Underground Microgrids: Nothing to See Here Neighbors

Microgrids are good, underground microgrids are even better, especially in storm-prone regions.Buried wires are spared the destruction -- and outages -- brought by wind, snow and ice, which often topple over-head wires.Underground microgrids also escape the ire of neighbors who increasingly protest against stringed wire, especially in … [Read more...]

Connecticut’s Microgrid Program Receives National Recognition

Connecticut's microgrid program is among this year's winners recognized by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for accelerating and strengthening clean energy tech and markets.CESA highlighted Connecticut for its first-of-a-kind $45 million grant program to help communities improve electric resiliency through microgrid development. The … [Read more...]

New York Outlines Next Steps in $40 Million Community Microgrid Competition

New York this week moved forward with a $40 million microgrid competition for communities, an idea introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his state-of-the-state address in January.Called NY Prize, the competition will begin this fall. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will offer the money to communities, businesses, … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Finance Gains Traction

The question of whether energy efficiency finance has finally arrived in scale was a major point of discussion at the 2014 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum on May 11-13 in Washington, DC.  Both the opening plenary and a breakout session on securitization explored this issue.It appears that the energy efficiency finance industry is now … [Read more...]

NYSERDA Offers Incentives for Net Zero Homes

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering builders incentives of $2,000 to $8,000 per home to encourage net zero home construction and other levels of residential efficiency.The incentives are offered through NYSERDA’s $33.3 million Low-rise Residential New Construction Program.A net zero home can produce as much … [Read more...]

New York Power Authority Offers $800 Million in Financing for Energy Efficiency Tech

The New York Power Authority has set a March 25 deadline for energy efficiency tech companies to apply for the first round of $800 million in available financing.The authority issued a request for information Feb. 6 seeking commercial, but not yet widely deployed energy efficiency technologies for schools, offices, hospitals and other buildings. … [Read more...]

States Forge ahead with On-Bill Repayment for Clean Energy

 Many new developments have taken place in the area of on-bill repayment (OBR) since the Clean Energy Finance Center published an article last year about these programs. Several states are setting up groundbreaking programs that may influence models for OBR in the future.OBR is an important mechanism to bring private capital into the … [Read more...]