Will Utilities Look at Solar Microgrids in the Rearview Mirror and Say “Uh Oh”

Growth in solar microgrids -- and all forms of distributed solar -- is accelerating. So much so that utilities better jump into the market now or risk watching it pass them by.That's the message from a new white paper, “Utilities and Distributed Solar: Go Bold (and Smart) or Go Home,” recently published by ICF International.Utilities be … [Read more...]

What is Government Doing to Spur Microgrid Growth?

What state and federal policies are spurring microgrid growth in the United States? Here's an inventory from our latest Think Microgrid report, The Energy Efficient Microgrid, which examines grid-connected microgrids and companion technologies: combined heat and power (CHP) and district energy (DE).The Obama administration created one of the … [Read more...]

Google and Nest: What the $3.2 Billion Deal Says about Energy Efficiency Markets

A collective “wow” echoed throughout the energy efficiency industry this week when Google announced its purchase of thermostat maker Nest for a smashing $3.2 billion.It is the first marquee deal to emerge since tech ventures began grasping for the new prize in energy: the home efficiency market.  The game has been to figure out how to get enough … [Read more...]

Can You See the Power Plant in this Photo? No? Welcome to the Age of the Virtual Power Plant

No one likes to admit it, but we’ve all got a little NIMBY in us.  Energy is a good thing, yes, but Not in My Backyard. Power plants just aren’t pretty.That’s why it’s intriguing to see Charlottesville, Virginia – my backyard – on the cutting-edge of a new approach: the virtual power plant, one that you cannot see, smell, hear or touch. That’s … [Read more...]

What We Heard You Say…Best and Worst Quotes about Energy Efficiency

Thought we'd share some interesting things we heard and read in our recent reporting on energy efficiency. Best Material for Jerry. "Energy efficiency is kind of like the Seinfeld show: It’s about nothing! It’s about the refrigerator that cools beer the same, but uses one-quarter the energy. Who knew? There’s a bias in the energy world to think of … [Read more...]

It’s Been a Year Since Obama Set His Big Goal for Combined Heat and Power: How’s He Doing?

Most people grade President Barack Obama based on Syria, health care and the federal budget. But at EnergyEfficiencyMarkets.com, we’re watching his progress on combined heat and power (cogeneration).Obama set a goal last year to increase CHP installations 50 percent by 2020.Getting presidential attention was a huge deal for the CHP industry. … [Read more...]