Energy Efficiency

NYS Governor Cuomo Pledges $4.2 M to Fund Energy Efficiency Training for Building Workers

Cheryl Kaften

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on January 16 that he was making $4.2 million available to train building operations and maintenance workers on best practices to promote energy efficiency and reduce energy bills in buildings statewide.

IKEA Deploys Fourth Fuel Cell

Carl Weinschenk

Furniture retailer IKEA has installed a fourth biogas-powered fuel cell in a California store, according to the company. The installation was at its San Diego location. All the stores also have solar arrays. Combined, IKEA will generate 1.5 MW of energy via the cells. A fifth fuel cell is planned, the company said. The press   …Continue Reading

Big Energy Efficiency Changes Are ‘Brewing’ in the Beer and Wine Industries

Cheryl Kaften

To achieve greater energy efficiency, Sierra Nevada Brewing has installed a 1-MWh commercial-scale Tesla Powerpack battery system and a 2-MW solar array at its Chico, California, plant, ac

FirstEnergy’s PA Utilities Offer DR to Businesses; Entergy Arkansas Extends Consumer Program

Cheryl Kaften

FirstEnergy announced on January 16 that three of its regulated utilities in Pennsylvania – Met-Ed, Penn Power and West Penn Power – have kicked off a demand response program for their commercial and industrial customers that offers them financial incentives to curtail their energy use, upon request, during peak hours.

Brandeis University Virtual-Net-Metered Solar Array to Save $2M Over 20 Years

Cheryl Kaften

Brandeis University, located in the Boston metropolitan area, expects to reduce its long-term energy bills through a PPA the school signed on January 13 to obtain solar power from a 1.27-MW rooftop system installed on a property in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. Specifically, the system is anticipated to save the school an estimated $70,000   …Continue Reading

Missouri PSC OKs Ameren Request for Higher Energy Efficiency Tariff

Cheryl Kaften

In a reversal of a January 2016 order, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a request on January 11 (Case No. ER-2017-0149) filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri to adjust the Energy Efficiency Investment Charge (EEIC) Rider that appears on the monthly bills of the utility’s 1.2 million electric customers statewide.

Study: EmPower Maryland Will Save Customers $4B Over Life of Upgrades

Cheryl Kaften

Residential and business electric customers will save more than $4 billion over the life of energy efficiency improvements made through the EmPower Maryland program; according to results of a study (Research Report U1701) released on January 12 by the nonprofit research group, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Greenpeace Ranks Switch Highest Worldwide for Sustainability among Internet Companies

Cheryl Kaften

Las Vegas-based Switch has become the first multi-tenant data center provider in the world to receive a perfect score in the six-year history of Greenpeace’s Clicking Clean report, the global environmental advocacy organization announced on January 9.

Customers Lose As Congress Fails To Renew Energy Efficiency Tax Breaks

Cheryl Kaften

The Alliance to Save Energy is calling on legislators to restore common-sense energy efficiency tax breaks for American consumers and businesses that Congress –“ like a Grinch,” the energy efficiency coalition said – allowed to expire on December 31.

Idaho National Lab Goal Is to Improve U.S. Manufacturing Efficiency by 50 Percent

Cheryl Kaften

The Idaho National Laboratory has announced that it will help operate a new U.S. Department of Energy institute – the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions Institute, or REMADE – which will investigate how to increase manufacturing efficiency, according to a January 5 report by the Idaho Falls Post Register.