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...]

Energy Efficiency Instead of a New Natural Gas Pipeline for New England?

In energy circles, it’s been a given for years that New England lacks adequate natural gas pipeline. Calls to build more pipeline heightened after natural gas prices soared in the bitter cold winters of 2012/13 and 2013/14. But a new report sponsored by GDF Suez Energy North America challenges the need for the pipeline, in part because of New … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…Yes! Appliance Standards…$25M from NYSERDA for Buildings…Bring Your Own Device to this DR Party

Quick Energy Efficiency news for this week... Here’s yet another plug for why energy efficiency appliance standards are a good idea. Standards for television set-top boxes have cut energy bills by $500 million, according to a new report by independent auditor, D&R International. The “Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy … [Read more...]

How the Clean Power Plan Will Spur More Microgrids…Eventually

The Clean Power Plan is likely to spur more microgrid development, offering a new and different kind of public policy support for these mini-versions of the larger grid. But not overnight. Announced by the Environmental Protection Agency this week, the rule requires that states come up with plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electric power … [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...]

Next for the Resilient Power Industry: How to Keep the Rest of Us Out of the Dark

Resilient power -- what keeps the lights on when the central grid fails -- is evolving from a concept into an industry. Its roots lie in the realization that loss of power is at best uncomfortable, at worst dangerous in today’s electricity-reliant society. Outages also are expensive. So averting power loss has a monetary value to society. This … [Read more...]

How Energy Service Companies Gain Clients’ Trust in ‘Green’ Products

For energy service companies, green products and services like renewable energy credits can be a hard sell, says Michael Hartofilis, co-founder of Greenlight Energy. "There's a stigma that green products and services are high cost," he says.  "But we want to be a one-stop shopping center and overcome the stigma." His company, like many other … [Read more...]

What’s Really Got the Attention of Utilities?  

New environmental regulation, no doubt, sets utilities on edge. But even with federal carbon dioxide rules pending, regulation comes in second to a bigger disrupter -- distributed generation. That’s the finding of DNV GL’s Second Annual Utility of the Future Pulse Survey released today at the Utility of the Future Leadership Forum in Washington, … [Read more...]

Utilities Embracing Disruptive Energy, Non-Wires Alternatives

Utilities appear to be increasingly embracing disruptive energy as a business opportunity, rather than opposing it -- albeit with some nudging from their regulators. The trend is particularly pronounced in New York, where this week Consolidated Edison -- one of the oldest and largest U.S. utilities -- indicated it intends to lead the way. At the … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…CEE Says Spending Stable…Obama Signs Energy Savings Bill…Major Labs Focus on Tropics

Quick energy efficiency news for this week... Utility energy efficiency and demand response spending remained stable at $8 billion for 2013 in the U.S. and Canada, about the same as the previous year, according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. CEE tracked the spending in its ninth Annual Industry Report, issued May 1, 2015. Other … [Read more...]