New York Readies for Next Step to Decentralize the Electricity Market

New York plans to roll out REV Connect in the coming weeks, a next step in its move to dramatically overhaul and decentralize the electricity market. Details are still forthcoming, but policymakers are describing REV Connect as a structure through which innovative energy technologies and business models can enter the New York market. It is … [Read more...]

GE to Channel $1B into Energy Efficiency, Generation and Storage

GE plans to channel $1 billion into a new type of energy efficiency, generation and storage venture that combines financing with GE’s physical and digital capabilities. The company announced the new business Tuesday at its fourth annual Minds + Machines 2015 in San Francisco, an event focused on the industrial Internet. GE said that the new … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…NYC’s Big Push…First for PACE…Money in Energy Storage Tech…Brookhaven, Siemens & National Grid

Quick energy efficiency news for this week.... New York City will upgrade 20,000, or 15 percent, of its private buildings as part of its ‘Retrofit Accelerator’ program. The program, launched yesterday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will provide resources for buildings to improve water and energy efficiency. Forty percent of the buildings will be … [Read more...]

New York City Turbocharges 'Carbon Challenge' in Big Environmental Push

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NRDC's Donna DeCostanzo describes New York City's new carbon challenge program and assistance to help buildings become more energy efficient. Mayor de Blasio today (9/28/2015) announced a significant expansion of the successful New York City Carbon Challenge - one of a series of initiatives that are central to the city's One City: Built to Last … [Read more...]

Green Groups Push for Microgrid-Friendly Bill in Massachusetts

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A coalition of environmental groups will propose an energy resources plan to Massachusetts lawmakers today (9/29/2015) that they say could make the state more microgrid-friendly. Called the Global Warming Solutions Project, the group plans to testify before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy as it considers several … [Read more...]

California Offers $31M for Zero Net Energy Buildings, Efficient Communities

California is offering up to $31 million in grants for projects that demonstrate zero net energy building and integrated demand-side management (DSM) for communities. Issued by the California Energy Commission on Sept. 23, 2015, the solicitation seeks pilot projects that use advanced technologies for existing and new buildings. The commission … [Read more...]

Symposium on Microgrid Controllers Oct. 1 in Boston

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Dan Ton, of the U.S. Department of Energy, will be the keynote speaker at the Microgrid Controller Symposium on Oct. 1, 2015 at District Hall in Boston, Mass. Ton is the program manager in the DOE's Power Systems Engineering Research and Development Office, Electricity Delivery and Reliability (DOE OE). The event is sponsored by the … [Read more...]

Building Energy Codes — At Risk Of Being Oversimplified And Undervalued

The Alliance to Save Energy's Daniel Bresette explains why 'simple payback'  is a poor way to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of building energy codes. Unfortunately, not everyone in Congress sees it this way. Amendment Threatens Bipartisan Efficiency Progress As the House Energy and Commerce Committee is set to approve its comprehensive energy … [Read more...]

New York REV to Increase Combined Heat and Power (CHP) by 10%

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New York has been a champion of combined heat and power (CHP) for many years. But now the technology -- often found in microgrids -- is getting a new boost under the state's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). REV heightens opportunity for CHP by disrupting the centralized utility model and creating a kind of  market exchange for distributed … [Read more...]

Educating on Energy, Sustainability and Cost Control: Critical Facilities Summit, 2015

The only event of its kind, the third annual Critical Facilities Summit (CFS) has been curated to examine data center and mission critical issues from the facility management and design/build perspectives. The conference covers a wide variety of topics pertaining to the operation of such facilities, with particular attention paid to the extremely … [Read more...]