Electricity

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


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


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.


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.


Stewart’s Shops: Never Too Old to Learn

Carl Weinschenk

The convenience store chain, which has more than 330 outlets in upstate New York and southern Vermont, is using solar to save a lot of money.


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.