When Michigan utility commissioners issued an order to have their staff ensure that utilities are doing their utmost to prevent hacks, they did so out of fear that a cyber invasion could shut down the grid and hence cost the state millions of dollars in lost commerce. The move is a harbinger of things to come.
Existing construction and renovation standards are becoming baselines which support more stringent requirements.
Microsoft, Walmart, Best Buy, IKEA, Staples and 13 other companies have asked the Virginia State Corporation Commission to create “an explicit legal framework” for expanding access to renewable energy from utilities and third party suppliers, according to Virginia.com. The request came in a letter that was a public comment on a request by Appalachian Power …Continue Reading
The California Public Utilities Commission is accelerating the process of installing energy efficient appliances in rent-subsidized multi-unit apartment buildings, according to the website of WPCC. The story says that $400 million that is set aside annually to fund efficiency upgrades has gone unspent due to state rules. The CPUC has directed Southern California Edison, the …Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing more than $300 million in projects aimed at increasing use of renewables and energy efficiency options for small businesses. The press release on the move said that the USDA will spend $237 million in support of 423 small businesses through the Rural Energy for America (REAP) program. In …Continue Reading
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has approved Bluon Energy’s TdX 20 refrigerant under Standard 34-2013. The approval was validated by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). TdX 20 was given the designation R-458A. The press release was issued this week. However, R-458A was approved by the Standards Committee on June …Continue Reading
A movement is underway to allow more freedom and flexibility in meeting data center energy requirements.