, we decrease the need to build new power plants.  That’s the theory. And  it’s proving true in New England, with the region's efforts to save energy beginning to show some real impact. ISO New England forecasts that energy efficiency will cancel out demand for new power over the next ten years in … [Read more...]

Averting the Utility Death Spiral: GE’s Idea

It's odd the way we pay utilities, especially in an era when saving energy is so important. Utilities earn revenue based on their electricity sales. Yet we ask – or even demand – that they encourage customers to buy less electricity by using smart thermostats, efficient lighting, and the like. Few businesses find themselves in such an odd … [Read more...]