Largest Energy Storage Project Yet in California Schools..and other Quick Energy Efficiency News

Green Charge Networks has inked a deal to install the largest energy storage project to date in a California school district, a 7.4 MWh system for San Diego's Grossmont Union High School District. The lithium battery systems will be placed at 14 sites in nine school district locations and used to target peak demand reduction. Green Charge … [Read more...]

Two California Utilities Get Creative with EV Charging

California is getting innovative with EV charging, having approved two utility proposals expected to expand charging and boost the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. In the first, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposal by Southern California Edison to invest $22 million in its "Charge Ready and Market … [Read more...]

Did Energy Efficiency Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Environmental activists are patting themselves on the back following President Barack Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline last week. And they have good reason to do so. The sophisticated campaign strategy employed by and others will go down in the history books and no doubt be emulated by other environmental and social … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News… A Billionaire’s Clean Energy Bike and a Twist on Geothermal

Quick energy efficiency news for this week… Could your morning workout power a home? Billionaire Manoj Bhargava thinks so. As part of his new hobby to solve the world’s greatest problems – like universal access to clean energy – he built a battery-equipped stationary bike that can provide energy for a home’s basic energy needs, e.g. lights and … [Read more...]

Quick Energy Efficiency News…Demand for Green Building…Most Energy Efficient Colleges…$1.5B from Smart Parking Tech

New research shows the green building sector has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions to the U.S. economy, with LEED-certified building construction accounting for about 40 percent of green construction's overall 2015 GDP contribution. Aggressive growth is expected over the next four years. The 2015 Green Building Economic … [Read more...]

Solving Electric-Vehicle Popularity Problems with Smart EV Charging

California residents have purchased about 142,000 of the approximate 339,5oo plug-in vehicles sold nationally since 2011,  according to the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative. While that's good news for California's environment, it's not always good news for utilities that must cope with high peak loads in plug-in popular neighborhoods. … [Read more...]

California Offers $10M for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Section of Oregon to Baja

The California Energy Commission is offering $10 million in grant funds for electric vehicle charging stations on designated corridors from San Jose southward. The direct current fast charging stations will be installed son Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101 (US-101) from San Jose travelling south in … [Read more...]

New York Continues Grid Shake-up with Plans for New Electric Power Research Lab

New York continues to show how serious it is about shaking up the electricity sector, this time with plans to build a major electric power research lab. The New York Power Authority has pledged $35 million for the facility, which it will create in partnership with the State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute. Want to know more … [Read more...]

Commonwealth Edison Bill Pushes Energy Efficiency, Microgrids, Community Solar and EVs

A bill backed by Illinois’ largest utility would bring more energy efficiency, microgrids, community solar and electric vehicles to the state, in a significant grid modernization effort. HB 3328/SB1879 allows Commonwealth Edison to expand its energy efficiency offerings to include voltage control. The move is expected to reduce energy use by up to … [Read more...]

Disruptive Energy is here…And it’s Changing Energy Efficiency Markets

You’ve probably noticed more stories about distributed energy, energy storage, vehicle-to-grid, fuel cells and other disruptive energy technologies. These technologies aren’t always placed under the energy efficiency umbrella. But they should be. Many people think of energy efficiency as switching out light bulbs in homes, greening buildings, or … [Read more...]