Boston: A Model for the Emerging Distributed Energy Paradigm

Boston is a city at the forefront of district energy and combined heat and power use. So it’s a fitting gathering spot for government and industry leaders next month who will look at the paradigm shift from central generation to distributed energy. IDEA2015, a conference sponsored by the International District Energy Association June 28-July 1, … [Read more...]

Global Energy Leaders to Gather in Boston for IDEA2015

Global energy leaders from North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East will come together in Boston in June for the International District Energy Association’s 106th annual conference and trade show. Scheduled for June 28-July 1, the international forum will focus on shaping the next generation of energy for cities, as the utility industry … [Read more...]

NYSERDA Seeks Contractor to Inspect Combined Heat and Power Installations

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is seeking a contractor to inspect and re-commission combined heat and power systems (CHP) being installed under another state program. NYSERDA seeks the contractor to inspect some, or all, of the 200 CHP projects expected to be installed through its CHP Acceleration Program (PON … [Read more...]

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...]

Why This Company Wants to be Off-Grid — And On

Here's a company that has the ability to be entirely off-grid -- but has decided that's not exactly the way to go. Alliance Autogas's Autogas Research & Technology Center, which opened in October, can produce all of its power on-site --40 percent from solar and 60 percent from a propane powered micro combined-heat-and power system. "Sometimes … [Read more...]

Utilities Could Lose $48B Annually from Grid Flight and Energy Efficiency

Concern has heightened among utility executives about grid flight and energy efficiency, and new research indicates they have good reason to worry. Accenture is reporting today that energy efficiency and local energy could drive down utility revenue by as much as $48 billion a year in the United States and €61 billion a year in Europe by 2025. … [Read more...]

Microgrids, CHP and District Energy: Growth by the Numbers

Our latest Think Microgrid excerpt looks at microgrids, CHP and district energy market growth. Continue reading or download the full report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid. Microgrid Market Growth Forecasts call for dramatic growth ahead for microgrids, particularly in North America. Navigant Research projects that the market will expand from just … [Read more...]

Why the Time is Right for Microgrids

The time is right for microgrids. And it's not just to protect our power supply from severe storms, as our new Think Microgrid report explains. Here's an excerpt.  It wasn’t just the severity of Superstorm Sandy (See related article) that led to today’s new emphasis on grid resiliency and microgrids; it was also the timing. A convergence of other … [Read more...]

Why is the CHP Microgrid Market Ripe for Growth?

Why is the CHP microgrid market ripe for growth?  In this podcast, Chris Lyons, manager of power generation, Solar Turbines, names the factors that are driving growth in the market, including storms like Superstorm Sandy, gas prices, and regulatory issues. Read the full report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid: What Combined Heat & Power and … [Read more...]