What’s geothermal again?

October 29, 2009 By Elisa Wood Some green energy sources seem to have charisma; others struggle for public attention with little success. Solar energy is an “it” technology, as evidenced once again by the tremendous participation in the annual Solar Power International conference in Anaheim, California this week (Oct. 27-29). Twice as many … [Read more...]

How Servers Waste Energy Part 1

Lisa Cohn of EE Markets interviews Sumir Karayi, CEO of 1E, a power management software developer, about a recent study of server efficiency that found there … [Read more...]

The link between DSM and wind energy integration part 2

In Part 2 of this interview, Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets continues her interview with Josh Schellenberg, senior analyst at Freeman, Sullivan & Co. about California's statewide base interruptible program, one of the largest DR programs in the country, with nearly 1,000 MW of load reduction capacity. … [Read more...]

It’s the environment, stupid

By Elisa Wood October 22, 2009 If Harry Truman were running for president today, he’d probably ‘Give ‘em Green,’ rather than ‘Give ‘em Hell.’ Bill Clinton’s campaign slogan would be, ‘It’s the environment, stupid.’ And Herbert Hoover might be promising a solar panel on every roof, rather than a chicken in every pot – and the pot would sit on a … [Read more...]

Efficiency left out of cap and trade

By Elisa Wood October 15, 2009 Waxman/Markey’s climate change bill is about 1,400 pages.  Its length and complexity, alone, provides fuel for its opponents.  Would it stand a better chance of enactment if it encompassed less? For example, would it have been wiser if Congress pursued cap and trade one year and a renewable energy standard another? … [Read more...]

The Link Between DSM and Wind Energy Integration Part 1

In Part One of this interview, Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Josh Schellenberg, senior analyst, Freeman, Sullivan and Co.--who specializes in demand-side program evaluation--about the role of DSM in integrating wind into the grid. … [Read more...]

Energy head tilters for this week

By Elisa Wood October 8, 2009 I’ve been writing about energy for 20 years.  And during those years, I’ve heard many out-of-the box concepts and witnessed some surprising trends. But it seems that lately head-tilting news comes along more and more frequently, a sign I think of how quickly innovation is occurring in the electric power … [Read more...]

Replacing home heating oil with heat pumps

Lisa Cohn from Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Tom Twist, sustainability educator for the Chewonki Foundation in Maine about replacing home heating oil with heat pumps. He talks about the quick payback and why more residents don't take advantage of the technology. … [Read more...]

Is small business left out of the EE boom?

By Elisa Wood October 1, 2009 The US has about 29.6 million small businesses and they employ over half of the nation’s private sector. They hire 40% of our high tech workers, make up 97.3% of our exporters, and generate most of our innovations, according to SCORE. Still, we hear small business often say it gets the shaft when it comes to … [Read more...]

Levelizing the Playing Field for Demand Response Providers

Lisa Cohn from EE Markets interviews Audrey Zibelman, Viridity Energy … [Read more...]