Two More Good Reasons for Community Microgrids

Community microgrids keep the lights on during a crisis, as well as strengthen the central grid, as we described in last week's article in this series. Here are two more good reasons for community microgrids, excerpted from our new report, “Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News: Cool Stuff from NRG & Ice…Cement, Steel and Energy Savings…Massachusetts Behaves…NY Goes Solar

The energy storage deals keep coming in California, a state that requires utilities secure 1.3 GW of the resource by 2020. The latest pairing is between NRG Energy, a megasize generation and innovation company and Ice Energy, a technology leader that uses ice to provide energy storage. NRG and Ice Energy will supply 25.6 MW of behind-the-meter … [Read more...]

Four Good Reasons for Community Microgrids

It is clear why city leaders are turning their attention to community microgrids. Energy is the lifeblood of any contemporary community, and severe storms in recent years have revealed the vulnerability of the central grid. The American electorate knows this and is concerned. In a March 2015 Gallup poll 88 percent of those surveyed described … [Read more...]

Wasted Heat: The New Icon of the Carbon Reduction Era?

The light bulb left burning in the empty room stands as the classic image of energy waste. But the new image may soon be steam wafting on a city skyline, as district energy advocates step up their efforts to make known the big cost to society of wasted heat. That’s one of the messages emerging this week at IDEA2015, the International District … [Read more...]

What are Advanced Microgrids? A Primer for Communities Considering Local Energy

What are advanced microgrids, exactly, and why are they becoming so important to the electricity grid? Here is a primer excerpted from's new report, "Community Microgrids: A Guide for Mayors and City Leaders Seeking Clean, Reliable and Locally Controlled Energy." Microgrids have received heightened attention in recent years … [Read more...]

Next for the Resilient Power Industry: How to Keep the Rest of Us Out of the Dark

Resilient power -- what keeps the lights on when the central grid fails -- is evolving from a concept into an industry. Its roots lie in the realization that loss of power is at best uncomfortable, at worst dangerous in today’s electricity-reliant society. Outages also are expensive. So averting power loss has a monetary value to society. This … [Read more...]

What Mayors and City Leaders Need to Know about Community Microgrids

Towns and cities are awakening to the importance of community microgrids; to the value of gaining control over their energy supply, and ensuring that it is clean, efficient and secure. Recent storms and power outages have accelerated the trend, as has the realization among local officials that developing local energy can help municipalities: ▶▶ … [Read more...]

Yet Another Report Finds that Energy Efficiency Improves the Economics of Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions  

Contributing writer Cara Miale Goman looks at how energy efficiency improves the economics of reducing carbon dioxide under the proposed Clean Power Plan. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, a federal rule that aims to help cut carbon pollution from the energy sector 30 percent by 2030, is slated to be finalized this summer. As states, cities and … [Read more...]

Industrial Energy Efficiency Bill Gets Key Business Backing

A bill before Congress would make industrial energy efficiency -- including combined heat and power -- eligible for federal investment tax credits. Phyllis Cuttino, of The Pew Charitable Trusts, explains the legislation's importance. It is often said that efficiency is the first and cheapest fuel. Yet highly efficient, cogeneration technologies, … [Read more...]

Significant Time for District Energy and CHP as the U.S. Sets New Rules to Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Contributing writer Nick Marshall looks at the important role district energy and CHP can play as the U.S. sets new rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions, a topic that will be discussed at a major energy conference in June and in an upcoming report. Leaders in district energy and combined heat and power will come together next month for IDEA2015 … [Read more...]