Bosch, Toyota Join CalCharge Energy Storage Effort

Linda Hardesty

CalCharge, an initiative designed to accelerate breakthrough energy storage technologies, welcomes six new member companies: charter members Bosch and Toyota, along with general members Blue Current, Ensor, EnZinc and ITN Energy Systems. The new members will have access to CalCharge’s programs, services and network, designed to help clear the path to commercialization. CalCharge’s technology acceleration   …Continue Reading

Grid Forecasting Tool Combines 5 Different Models

Linda Hardesty

A new tool that forecasts future electricity needs has been developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Performance of the Power Model Integrator tool was tested against five commonly used forecasting models processing a year’s worth of historical power system data. “For forecasts one-to-four hours out, we saw a   …Continue Reading

Verizon Introduces Smart Energy-as-a-Service

Karen Henry

Verizon has announced Grid Wide Utility Solutions, a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform that provides utility companies with an integrated system for smart metering, demand response, meter data management and distribution monitoring and control. Grid Wide comes with a range of cloud-based applications intended to help utility companies drive incremental revenue, reduce operating costs, increase   …Continue Reading

Direct Current Powers Building

Linda Hardesty

Adolfson & Peterson Construction is beginning Phase I of a project to redevelop the city of Fort Collins, Colorado’s municipal services complex. The first project is the erection of a new 3-story, 37,500-sq-foot Utilities Administration Building that will rely on Direct Current Power, as opposed to traditional Alternating Current. This will make the building unique   …Continue Reading

Honeywell Acquires Elster for $5.1B

Linda Hardesty

Honeywell signed an agreement to acquire the Elster Division of Melrose Industries for about $5.1 billion. Elster is a provider of thermal gas systems for commercial, industrial and residential heating systems as well as being a provider of gas, water and electricity meters. Honeywell says during the past decade, it has completed more than 80   …Continue Reading

Ideal Power, KACO Converge Energy Storage, Solar

Linda Hardesty

KACO new energy, a manufacturer of solar inverters and power conversion systems, will resell Ideal Power‘s products under the KACO label. In addition, KACO will use Ideal Power’s patented Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA) to develop its own products and integrated energy storage systems. KACO new energy has more than 8 GW of installed solar   …Continue Reading

Franklin Energy Wins Contract for Wisconsin Load Limiting Program

Linda Hardesty

Franklin Energy Services, an energy efficiency program implementation firm, signed an 18-month contract with Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. In support of Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), Franklin Energy will drive qualifying participants through the On Demand Savings Program pilot, in order to curb their electric demand during   …Continue Reading

GE Reignites Energy Storage Business

Karen Henry

General Electric is relaunching its energy storage business and has its sights set on becoming a sizable player in the market, Reuters reports. In the wake of diminishing demand for its Durathon industrial battery, GE has overhauled its approach to the energy storage market and is now positioning itself as a provider of energy storage   …Continue Reading

Energy Awards Offers 7 Entry Tips from Judges

Jennifer Hermes

Early Bird Deadline for the energy awards from Energy Manager Today arrives July 29. Awards prove to potential customers, existing clients, investors and other stakeholders the worth of your product or the project you implemented. Writing a tight, informative entry for the energy awards, being precise about why your product or project deserves recognition as   …Continue Reading

Walmart, Others Seek to Back Out of Florida Energy-Efficiency Program

Karen Henry

Walmart and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, which represents large electricity users, have submitted a proposal to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) that would allow them to opt out of the state’s 35-year-old conservation program, South Florida’s reports. The proposal would separate the energy-efficiency payments and the demand-side management programs that are   …Continue Reading