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...]

Are PJM’s Auction Results for Efficiency and Demand Response a Trend?

PJM's auction, whose results were just announced, yielded more than 3,500 MW of capacity, including 1,247 MW of energy efficiency and 11,084 MW of demand response.PJM's acquisition of demand response was up slightly, while its acquisition of energy efficiency was down slightly.Does this mean that in the future, we'll see more and more demand … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…Making Money on Home Demand Response…Fuel Cell Deals…Opower’s Latest Update

A tariff change at the PJM Interconnection will create a new way for residential demand response to earn revenue in the wholesale market, effective this week.The change means that residential demand response resources can now participate in PJM’s synchronized reserve market.Demand response company Comverge helped win the change by providing … [Read more...]

The Home Microgrid: Not Later. Now.

What solar installer hasn’t seen a homeowner’s face drop upon learning that rooftop solar panels don’t spare the home from an outage when the electric grid goes down?“I’ve invested in solar. I’m really excited because I’ve declared myself as independent from the power grid. I feel good because I’m a green citizen. Until I realize that as soon … [Read more...]

Which Do You Like Better: Clean Energy & Your Money or PJM's Proposed Capacity Market Reforms?

Imagine the Lord of the Rings gone wrong. That's how NRDC's Jennifer Chen describes PJM's proposed capacity market reforms, designed in reaction to last winter's Polar Vortex.by Jennifer Chen, NRDCIn response to last winter’s Polar Vortex, which stressed much of our nation’s power grid, PJM, the grid operator for 61 million customers in 13 … [Read more...]

S&C Electric Offers an Energy Storage Model for the PJM Ancillary Services Market

S&C Electric Company is serving  PJM's ancillary services market with a 150-kW energy storage system located at its global headquarters in Chicago. The PureWave Community Energy Storage (CES) system will provide fast-response frequency regulation.As S&C pointed out in its news release this week, frequency regulation  minimizes the … [Read more...]

S&C Electric’s Energy Storage Serves PJM Ancillary Services Market

Most  news about wholesale electricity markets involves power trades. But increasingly another, more arcane side of the market is coming to the forefront: ancillary services.Ancillary services  can bring greater reliability and efficiency to grid operations by correcting short-term imbalances, such as sudden changes in voltage or frequency.Grid … [Read more...]

Demand Response World Forum Oct. 13-15 Looks at DR's Role in Grid Modernization

Energy professionals from around the world will gather for the Demand Response World Forum 2014 in Costa Mesa, California, October 13-15 .  The international event will explore the latest automated demand response (ADR) technologies and strategies for meeting the changing energy landscape of the 21st Century.Over 40 speakers will join technology … [Read more...]

Report: Customers in 13 Mid-Atlantic States & DC Could Miss Out on as Much as $1.3B in Utility Bill Savings

Electric customers in the Mid-Atlantic region may be missing out on $433 million in annual utility bill savings over the next three years – as much as $1.3 billion** – because their transmission grid operator seems to be under-counting the impact of energy efficiency programs that avoid the need for more power, according to an analysis released … [Read more...]

Princeton University’s Microgrid: How to Partner, Not Part from the Grid

Princeton University's microgrid is now noted worldwide for its resilience and sophistication.The facility more than proved its worth when Superstorm Sandy lashed the eastern United States in October 2012. Over eight million electric customers lost their power. But the university was able to continue to power its essential buildings and … [Read more...]