Electricity

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


Drama Aside, Tesla’s Acquisition of SolarCity Makes Sense

Carl Weinschenk

Whether it closes or not, Tesla’s proposed acquisition of SolarCity is a tangible example of how technology crosses industry borders. Musk and Tesla, of course, made their biggest mark in the electric vehicle arena, not building energy management. But a key element of Tesla’s portfolio – advanced batteries – is increasingly important in buildings, which seldom go for a Sunday drive.


Energy-as-a-Service: Charting a Path Through Complexity

Carl Weinschenk

Energy-as-a-service is growing as an option as organizations seek a way to cut through the intense complexity of energy procurement.


The Lowest Hanging Fruit: Saving Energy By Finding Easily Fixed Problems

Carl Weinschenk

Organizations interested in the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency go to great lengths to reduce consumption. Some approaches – such as LED retrofits – are relatively easy. Others, such as the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) — are more intensive and carry a steeper price tag. What about just turning off and disconnecting the things that shouldn’t be turned on?


Pittsburgh Excels in the 2030 Challenge

Carl Weinschenk

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that sits at the confluence of three great rivers. It is home to three storied professional sports teams and several great universities. It also is the leading city in the Green Building Alliance’s 2030 Challenge.


For Kimco Realty, Slow and Steady Wins the Efficiency Game

Carl Weinschenk

Kimco Realty has racked up impressive energy efficiency and usage reduction gains during the past five years. The key message from an executive who helped design and carry out its program: Don’t expect immediate results.


Since June 2014, Energy Prices Less. Since March, Oil Prices Up.

Ken Silverstein

Oil and natural gas prices have fallen 1.2 percent since June 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Will Utilities Lease Rooftops of Commercial Buildings for Solar Power Generation?

Carl Weinschenk

Third-party leasing of rooftops or other spaces for solar arrays is a growing trend. Last month, for instance, Energy Manager Today posted a blog about a project being run by Soltage, LLC. The company is providing Quinsigamond Community College in West Brookfield, MA with about 2.4 MWh of energy. The 5,800 photovoltaic panels generating the   …Continue Reading


Will Co-Firing Natural Gas and Coal Meet Clean Power Plan Standards?

Ken Silverstein

When it comes to complying with the Clean Power Plan, FirstEnergy Corp. has some interesting thoughts: co-firing natural gas with coal. “Co-firing has several benefits,” says Todd Meyers, FirstEnergy spokesperson. “It provides fuel diversity and ensures our Mon Power coal units can continue to produce low-cost electricity while supporting both the abundant low-cost natural gas   …Continue Reading


Utilities Must Provide C-Level Execs with the Data They Need to Push Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Energy managers, especially those who work in heavily corporate environments  and support facilities that are served by multiple utilities, have a problem: CEOs and CFOs are reluctant to take steps to increase energy efficiencies and cut costs because utilities are not doing a good job of providing the very specific data upon which decisions are based. The   …Continue Reading