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More Microgrids for South Australia Now?…Water Companies Good Fit for Microgrids…Efficiency Rivalry Ends in Tie

More microgrids for South Australia now? Efforts were still underway today to fully restore power in South Australia after severe lightning left the entire state in the dark. With 1.7 million people, the fourth largest Australian state lost power on Wednesday with the failure of several 275 kilovolt (kV) power lines, according to the Australian … [Read more...]

New Study Concludes Getting 50% of NY's Electricity from Renewable Sources by 2030 is a Net Win

NRDC's Jackson Morris looks at the low cost and high value of procuring 50 percent of New York's electricity from renewable sources. In December, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) to create a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that ensures New York gets 50 percent of its electricity from renewable … [Read more...]

Beautiful LED Lighting Displays Show that Energy Efficiency is about Aesthetics Too

Energy efficiency isn't just about saving energy; nor is it just about improving comfort. It's about aesthetics too, as evidenced by the growing number of beautiful LED lighting displays. Check out, for example, the re-lit LED lighting installation on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, designed by artist Leo Villareal with equipment from Royal … [Read more...]

Lions, Pizza & the Energy Internet of Things

Back in the old days, the electric grid was pretty straight-forward.  Power plants generated electricity and sent it over wires to homes and businesses. Then came the energy internet of things. The things -- such as solar panels, learning thermostats, electric vehicles, energy storage and even human idiosyncrasy – add tremendous … [Read more...]

New Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Plan to Garner $8B in Benefits…and other Quick Energy Efficiency News

The new Massachusetts energy efficiency plan for 2016-2018 offers $8 billion in economic, environmental and energy benefits, according to information released by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. That amounts to three dollars for every dollar invested. The state intends to cut electricity use by 2.93 percent and gas by … [Read more...]

Microgrids Made Easier: How Hoboken is Creating a Resilient Microgrid… and How Your City Can Too

Out of the Hoboken, N.J. microgrid project comes a toolkit that other cities and towns can use to green -- and keep greening -- a community microgrid. Here's the story of how the toolkit came to be and what it offers communities. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer knew it was not a matter of if there would be another … [Read more...]

Energy Use Down, Even Where Economy is Up, says IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report

It’s an anomaly, a good one. Energy use is down, even where economic activity is up. That’s the word from the latest report on energy efficiency markets from the International Energy Agency. Energy consumption has dropped to levels not seen since the 1980s in the 29 IEA countries, which include the United States. At the same time, per capita … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Instead of a New Natural Gas Pipeline for New England?

In energy circles, it’s been a given for years that New England lacks adequate natural gas pipeline. Calls to build more pipeline heightened after natural gas prices soared in the bitter cold winters of 2012/13 and 2013/14. But a new report sponsored by GDF Suez Energy North America challenges the need for the pipeline, in part because of New … [Read more...]

Today’s Tech Innovations Could Make U.S. the Energy Efficiency Superpower Of Tomorrow

Mitchell Scuzzarella, of the Allilance to Save Energy, explains what it will take for the US to become an energy efficiency superpower. The future of energy efficiency technology often seems more like science fiction than reality, but according to energy thought leaders at last week’s 26th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum, cutting-edge efficiency … [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...]