Electricity

User: Ice Storage Slashes Electricity Costs

Carl Weinschenk

Freezing water at night and using it for cooling the next day drastically cut how much one company spends on air conditioning.


Rice University Benefits from Flat Rate, Peak Use Programs

Carl Weinschenk

Rice University in Houston has benefitted to the tune of $399,405 in revenue and savings by participating in voluntary programs that reduce peak electric use. The Rice Thresher, the student newspaper, says that a key program is Emergency Response Service-30. During times of peak energy use, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas calls Rice to   …Continue Reading


A New Approach to Switchgear

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric says its 2SIS technology is more economical, reliable and safe.


Making Solar Inverters Smarter

Carl Weinschenk

The way in which utilities handle solar power is evolving. Energy managers should pay attention, because the changes involve equipment they purchase.


Waste-to-Energy Shows Growth in New Jersey, Maine and Florida

Carl Weinschenk

WTE approaches are getting a second look as companies seek to cut down on methane emissions and shy away from landfills.


ComEd Awards $1.2M in Credits

Carl Weinschenk

ComEd’s Peak Time Savings (PTS) program has earned customers more than $1.2 million in credits in exchange for their efforts to reduce electric usage, according to the company. The program was introduced during the summer of 2015. It provides customers a $1 bill credit for every kilowatt hour of energy reducing during peak time savings hours, which   …Continue Reading


GM to Use All Renewable Energy by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced yesterday that it will get its electricity from renewable sources across all of its 350 worldwide operations by 2050. The company said that it also is joining RE100, which is a global collaborative of businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electric power. GM says that it saves $5 million annually from use of renewable   …Continue Reading


AEEE: Efficiency Rising as an Energy Resource

Carl Weinschenk

It’s a bit counter-intuitive to think of energy efficiency as a resource. But the AEEE did just that – and found that it is third in the electric generation segment. And it may top the list in 2030.


Small Businesses Gingerly Approach Community Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Business people think that community solar is a great thing. That is, once they know it exists and what it is. The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), in conjunction with the Shelton Group, recently conducted two research studies on the topic. One is focused on the attitudes of consumers (2001 participants) and the other on   …Continue Reading


New York State Aggressive on Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved a clean energy standard that requires half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. The phase-in schedule, which is characterized as “aggressive” in the press release, requires 26.31 percent of energy used to be from renewable resources by 2017 and 30.54 percent by 2021.   …Continue Reading