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ACEEE Examines CHP in State Scorecard

Karen Henry

Assessing the state friendliness of combined heat and power (CHP) is an inexact science. Many factors impact CHP development. Favorable CHP policies and programs can encourage CHP deployment, but fluctuating electricity and natural gas prices can dramatically impact the business case for CHP. To examine the relationship between policy and deployment, the American Council for   …Continue Reading


Calculating the Cost of Onsite Energy Generation

Linda Hardesty

In a comparison of different electricity supply options and prices, World Resources Institute says behind-the-meter generation is cost-competitive for end-use consumers when the average cost of energy is lower than or equal to the retail electricity price over a project’s lifetime. For end-use consumers, behind-the-meter generation, sometimes referred to as “onsite” or “distributed” generation, replaces   …Continue Reading


The Internet of Everything Could Boost Economy, Increase Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

The democratization of energy – the ability to produce and share green energy in homes, offices and factories – will depend on information and communication technologies (ICT) being linked together in a “smart web.” A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), “The Energy Efficiency and Productivity Benefits of Smart Appliances   …Continue Reading


Plenty of Natural Gas, Says Short Term Energy Outlook

Linda Hardesty

According to the Energy Information Administration’s November 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook, power generation capacity in the Northeast is undergoing a significant change as the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is scheduled to cease operations in December and nearly 3 GW of coal-fired capacity has been retired in the region in the last year. Much of the   …Continue Reading


Map Shows Diverse Sources of Energy in US

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy has created a fun map, showing what kinds of energy are produced in each state. The size of each circle represents the volume of the energy produced in that state, and by clicking on each state, viewers can see a pie chart of the state’s energy production, between several types   …Continue Reading


Natural Gas Storage in Good Shape for Winter

Linda Hardesty

Working natural gas in storage ended October at 3,571 billion cubic feet (Bcf), a record increase of 2,734 Bcf during the April 1 to October 31 injection season, and within 7 percent of the average of the last five end-of-season storage levels, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Increased natural gas production and new   …Continue Reading


Batteries Market to Double in 10 Years, Says Navigant

Linda Hardesty

The batteries industry is in the midst of a dramatic transformation, according to Navigant Research. Long ruled by the lead-acid and primary alkaline chemistries, a new wave of advanced battery chemistries is starting to significantly penetrate the stationary, portable and transportation markets. Advanced battery chemistries include lithium ion (Li-ion), redox flow, sodium metal halide and   …Continue Reading


Several LEDs Surpass 100 Lumens per Watt

Linda Hardesty

Improvements in lighting technology for LED bulbs have increased lighting efficiency, or efficacy, according to the Energy Information Administration, which says in September of this year, several manufacturers released EnergyStar-qualified bulbs surpassing 100 lumens per watt. For comparison, traditional incandescent bulbs, which do not meet current light bulb efficiency standards and are no longer sold,   …Continue Reading


Companies Perceive Little Value in Switching Electricity Vendors

Karen Henry

Price competition cannot be the sole method for electricity customer retention and loyalty, according to an analysis from Frost & Sullivan. Between October and November 2013, Frost & Sullivan surveyed 250 medium and large commercial and industrial (C&I) companies across manufacturing, data centers, hospitals, small franchises and education sectors to determine customer perception and purchase   …Continue Reading


Morris Model Could Fund Power Resiliency

Linda Hardesty

A paper by the Clean Energy Group explores a variety of financing mechanisms to increase power resiliency in the event of blackouts. According to the paper, “Resilient Power – Financing for Clean, Resilient Power Solutions,” one financing mechanism is the Morris Model, so-named because it was first developed in Morris County, NJ. The Morris Model   …Continue Reading


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