NRG & GMP Strike Deal to Remake the Vermont Grid

Vermont's grid

NRG Energy and Green Mountain Power have teamed up to remake the Vermont grid with microgrids, distributed energy, and products to help consumers manage energy. The companies intend to replace a “creaky old grid infrastructure from the 20th century” with a “21st century energy eco-system,” according to  David Crane, president and CEO of energy … [Read more...]

Challenges of Microgrid Integration

Microgrid

David Chiesa, director of commercial and industrial and micro grid market segments for S & C Electric Co., says that the military is on the leading edge of using microgrids to provide reliable power, but it's a big challenge to integrate the new technologies with the old grid. … [Read more...]

Hawaii Energy Launches State’s First-Ever Energy Efficiency Auction  

Hawaii Energy, a ratepayer-funded energy efficiency program, is offering $2.1 million in incentives for projects that reduce energy consumption in the state’s first energy efficiency auction. The auction is open to contractors, developers, energy efficiency solution providers, energy service companies, energy vendors and property managers. … [Read more...]

New York Grapples with Utility Monopoly Role in ‘REV’ Distributed Energy Market

distributed energy market

Several energy players in New York are questioning the wisdom of letting utilities both manage and compete in a first-of-its-kind distributed energy market the state is planning. The Department of Public Service last week confirmed its intent to let utilities act as the distributed grid operator in a  straw proposal for the market design of … [Read more...]

Innovation in Energy Storage and its Big Benefits

Growing Energy Labs

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

Internet of energy

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

appliances

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?

solar

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

maglev energy

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...]