Energy Efficiency Advocates See Poison Pill in Major US Energy Bill

Two leading U.S. energy efficiency organizations are not happy with a comprehensive Senate energy bill, saying that it unravels a stakeholder agreement on appliance standards for furnaces. At issue is language in The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, which its backers hope will be the first major energy bill passed by Congress since 2007. … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…NY Prize Revises Schedule…Microgrids to Create Virtual Power Plant in Maryland…Montana Tests Solar Microgrid

The latest in microgrid news for July 30... The $40 million NY Prize has revised its target dates for issuing future community microgrid solicitations and making awards. Under the new schedule,  the state-sponsored contest expects to issue its Stage 2 request for proposals by the end of November. Applications would be due in April … [Read more...]

Jamestown, New York Leverages Existing Energy Assets for Community Microgrid

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Jamestown, New York, offers a good example of a community microgrid design that begins by incorporating existing energy facilities, a strategy that can decrease project complexity and cost. Rather than building all new infrastructure, the city has proposed a microgrid that will use an existing natural gas-fired power plant and district energy … [Read more...]

California to Offer $47M in Grants for Advanced Energy Communities

California plans to offer grants totaling $47 million to encourage creation of ‘advanced energy communities,’ places where electricity demand is met through efficiency, renewable energy, and storage. The California Energy Commission described the program in a draft solicitation scheduled for release in October. Advanced energy communities achieve … [Read more...]

Addressing the Energy-Intensive Marijuana Industry in Oregon

With recreational marijuana now legal in the state of Oregon, there's growing interest in how to address the energy-intensive marijuana industry. Until the state works out the details of a law -- effective July 1 -- legalizing recreational marijuana, it is now only legal to grow medical marijuana in Oregon.  But there's concern that once the … [Read more...]

Honeywell to Acquire Elster for $5.1 Billion

Honeywell has signed an agreement to acquire the Elster Division of Melrose Industries for $5.1 billion. Elster provices thermal gas solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential heating systems and gas, water, and electricity meters, including smart meters and software and data analytics solutions. The company also manufactures flow … [Read more...]

California Offers $10M for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Section of Oregon to Baja

The California Energy Commission is offering $10 million in grant funds for electric vehicle charging stations on designated corridors from San Jose southward. The direct current fast charging stations will be installed son Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101 (US-101) from San Jose travelling south in … [Read more...]

Avoiding Mistakes and Managing Challenges in Developing Community Microgrids

Before developing a community microgrid, it's important to engage the right experts and take into account certain market challenges, as detailed in this except from  “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy.” The value of a microgrid lies in its sophisticated ability to offer … [Read more...]

The Journey of Six States to Meet the Clean Power Plan: Right Direction, Just Faster

Right direction, just faster. That’s the picture painted by a recent look at what six states must do to meet federal Clean Power Plan carbon reduction requirements and keep the lights on. The Advanced Energy Economy Institute is analyzing where the states stand now in their carbon reduction progress and what they must do to meet requirements  in … [Read more...]

Latest on the Electric Grid Revolution in California and New York

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Revolutions seem to take forever, and then happen overnight. The electric grid revolution is still in the forever stage. But California and New York covered some big ground over the last couple of weeks. The two states are moving toward a decentralized, more democratic, less monopolized electric grid, one where energy markets are open to the … [Read more...]