Which Utilities Are Most Open to Innovative New Companies?

Idan Edry is acting CEO of Nation-E, a company based in Israel that brings big data into the energy domain. In this podcast interview, he discusses the challenges and advantages of entering the market in the US.  Edry also identifies which utilities he sees as most open to innovation. … [Read more...]

A Look Inside the #1 State for Energy Efficiency By the Numbers

Massachusetts has been named the #1 State for Energy Efficiency three years running by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Environment Northeast explains how the state's energy efficiency program works and shows the benefits it produces. The Green Communities Act  requires the state’s electric and natural gas distribution … [Read more...]

If You Had Five Minutes to Talk Alone with Obama on Energy: Rocky Mountain Institute

What would you say if you had five minutes alone with Obama on energy?  EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com asked Jules  Kortenhorst, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, in the first article of this occasional series.   What energy idea would you discuss with Obama if you had five minutes alone with him? What argument would you use to win him over to the … [Read more...]

California Energy Commission Seeks Contractor for Bright Schools Program

The California Energy Commission is seeking a prime contractor for the Bright Schools Program. The contractor will  head a team of established and experienced professional engineers. The Bright Schools Program provides audits and technical assistance to local education agencies and community colleges that want to install energy efficiency measures … [Read more...]

Behind-the-Meter Storage Competes with Generation in California: Pilot

In a one-of-a-kind pilot, Stem, an advanced energy technology company, is participating in the California ISO market, providing aggregated, behind-the-meter storage in competition with generators. Stem combines behind-the-meter storage and real-time data analytics to help commercial and industrial businesses manage energy use. In this pilot, the … [Read more...]

US DOE Offers $600,000 in Awards for Top Performing Microgrids

The U.S. Department of Energy is offering $600,000 in awards for top performing microgrids, which will be  judged on their ability to provide resilient, clean, efficient and cost-effective energy. To participate,  microgrids must submit details about their design and operations by August 29. The DOE seeks the data so that it can capture and share … [Read more...]

Taming an Energy Hog with Efficiency Standards

The Department of Energy  has issued new efficiency standards  that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog. Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home, consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator. The new standards will cut the cost to power furnace … [Read more...]

States Lead on Microgrids…California, Connecticut, Maryland (Part 1)

Certain states lead on microgrids when it comes to sorting out policies and regulation.  Here we look at what California, Connecticut and Maryland are doing to  move the microgrid market forward.  This article series is based on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com’s report: Think Microgrid, available here.  In the U.S., electricity is governed mostly at … [Read more...]

Maryland Task Force Presses for Quick Action on Public Purpose Microgrids

Utilities get the first crack at developing special public purpose microgrids in Maryland under a detailed strategy released this week by Governor Martin O'Malley’s microgrid task force. Non-utility companies will get a shot at the public purpose market too, but not right away, since it will mean a “paradigm shift” in state regulation, said “The … [Read more...]

Solar Decathlon Village Powered by Microgrid and Sponsor Support

Since the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2009, a temporary, ground-laid electrical grid (or “microgrid”) has connected Solar Decathlon houses with one another and the local utility. The village microgrid allows excess power generated by the houses’ solar electric systems to be sent back to the larger city utility grid and its customers. … [Read more...]