Hybrid-Electric Buildings Create Demand Response without the Sting

A California start-up is taking the sting out of demand response with what it is calling 'hybrid-electric buildings', an approach that relies on advanced batteries, software and pools of buildings. Advanced Microgrid Solutions, which recently won a contract to supply 50-MW of demand response to Southern California Edison, takes the old concept of … [Read more...]

Energy Efficiency Progress by America's Utilities: An Update

Some people are surprised to learn that our electric and natural gas utilities spend billions of dollars a year to help customers need and use less energy. But helping people get more work out of less electricity and natural gas has long been a winning strategy for many of America’s hometown utilities – and a report released this week shows that … [Read more...]

What the Future Looks Like: West Village, University of California at Davis

In the global competition for appealing clean energy solutions, a leading entry is the new West Village at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis), which recently celebrated significant progress toward its goal of becoming the largest planned “zero-net energy” community in the United States. Seven years ago, I was one of nine jurors who … [Read more...]

What We Heard You Say…This Week’s Best and Worst Quotes about Energy Efficiency

Interesting quotes about energy efficiency we picked up this week. Best And we wonder why things go wrong. "Energy markets 'were physically designed by reliability engineers, intellectually designed by economists, and all disputes are resolved by lawyers.'” Robert Curry Jr., a former member of the New York State Public Service Commission in the … [Read more...]

Great Energy News: What’s America’s Most Productive, Cost-Effective Resource?

As we near the 40th anniversary of the first OPEC oil embargo, which plunged the United States into a historic energy crisis, NRDC is issuing its first annual energy and environment report. It shows that our overall energy status has never been stronger in terms of both reliability and national security. Despite America’s (Amazingly) Good Energy … [Read more...]