Wells Fargo Creates $10M Clean Energy Grant Program for Buildings

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Wells Fargo has launched a $10 million clean energy grant program to foster early stage technologies that help commercial buildings save energy and improve their environmental performance. Part of the bank's Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, the  grant will be co-administered by the Department of Energy's  National Renewable Energy Laboratory … [Read more...]

A Microgrid For Homes: Solar Plus Storage


What's a microgrid for a home? It's a system that combines solar and energy storage in a home, and automatically determines when it's best to use solar, battery storage, or other power sources. Bill Southworth, CEO of Elecyr, describes this system and the possible impact of California's efforts to require net-zero homes by 2020. … [Read more...]

ACEEE State Scorecard: Why Carrots Are Good

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We do not live in a simple world. The US economy, especially, often gets to where it wants to go only by way of rules of the road so complicated that few businesses can operate without attorneys as chauffeurs. So it’s refreshing when a common sense idea, one that requires no new laws, regulations or codes, appears to have huge influence. Such is … [Read more...]

Snowline Joint Unified School District Taps Energy Efficiency to Bridge the Budge Gap

The Snowline Joint Unified School District (USD), California, received $365,000 in approved funding as part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) through Proposition 39, which allows for much needed lighting upgrades and other building improvements with Schneider Electric. “We have always been very proactive in regards to energy … [Read more...]

The Role that Lighting Controls Play in Microgrids

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By Andy Wakefield, Lutron Electronics The Challenge The smart grid, a reference to the modernization of the national electricity supply system, is an automated electric power system that monitors and controls grid activities, ensuring the two-way flow of electricity and information between power plants and consumers—and all points in … [Read more...]

How Facilities Managers Can Think ‘Strategic Asset’

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By Yaniv Vardi, Panoramic Power As facilities managers, we are experts in managing the details. We manage buildings, we manage systems, we manage people, we manage regulations, we manage maintenance schedules and workloads. But to be effective FMs, we must take a step back and look at the bigger picture. As it relates to energy efficiency … [Read more...]

App Showcases Navy’s Energy Efficiency Efforts


The US Navy wants to show off its energy efficiency efforts--and solicit ideas for new ways to save energy. It's doing all that with a new app. Rear Admiral Kevin Slates, director of energy and environmental readiness, Chief of Naval Operations Staff, describes the app and the efficiency efforts. … [Read more...]

Benefits of Frozen Water as Residential Energy Storage


Frozen water has been used in the past for commercial energy storage to reduce cooling loads. However, a new product from Ice Energy allows for residential energy storage, which provides many benefits in areas with high cooling loads. James White, owner of Ice Energy, explains the benefits of energy storage for residential customers. … [Read more...]

Three Tricks to Inspire Southern Energy Efficiency

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Let’s face it. When it comes to energy efficiency, the South seems stuck in its rocking chair on the front porch watching the Northeast and West walk by with all the savings. Time and again, southern states rank among the lowest on national energy efficiency scorecards. But that’s starting to change. And it has a lot to do with understanding … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Conference Turnout Reflects Industry Growth

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Energy Storage North America (ESNA) last week experienced record attendance and a sold-out exhibition floor, reflecting the growth in the industry and all the benefits of energy storage. Attending were more than 1,300 people from 26 countries, 50 exhibitors, and nearly 110 speakers. "Energy storage is a game changer for the electric power … [Read more...]