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St. Petersburg Aims to be 100% Renewable

Carl Weinschenk

St. Petersburg, FL, is the first city in Florida to agree to use 100 percent clean and renewable energy, according to a Sierra Club announcement reported at Yahoo News. The city has allocated $250,000 of settlement funds from the BP oil spill to create the roadmap to total renewable energy. The story says that only   …Continue Reading

The McCoy Solar Energy Centers Launch

Carl Weinschenk

The McCoy Solar Energy Centers have been commissioned in Riverside County, near Blythe, CA. The projects, which are in the Mojave Desert, are the result of a $1.2 billion investment. They collectively feature more than 4 million solar panels and trackers. The total generating capacity is 485 MW, which will serve customers of Southern California Edison   …Continue Reading

Buyers Beware: Retailers Have Fleeced Maine Ratepayers by $50M, BDN Claims

Cheryl Kaften

Maine households have unnecessarily spent about $50 million on electricity over the past four years, through a competitive retail electricity market that purported to offer savings, according to results of an investigation by the Bangor Daily News (BDN), published on November 16.

18 Companies Ask VA for Regulatory Clarification

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft, Walmart, Best Buy, IKEA, Staples and 13 other companies have asked the Virginia State Corporation Commission to create “an explicit legal framework” for expanding access to renewable energy from utilities and third party suppliers, according to The request came in a letter that was a public comment on a request by Appalachian Power   …Continue Reading

GHG Reduction and Energy Efficiency Go Hand-in-Hand

Carl Weinschenk

The good news is that helping the environment helps the bottom line.

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.

Energy Star Recognizes 16 GM Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced today that 16 of its facilities have been recognized by Energy Star. Two of the facilities – Bedford Casting in Indiana and the plant in Grand Rapids, MI – were recognized for the first time. The Bradford operation reduced energy intensity by 12 percent and the Grand Rapids plant replaced 11,000 lights   …Continue Reading

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.