Quality Power, Not Just Power, Should be the Goal

Carl Weinschenk

A priority for energy managers, of course, is to make sure that electricity keeps flowing. The next level of concern is to find the desired mix of low cost and renewable resources. A very important factor that may ride a bit under the radar is the need for quality. Having a power supply is one   …Continue Reading

Siemens Unveils Microgrid-as-a-Service Platform

Carl Weinschenk

Siemens’ new microgrid software-as-a-service platform is aimed at small power operators such as campuses and industrial and commercial sites. The company says that the Spectrum Power Microgrid Management System (MGMS) is a remotely hosted platform that enables dynamic management and control of distributed energy resources. It includes integrated weather and load forecasting. The benefits of   …Continue Reading

18 Buildings Going Solar in D.C.

Carl Weinschenk

Solar panels are being installed on 18 federal buildings in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Free Beacon. The story says that The General Services Administration has signed the contract with WGL Energy Systems for the additions, which will include panels on the Ronald Reagan Building. The value of the power-purchase agreement (PPA) is about   …Continue Reading

ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Feb. 5

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The national average benchmark price for retail electricity decreased last week by just 0.5% to $.0725 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The largest price decreases were in Texas (-2.0%) and Connecticut (-1.8%). The slight price increases in Ohio (1.1%) and Pennsylvania (0.9%) were primarily because a former supplier with low pricing has left   …Continue Reading

At QER Roundtable, EPSA Recommends Competitive Pricing Improvements

Cheryl Kaften

On February 4, a panel of energy industry experts gathered at the Congressional Auditorium in Washington, D.C., for a roundtable discussion about the second installment of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review Second Installment–An Integrated Study of the Electricity System. John Shelk, CEO of the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), the national trade   …Continue Reading

EPA Undeterred by Supreme Court’s Delay of Clean Power Plan

Ken Silverstein

When the coal states lined up for a final drive to temporarily block the Clean Power Plan at the US Supreme Court, most onlookers thought it an act of desperation. Now that the Supremes have granted their request, the bigger question is what will ultimately happen to the carbon reduction plan. On Tuesday, the High   …Continue Reading

Lux: Google, Amazon Emissions Claims Inaccurate

Carl Weinschenk

Lux Research took a close look at the claims being made about energy usage by owners of big datacenters and found them to be suspect. The problem is that these metrics produce results that allow companies such as Google and Amazon to make claims that do not reflect reality, according to Lux Vice President of   …Continue Reading

FIU Again Tops in Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Florida International University has been the top performing university since the Florida State University System began tracking energy use in 2007. Last month, the SUS Energy Conservation Report said that the school achieved a score of 61.88 kBTU/per square foot during the 2014-15 school year. kBTU is a key performance indicator of efficiency used by   …Continue Reading

Invenergy Selling Wind Power to 3M

Carl Weinschenk

Invenergy says that it and 3M have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) under which the manufacturer will get 120 MW of wind energy for its North American operations. Included in the agreement is wind energy from the Gunsight Wind Energy Center, which is being constructed in Howard County, Texas. That energy will be trafficked   …Continue Reading

U.S. House Subcommittee Reviews Kennedy’s Fair RATES Act

Cheryl Kaften

A measure (H. R. 2984) filed by U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III (D- Mass.-4) last July – intended to ensure that ratepayers have the right to appeal electricity rates reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – was debated by the Energy and Power Subcommittee on February 2. That subcommittee must pass on the   …Continue Reading