Energy Efficiency is Still Cheaper than Building Power Plants

Energy Efficiency is still cheaper Energy efficiency is still cheaper than building a new power plant. That's the word from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, which plans to release a report on the economics of 14 energy efficiency program administrators with particularly high energy savings. The forthcoming report finds the … [Read more...]

Evaporative Cooling or Mechanical Chilling: Which Works Best in Power Production?

Energy efficiency isn't just about how we use energy; it's also about how we produce it. Whether a power plant uses evaporative cooling or mechanical chilling can influence its efficiency. Sam Abdalla of Stellar Energy explains. If you’re outside working on a hot summer day, it’s inevitable that moisture will appear on your brow.  A dry breeze … [Read more...]

California RFP Seeks Help with Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

The Calfornia Energy Commission is seeking a consultant team to provide technical support for its programs to increase energy efficiency in existing buildings The commission has up to $1 million available for the contract. The team will help the commission implement portions of Assembly Bill 758 (Skinner, 2008), Senate Bill 350 (de Leon, 2015), … [Read more...]

New York Interconnection Applications Up; Process Eased for Microgrids, Solar

Following a more than five-fold increase in New York interconnection applications, state regulators recently eased requirements for microgrids, solar and other distributed generation to connect to the grid. The state made the change after interconnection applications increased from 2,000 in 2012 to 11,000 in 2015, further delaying a review … [Read more...]

Why Do Americans Invest in Energy Efficiency?

Why do Americans invest in energy efficiency? Do they want to combat global warming, make their homes more comfortable, save money or take advantage of tax rebates? A survey of 2,100 Americans by Harris conducted for HomeServeUSA found that their top reason for investing in energy efficiency is to save money, says Myles Meehan,  a spokesman for … [Read more...]

Is the Microgrid Industry Missing the Message about Local Energy?

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Something funny happened on the way to this century’s big, new electric transmission build out. North America got religion about local energy. Consider this headline in yesterday’s New York Times, “Fight to Keep Alternative Energy Local Stymies an Industry.” The article talks about the 3,100 miles of transmission line projects awaiting … [Read more...]

Campus Microgrid for Community College and a Residential Virtual Power Plant

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Students at Santa Fe Community College will soon study energy on their own campus microgrid. As reported by the Microgrid Systems Laboratory, the college is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Microgrid Systems Laboratory (MSL) to develop a campus microgrid comparable to university microgrid … [Read more...]

General Registration Opens for Microgrid Knowledge Conference “NY and Beyond” May 19 in Manhattan

Microgrid leaders will gather in Manhattan May 19 for a Microgrid Knowledge conference designed to shape and propel the industry based on strategies emerging in New York, an epicenter of the microgrid industry. General registration is now open for “New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York," which will … [Read more...]

Assessing Grid Transformation in the US

In this week's Industry Perspectives, Gary Rackliffe, Vice President of Smart Grids for ABB provides insights on state of grid transformation in the United States. Since 2003, the GridWise Alliance’s vital voice has represented the diverse stakeholders that design, build and operate the electric grid, and has been at the forefront of … [Read more...]

Four Ontario Communities Win $5M for Solar-powered Microgrids

Ontario’s Small Communities Fund (SCF) has awarded about $5 million to four communities to develop solar-powered microgrids. The winners are among 13 infrastructure projects that will receive $10 million from the Ontario and Canadian governments in the SCF’s most recent round of funding. Communities will provide any necessary matching … [Read more...]