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Natural Gas Season on Pace for Record Refill

Karen Henry

Working natural gas in storage is on pace to meet the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) expectations for a record overall build. The current Short-Term Energy Outlook projects a record build of close to 2,600 billion cubic feet (Bcf) from the beginning of April through the end of October, which would put inventories at 3,431   …Continue Reading


EPA Releases National Top 100 Green Power Users

Karen Henry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its National Top 100 Green Power Users with the Green Power Partnership for the second quarter of 2014, and Intel has once again held on to the top spot. The Green Power Partnership (GPP) works with Fortune 500 companies; local, state and federal governments; and colleges and   …Continue Reading


IHS: Diversity of US Power Supply Could Decline

Karen Henry

A new study by IHS says diversity in the US power supply could be dramatically reduced in coming decades. According to the study, “The Value of US Power Supply Diversity,” depressed wholesale power prices, proposed environmental regulations and a focus on renewables and natural gas over coal, oil, nuclear and hydroelectric power plants is moving   …Continue Reading


Report Shows How Utilities Stack Up on Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

With cumulative annual energy efficiency savings equivalent to 16–17 percent of their annual retail electric sales in 2012, PG&E, Edison International and Northeast Utilities topped the list of energy performers in a new report released by Ceres and Clean Edge. “Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy Deployment” assembles data from more than 10 sources and ranks 32   …Continue Reading


NV Energy’s Efficiency Programs Decline in 2013

Karen Henry

NV Energy’s customers are paying higher utility bills due to a lack of state standards and utility incentives for energy efficiency programs in the state. According to two reports released recently by NV Energy, the utility’s customers saved 61 percent less in 2013 than they did as a result of the utility’s programs in 2009.   …Continue Reading


VC Funding for Smart Grid at $81M in Q2 2014, Says Mercom

Linda Hardesty

According to consulting firm Mercom Capital Group, venture capital funding into smart grid companies came in at $81 million in 13 deals in Q2 2014, compared to $101 million in 21 deals in Q1 2014. In Q2 2014 some top VC deals include: Sunverge Energy, a developer and manufacturer of distributed energy management systems, raised   …Continue Reading


Energy Managers Not Tapping into Third Party Financing

Linda Hardesty

According to Noesis Energy’ second annual energy projects survey, 48 percent of surveyed energy managers – despite the fact that they said 64 percent of their projects do not get approved because of lack of budget – never include options for third party financing. For surveyed project developers, 30 percent never include third party financing,   …Continue Reading


Germany Wins ‘World Cup’ of Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

After winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup last week, Germany has shown that it is also a dominating force in the energy-efficiency realm, topping the list of a new energy efficiency ranking of 16 leading world economies. Germany was followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China and France, according to the 2014 International   …Continue Reading


Savings from Daylight Harvesting Varies with Occupancy

Linda Hardesty

Daylight harvesting reduces lighting energy consumption by using natural light to offset electric light in perimeter workspaces. A study of five federal buildings found that daylight harvesting provided an average annual energy savings of 27 percent. However, the study found increased savings from occupancy control left little room for savings from daylight harvesting. GSA’s Green   …Continue Reading


EIA Projects Modest Additions of New Electric Generation Capacity

Karen Henry

Projected future electric generation capacity additions are well below average annual levels, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case. Between 2013 and 2014, the United States will add 351 GW of new electric generating capacity in both the electric power sector and the end-use sector. Natural gas is   …Continue Reading


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