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How to Enhance Power and Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Vic Shao

Public funding and supportive government policies have been a boon that has sparked innovation, technological advances, private sector investment and job creation in renewable energy, clean technology and energy efficiency across the US. Spurred forward by pioneering legislation, such as California’s AB 2514 energy storage mandate, this pattern of “green” socioeconomic development and growth is now   …Continue Reading


Top Five Energy Traps Every Customer Should Know About

Swapnil Shah

There’s an interesting shift happening in the energy industry today that’s opening the door for innovative technologies. Utility companies are changing their ways by moving beyond simply sending bills to customers, and instead fostering two-way conversations: engaging customers by providing insight into their energy usage, and building applications that help consumers make more informed choices   …Continue Reading


The Key to CFO Approval for Efficiency Equipment Investments

Dave Jaros

Selling energy efficient equipment that makes business sense shouldn’t be this hard, right? Where else can CFOs make investments with 2-year paybacks and ROIs that make Wall Street jealous? So, then, why is it that so many projects simply don’t get approved? According to a recent survey we conducted with efficiency equipment companies, 16% said   …Continue Reading


Dept. of Energy Report: US Wind Has Come Far but Faces Challenges

Kit Kennedy

For US wind power, last year was both the best of times and the worst of times. That’s the conclusion from the new Wind Technologies Market Report released recently by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and prepared by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Wind power does a number of things very well: It produces   …Continue Reading


ESOS: The Energy Data Clock Is Ticking…

Graham Boret

Remember, remember the 5th of December… The fundamental ESOS question UK businesses and organizations should be asking themselves right now, is not, “Are we ready for December 2015 compliance?” but “Do we have procedures in place to capture 12 months of consecutive energy data before then?” Be warned – the latest date to start measuring   …Continue Reading


Microgrids Create Safe Alternative Power Option with Energy Storage on Alcatraz

Darren Hammell

Recent events like Hurricane Sandy and others have shown that the electrical grid is not resilient under all circumstances and that electrical power distribution can fail for larger periods of time. It is therefore of vital importance to provide solutions for emergency power generation and power distribution to at least sections of the electrical grid   …Continue Reading


Demystifying PACE

Michael Park

Only about 1% of the building stock in the United States is new, making the opportunity for efficiency projects in aging, energy-hog facilities an obvious opportunity. Yet, the problem with traditional financing is its lack of consideration of the actual financial impact of an efficiency project. Standard corporate loans are the antithesis of energy efficiency,   …Continue Reading


Energy Practices And Results Watched By Outsiders

Marc Karell

Buildings in NYC and elsewhere have undergone a “complete 360” when it comes to energy practices, costs, and usage. It used to be that buildings had no motivation to be more energy efficient; costs were just spread out to tenants who just accepted and paid the expenses as part of their rent or lease agreement.   …Continue Reading


CA Clean Energy Bill Likely to Help Small Business

Rachel Neil

Governor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883 (Nancy Skinner- Berkeley). This bill would significantly lower the cost of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a tool which enables property owners to take advantage of energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV for their   …Continue Reading


Power Prices Likely to be Lower this Winter

John Moore

The federal government has confirmed what many consumers already know – their electricity costs rose in the first six months of this year compared to last year. But the report left unsaid what was the primary reason for the price spike: the Polar Vortex and an otherwise harsh winter, which caught utilities and grid planners   …Continue Reading


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