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...]

Energy Efficiency Saves Consumers More than Shopping Around for a Better Electricity Price, says Illinois Board

Shopping around for the best electricity price guarantees you the greatest savings, right?  Not anymore in Illinois, says the Citizens Utility Board. The non-profit watchdog group says that energy efficiency now offers greater savings potential than ditching the local utility in favor of lower-priced electricity offered by a competitive … [Read more...]

DOE Awards $8M for Microgrid Projects in Seven States

Seven microgrid projects will receive more than $8 million in federal funding to help cities and towns better prepare for extreme weather, the Department of Energy announced today. The money will go to projects in Alaska, California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Tennessee and Washington. The projects are being developed by Alstom Grid, Burr … [Read more...]

Defining the Energy Efficiency Market: Big Dogs and Fish with Legs

Defining the energy efficiency market is a bit like trying to walk dogs, birds and fish at the same time. Some companies walk well, some just want to fly, and some don’t even have legs (yet). In short, the industry encompasses companies of many kinds and size that have little in common except their energy-saving intent: green home builders, … [Read more...]

The New Power Couple: Energy Efficiency + Demand Response

Move over Bill and Hillary. An even more electrifying power couple is emerging: Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, or EE and DR as their fans call them. EE and DR may not be well-known beyond the world of energy geeks, but their pairing was the focus of intriguing discussion last week in Washington, D.C. at the National Summit on Integrating … [Read more...]