Navy Seeks Bidder Information for New Military Microgrid in San Diego

The US Navy is seeking bidder information for a new military microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. The Navy is attempting to flush out the availability of developers to build the microgrid before the government makes a decision about a request for proposals. To that end it has issued a request for … [Read more...]

Court Deals Setback to Demand Response, Cleaner Electric Transmission Grid

Look for demand response opponents to use a recent federal court decision as ammunition to erode use of the resource in wholesale markets, warns NRDC's John Moore  writing here with colleague Allison Clements. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has handed a major setback to one of the cornerstone reforms for a cleaner, more intelligent … [Read more...]

Energy Users Go For Efficiency, Smart Apps; What's a Utility to Do?

A new report from Deloitte, its fourth annual resources study, says the writing is on the wall for the conventional utility: It's time for change. Consumers are embracing energy efficiency and alternative energy, businesses are going for onsite generation, and the Generation Y set is warming up to smart energy apps, says the report, among other … [Read more...]

Maryland County Seeks Bids for Microgrid Projects by June 30

A Maryland county is seeking bids for microgrid projects, designed to ward off long power outages and to green county facilities. Bids are due to Montgomery County June 30. “Improving the ability of our county facilities to remain operational during power outages is essential to providing emergency services to the public during crises,” said … [Read more...]

New Carbon Dioxide Rules Could Boost Energy Efficiency and CHP

Energy efficiency and combined heat and power could be big winners when the Obama administration releases its first-ever carbon dioxide rules from existing power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected on June 2 to propose the carbon pollution restrictions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The rules will require that … [Read more...]

So What is a Microgrid, Exactly?

So what is a microgrid, exactly? The term has been used for years, yet those who attend microgrid conferences joke that much of the event is spent in debate over the definition. As is often the case with a popular technology, many would like to package their products as microgrids. Hence, we see the term’s meaning broadening in the … [Read more...]

California Energy Commission Seeks LEED Accredited Professional Firm

The California Energy Commission seeks a LEED Accredited Professional consulting firm to evaluate the commission’s headquarters building located at 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California. The consulting firm will help the commission develop and implement a LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance plan to achieve a certification level … [Read more...]

Market is Ripe for Small to Mid-Size Energy Efficiency Lenders

Small energy efficiency lenders face major obstacles including a lack of customer demand and data, a shortage of standardization metrics, regulatory hurdles, and an absence of underwriting standards, according to a report from the Small Lender Energy Efficiency Convening (SLEEC). The SLEEC took place in October 2013 when the American Council for … [Read more...]

Some ‘Oh Wow’ Facts on Energy Efficiency from EE Global

EE Global in Washington, D.C. showcased some big energy efficiency innovations last week. Here's a rundown... Brainy light bulbs. Refrigerators that heat dishwasher water. Elevators that use no more energy than toasters. These are just a few of the “Oh Wow’ topics last week at the annual EE Global conference. But it was growth in cities – and … [Read more...]

Energy Storage To Avert Disasters

What's one of the best ways for consumers, businesses and towns/cities to avoid the kinds of emergencies we experienced with Hurricane Sandy? Energy storage allows consumers and businesses to reduce their reliance on the grid, and can be implemented in a number of ways, says Darren Hammell, co-founder and chief strategic officer for Princeton Power … [Read more...]