Technology Evolves – And So Do Incentive and Grant Programs

Carl Weinschenk

Delaware has upgraded a key energy efficiency grant program. The goals are to increase the sophistication of elements that deal with LEDs and help businesses see the broader energy efficiency landscape.

Obama Admin Pushes Solar for Low, Moderate Income Housing

Carl Weinschenk

The Clean Energy Savings for All initiative, which was announced this week by the Obama Administration, aims to increase alternative energy use by low and moderate income families by a factor of ten. The program, according to UPI, will focus on solar energy. The story noted that despite the increase in solar power, current use – about   …Continue Reading

Navigant: Commercial and Industrial Energy Storage Market to Hit $10.8B in 2025

Carl Weinschenk

The commercial and industrial (C&I) energy storage market in the United States, led by California, is growing, according to Navigant Research. The firm predicts that the sector will grow from $968.4 million this year to $10.8 billion in 2025. Capacity will expand from 499.4 MW this year to 9.1 GW by the end of the study   …Continue Reading

Behind the Meter Podcast: CLEAResult’s Michele Negley on Energy Rebates

Carl Weinschenk

Michele Negley, the Senior Vice President for CLEAResult ‘s Southern Region, says that the biggest obstacle to businesses winning rebates is not the reluctance to make necessary energy efficiency investments. It is developing the decision making framework required to put the programs in place. Once the team forms and becomes engaged, rebates — many from   …Continue Reading

Municipalities Like Solar Energy and Power Purchase Agreements

Carl Weinschenk

Municipalities big and small increasingly are looking to power purchase agreements (PPAs) to finance solar projects. On Monday, PennEnergy reported that the small upstate New York city of Watervliet has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with SunEdison for almost 1 MW of DC solar power. The power, the story says, will be used in   …Continue Reading

Changing Winds on Ways and Means — PTC Future Uncertain

Elizabeth Noll

This article was co-authored by Emily Barkdoll. With Congressman Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) becoming Speaker of the House, his seat as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is up for grabs. Both Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) have thrown their hats into the ring to succeed him. The House Ways and   …Continue Reading

Pediatric Clinic Nets $4,000 Rebate for LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Utica Pediatrics worked with BlueRock Energy Services to retrofit its office with LEDs. It had been lit with lamps that were metered at 2700K, close to the color of standard incandescents, according to a Noesis case study. The LED replacement lamps that were installed are rated at 5,000K, the equivalent to daylight. The project saves   …Continue Reading

Community College Nets $80K in Lighting Rebates

Linda Hardesty

San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) chose Cree energy efficient LED lighting for its campus along with Cree SmartCast technology. The college upgraded its administrative offices with the LED lights and controls and is now consuming up to 75 percent less lighting energy. The college also received over $80,000 in rebates for the project. The   …Continue Reading

Low Cost of Oil Causes NYSERDA to Boost Wood Heating Incentives

Linda Hardesty

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) increased levels of support through Renewable Heat NY for high-efficiency, low-emission wood heating systems. NYSERDA is increasing the levels of state support in response to market changes. It says the price of oil is down 25 percent since Renewable Heat NY was launched in July   …Continue Reading

Convention Center Snags $60,000 from PECO for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Pennsylvania Convention Center completed three LED lighting projects and received $60,000 in PECO Smart Ideas rebates. During the past two years, the convention center has replaced lighting throughout the facility and in the adjacent 12th Street tunnel with energy-efficient LED lighting. This new lighting will save about 607,000 kWh annually. PECO Smart Ideas, a suite   …Continue Reading