International Energy Efficiency Ranking Shows How the US Shortchanges its Economy

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A new international energy efficiency ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy places the United States at a lowly 13 out of 16 leading world economies. There are many reasons to bemoan the finding. The US is throwing away a lot of economic opportunity. Energy is a basic economic input. Using more, where less suffices, … [Read more...]

Leveraging Free Data for Energy Savings: Schneider Electric

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Schneider Electric has teamed up with Pepco to take advantage of the Green Button Connect My Data program, which stems from the DOE's request to utilities to make available utility data to encourage innovation by third parties. While some utilities have not yet responded to the DOE request, Pepco is enthusiastically opening up its data in this … [Read more...]

Yes, States Can Cut Carbon Emissions and Boost Their Economy

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States worried about whether the EPA's new Clean Power Plan will hurt them economically can breathe a sigh of relief, says a new report. The report, from Analysis Group’s electric industry and economic experts, "EPA’s Clean Power Plan: States’ Tools for Reducing Costs & Increasing Benefits to Consumers," found that states are prepared to … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric and Green Energy Corp Team Up for Microgrid Expansion

The formation of a new duo – energy management giant Schneider Electric and software innovator Green Energy Corp – signals the growing market for microgrids in North America. The two are partnering to offer what they are describing as a  complete microgrid solution, from design, through development, construction, operation and ownership. “A … [Read more...]

DOE Seeks Tribal Energy Efficiency Projects; Offers $7M in Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy is offering up to $7 million for tribal energy efficiency, renewables, community energy and similar projects on tribal lands. Issued July 16, the request for proposals seeks projects that reduce reliance on fossil fuel and promote economic development. In particular, the RFP focuses on: Tribal Building Clean … [Read more...]

Why The Market for PV-Plus-Storage is Growing

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With PV costs dropping, storage costs dropping, and the price of serving remote locations using diesel increasing, the market for solar plus storage is increasing. Paul Bundschuh, president and chief commercial officer of Ideal Power discusses this trend and explains why his company's latest product makes solar plus storage even more attractive. … [Read more...]

Where are America’s Greenest Buildings?

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Ok, no surprise to see Washington, D.C. or San Francisco ranked high in a list of the cities with America's greenest buildings. But Atlanta? Georgia's capital was the only southern state to make the top ten in the 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, released July 15 by Clean Edge. The clean-tech research firm tracks the clean tech progress of … [Read more...]

Joule Assets: Unearthing Hidden Revenue for Smaller Energy Efficiency Companies

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Take heart smaller energy efficiency companies. Good times are coming. That was the positive message from Mike Gordon, CEO of Joule Assets, as his company recently rolled out news of $90 million in financing being offered to 10 US companies with a $270 million pipeline of projects. “The contractors, the technology integrators, technology … [Read more...]

Will District Energy Efficiency Focus Attract Businesses in Portland?

Energy Efficiency District

With a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Portland State University will build a living lab to evaluate, in real time, the effects of district energy efficiency upgrades in a section of Portland, Ore., and will study whether the upgrades boost economic development. First, the grant will fund a district-wide … [Read more...]

Google and Microgrids: Most Read Articles on

Smart thermostats catch your attention, or at least Nest does. Microgrids interest you too. That's what we learned about you, readers, based on your visits to our site in the first six months of 2014 The most read article for the first half of this year was Google and Nest: What the $3.2 Billion Deal Says about … [Read more...]