Appliance Standards Change the World in 2015 – Quietly  

Appliance standards don’t get the same attention as international climate talks in Paris or renewed U.S. solar tax credits. Yet they have a profound impact on the environment and energy economy -- especially the historic standards announced last week by the U.S. government. The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new standards for rooftop air … [Read more...]

Energy Harvesting Helps Power Sensors for the Internet of Things

Energy harvesting can power the many sensors that are associated with the Internet of Things, says Terry Pennisi, CEO and founder of  Jennova in this podcast interview (click on the player above to listen). When there's energy available as the result of fans or motors running, this energy can be harvested to power things like sensors that send … [Read more...]

Energy Storage, Genius Software & Renewable Energy Will Save the Day

Editor's Note: We were invited to take part in National Geographic's roundtable discussion, "Has Reliance on Fossil Fuels Irreversibly Damaged the Planet?" Here is our contribution to the discussion. By Lisa Cohn Everyday I have the honor of speaking with researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs creating disruptive technologies and programs that … [Read more...]

Energy-Harvesting Sensors Eliminate the Need for Batteries in Some Applications

Energy-harvesting sensors that are made of fabric and eliminate the need for batteries in some applications are the focus of this podcast interview with Keith McMillen, CEO and founder of BeBop Sensors. Listen by clicking on the player above. McMillen's unique smart sensors--which grew out of his work creating musical instruments-can be used in … [Read more...]

Maryland Offers $4M in Combined Heat and Power Grants

The Maryland Energy Administration is now accepting applications for combined heat and power grants to be used by industrial and critical infrastructure facilities. The state plans to make $4.025 million available for CHP installations. Of that $1.525 million will go toward industrial CHP, $1.5 million for critical facilities and $1 million for … [Read more...]

No Up-Front Energy Efficiency Measure Costs for these Higher Ed Institutions

Like a lot of budget-minded energy users, higher education institutions like the idea of paying no up-front energy efficiency measure costs. These institutions are an important energy efficiency market -- in the US they spend about $14 billion annually on energy costs, according to the DOE. One energy efficiency provider, BuildingIQ, charges no … [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...]

The Wow Factor About the Value of Demand Response in Two States

J.R. Tolbert says he knew a recent report about the value of demand response in Massachusetts and Illinois would show positive benefits. But when the senior director of state policy at the Advanced Energy Economy saw the numbers in AEE's new report,"Peak Demand Reduction Strategy," he was wowed by the savings reaped in the two states. "When I … [Read more...]

Move Over Solar, Time to Welcome Industrial Energy Efficiency: Pew Report

‘Industrial energy efficiency’ doesn’t roll off the tongue as nicely as solar. But when it comes to cleaning up the air and keeping the lights on, it’s got a lot to offer. That’s why industrial energy efficiency is on a growth trajectory in the U.S. -- not as fast as some would hope, but expanding nonetheless. Characterized largely by combined … [Read more...]

Demand Flexibility: How to Steer a Flock of Birds and Make the Electric Grid Better

The electric industry is expected to spend a lot of money, about $1 trillion, over the next 15 years on grid infrastructure. But it may be able to cut back on that bill through 'demand flexibility,'  a term coined by the Rocky Mountain Institute. Demand flexibility is basically using smart grid technology to better manage what you've already got, … [Read more...]