Hawaii Energy Launches State’s First-Ever Energy Efficiency Auction  

Hawaii Energy, a ratepayer-funded energy efficiency program, is offering $2.1 million in incentives for projects that reduce energy consumption in the state’s first energy efficiency auction. The auction is open to contractors, developers, energy efficiency solution providers, energy service companies, energy vendors and property managers. Winners … [Read more...]

New York Outlines Next Steps in $40 Million Community Microgrid Competition

New York this week moved forward with a $40 million microgrid competition for communities, an idea introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his state-of-the-state address in January. Called NY Prize, the competition will begin this fall. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will offer the money to communities, businesses, … [Read more...]

New York Grapples with Utility Monopoly Role in ‘REV’ Distributed Energy Market

Several energy players in New York are questioning the wisdom of letting utilities both manage and compete in a first-of-its-kind distributed energy market the state is planning. The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a  straw proposal for the market design of … [Read more...]

Utilities See Distributed Generation Coming; Energy Efficiency Working

Once upon a time when a big power plant retired, it was replaced by one as big or bigger. But not anymore. Energy efficiency is increasingly reducing the need for more power. And when it is needed, distributed generation may be enough. That’s how utilities increasingly view the market, according to this year’s Strategic Directions: U.S. Electric … [Read more...]

The Consumer-Centric Energy Provider: Moving from Concept To Reality

What does it take to be a consumer-centric energy provider? Think of yourself as a consumer goods company with an active storefront, says Marie Bahl McKenna, Tendril's senior vice president of sales and marketing. As an energy provider, you’re likely hearing conversations about how the industry is moving to a services model. While all the talk is … [Read more...]

NY Moves ahead with $40M Microgrid Competition

NY Prize

New York today moved forward with a $40 million microgrid competition for communities, an idea introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his state-of-the-state address in January. Called NY Prize, the competition will begin this fall. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will offer the money to communities, businesses, … [Read more...]

Innovation in Energy Storage and its Big Benefits

Ryan Wartena, CEO and founder of Growing Energy Labs, Inc. (GELI), which recently won an innovation award from Energy Storage North America, in this podcast identifies the challenges to integrating energy storage, especially in California. He discusses some solutions--and the many benefits to getting more energy storage online. … [Read more...]

Why Electricity Pricing Remains a Mystery…and How that Has to Change

electricity pricing

The success of any product depends on getting the pricing right.  That’s not happening with electricity pricing. As a result, we're not getting the most out of  energy efficiency, microgrids, solar, plug-in electric vehicles and other forms of distributed energy. That’s the message of a new report issued August 26 by the Rocky Mountain … [Read more...]

Why Electricity Pricing Remains a Mystery…and How that Has to Change

The success of any product depends on getting the pricing right.  That’s not happening with electricity pricing. As a result, we're not getting the most out of  energy efficiency, microgrids, solar, plug-in electric vehicles and other forms of distributed energy. That’s the message of a new report issued August 26 by the Rocky Mountain Institute’s … [Read more...]

NYPA Energy Efficiency Projects in 1st Half of 2014 Save $4M

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation's largest state public power authority, says it has completed energy efficiency projects that will result in $4 million in annual savings. The projects are part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Build Smart NY program. a push to reduce energy use in state buildings 20 percent by 2020 and help municipalities … [Read more...]