More than Half of Businesses Say They Now Generate Electricity Supply Onsite

A new study by Deloitte found that 55 percent of businesses say they now generate at least some portion of their electricity supply onsite -- a big jump from last year. In 2014, 44 percent of businesses said they self-generate, and in 2013, 33 percent said they generated a portion of their electricity supply onsite. The findings were part of the … [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...]

Thirty Percent of Data Center Servers Comatose

A new study found that 30 percent of servers inside data centers are comatose, which means they use energy but have no function. Aaron Rallo, CEO of TSO Logic, in this podcast says the study found that simply shutting down these servers would yield over 4 GW in energy savings.       … [Read more...]

Cuba Offers Opportunity for U.S. Energy Companies. But When?

The power flickered off four times in the 2 ½ hours that Darren Hammell waited at Cuba’s Santa Clara airport for his return flight to the United States last month. This departing experience underscored what he had learned on his trip: There is work for U.S. energy companies in the Caribbean's largest island. But how quickly that work materializes … [Read more...]

What's Hot for Energy Efficiency Investors Today?

Bill Kingsley, managing director of EnerTech Capital, explains what energy efficiency investors look for in companies today. We interviewed Kingsley just days after the company led a $14 million round of investing into software company Blue Pillar. What do you look for in an energy efficiency company?  We want to find and invest in talented, … [Read more...]

Hello Local Energy, Bye Old Power Industry, Say New York Regulators with Key Vote

New York, where the power industry began over a century ago, might be where it ends too. At least the power industry as we know it today. The state’s electric regulators made that clear February 26 when they took a key vote creating an electricity marketplace that elevates new, local energy over big central power plants and long transmission … [Read more...]

What if Your Electric Utility Acted More Like Amazon.com or Netflix?

Worried about a possible ‘utility death spiral’,  energy insiders are searching for new financial models to keep U.S. utilities healthy as customers flee to distributed energy. But how about just figuring out ways to help the utility keep the customer in the first place? That’s what Opower hopes to do with a newly announced customer care … [Read more...]

Nest Learning Thermostat: Like Your Family Dog, Except Pays for Itself

Energy companies often envy those like Apple or Netflix that capture the collective imagination. If only consumers felt the same about smart meters, or insulation or attic fans! But alas, energy products lack allure – at least that’s the truism. Someone forgot to tell this to Nest, which appears to be moving the plebeian home thermostat along the … [Read more...]

Intelligent Efficiency: New Ways to Travel and Save Energy

We’ve been hearing for years about smart energy appliances that ‘talk’ to the grid. Here’s one better.  How about cars that talk to each other to save energy? Known as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), it is one of the fascinating intelligent efficiency technologies described in a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient … [Read more...]

What’s Clean Energy’s Real Worth?

When policymakers tally clean energy’s real worth, they consider jobs and environment. But other work achieved by clean energy goes forgotten. Two new papers shed light on some of this work – from saving the lives of US troops to influencing broad economic health. First, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) argues that the U.S. … [Read more...]