Led by Building Efficiency, the Advanced Energy Market is Bigger than Beer

Building efficiency led the 8 percent growth in global advanced energy in 2015, according to a new report from the Advanced Energy Economy."The U.S. advanced energy market hit $200 billion, nearly double the nation’s beer market, larger than pharmaceutical manufacturing, and closing in on wholesale consumer electronics," said AEE  in releasing … [Read more...]

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Issues RFP for Energy Efficient Refrigeration Program

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is seeking assistance with its program for energy efficient refrigeration system operations and maintenance practices.The organization seeks a contractor to collaborate on its  Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association Certified Refrigeration Energy Specialist initiative.The program … [Read more...]

Largest Energy Storage Project Yet in California Schools..and other Quick Energy Efficiency News

Green Charge Networks has inked a deal to install the largest energy storage project to date in a California school district, a 7.4 MWh system for San Diego's Grossmont Union High School District.The lithium battery systems will be placed at 14 sites in nine school district locations and used to target peak demand reduction.Green Charge … [Read more...]

NY Utilities Seek Energy Storage and Non-Wire Alternatives

Two New York utilities are circulating solicitations for energy storage and non-wire alternatives in keeping with the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) policy.Consolidated Edison (ConEdison) and the New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) are acting under direction from the New York Public Service Commission. The regulatory agency is in … [Read more...]

Water Heaters: As Sexy as Tesla?

Soon our water heaters may give us a lot more than hot showers.  New technology lets water heaters provide services to our electric grid. Margaret McCall of the Rocky Mountain Institute explains how.Of all the new tech emerging on the energy landscape, water heaters seem an unlikely contender. Alongside battery players like Tesla, with its Model … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…Where to Test Your Bright Ideas for Smart Cities…Pepco Energy Strikes Big Military Deal

Here’s a chance to see what’s ahead for smart cities when it comes to lighting. Powertech and Current have teamed to create an Intelligent Cities innovation lab at Powertech’s research campus in British Columbia.The lab will quickly prototype and validate of technologies for high-priority use cases. It will explore smart lighting, sensors, … [Read more...]

NV Energy Wants More Efficiency, But Regulators Cut Programs

NV Energy wants more efficiency -- but regulators in Nevada are calling for less.In this interview (see player above), Tom Polikalas, Nevada representative, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, describes the battle over energy efficiency now being played out in Nevada.Last July, NV Energy said its residential lighting programs in southern … [Read more...]

Two California Utilities Get Creative with EV Charging

California is getting innovative with EV charging, having approved two utility proposals expected to expand charging and boost the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road.In the first, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposal by Southern California Edison to invest $22 million in its "Charge Ready and Market … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Hands Demand Response a Big Legal Win in Market Battle with Generators

The U.S. Supreme Court handed demand response a big legal win today in a landmark battle over making energy savings as valuable in wholesale markets as energy production.The high court decision removed a lower court ruling that had threatened to stymie use of demand response, a mechanism where energy users are paid to reduce consumption when the … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Financing Takes Off…Energy Efficiency Geekdom…Latest Creation by Circular Economy Guru

Solar growth took off in a big way when the industry began offering no money down financing. Now the same appears to be happening in energy storage financing.Green Charge Networks offers its customers what it describes as the industry’s first no-cost, performance-based financing model, the Power Efficiency Agreement. The company expects the model … [Read more...]