Efficiency Standards: The Cost-Effective Way to Save Energy

Efficiency standards are the most cost-effective way to save money, says Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. While AHRI says the government is moving too quickly to implement standards, deLaski says, if anything, the process is too slow and explains how it works. … [Read more...]

New Technology Helps Cut Fuel Costs, Emissions in Trucks

Maglev Energy, in partnership with University of Central Florida researchers, has developed a technology that will reduce fossil fuel use in commercial trucks, potentially saving fleet owners more than $2 million a year and reducing carbon emissions. In this podcast, Jon Harms, president and CEO of Maglev, explains the technology. … [Read more...]

Leveraging Free Data for Energy Savings: Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric has teamed up with Pepco to take advantage of the Green Button Connect My Data program, which stems from the DOE's request to utilities to make available utility data to encourage innovation by third parties. While some utilities have not yet responded to the DOE request, Pepco is enthusiastically opening up its data in this … [Read more...]

Hawaii's Innovative EE Financing Should Serve As US Model

An innovative green finance program from the state of Hawaii should become a national model, says Cisco DeVries, CEO of Renewable Funding, which was recently awarded a contract to develop and manage the program. Listen to this podcast to learn about the program and its many benefits in Hawaii, where electricity prices are the highest in the nation. … [Read more...]

The Multi-Tasking Energy Storage Battery

Most energy storage batteries can only address short-term issues – for example, frequency and voltage regulation – or long-term issues, including time-shifting and ramping. However, with the help of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a new company has released a battery that does both simultaneously. Russ Weed, vice president of business … [Read more...]

EPA: Don’t Forget Smart Grid, Demand Response in CO2 Regs

The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid applauds the federal EPA for its draft plan for reducing carbon emissions, but wants to see the agency directly spell out the important role of smart grid and demand response in reducing emissions. The EPA didn't acknowledge the importance of these tools in its plan, says Dan Delurey, executive … [Read more...]

What’s Behind the Upward Trend in Energy Efficiency Spending

Energy efficiency spending has jumped from $5.5 billion to $11.5 billion over the last five years, and 40 percent of that is commercial and industrial customers, says Swap Shah, CEO of energy use intelligence provider FirstFuel. What's driving the increase? Shah provides some insight in this podcast. … [Read more...]

Data Centers' Surprise at "Seeing" their Energy Savings

The power costs associated with operating a data center are about 30 percent of total expenses. And most data center operators know that. But save them a little energy, and show them the results, and they're often surprised. Aaron Rallo, founder and CEO of TSO Logic, has released a dashboard that helps data centers "see" the results of their … [Read more...]

Smart Grid Appliances: Risks and Challenges

Smart grid appliances offer opportunities for energy savings, but there are risks too. Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Thomas Blewitt, director of principal engineers for the appliance and lighting industries at Underwriters Laboratories about some of the challenges that may arise when new users adopt smart grid appliances for the first … [Read more...]

Legislation That Boosts Energy Storage and Self Generation

California is a leader in boosting energy storage and self generation for commercial and industrial energy users with its Self Generation Incentive Program. Other states are expected to follow, says Vic Shao, CEO of Green Charge Networks in this podcast interview. Keep an eye on New York, New England, Texas and Hawaii. … [Read more...]