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Florida Goes Backwards on Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

In a 3-2 vote, Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) last week approved new goals for utilities that it says will “keep customer rates in check,” while at the same time saying, “The near term impact should slightly reduce all customer bills.” Commissioners also agreed to hold a workshop inviting public input on solar programs that   …Continue Reading


Kentucky Utilities Expand Energy-Efficiency Programs

Karen Henry

The Kentucky Public Service Commission approved plans filed by Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) to expand the following energy efficiency programs. Commercial energy analysis and rebates: Adds an online energy audit tool based on the commercial customer’s actual usage, retires the utilities’ former commercial energy analysis program to offer financial rebates   …Continue Reading


Demand Response Firm Explores Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

American Vanadium is working with Viridity Energy, a demand response provider in New York, to explore the deployment of CellCube vanadium flow storage systems for Viridity customers. American Vanadium says its CellCube can help solve situations that require multiple-hour energy storage. Earlier this year, American Vanadium partnered with the New York State Energy Research and   …Continue Reading


5 Energy Trends Changing the Balance of Power

Dan Upham

We no longer fret over taxes on tea, but there’s another American Revolution forming in our great nation today. Like the colonist uprising 241 years ago, it’s fueled by a need to stand up against an outdated system that threatens our way of life. It’s a battle over the future of American energy and our antiquated   …Continue Reading


US Leads Demand Response, But Not for Long

Linda Hardesty

Currently, almost all commercial and industrial demand response activity is taking place in the United States, says Navigant Research in its report “Demand Response for Commercial & Industrial Markets.” The first formal commercial and industrial DR programs in the United States began after the Enron crisis in California in 2001 and the Northeast Blackout in   …Continue Reading


How a JLL Building Saves Energy, Makes $80K

Sitar Mody

For 10 weeks this summer, EDF Climate Corps fellow Karan Gupta worked for JLL, a commercial real estate firm, to optimize energy use at one of the company’s largest buildings: 77 West Wacker Dr., a 1-million-square-foot commercial office building in downtown Chicago. At the core of Karan’s work was demand response – an energy savings tool that pays people to shift   …Continue Reading


Danish Island Serves as Testbed for Integrating Renewables into Grid

Linda Hardesty

The biggest smart grid project in Europe – the EcoGrid pilot – is being conducted on the Danish island of Bornholm. The project is trying to coordinate the fluctuations in the price of electricity with the volume of renewable energy available at five minute intervals, reports PennEnergy. In order to conduct the pilot, Bornholm’s local   …Continue Reading


Nissan Does Demand Response via LEAF EVs

Linda Hardesty

In Japan, ENERES Co. is using Nissan LEAF electric vehicles paired with the LEAF to Home power supply system for demand response testing at several sales outlets run by Kanagawa Nissan. Usually, when curtailment is requested, consumers may respond by moderating their use of air conditioning and lighting. However, by using the storage capacity of electric   …Continue Reading


Kit Does Demand Response for Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

Universal Devices is offering its Energy Management In a Box – a demand response system configured for the small and medium business market. The system complies with California’s Title 24 building requirements and uses OpenADR. Energy Management In a Box combines Universal Devices’ ISY994 Automation platform with up to 64 smart thermostats. The programmability of   …Continue Reading


Smart Cities Drive Changes across Energy Sector

Karen Henry

The urban population is estimated to expand by 2.4 billion people over the next 35 years, and there is increasing demand to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the needs of this quickly changing population. The smart city concept has developed in response to the rapid changes happening in cities around   …Continue Reading


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