Proposed Energy Efficiency Standard Change Draws Response From Data Center Giants

Google, Facebook and Apple have jumped into a controversy in North Carolina that focuses on a proposed energy efficiency standard change. These giants own data centers in Rutherford, Lenoir and Catawba counties valued at about $2.7 billion in investments and 200 jobs. Their investments include green data centers and solar energy. For example, … [Read more...]

UW–Madison Microgrid Helps Power Industry in Milwaukee

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Leslie Shown, of the Wisconsin Energy Institute, describes a University of Wisconsin-Madison microgrid research project that could help bolster Milwaukee's ailing economy. On the same site in Milwaukee where the A. O. Smith Corporation once built airplane and auto parts for the military during both world wars, University of Wisconsin-Madison … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Pushes to Become Energy Storage Leader with $10M Plan

Massachusetts signaled today that its new administration plans to continue the state’s march into the world of microgrids and other disruptive energy tech with plans for a $10 million energy storage program. The previous administration of Gov. Deval Patrick (D) helped make the state a green-energy leader, including maintaining a multiple-year … [Read more...]

Massachusetts to Offer $10M for Energy Storage Demonstration Projects

Massachusetts sent a clear signal today that its new administration plans to continue the state’s march into the world of disruptive energy tech with plans for a $10 million energy storage program. The previous administration of Gov. Deval Patrick (D) helped make the state a green-energy leader, including maintaining a multiple-year top national … [Read more...]

Energy Bills Up? There May be Humans in Your Building

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Lester Shen of the Center for Energy and Environment explains how a systems-thinking approach may improve building performance and reduce energy bills. As you read this blog post, what room are you in? How’s the lighting? How’s the temperature? Do you control their levels — or is someone else, somewhere else, running the show? About 40 percent … [Read more...]

Off to Summer at my Remote Microgrid

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Contributing writer Cara Miale Goman takes us on a trip to Star Island, a New England getaway made energy-smart with a remote microgrid.  Star Island, one of the nine Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire near Maine, has everything one might expect from a remote island getaway: beautiful views of the Atlantic, boating, kayaking, 43 … [Read more...]

Podcast: Wesleyan University’s Microgrid Designed to Resist Outages

Wesleyan University's Microgrid

Wesleyan University's microgrid was the first project to receive funds from the state of Connecticut's microgrid pilot program, which aims to help utility customers harden their infrastructure. Wesleyan, which can generate 3.1 MW, wants to avoid power outages like the one it experienced in 2012 for 77 hours. The university can generate about 99 … [Read more...]

Cutting-Edge Microgrid Projects Still Popping up in the United States

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Peter Asmus, of Navigant Research, profiles two cutting-edge microgrid projects in the U.S.: NJ TransitGrid on the East Coast and the Salem Smart Power Center on the West Coast. The current edition of Navigant Research’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker gives credence to the idea that the Asia Pacific region may emerge as the market leader over the … [Read more...]

Boston Takes Top Spot Again in City Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Boston again took top place in the city energy efficiency scorecard, released last week by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The capital of Massachusetts not only has its own energy efficiency initiatives, but also benefits from being part of a state that has been number one for four years running in a similar state … [Read more...]

Are Government Energy Efficiency Mandates Ineffective?

Government energy efficiency mandates--especially those relating to appliances--are clunky and ineffective, says Ted Gayer, Brookings Institution vice president of economic studies. The costs outweigh the benefits, he says. It would make more economic sense to tax energy use or companies that produce pollution. … [Read more...]