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Customers Lose As Congress Fails To Renew Energy Efficiency Tax Breaks

Cheryl Kaften

The Alliance to Save Energy is calling on legislators to restore common-sense energy efficiency tax breaks for American consumers and businesses that Congress –“ like a Grinch,” the energy efficiency coalition said – allowed to expire on December 31.


Vermont Towns, Schools Sign on for Discounted Net Metering Credits

Cheryl Kaften

Municipalities and schools in the member towns of the Windham Solid Waste Management District in Vermont – which is charged with recycling, trash management, and hazardous waste disposal – have become the first to be invited to take advantage of net metering credits associated with a solar array set to be built on the district’s closed and capped landfill, according to a January 1 report by the Brattleboro Reformer.


Is a New Approach to Renewables Set to Make Waves?

Carl Weinschenk

There is a emerging form of renewable energy with which energy managers should be familiar.


Fort Dix Getting Big Solar Farm

Carl Weinschenk

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has begun building a 16.5 MW solar farm on a former Superfund site near the base, according pv magazine USA. The project will feature about 50,844 solar panels and produce 21,315 MWh of energy annually, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 15,000 metric tons. The base, which is commonly referred to as   …Continue Reading


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.


PG&E Approaches NEM Cap; New Owner-Operators Will Participate in TOU Pricing

Cheryl Kaften

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) –  an investor-owned utility that provides natural gas and electric service to about 16 million people in the Golden State – announced on December 9 that the company expects to reach a net energy metering (NEM) milestone of 2,409 megawatts (MW) of installed private rooftop solar capacity on the energy grid this month – representing more than 275,000 solar customers in northern and central California.


Xcel Hikes Rates in 80 Texas Panhandle Cities

Cheryl Kaften

On December 9, customers in more than 80 cities across the Texas Panhandle saw their Xcel Energy bills increase by 4 percent, according to a report by the ABC7 Amarillo news affiliate.


Microgrids Continue to Progress – With Some Bumps in the Road

Carl Weinschenk

The news is mostly good, but uncertainty on what’s ahead in Washington and at least one abandoned initiative are yellow flags.


OpTerra Introduces Financing Platform

Carl Weinschenk

OpTerra Energy Services has introduced OpTerraADVANTAGE, an in-house financing platform. The goal is to enable commercial, industrial and institutional customers to work around common financial obstacles to energy efficiency projects, the press release says. These can include strict return on investment (ROI) requirements, budget challenges and capital expenditure (capex) limits. The release says that the   …Continue Reading


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.