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Seven Organizations Join Demand Response Group

Karen Henry

Baltimore Gas & Electric, CPower, Tetra Tech, General Microgrids, Innovari, OhmConnect, and DVI have joined the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS), the national demand response (DR) and smart grid organization. ADS is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, that focuses on development and exchange of information among policymakers, utilities, technology companies and   …Continue Reading


Advanced Energy Management Alliance Wants Supreme Court to Reverse Demand Response Decision

Linda Hardesty

Several Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) members have joined the chorus of groups asking the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that jeopardizes the way demand response works in the United States. The case involves Order 745 issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Under Order 745, compensation in the   …Continue Reading


Proposed Energy Standard for Data Centers, Telecommunications Buildings Open for Comment

Karen Henry

ASHRAE is seeking comments on its proposed Standard 90.4P, Energy Standard for Data Centers and Telecommunications Buildings. The standard would establish the minimum energy efficiency requirements of data centers and telecommunications buildings for design and construction and for creation of a plan for operation and maintenance, and for utilization of on-site or off-site renewable energy   …Continue Reading


Midwest Energy Groups Collaborate

Linda Hardesty

The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) is collaborating with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA). The groups say because of their common focus on energy efficiency, M-WERC’s industry roadmaps and technology research and MEEA’s insight in policy and programs across the Midwest and nationally, their partnership will deliver more to their respective members. MEEA is   …Continue Reading


SEFA Wants Standardized Solar Contracts

Karen Henry

The Solar Energy Finance Association (SEFA), an NGO dedicated to advancing the availability of public capital and expanding financing options for the solar energy industry, has launched new offerings. Chief among SEFA’s initiatives is the development and promotion of the use of standardized financing contracts by the solar industry. Standardized contracts will reduce the time   …Continue Reading


Microgrid Alliance Becomes Part of ADS

Linda Hardesty

Less than a year after its formation, The Microgrid Alliance (MGA) has become part of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS). The Microgrid Alliance was established in early 2014 to bring together companies and individuals involved in or interested in the microgrid space so that they could exchange information and expertise, and   …Continue Reading


CEA Becomes Largest Industry Supporter of CalPlug

Linda Hardesty

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced unspecified financial support for the California Plug Load Research Center (CalPlug). Already among CalPlug’s founding advisory board members, CEA now becomes CalPlug’s largest private-sector donor and a Core Supporter alongside the California Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission. Last year, CEA released a report “Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics   …Continue Reading


Massachusetts Tops Energy Efficiency Scorecard for 4th Consecutive Year

Karen Henry

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released its eighth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and for the fourth consecutive year, Massachusetts has claimed top billing as the most energy efficient state in the nation. California ranked second, maintaining the position it has held for the past two years. Rhode Island broke into   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Announces Student Design Competition Award Winners

Karen Henry

ASHRAE announced the winners of its 2014 Student Design Competition. This year’s competition focused on designing an energy efficient HVAC system for a two-story office building in New York City with a research and development facility. The University of Central Florida in Orlando took first place in the HVAC Design Calculations category. The team designed   …Continue Reading


There’s a Better Way to Organize the UK Energy Market

Karen Henry

Sara Bell, managing director of Tempus Energy and principal of the UK Demand Response Association, says she believes the UK energy market has never prioritized the customer, The Guardian reports. In order to meet shareholder expectations, energy suppliers are “duty bound” to sell at the highest price. The business model for energy has to change, Bell   …Continue Reading