Building Investor Confidence in Energy Efficiency Projects Part 1

The Investor Confidence Project provides energy efficiency standards that serve as the "logo in the lobby," building investor confidence in much the same way the LEED program standards and certification build confidence in projects, says Matt Golden, director of the Environmental Defense Fund's Investor Confidence Project in this podcast, which is … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Awards $18.4M to Cities and Towns for Energy Resiliency Projects

Massachusetts today awarded $18.4 million for energy resiliency projects to keep the lights in critical facilities throughout the state when storms and disasters bring down the electric grid. The funds went to cities and towns, and  include several microgrids, combined heat and power (CHP) systems, battery storage and $500,000 for solar PV plus … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Awards $18.4M for Microgrids and Other Energy Resiliency Projects

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Massachusetts today awarded $18.4 million for microgrids and other energy resiliency projects to keep the lights on when the grid is down. The funds went to cities and towns, and  include several microgrids, combined heat and power (CHP) systems, battery storage and $500,000 for solar PV plus storage. “These grants will assist municipalities … [Read more...]

Top Energy Efficiency Markets Podcasts in 2014

Interviews about energy efficient technologies, smart grid, and microgrids were among the top Energy Efficiency Markets Podcasts in 2014, garnering up to nearly 4,000 downloads per podcast. Among the most popular podcasts were “New Technology Helps Cut Fuel Costs, Emissions, in Trucks,” with 3,700 downloads in three months. You can check it out … [Read more...]

Ameren Missouri Warns of Diminishing Returns from Energy Efficiency

Ameren Missouri warned state regulators in a recent filing that it sees diminishing returns from energy efficiency. The warning came within a three-year energy efficiency proposal submitted before the Missouri Public Service Commission. The utility is seeking approval for $135 million in energy efficiency programs to achieve $260 million in … [Read more...]

Advancing Energy Efficient Buildings: From The Lab To Your Neighborhood

The Alliance to Save Energy's Rodney Sobin describes advances in energy efficient buildings that have resulted from work done by the DOE's Building Technologies Office. Accounting for about 40 percent of American energy use and about $400 billion in annual energy costs, buildings are fertile grounds for money-saving and pollution-preventing energy … [Read more...]

The Top Energy Efficiency Stories of 2014

The top energy efficiency stories of 2014 reveal an industry that’s not only growing, but also redefining itself to capture its full worth. This was a year of mega deals, utility soul searching, rising new tech, rising old tech, financing innovation, and policy invigoration.  Here are the top 10 most read stories on EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com for … [Read more...]

The Home Microgrid: Not Later. Now.

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What solar installer hasn’t seen a homeowner’s face drop upon learning that rooftop solar panels don’t spare the home from an outage when the electric grid goes down? “I’ve invested in solar. I’m really excited because I’ve declared myself as independent from the power grid. I feel good because I’m a green citizen. Until I realize that as soon … [Read more...]

What is Government Doing to Spur Microgrid Growth?

What state and federal policies are spurring microgrid growth in the United States? Here's an inventory from our latest Think Microgrid report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid, which examines grid-connected microgrids and companion technologies: combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy (DE). The Obama administration created one of the … [Read more...]

Connecticut DEEP Contemplates Microgrid Program Revisions

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Connecticut officials are considering changes to the state's microgrid program, a first-of-its-kind grant offering.  Clean Energy Group's Todd Olinsky-Paul explains the proposed legislative and regulatory action. The hallmark of good programs is that they keep getting better. Last month, Clean Energy States Alliance awarded a State Leadership in … [Read more...]