Wasted Heat: The New Icon of the Carbon Reduction Era?

The light bulb left burning in the empty room stands as the classic image of energy waste. But the new image may soon be steam wafting on a city skyline, as district energy advocates step up their efforts to make known the big cost to society of wasted heat. That’s one of the messages emerging this week at IDEA2015, the International District … [Read more...]

What are Advanced Microgrids? A Primer for Communities Considering Local Energy

What are advanced microgrids, exactly, and why are they becoming so important to the electricity grid? Here is a primer excerpted from MicrogridKnowledge.com's new report, "Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy." Microgrids have received heightened attention in recent years … [Read more...]

NYSERDA Seeks Promising but Underused Energy Efficiency Technology; Offers $3.3M

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering $3.3 million to improve the market share of underused energy efficiency technology in commercial, institutional, and non-process-related industrial settings. The technology must be commercially available and provide energy-savings or load-reduction for electric and … [Read more...]

Interstate Power and Light Issues RFI on Appliance Direct Load Control and Cycling Devices

Interstate Power and Light, an Alliant Energy company in Iowa, is seeking requests for information about appliance direct load control or cycling devices. The Midwestern company started its direct load control program in 1992 anduses about 56,000 devices. It spends about $2.5 million to help customers save energy through residential appliance … [Read more...]

NEEP Seeks Consultants for Project on EM&V Costs

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) is seeking consultants to determine costs of emerging technologies, as part of the Regional Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) Forum. The forum, managed by NEEP, is studying costs for key emerging technologies related to energy efficiency. This project will focus on gathering … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…More Energy Efficient Modems Coming…National Grid Positions for Big Industry Changes…Northeast Energy Efficiency Leaders

Some quick energy efficiency news to start your week... New Internet modems, routers and similar equipment will be more energy efficient under a voluntary agreement struck by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), National Cable & Telecommunications Association and several companies. The agreement, expected to impact 80 million US homes, … [Read more...]

Anbaric Thinks Big, Coupling Microgrids and Transmission in $5-10B Strategy

Microgrids and transmission exhibit a kind of classic Apple versus Microsoft rivalry. Each is vying to capture investor dollars to solve an industry problem, but in a different way. So what’s Anbaric, a long-time transmission developer, doing in the enemy camp? Where others might see competition, Anbaric sees a fertile business pairing -- so … [Read more...]

No Question: Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver Huge Benefits

You may have heard the negative hype surrounding a new working paper on energy efficiency investments for low-income residents. It's a mistake to generalize from the Michigan study. NRDC's Merrian Borgeson explains why. Decades of experience and verification prove energy efficiency programs deliver huge benefits to consumers and the environment - … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…MLP for Microgrids?…LA’s Record-setting Microgrid Building…Latest New Microgrid Controller

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This week's quick microgrid news... Movement is afoot once again in Congress to give renewables and distributed energy a financial advantage afforded to big oil and gas for about three decades -- the ability to form master limited partnerships or MLPs. U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Representatives Ted Poe … [Read more...]

Microgrid Basics for Community Leaders: A Primer on Advanced Microgrids

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What are advanced microgrids, exactly, and why are they becoming so important to the electricity grid? Here is a primer excerpted from MicrogridKnowledge.com's new report, "Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy." Microgrids have received heightened attention in recent … [Read more...]