Energy Efficiency and Community Resilience: Making the Connection to Keep the Lights on and Our homes Warm

In this post, which originally appeared on the ACEEE Blog,  David Ribeiro  explains the connection between energy efficiency and  community resilience.Communities face a growing number of stresses that pose risks to their energy systems and economies. These include aging infrastructure in need of costly maintenance upgrades and severe weather … [Read more...]

Microgrid Growth: How Far, How Fast Since Superstorm Sandy?

When massive storms hit, we get religion. Superstorm Sandy was that kind of storm. States along the US East Coast emerged from the wreckage two years ago this week with a new devotion to creating a more resilient electric system.Where the central grid failed, microgrids kept the lights on. So government leaders, businesses, and even some … [Read more...]

Think Microgrid: The Local Energy Revolution

This week two years ago, Superstorm Sandy put the 'city that never sleeps at night' into a near coma, disrupting electric power in some parts of New York for two weeks. It was a painful lesson about the vulnerability of our electric grid, not just in New York, but throughout the Northeast. And it was a wake-up call for government leaders about the … [Read more...]

Milk, Bread and a Microgrid: What Savvy Whole Foods Has Figured Out Now

Whole Foods Market has earned its stripes as a trend spotter.  When the grocery store began its national expansion 30 years ago, skeptics doubted that enough consumers would pay a premium for organic food to make the supermarket chain a success.With $13 billion in annual sales last year, and now 388 stores, the food retailer has clearly proved … [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...]

Microgrids, Money and the Utility ‘Death Plunge’

This is the second part of our coverage on microgrids from last week’s Northeast Sustainable Energy Association BuildingEnergy 14 conference in Boston. Read Part I here.If distributed generation is accelerating the utility death spiral – as some say – will microgrids cause a total utility plunge?That’s the question Galen Nelson, director of … [Read more...]

IDEA to Host Hundreds of Clean Energy Campus Leaders at its February 18-21 Conference in Atlanta

For many in the energy industry, the term “microgrid” is the next, new thing. For members of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), it’s a new term for a familiar approach the organization has fostered for over 105 years: district energy.IDEA’s 27th Annual Campus Energy Conference, titled, “Clean, Efficient & Resilient … [Read more...]

NY Governor Cuomo Announces $40 Million in Post-Sandy Microgrid Competition

Since Superstorm Sandy stranded thousands without power across the state of New York in 2012, it has become clear that infrastructure upgrades are a necessity for the state. The current, outdated energy system is not up to the challenges of the present day and a changing climate. A year after Sandy, New York has a plan. Last week during his State … [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...]

The Real Power Behind Today’s Energy Efficiency Industry?

By Elisa Wood February 27, 2013President Barack Obama recently pushed for increased energy efficiency in his State of the Union address. His endorsement is a plus, no argument. But it may not be the federal government that drives the industry’s next growth spurt.Increasingly, the push for clean energy seems to be more grassroots, from the … [Read more...]