How green are green buildings?

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Ujjwal Bhattacharjee, a principal consultant with PA Consulting Group who specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He evaluates energy efficiency in Massachusetts green buildings from 2004 - 2007. … [Read more...]

Efficiency is cheap, but will it sell?

By Elisa Wood September 24, 2009 Expect to see this number a lot in energy discussions over the next few years: 2.5 cents/kWh. It is the average cost of energy efficiency, a figure pegged this week in a new report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. http://www.aceee.org/press/u092pr.htm. This number is big news because it is … [Read more...]

Now where did I put that energy efficiency?

By Elisa Wood September 17, 2009 Sort of like my car keys, “the forgotten memory doesn't disappear - we just can't remember where we put it.” So says Jonah Lehrer, one of my favorite bloggers and contributing editor at Wired. What’s memory got to do with electric power? It appears we keep misplacing energy efficiency. When critics – even … [Read more...]

Harnessing the Energy of Decelerating Cars

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Meetesh Patel, president and CEO of New Energy Technologies, which develops next-generation alternative energy technologies. He describes a technology called MotionPower, which harnesses the untapped potential generated from the kinetic energy of moving vehicles. It's being developed to be installed … [Read more...]

Are you eligible for a manufacturing tax credit?

By Elisa Wood September 10, 2009 The United States has been generous with tax credits for energy production. But until now, it’s been somewhat miserly about giving breaks to those who make the equipment that makes the energy – or saves it. That’s changed with creation of the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Credit (MTC), part of the federal … [Read more...]

Securing the Smart Grid

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Mike Lang, executive vice president of Numerex, a network service and solution company. He discusses the security issues surrounding the smart grid and its two-way communication system. He also addresses some of the ways to prevent security leaks. … [Read more...]

SVP dives into Smart Grid technologies part 2

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets continues her interview with Larry Owens, manager of customer services for Silicon Valley Power, which is creating a smart metering system. He describes his project, talks about the challenges of keeping up with smart grid applications and describes future technologies, such as appliances that will be … [Read more...]

Energy sprawl: The next worry?

By Elisa Wood September 3, 2009 Energy facilities take up space. Some, like wind farms, take up a lot of space. In fact, new energy production will consume more land than can be found in all of Nebraska by 2030, according to a recent report by The Nature Conservancy. This will create what the report describes as “energy sprawl,” a term I’m … [Read more...]