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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


Soft Costs Are a Big Savings Opportunity for US Solar PV Installations

Karen Henry

The US can substantially improve its average installation efficiency of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, according to a new study released by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), “Lessons from Australia: Reducing Solar PV Costs Through Installation Labor Efficiency.” RMI and GTRI compared installed small-scale solar generation costs in   …Continue Reading


Automotive Market on Track to Be Biggest User of Energy Storage

Karen Henry

The automotive market is on its way to displacing consumer electronics as the biggest user of energy storage, according to a new report from Lux Research, “Finding Growth Opportunities in the $50 Billion Energy Storage Market.” Energy storage will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent to $50 billion in 2020,   …Continue Reading


Clean Energy Is Growing in Popularity

Karen Henry

Clean energy is becoming a popular energy choice for mainstream America. Eleven states generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with Iowa and South Dakota exceeding 25 percent, according to the 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The Index tracks the clean-tech activities, such as electric vehicle (EV) and   …Continue Reading


Colorado Ranked Least Energy-Expensive State

Karen Henry

In the United States, 7.1 percent of the average consumer’s total income is spent on energy costs, including fuel, natural gas and electricity. July and August tend to be the month with the highest energy consumption, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). To help consumers with the most costly energy bills budget effectively,   …Continue Reading


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