People Power Pilot Yields Up to 10 Percent Energy Savings By Changing Behavior

In a pilot program from People Power, a new mobile app, "Presence," being tested in Hawaii, is yielding surprising energy savings--9 percent to 10 percent --by motivating people to change their energy use behavior. That's nearly three times higher than the energy savings reaped by Opower's program, also designed to change consumers' behavior, said … [Read more...]

Hello Local Energy, Bye Old Power Industry, Say New York Regulators with Key Vote

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New York, where the power industry began over a century ago, might be where it ends too. At least the power industry as we know it today. The state’s electric regulators made that clear February 26 when they took a key vote creating an electricity marketplace that elevates new, local energy over big central power plants and long transmission … [Read more...]

Hello Local Energy, Bye Old Power Industry, Say New York Regulators with Key Vote

New York, where the power industry began over a century ago, might be where it ends too. At least the power industry as we know it today. The state’s electric regulators made that clear February 26 when they took a key vote creating an electricity marketplace that elevates new, local energy over big central power plants and long transmission … [Read more...]

How a Small Connecticut Town and its Utility Are Building a Microgrid: Part 1

Microgrid developers do not have the luxury of well-beaten paths to follow; the industry is too new. Thus, developers are hungry for road maps.  And the state of Connecticut is busy creating some of those maps with 11 projects that were awarded more than $23 million in state grants. Connecticut was the first state in the nation to offer such … [Read more...]

Renewable Microgrids: A Cornerstone for Solving Development and Climate Challenges

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Two birds, one technology? Renewable microgrids can be a cornerstone for addressing development and climate challenges in the energy sector, says Arnaud Henin of Gommyr Power Networks. One of the main challenges in addressing climate change is how to limit global emissions while enabling countries and their people to achieve critical development … [Read more...]

The Electric Vehicle as a Power Plant: A California Utility Shows How it’s Done

For years we’ve heard about a future where our cars become sort of like mini-power plants. And now San Diego Gas & Electric is showing how it’s done. The California utility has begun bidding resources from a group of electric vehicles and energy storage systems into the state’s wholesale power market. The pilot program, one of the first … [Read more...]

Save Energy without Losing Comfort: Data Shows the Formula is Working

The contemporary energy efficiency movement has promised we can save energy without compromising comfort – and that seems to be working according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. American homes are getting bigger, yet we have reduced our energy intensity – a measure of energy efficiency calculated as units of energy per … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency News-in-Brief: New Contracts for Constellation and Ameresco…Support for FERC Order 745 Appeal

Constellation has won a $45 million contract to provide energy efficiency, water conservation and solar photovoltaics at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla. The energy savings performance contract, signed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, guarantees savings of about $79 million over 19 years. The bureau will use the savings to fund … [Read more...]

Solar Power and Equity: Time to Face Facts

Is the renewable energy boom reaching low-income communities? Maybe it's time to have 'the talk' about solar power and equity, says EDF's Jorge Madrid.    We need to have “the talk” about solar power and equity, because ignoring uncomfortable questions will invite misinformation and bad decisions. We need an informed dialogue about how local solar … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Creates Jobs in North Carolina

Building efficiency and energy storage are creating jobs in North Carolina, according to the 2014 North Carolina Clean Energy Industry Census, which showed about 25 percent annual job growth in clean energy overall since 2012, outpacing growth of other industries in the state. Ivan Urlaub, executive director of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy … [Read more...]