Microgrid Market Growth On Pace for Tripling of Capacity by 2020

Another research organization is predicting rapid microgrid market growth, this time a tripling of capacity and an increase in annual revenue of more than 20 percent over the next six years. More specifically,  Transparency Market Research  forecasts that the 3.6 GW of microgrid capacity operating in 2013 will grow to 9.35 GW by 2020. The report … [Read more...]

Five Most Read Microgrid Stories on MicrogridKnowledge.com

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MicrogridKnowledge.com is now three months old. So we wanted to take this opportunity to thank our readers and sponsors who have helped make our launch so successful. We see the fast-growing microgrid industry as one of the greatest game changers -- indeed society changers -- in energy today. We're dedicated to telling the industry's story, … [Read more...]

DCSEU Achieves $100M in Energy Savings for Washington, DC

The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) has achieved $100 million in lifetime energy savings through an $18 million investment in energy efficiency and renewables, according to the Washington, DC organization's  2014 Annual Report. The DCSEU, featured here last year in EnergyEffificiencyMarkets.com,  helped DC conserve more than 60,000 MWh, … [Read more...]

The Importance of Heat in the Energy Efficient Microgrid

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The following is an excerpt from new our report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid. It can be difficult for microgrids to compete on cost alone if they provide only electricity.  However, when combined heat and power (CHP) is added to the equation, microgrids become more competitive based on economics alone. Why? Most power generation … [Read more...]

New Analysis: The Cost of Energy Efficiency is Under Half the Cost of Building Dirty Coal Power Plants

The cost of energy efficiency is truly less than coal. NRDC'S Merrian Borgeson explains a new by-the-numbers analysis. After mining the results of energy efficiency programs representing every U.S. region, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers have reported the initial result that the average total cost of saved energy is … [Read more...]

Microgrids, CHP and District Energy: Growth by the Numbers

Our latest Think Microgrid excerpt looks at microgrids, CHP and district energy market growth. Continue reading or download the full report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid. Microgrid Market Growth Forecasts call for dramatic growth ahead for microgrids, particularly in North America. Navigant Research projects that the market will expand from just … [Read more...]

What Will Hurt Energy Efficiency & Boost it in 2015?

Which states are rolling back their energy efficiency programs? Which states are boosting them--and why? In this podcast, Jordan Doria, manager of stakeholder engagement, Ingersoll Rand's Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, gives predictions for efficiency in 2015. … [Read more...]

Consumer Energy Behavior: Watch out Utilities, Your Customer is Changing

What is the most disruptive force utilities face? No not solar, or energy efficiency or competitive energy supply. It's you and me, the consumer. We want to take control over our energy use, and we're getting more comfortable with the technology that lets us do that. At least that's what focus groups indicated in a qualitative study on consumer … [Read more...]

Opower Hopes to Cut Energy Use For Millions in China

At roughly the same time the US and China announced plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Opower announced that it's now offering its online energy efficiency program to CLP Power Hong Kong Limited’s (CLP Power) 2.1 million residential customers. Energy efficiency is expected to be the key to meeting US/China greenhouse gas emission goals, says … [Read more...]

UTC’s Noresco Wins $43M Military Energy Performance Contract at Army’s Biggest Combat Training Center

Noresco, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has won a $43 military energy performance contract at  Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, the U.S. Army’s largest and most active basic combat training center. The company will improve lighting, energy management control systems, central plant facilities and water systems with an eye toward … [Read more...]