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The Future of American Energy: How Do We Get There?

Jennifer Hermes

Imagine a world where homes not only run on clean electricity but also generate, store, and sell it. A world where power companies get paid for conserving energy, not just producing it. Where, when supplies are tight, the power grid gives customers the option of being paid to reduce and even shift their energy use   …Continue Reading


5 Mistakes Block Your Utility Rebate Check

Jennifer Hermes

Participating in utility energy efficiency programs can be a win-win. Facility owners and managers can get energy conservation equipment installed at drastically reduced costs and contractors have a fantastic opportunity to increase sales and broaden their client bases. BUT getting the final check in your hands at the end of the installation is not as   …Continue Reading


Peak Load Incentives Boosted in New York City

William Opalka

Peak load incentives for the expected surge in electricity demand this summer have been boosted by 60 percent over last year’s level in New York City. Energy services company ConEdison Solutions is telling developers, building owners and institutions to take advantage of major increases in the incentives offered to large energy users. The proposed incentive   …Continue Reading


Investor Confidence Project Comes to Texas

William Opalka

An innovative program to standardize investment protocols in energy efficiency programs is coming to Texas with the introduction of Keeping PACE in Texas. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said it is dedicated to bringing property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs to the state. The do-it-yourself toolkit embeds energy efficiency protocols developed by EDF’s Investor Confidence   …Continue Reading


Detroit Schools Leverage Tax Credits for Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Detroit Public Schools is utilizing $150,000 of up to $1.8 million in energy tax credits to plan and design energy efficiency projects at 10 schools. Additional schools will be targeted for energy efficiency assessments and upgrades with the remaining tax credits. The projects will include swapping of incandescent and fluorescent lighting with LED lighting and   …Continue Reading


Priority Power Management Procures 1B kWh for Texas Clients

Linda Hardesty

The Public Utility Commission of Texas previously approved a settlement to transition Sharyland Utility’s Brady, Celeste, Colorado City and Stanton service areas into retail electric competition. On the deadline date for Sharyland to accept new transactions for moving customers to competitive retail electricity providers, Priority Power Management says it has procured nearly 1 billion kWh   …Continue Reading


REI Buys RECs

Linda Hardesty

In addition to 26 solar systems generating energy and a program to invest in energy efficiency, REI says it also now buys certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to power more than 130 stores, two distribution centers and its headquarters. In 2013, REI bought 54,959 Green-E certified RECs from a wind farm in western Texas. REI   …Continue Reading


Wind Capacity Adds Could Fall 5 GW if PTC Not Extended

William Opalka

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysis of the production tax credit (PTC) shows that it has been critical to the development of the wind power industry and the deployment of wind generation in the United States. Implications of a PTC Extension on US Wind Deployment was recently released. From 2006 to 2012, wind power   …Continue Reading


Treasury Bonds for Clean Energy

Linda Hardesty

A group of Democrat legislators are borrowing a page from the WWII “war bond” model to increase the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency. They’ve introduced a bill – the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2014, which would allow Americans to invest in clean energy, starting as low as a $25 purchase of   …Continue Reading


First Solar Farm on Superfund Site Completed

William Opalka

The first utility scale solar project constructed on an active EPA Superfund site has been completed in Indiana. The 10.86-MW Maywood Solar Farm is located on 43 acres of the Reilly Tar & Chemical Superfund site in Indianapolis, and was completed under the 2012 Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) Rate-REP program. The project was unique   …Continue Reading


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