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Schneider Electric Acquires Renewable Choice Energy

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric has acquired Renewable Choice Energy, a company that helps businesses transition to renewable energy. Terms of the deal, which closed on Friday, were not disclosed. The consolidation of the two companies makes sense for both, executives told Energy Manager Today. The equation for Schneider Electric is rather simple: The deal more than doubles   …Continue Reading


FirstEnergy’s PA Utilities Offer DR to Businesses; Entergy Arkansas Extends Consumer Program

Cheryl Kaften

irstEnergy announced on January 16 that its three of its regulated utilities in Pennsylvania – Met-Ed, Penn Power, and West Penn Power – have kicked off a demand response program for their commercial and industrial customers that offers them financial incentives to curtail their energy use, upon request, during peak hours.


Easy Efficiency Gain: Make Sure Off Really is Off

Carl Weinschenk

Common sense suggests that when the switch is off on an electronic device, it is no longer using electricity. In this case, common sense is wrong, however. Yesterday, Laura Sanchez at Forester Daily News offered a commentary on idle load consumption. Much of the piece is aimed at the residential sector. However, the situation is   …Continue Reading


DoE Launches Financing Navigator

Carl Weinschenk

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) introduced a Web-based navigator aimed at helping public and private organizations find financing for their projects. The Better Buildings Financing Navigator, the DoE says, is designed to enable those in search of financing to “search by topic, or answer a few simple questions to get tailored results,   …Continue Reading


Brandeis University Virtual-Net-Metered Solar Array to Save $2M Over 20 Years

Cheryl Kaften

Brandeis University, located in the Boston metropolitan area, expects to reduce its long-term energy bills through a PPA the school signed on January 13 to obtain solar power from a 1.27-MW rooftop system installed on a property in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. Specifically, the system is anticipated to save the school an estimated $70,000   …Continue Reading


Missouri PSC OKs Ameren Request for Higher Energy Efficiency Tariff

Cheryl Kaften

In a reversal of a January 2016 order, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a request on January 11 (Case No. ER-2017-0149) filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri to adjust the Energy Efficiency Investment Charge (EEIC) Rider that appears on the monthly bills of the utility’s 1.2 million electric customers statewide.


Citi to Power Texas Data Center with 50% Retail, Renewable Energy

Cheryl Kaften

Citi has entered into a contract to purchase retail, renewable power from MP2 Energy for a multi-year term at its Roanoke, Texas, data center, the financial services provider announced on January 10. The contract will provide Green-e certified renewable energy for 50 percent of the data center’s power needs. The contract takes into consideration the   …Continue Reading


In Minnesota, St. John’s University Expands Solar Farm to Six Times Its Original Size

Cheryl Kaften

St. John’s University of Collegeville, Minnesota, announced on January 10 that it had expanded its community solar garden.


Altenex Offers Renewable Energy PPA Tailored to Needs of Mid-Size, Smaller Companies

Cheryl Kaften

Altenex, an Edison Energy division that offers renewable energy advisory and procurement services, announced the availability on January 10 of PowerBloks – what the company claims is “a first-of-its-kind renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) structure for commercial, industrial and institutional electricity users.”


Greenpeace Ranks Switch Highest Worldwide for Sustainability among Internet Companies

Cheryl Kaften

Las Vegas-based Switch has become the first multi-tenant data center provider in the world to receive a perfect score in the six-year history of Greenpeace’s Clicking Clean report, the global environmental advocacy organization announced on January 9.