Can Opower’s Energy Efficiency Program Fill the CFL Gap?

Utilities have an energy efficiency challenge on their hands, and Opower says it can help them solve it. Here’s the problem: Utilities, many of which are required to meet energy efficiency targets, are finding it harder and harder to meet those targets, especially now that they generally don’t get credit for handing out compact fluorescent lights … [Read more...]

Lower Cost Battery Technology Wins Innovation Award

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (UTX), has won an innovation award for its PureStorage flow battery energy storage technology. The award comes from industry experts and the editors of R&D Magazine, and is listed among the 100 most technologically significant products … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: New Motor Efficiency Standards, DOE Money, ThinkEco, EnerNOC, Philips, Desso and More

The US Department of Energy proposed new motor efficiency standards just in time for Thanksgiving.  This is something to feast on, says Andrew deLaski of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project in his blog.  Power motors are responsible for about half of the electricity used by U.S. industry. The proposed standards are expected to save … [Read more...]

Can You See the Power Plant in this Photo? No? Welcome to the Age of the Virtual Power Plant

No one likes to admit it, but we’ve all got a little NIMBY in us.  Energy is a good thing, yes, but Not in My Backyard. Power plants just aren’t pretty. That’s why it’s intriguing to see Charlottesville, Virginia – my backyard – on the cutting-edge of a new approach: the virtual power plant, one that you cannot see, smell, hear or touch. That’s … [Read more...]

This Is Even Bigger than New York’s $1 Billion Green Bank

New York's $1 billion Green Bank is expected to give energy efficiency a big boost by using public funds to leverage private investment. But another, more obscure program could have an even greater impact. It is the state’s recently launched residential bond initiative. Francis Murray, former head of the New York State Energy Research and … [Read more...]

Solar and Energy Efficiency Securitization Emerge

Organizations are beginning to securitize solar and energy efficiency loans to allow greater levels of investment. Securitization involves pooling loans to create consolidated securities that investors can purchase. Recently, SolarCity securitized $54.4 million in loans for solar photovoltaic installations. Also, the Green Jobs – Green New York … [Read more...]

Utility Execs See Big Smart Grid Benefits, Need More Smart Grid Workers

A new report from Accenture yields some interesting surprises from utility executives about their view of smart grid technologies and deployments—and their smart grid needs. First of all, two-thirds of utility executives surveyed believe that the benefits of smart grid and smart meter deployments will exceed forecasts. “It’s not very often that … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency MicroNews: Philips, The Department of Energy, Axion Power, Panasonic, Larson Electronics, Tecogen, Clevest Solutions, U.S. General Services Administration Energy Division

This week in energy efficiency news… Philips signed a ten-year performance lighting contract with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to upgrade the lighting in 25 parking garages. The upgrade includes over 13,000 lighting fixtures that will be converted to a custom-designed LED lighting solution and will reduce energy usage … [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...]

Can Michigan Achieve 10% to 16% Energy Savings

In a draft report, Michigan revealed that it has surpassed its 1 percent annual electricity savings targets by 116 percent to 124 percent. That was achieved at a cost of $20 per megawatt-hour, much less than the $60 per megawatt-hour for electricity from gas-fired units, said Michigan Public Service Commission Chairman John Quackenbush in this … [Read more...]