Business Intelligence for utilities: Five planning strategies

By Chris Lewis Guest blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets March 28, 2012 Business Intelligence is not a new concept to utilities, as the analysis of data is as entrenched in every utility as the concept of providing safe, reliable and affordable power. However, the unique challenge facing utilities today is that there is exponentially more data, … [Read more...]

The Battery That’s Bringing Clean Energy to PJM’s Grid Part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com continues her interview with Tom Granville, CEO of Axion Power, about how the company's battery is bringing clean energy to PJM's grid, stabilizing the grid, and supporting PJM's demand-response programs. The efforts have been helped by a new FERC rule.   The Battery That's Bringing Clean Energy to PJM's … [Read more...]

Desert Year: Why Is It So Hard to Care?

By Skip Laitner Guest blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets Reposted from Real Climate Economics March 21, 2012   Why is it so hard to care about snakes? Or the desert? The climate? And especially the environment more generally? This time the snake was real.  Right there on the side of the road.  Some evenings ago, however, in the waning hours of … [Read more...]

The Battery That’s Bringing Clean Energy to PJM’s Grid Part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Tom Granville, CEO of Axion Power, about how the company's battery is bringing clean energy to PJM's grid, stabilizing the grid, and supporting PJM's demand-response programs. The efforts have been helped by a new FERC rule.   The Battery That's Bringing Clean Energy to PJM's Grid Part 1] … [Read more...]

All sustainability is local

By Elisa Wood March 15, 2012 “All politics is local.” This quote from the late US Congressman Tip O’Neill continues to frame political strategies today. It turns out his premise also applies to environmentalism. All sustainability is local, as a Massachusetts software company reveals in a new application that takes on the complicated task of … [Read more...]

Real-Time EE Firms Are Hot Investment

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Michael Butler, Chairman and CEO of Cascadia Capital, an investment bank serving public and private growth companies in the sustainable industries. Cascadia just released its top predictions for 2012, and Butler says the hottest industry is EE, and there's a big demand for companies that provide … [Read more...]

Trillion dollar answer to Bachmann’s light bulb question

By Elisa Wood March 8, 2012 US Congresswoman Michele Bachmann often asks why government should tell us which kind of light bulb to choose. Turns out it’s a question with a trillion dollar answer. We will save $1.1 trillion through 2035 because of existing energy efficiency mandates for light bulbs and appliances, according to a report issued … [Read more...]

Net-Zero Home with IPad Controls, Denim Insulation

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Reed Finlay, project manager of the SCI-Arc/Caltech Hanwha Solar CHIP House, which is a demonstration net-zero home built by SCI-Arc and Caltech students. It features recycled denim insulation, controls using an iPad, the ability to turn lights off by waving arms, and more.   Net-Zero Home with … [Read more...]