The Evolution of Customer Renewable Energy Choice

Bryce Smith

Customer access to clean energy has increased dramatically in the past 15 years, as technology cost reductions, electricity market deregulation and financial creativity have combined to produce more accessible renewable products for end-users. Energy managers now have a wealth of tools at their disposal. The most recent product class is the offsite solar PPA. This   …Continue Reading

Target, adidas, Walmart Honored for Efficient Roof-Top Units

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy announced the Advanced Roof-top Unit Campaign (ARC) results of building owners that are replacing or retrofitting the aging heating and cooling technologies installed on roofs of many US commercial buildings. Since 2013, ARC has spurred over 190 public and private sector organizations to replace or retrofit 40,000 high-efficiency commercial building roof-top units,   …Continue Reading

Rising Tide of Energy Storage Floats all Boats

Linda Hardesty

There’s been a lot of buzz about Tesla’s residential energy storage system Powerwall. But energy consulting firm THEnergy says Tesla’s industrial energy storage Powerpack will boost interest in commercial hybrid energy plants such as solar- or wind-diesel systems, as well. According to THEnergy, until now, the decision-making process for hybrid systems was focused on short-term   …Continue Reading

Better Buildings Alliance Launches Indoor Lighting Campaign for Commercial Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy launched a campaign to increase the use of high efficiency lighting in commercial buildings. Through the Better Buildings Alliance, DOE is working with key stakeholders and end users in both the public and private sectors to install more energy efficient lighting. Currently, interior lighting accounts for 20 percent of US commercial   …Continue Reading

Scaling of Energy Storage Market Hinges on ESSI Vendors

Karen Henry

The scaling of the energy storage market will rely on energy storage systems integration (ESSI) vendors and their market approach, according to a new report from Navigant Research. ESSI players were rare three years ago, but today new entrants are populating the market. ESSI players include pure-play utility-scale players and distributed storage developers, but nearly   …Continue Reading

CalCom Solar to Deploy 1.1MW at Dairy

Linda Hardesty

CalCom Solar has commenced installation of a 1.1 MW solar power system at Medeiros and Son Dairy in Hanford, California. CalCom Solar is deploying NEXTracker technology in this array, and the project will be completed in Summer 2015. Beginning in Q3 2015, Medeiros will save about $320,000 annually on utility bills. According to the dairy,   …Continue Reading

Raritan Combines DCIM, IT Management for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Raritan’s new data center infrastructure management (DCIM) connector for ServiceNow is generally available. Raritan is a ServiceNow Integration Partner. The company says by tying the management of the physical data center via DCIM to the general IT management framework, organizations can manage the workflow involved in changing servers and infrastructure elements more effectively. Raritan’s bi-directional   …Continue Reading

Army to Save $113M Over 19 Years with CHP Plant

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls broke ground on a new combined heat and power plant at the US Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Maryland. The CHP plant is designed to save the Army nearly $113 million over 19 years. The new natural gas cogeneration plant designed by Johnson Controls will supply a substantial portion of the garrison’s   …Continue Reading

Motel 6 Property Installs Solar

Linda Hardesty

The Motel 6 franchise located in Anderson, California, has installed more than 350 photovoltaic panels that are expected to generate 100 percent of the energy used by the property. The Hanwha Q-cell 255W solar panels were installed by Halcyon Solar Construction. Motel 6 is committed to sustainability through several programs including recycling, energy and water   …Continue Reading

ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending May 22

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends ERC’s average retail price benchmarks* have increased for the third week in a row, from .0820 for the week ending May 1 to .0842 for the week ending May 22. That is an 11 percent rise in the average price for retail power from the beginning of May. The highest jump   …Continue Reading