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Buildings Represent 40% of US Total Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

Although the percentage of energy-use attributed to buildings seems to vary depending on the news source, NREL released the 2013 edition of its annual Renewable Energy Data Book, which reports that US buildings represent 40 percent of total energy usage. Other key findings from the report include: Renewable electricity, including hydropower and biopower, grew to   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Programs Vary Depending on Market

Linda Hardesty

ACEEE looked at ways energy efficiency programs serving utility customers could attain higher participation and found that strategies vary depending on the target customers. Small Business programs, for example, must be structured to serve a customer segment that is highly diverse, according to ACEEE’s report “Expanding the Energy Efficiency Pie: Serving More Customers, Saving More   …Continue Reading


EIA: Wholesale Power Prices Increased Across US in 2014

Karen Henry

Wholesale on-peak electricity prices were up across the nation between 2013 and 2014, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The increases were driven largely by increases in spot natural gas prices and high energy demand caused by the extreme cold-weather system that covered much of the United States during the winter of 2013–2014. Electricity   …Continue Reading


Solar Patents Reach a Record High

Karen Henry

The number of solar patents recorded a new high of 335, up 29 over the previous record set in the second quarter of 2013, and 110 over the third quarter of 2013, according to the Q3 2014 Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI). This is the sixth straight quarter that solar patents have topped the patent   …Continue Reading


A First: American Petroleum Report Includes Section on Solar

Linda Hardesty

The American Petroleum Institute’s annual “Energy Tomorrow” report includes, for the first time, a section on the US solar energy industry. According to the report, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America and has an estimated 20.2 GW of installed solar capacity, with another 20 GW in the pipeline for 2015-2016. The   …Continue Reading


Energy Commodities Prices Plummet in Late 2014

Linda Hardesty

During the last four months of 2014, crude oil and petroleum product prices fell dramatically, and ended the year with the largest price drops of all major commodities in the S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI), according to the US Energy Information Administration, based on Bloomberg. In 2014, the energy component of the GSCI fell   …Continue Reading


Installed DESS Power Capacity to Increase More than 11,000 MW by 2024

Karen Henry

According to a new report from Navigant Research, global installed distributed energy storage system (DESS) power capacity is expected to grow from 171.9 MW in 2014 to 12,147.3 MW in 2024. The report, Distributed Energy Storage Systems for Energy Cost Management 
and Grid Management: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts, covers the community energy storage, and   …Continue Reading


Geothermal Heat Pumps Outperform VRF Heating and Cooling

Karen Henry

Research conducted by the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has shown that a geothermal heat pump (GHP) system offers more efficiency in a large commercial building than a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system. For the study, researchers collected data at the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration   …Continue Reading


Internet of Things Stimulates MEMS Market

Linda Hardesty

The Internet of Things (IoT) is driving rapid growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including smart grids and building automation, according to IHS Technology’s “High Value MEMS Report – 2015.” Worldwide market revenue for MEMS directly used in industrial IoT equipment will rise to $120 million in 2018, up from $16 million in   …Continue Reading


Stronger Energy Codes Don’t Stop Construction, Says SEEA

Linda Hardesty

The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance says even with the region-wide implementation of stronger energy codes from 2011 to 2013, permit numbers for commercial construction projects have continued to grow, largely surpassing pre-recession peaks, while renovations are outpacing new commercial construction throughout the Southeast. SEEA’s new report, “Construction, Codes and Commerce: The Economic Impact of Energy   …Continue Reading