Community Resilience Microgrid Market to Reach $1.4B by 2024

Karen Henry

The community resilience microgrid (CRM) market is projected to reach $1.4 billion by 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Trying to separate CRMs from community microgrids or utility distribution microgrids (UDMs), as well as from the larger universe of microgrids in general, is an immense challenge, according to Navigant. The Community Resilience   …Continue Reading

DC Takes Top Spot on Top 25 Energy Star Buildings List

Karen Henry

After coming in second to Los Angeles for five consecutive years, Washington DC, has taken the top spot on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seventh-annual list of the top 25 US metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. Los Angeles took the number two ranking, followed by Atlanta, New York   …Continue Reading

US HVAC Demand to Rise 6.8% Annually through 2019, Says Freedonia

Linda Hardesty

Demand for HVAC equipment in the US is forecast to increase 6.8 percent annually through 2019 to $20.4 billion, recording gains over twice the rate of the 2009-2014 period, according to a report “HVAC Equipment” from The Freedonia Group. In large part, advances will be the result of robust gains in building construction spending, especially   …Continue Reading

Hospital Electricity Use Not Going Down, Finds Survey

Linda Hardesty

Grumman/Butkus Associates, a firm of energy efficiency consultants and engineers, has released the results of its 2014 Hospital Energy and Water Benchmarking Survey, focusing on healthcare facilities’ resource usage trends and costs for calendar year 2013. Since the survey was initiated 20 years ago, hospitals’ overall electricity use hasn’t declined, the study finds. Electrical energy reduction measures   …Continue Reading

California Generates More Than 5% of Electricity from Utility-scale Solar

Linda Hardesty

California has become the first state with more than 5 percent of its annual utility-scale electricity generation from utility-scale solar power, according to the Energy Information Administration. California’s utility-scale (1 MW or larger) solar plants generated a record 9.9 million MWh of electricity in 2014, an increase of 6.1 million MWh from 2013. California’s utility-scale   …Continue Reading

Energy Management Market Reaches $44.4B by 2020, Says Report

Linda Hardesty

According to a new report by Allied Market Research titled Energy Management Systems Market 2013 – 2020, the global Energy Management System (EMS) market is expected to reach $44.4 billion by 2020, registering a compound annual growth rate of 13.75 percent during 2014 – 2020. The energy management systems market is segmented based on technology,   …Continue Reading

Tools Allows Microsoft Excel Users to Download EIA Data

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Information Administration has released a free data add-in tool for Microsoft Excel for Windows that allows users to find, download and update EIA’s energy data directly in any Excel spreadsheet. With this add-in, users can save spreadsheets with their favorite data series and reopen them at any time and update the data   …Continue Reading

‘Massive’ Amount of Capital Not Spent for Intelligent Buildings

Linda Hardesty

A white paper published by the Cleantech Group says that based on discussions at its Buildings Get a Brain summit in January, there is a massive amount of capital to go around, but it is not being massively deployed for intelligent buildings. The Buildings Get a Brain White Paper also finds there are numerous existing   …Continue Reading

Total Energy Subsidies Decline, but Solar Soars

Karen Henry

While the total value of direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy markets decreased 23 percent from $38 billion to $29.3 billion between fiscal years 2010 and 2013, solar subsidies skyrocketed from $1.1 billion to $4.5 billion in 2013, according to an updated report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Declining solar costs   …Continue Reading

Report Outlines State Energy Storage Policies

Linda Hardesty

The percentage of electricity generated from renewable energy sources continues to grow in the US, particularly from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Technologies that can facilitate increased deployment of renewable energy, such as distributed energy storage, are becoming more vital, according to a new report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Estimates indicate that there   …Continue Reading

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