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Refrigeration Battery Works as Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Axiom Exergy, a provider of energy storage systems for large supermarkets and food distribution facilities, has created the Refrigeration Battery for businesses with high refrigeration loads. The Refrigeration Battery enables facilities to store cooling for later use, thereby transforming their refrigeration systems into large-scale, cloud-connected, smart energy-storage resources. The Refrigeration Battery shifts up to 40   …Continue Reading

Shore Hotel Installs Energy Storage, EV Charging

Linda Hardesty

The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, California, unveiled a Green Charge Networks energy storage system coupled with electric vehicle DC charging. Shore Hotel is a newly-built LEED Gold certified hotel. The energy storage system coupled with EV charging is expected to save the hotel 50 percent in demand charges. According to Green Charge, every time   …Continue Reading

Demand Response Push in Texas

Josh Kessler

A recent post on the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)’s Energy Exchange blog discussed legislation that would expand the role of demand response (DR) in Texas. EDF, in collaboration with the Advanced Energy Management Alliance, are promoting proposals that advance DR, such as Texas Senate Bill 1284 from Senator Kirk Watson and House Bill 3343 from Representative   …Continue Reading

Toshiba Demos PV, Fuel-Cell, Battery, Hydrogen System

Linda Hardesty

Toshiba is demonstrating operation of its H2One, an independent energy supply system based on renewable energy and use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation. Toshiba installed the system at two locations in Kawasaki: the Kawasaki Marien public facility and Higashi-Ogishima-Naka Park in the Kawasaki Port area. H2One combines a photovoltaic installation, storage batteries,   …Continue Reading

Demand Response Signup in PJM (Mid-Atlantic/Midwest)

Josh Kessler

Demand response signup is open until the middle of May in the PJM Interconnection region, an area that covers the Mid-Atlantic and part of the Midwest. According to the Ohio Manufacturing Association, Ohio customers located in the FirstEnergy service territory can receive incentives of $1,000 per 100 kW, while those in the Duke, AEP and   …Continue Reading

SoCalGas Launches First Power-to-Gas Project in US

Karen Henry

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has joined with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time in the United States. The technology converts electricity into gaseous energy and could provide North America with a   …Continue Reading

Demand Response Company Offers Free Energy Bill Analysis

Linda Hardesty

THG Energy Solutions, a provider of automated demand response systems, is offering free energy bill analysis and remote facility auditing for commercial building owners and energy managers to see if they would benefit from an integrated market responsive strategy. According to THG, the opportunity to participate in demand response programs around the country has been   …Continue Reading

Siemens Demand Response Now OpenADR 2.0 Compliant

Linda Hardesty

Siemens’ SureGrid Demand Response (DR) site enablement system has successfully passed the testing and certification process for Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) 2.0 compliance. The cloud-based DR aggregation tool allows for standardized two-way IP-based communication between utilities and building control systems, which can then automatically reduce electricity usage during peak periods. OpenADR is an open   …Continue Reading

EnerNOC, SunPower Cross Market to Commercial Customers

Linda Hardesty

SunPower entered a three-year partnership agreement with EnerNOC. SunPower will exclusively offer EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software to its commercial and industrial solar customers in the US and Canada. EnerNOC will exclusively offer SunPower solar solutions to its enterprise customers. As part of the agreement, SunPower will start deploying EnerNOC’s software-as-a-service bundled with solar to its   …Continue Reading

Time-Varying Electricity Pricing

Josh Kessler

The Environmental Defense Fund’s senior manager for Grid Modernization posted a blog entry this week about the importance of time-varying electricity pricing to reduce usage at peak hours of the day – such as hot summer days when consumers come home from work and turn on their air conditioners. Across the US, consumers used between 47 and   …Continue Reading