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...]

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...]

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...]

Energy Storage, Genius Software & Renewable Energy Will Save the Day

Editor's Note: We were invited to take part in National Geographic's roundtable discussion, "Has Reliance on Fossil Fuels Irreversibly Damaged the Planet?" Here is our contribution to the discussion. By Lisa Cohn Everyday I have the honor of speaking with researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs creating disruptive technologies and programs that … [Read more...]

New Deals for California Energy Storage Companies that Make Buildings into Virtual Power Plants

California and Hawaii are about to see more transformation of buildings into a kind of virtual power plant with projects announced this week by two energy storage companies pushing the concept. Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) is working with real estate developer Irvine Company and SunEdison to create what it calls hybrid-electric buildings … [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...]

Obama Spins Vision of Decentralized Energy Revolution…for Tree Huggers, Tea Partiers, Everybody  

President Barack Obama made clear this week how much he will champion the next phase in the American energy revolution -- the drive toward local energy, a decentralized grid and consumer control. For Obama to push green energy is not new. But at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada Monday he spun the vision of the next stage, one that is … [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...]