Solutions to Help Reach Building Energy Management Goals

Matt Gates

This article is sponsored by Trane. Improving the performance of commercial buildings is more important than ever. Shrinking budgets, limited staff resources and increasing sustainability and environmental goals are among the challenges that may play a role in the pressure to improve building performance. There are building energy management systems (BEMS) that can help address these challenges and deliver   …Continue Reading

Energy Manager Today Product & Project of the Year Award Winners Announced

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today announces the winners of the first annual Energy Manager Today Awards, a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with significant energy management benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved energy management and increased the bottom line. You can download the report here. The following companies won Product of the   …Continue Reading

Mobility, The IoT Gradually Transform HVAC

Carl Weinschenk

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning – HVAC – has such a ubiquitous impact on energy usage and management that it has a tendency to hide in plain sight. For insiders, of course, it is a field that constantly evolves. Current events in HVAC have, in one way or another, ties with the emergence of mobility   …Continue Reading

Bill Gates-Led Group, India Establishing Energy Funds

Carl Weinschenk

Some of the richest people in the world have pledged a collective $2 billion to the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which aims to eliminate the cost premium for eliminating carbon emissions. The group, which is comprised of 27 private investors and the University of California, is being led by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, according to Bloomberg.   …Continue Reading

CMU Energy Efficiency Efforts Save $10M in 7 Years

Carl Weinschenk

Energy efficiency efforts at Central Michigan University, which is in Mount Pleasant, have resulted in savings of $10.8 million since 2008. Central Michigan Life says that despite the savings, the school’s carbon foot print has increased by 24 percent during that period – from 87,439 metric tons in 2008 to 108,972 metric tons last year.   …Continue Reading

Microgrids, Now Mainstream, Continue to Advance

Carl Weinschenk

Fourth quarter numbers from Navigant Research show that for the first time more microgrids are remote than tied to the main grid. In short, microgrids are leaving home. The research found that there are 1,437 microgrids worldwide providing 13 GW of capacity. More than half of these are remote. Significant recent additions are 83 projects   …Continue Reading

Developing Economies Increasing their Share of Renewable Capacity

Carl Weinschenk

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported this week that in 2014 developing nations attracted more investment in renewable power generation than developed economies, according to North American Wind and Power. The story says that BNEF made the claim based on work done by Climatescope, an index used by the U.K., U.S. and the Inter-American Development   …Continue Reading

LG Chem In Big German Battery Project

Carl Weinschenk

LG Chem Power will integrate six large-scale batteries at STEAG power plants in Germany, according to LG. The release says that the deployment will be part of the largest energy storage system project in the world. The plants are in the North-Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate regions. The storage systems offer 140 MW of power   …Continue Reading

ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending Nov. 20

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark Trends The ERC benchmark price for retail electricity continued to trend gradually upward last week, increasing by 0.80 percent to $0.0754 per kilowatt hour. Like the previous week, the biggest increase was in Illinois (4.61 percent), followed this week by Ohio (4.40 percent). This week’s price hike in Illinois reflects a 9.46   …Continue Reading

PUCO: ‘Fixed Means Fixed’ in Retail Contracts

Cheryl Kaften

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) ordered (Case NO. 14-568-EL-COI )on November 18 that, in all competitive retail electric service (CRES) customer contracts – whether residential, commercial, or industrial – “fixed should mean fixed.” The commission found that adding pass-through charges to customer bills – such as those imposed by FirstEnergy Solutions to recoup   …Continue Reading

FERC Requires Reports on Price Formation

Cheryl Kaften

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took another step on November 19 (Docket No. AD14-14-000) to address price formation by directing regional grid operators to submit reports on pricing practices in their energy and ancillary services markets. Price formation is a key element of well-functioning regional wholesale power markets. In June 2014, FERC initiated proceedings to   …Continue Reading