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REGEN Energy, Ayla Networks Partner for Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

REGEN Energy and Ayla Networks entered a strategic partnership to help commercial and industrial customers lower their energy consumption. REGEN Energy’s Swarm Logic is a wireless energy management platform for dynamically controlling devices and electrical loads in commercial and light industrial facilities. Ayla specializes in cloud-based services that allow equipment manufacturers to create and support   …Continue Reading


Peak Demand Response Offered via Energy New England

Linda Hardesty

Energy New England, an energy cooperative of municipal electric utilities operating throughout New England, and Tangent Energy Solutions are offering the Tangent-ENE Peak Management Program that monitors grid and facility conditions to predict ICAP and transmission peak hours, alerts customers to take action, and actively manages their response. The program also configures existing on-site generation   …Continue Reading


Demand Response Policy Roundup

Linda Hardesty

An “Assessment of Demand Response and Advanced Metering” prepared by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) highlights developments in retail demand response and time-based pricing activities since the agency’s 2013 report. • California. In a September 2013 Order Instituting Rulemaking, the California Public Utilities Commission launched a proceeding to consider several changes to demand response   …Continue Reading


BMW Taps Old Batteries for Demand Response Trial

Linda Hardesty

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and automaker BMW are teaming up to test the ability of electric vehicle batteries to provide services to the electric grid. PG&E selected BMW after a competitive solicitation to manage a minimum of 100 kilowatts of electric demand on PG&E’s system, much as other large industrial and commercial customers do   …Continue Reading


Burger Franchisee Installs Energy Management at 59 Stores

Linda Hardesty

TOMS King, a northern Illinois-based Burger King franchisee, has deployed GridPoint’s energy management at all 59 TOMS King restaurants throughout Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania after a successful six-site pilot. TOMS King installed asset-level submetering to monitor several pieces of equipment and implemented HVAC and lighting controls. TOMS King also gained access to GridPoint’s cloud-based software   …Continue Reading


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