Building Efficiency Now Biggest Business in Advanced Energy

If there were any doubt that advanced energy has become big business -- particularly building efficiency -- a report out today puts it to rest. With $199.5 billion in annual revenue, the advanced energy industry is now bigger than the airline industry, equal to pharmaceuticals, and nearly equal to consumer electronics in the United States, says … [Read more...]

Hello Local Energy, Bye Old Power Industry, Say New York Regulators with Key Vote

New York, where the power industry began over a century ago, might be where it ends too. At least the power industry as we know it today. The state’s electric regulators made that clear February 26 when they took a key vote creating an electricity marketplace that elevates new, local energy over big central power plants and long transmission … [Read more...]

Intelligent Efficiency: New Ways to Travel and Save Energy

We’ve been hearing for years about smart energy appliances that ‘talk’ to the grid. Here’s one better.  How about cars that talk to each other to save energy? Known as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), it is one of the fascinating intelligent efficiency technologies described in a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient … [Read more...]

Top Energy Efficiency Markets Podcasts in 2014

Interviews about energy efficient technologies, smart grid, and microgrids were among the top Energy Efficiency Markets Podcasts in 2014, garnering up to nearly 4,000 downloads per podcast. Among the most popular podcasts were “New Technology Helps Cut Fuel Costs, Emissions, in Trucks,” with 3,700 downloads in three months. You can check it out … [Read more...]

Will We Soon Be Negotiating Over Who Gets To Charge an EV First?

We don't negotiate with our neighbors over who gets to run their dishwashers or clothes dryers first. We don't negotiate with them over who gets to turn their lights on, or blow-dry their hair first. But, at some point in the future, we may be negotiating over who gets to charge an EV first. Here's why: Charging an EV can really strain a … [Read more...]

When EV Charging is Too Popular, These Standards Can Help

BC Hydro expects that in the near future, it will experience problems meeting the demand from consumers to charge their electric vehicles during peak hours. In a new project, the company has partnered with Greenlots to create standards that will allow for smart grid innovation and solutions to challenges like BC Hydro's. … [Read more...]

NRG & GMP Strike Deal to Remake the Vermont Grid

NRG Energy and Green Mountain Power have teamed up to remake the Vermont grid with microgrids, distributed energy, and products to help consumers manage energy. The companies intend to replace a “creaky old grid infrastructure from the 20th century” with a “21st century energy eco-system,” according to  David Crane, president and CEO of energy … [Read more...]

New York Grapples with Utility Monopoly Role in ‘REV’ Distributed Energy Market

Several energy players in New York are questioning the wisdom of letting utilities both manage and compete in a first-of-its-kind distributed energy market the state is planning. The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a  straw proposal for the market design of … [Read more...]

Innovation in Energy Storage and its Big Benefits

Ryan Wartena, CEO and founder of Growing Energy Labs, Inc. (GELI), which recently won an innovation award from Energy Storage North America, in this podcast identifies the challenges to integrating energy storage, especially in California. He discusses some solutions--and the many benefits to getting more energy storage online. … [Read more...]

Why Electricity Pricing Remains a Mystery…and How that Has to Change

The success of any product depends on getting the pricing right.  That’s not happening with electricity pricing. As a result, we're not getting the most out of  energy efficiency, microgrids, solar, plug-in electric vehicles and other forms of distributed energy. That’s the message of a new report issued August 26 by the Rocky Mountain Institute’s … [Read more...]