Efficiency: Highest priority for no one

By Elisa Wood July 30, 2009 If there was still any question about the economic value of energy efficiency, it was put to rest this week by a McKinsey & Company report. The United States could save $1.2 trillion and generate 900,000 new jobs through better energy management, according to “Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the US Economy.” Sounds … [Read more...]

Privacy Issues and The Smart Grid Part 1

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews James McClelland, senior director of utilities and energy, global marketing for SAP, which is a software provider for utilities and energy companies, about privacy issues and the Smart Grid. … [Read more...]

Smart grid: How big is big?

By Elisa Wood July 23, 2009 A Cisco executive attracted some eye rolling after commenting that smart grid could be “even bigger than the Internet.” http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/energy/smart_grid_solutions.html But the statement isn’t farfetched when you think about what smart grid encompasses: a convergence of three industry giants: … [Read more...]

Why It’s Critical for ESCOs to Accurately Measure Savings

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Jack Parchesky, application specialist for Onset Computer. He talks about the growth in the EE market, what … [Read more...]

Light-bulb Liars II: Mercury and CFLs

By Elisa Wood July 16, 2009 The Washington Times ran a commentary July 11 that took a swipe at compact fluorescent lights. Titled “Light-bulb liars,” the article warns that broken CFLs are an “environment disaster in your family room” that “could poison the dog, the kid and the wall-to-wall rug.” To underscore the gravity of CFL dangers, the … [Read more...]

Developing critical guidelines for The Smart Grid part 2

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets continues her interview with Dick DeBlasio, life senior member of IEEE and principal laboratory program manager for electricity programs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. DeBlasio is developing a guide for smart grid standards. In part one, he explains how the guide will bring together different … [Read more...]

Using electricity to save the planet

By Elisa Wood July 9, 2009 When it comes to energy efficiency, it used to be the big guys that mattered. Policymakers and market leaders focused on manufacturers, refiners and others that gobbled up lots of kilowatt hours. It’s not surprising. Manufacturers create bang for the buck. Better motors, refrigeration or combined heat and power can … [Read more...]

Developing Critical Guidelines for The Smart Grid Part 1

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Dick DeBlasio, life senior member of IEEE and principal laboratory program manager for electricity programs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, who is developing a guide for developing smart grid standards. In Part One, he discusses how this guide will bring together different entities to … [Read more...]

Energy bill could open Southeast’s EE market

By Elisa Wood July 2, 2009 I live a kind of Tale of Two Cities, or rather tale of two regions. My work requires that I spend a lot of time covering the Northeast power markets, but I live in Southeast. So after reporting on the rich world of efficiency incentives available in places like Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, wasn’t I surprised … [Read more...]

Emissions-free electricity from small geothermal sources

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets continues her interview with Bill Olson, senior vice president of business development for ElectraTherm, about how the company produces emissions-free electricity from small geothermal heat sources. Employing ElectraTherm … [Read more...]