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Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Offers Benefits, So Why Isn’t It Widespread?

Elizabeth Brooke Stein

Today, most residential electricity customers are charged the same price regardless of when the electricity is actually being used. Charging customers a uniform price for electric service looks a bit like buying groceries by the cart instead of by the items purchased (e.g., apples versus filet mignon) – simple, to be sure, but so riddled   …Continue Reading

County Trials Energy Tracking Software Used by Microsoft

Linda Hardesty

King County, Washington, plans to pilot the same energy-tracking software that Microsoft uses to reduce energy consumption at many of its buildings. Seattle-based design firm MacDonald-Miller will install the software at five King County facilities for the two-year pilot project. Iconics developed the software using Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure platform. The energy tracking software will provide   …Continue Reading

Energy Executive Moves: Ameresco, Plug Power, LED Source, CLEAResult, EnerNOC, Optimum Energy

Linda Hardesty

Mark Wilhelm (pictured) has been named Ameresco’s corporate director of sustainability and climate neutrality initiatives. He will function as Ameresco’s sustainability liaison cross-company, champion best practices for customers, and leverage expert knowledge from within Ameresco and a network of experts to develop and implement projects and strategies. Wilhelm joined Ameresco in 2013 as the director of   …Continue Reading

Bernhard Companies Form Energy Services Firm

Linda Hardesty

Three Bernhard companies have contributed resources to form an energy services firm – Bernhard Energy. Bernhard Mechanical, EP Breaux Electrical and TME will provide Bernhard Energy with energy engineering, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and development services for business clients including hospitals, universities and commercial buildings. The new firm Bernhard Energy will provide financing to design, build, own,   …Continue Reading

Tax Collector’s Office Virtualizes IT Management, Saves Energy

Linda Hardesty

Florida’s Citrus County Tax Collector’s Office will simplify IT management and reduce energy costs by upgrading its traditional desktop computing to Thinspace Technology‘s desktop virtualization. The Tax Collector’s Office will use desktop virtualization to provide computing capabilities for its employees to perform tax collection, form preparation and other information processing work. Using a centrally managed   …Continue Reading

FuelCell Energy Sells University Microgrid to NRG Yield

Linda Hardesty

FuelCell Energy sold a 1.4 MW fuel cell power plant project at the University of Bridgeport to NRG Energy. Concurrent with the closing, a subsidiary of NRG – NRG Yield – acquired the project; the first-ever fuel cell project placed into any yieldco. The University of Bridgeport will buy the electricity and heat produced by   …Continue Reading

Leviton Debuts Lumina Wireless Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Leviton released its Lumina Gateway and the related wireless Lumina RF energy management product family, including occupancy sensors, motion sensors, door and window contacts, load control modules, light switches, thermostats, in-wall touchscreens and mobile applications. Lumina Gateway and its accompanying product family were designed specifically for small commercial operations such as retail, office, restaurant and   …Continue Reading

Southern California Edison Hires Opower

Linda Hardesty

Southern California Edison (SCE) has selected Opower for a strategic multi-year partnership. SCE will leverage the Opower platform, Opower 6, to deliver energy management solutions to all customer classes. In February, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) said it had selected Opower for a multi-year partnership to deliver personalized communications to residential, commercial and industrial customers.   …Continue Reading

14.2M People Affected by Power Outages in 2014

Karen Henry

Eaton has released its 2014 Blackout Tracker Annual Report. For the sixth consecutive year, California topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. On average, 3,996 people were affected for more than 40 minutes per outage in 2014, and power failures impacted people and businesses in all 50   …Continue Reading

Voluntary Agreement Reduces Energy Consumption of TV Set-Top Boxes

Karen Henry

Energy efficiency advocates, set-top box (STB) manufacturers, service providers and the federal government have voluntarily agreed to improve energy efficiency of STBs, generally based on the Energy Star program’s product specifications, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports. About 85 percent of US households have at least one STB that delivers subscription-based television service by cable,   …Continue Reading