Innovation in Energy Storage–And its Big Benefits

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Ryan Wartena, CEO and founder of Growing Energy Labs, Inc. (GELI), which recently won an innovation award from Energy Storage North America, in this podcast identifies the challenges to integrating energy storage, especially in California. He discusses some solutions--and the many benefits to getting more energy storage online. … [Read more...]

NYPA Energy Efficiency Projects in 1st Half of 2014 Save $4M

The New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation's largest state public power authority, says it has completed energy efficiency projects that will result in $4 million in annual savings. The projects are part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Build Smart NY program. a push to reduce energy use in state buildings 20 percent by 2020 and help … [Read more...]

Let’s Stop Just Consuming Energy & Become Part of the Internet of Energy

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Ryan Wartena, CEO and founder of Growing Energy Labs, could have decided to create a new, inexpensive battery for energy storage, based on his experience working at the US Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., where he learned how to make micro batteries. When he started GELI, his partner was working at Harvard University, and Wartena was at … [Read more...]

Efficiency Standards: The Cost-Effective Way to Save Energy

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Efficiency standards are the most cost-effective way to save money, says Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. While AHRI says the government is moving too quickly to implement standards, deLaski says, if anything, the process is too slow and explains how it works. … [Read more...]

Would Homeowners Say “Yes” to Energy Efficiency if it Came with Solar?

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Solar is experiencing over-the-top popularity among US homeowners; energy efficiency not so much. But what if state programs made solar a subset of energy efficiency? That’s the recommendation of an intriguing paper released August 19 by the Center for Sustainable Energy. The California non-profit tried to tease out what it takes to motivate … [Read more...]

Efficient Truck Technology Podcast Attracts Record Number of Listeners

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It's hard to predict what will attract the largest numbers of listeners to our popular Energy Efficiency Markets Podcast. In fact, this month yielded a big surprise. A podcast about a new technology developed by Maglev Energy and University of Central Florida researchers broke our record for garnering the most listeners. The podcast was about … [Read more...]

What’s One of the Most Cost-Effective Ways to Save Energy?

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Pop quiz: What's one of the most cost-effective ways to save energy? It's generally invisible to consumers and businesses, but can have a big impact on their pocketbooks. Answer: Implementing energy efficiency standards is a powerful tool for cutting energy use in both homes and businesses. The Department of Energy is charged with the task of … [Read more...]

NRG Energy Aims Big by Going Small with Personal Power

Personal power – clothes, backpacks, hand held cubes that generate solar electricity –  has moved out of ‘someday’ into ‘now,’ driven largely by the need for cell phone charging. So it’s no surprise to see NRG Energy's move into the market. The energy giant known for its ownership of the big stuff – 52 GW of grid power – has reached an agreement … [Read more...]

Utilities See Distributed Generation Coming; Energy Efficiency Working

Boosting Energy Efficiency and Solar

Once upon a time when a big power plant retired, it was replaced by one as big or bigger. But not anymore. Energy efficiency is increasingly reducing the need for more power. And when it is needed, distributed generation may be enough. That’s how utilities increasingly view the market, according to this year’s Strategic Directions: U.S. Electric … [Read more...]

Do Smart Meters Provide Criminals with a Route into Homes?

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Smart meters can give – and are giving – criminals a route into people's homes, says Tom Kellermann, chief cybersecurity officer at Trend Micro. While the frequency of incidents in small now, it's expected to increase. He explains in this podcast what needs to be done to prevent the problem. … [Read more...]