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Coincident Peak and Your Electricity Costs

Jennifer Hermes

What’s driving your electrical energy spend?  It depends on the rate that you have negotiated with your utility provider.  It’s important to understand this since your electricity costs are typically six times greater than that of your natural gas energy spend.  There are typically three general components to the electricity bill: 1. Consumption Charge: Cost   …Continue Reading

There’s a Better Way to Organize the UK Energy Market

Karen Henry

Sara Bell, managing director of Tempus Energy and principal of the UK Demand Response Association, says she believes the UK energy market has never prioritized the customer, The Guardian reports. In order to meet shareholder expectations, energy suppliers are “duty bound” to sell at the highest price. The business model for energy has to change, Bell   …Continue Reading

Direct Energy Rolls Out Demand Response from Siemens

Linda Hardesty

Siemens Smart Grid has signed a contract with Direct Energy to install a Demand Response Management System (DRMS) that Direct Energy can use for multiple Independent System Operators (ISOs). As a retail utility, Direct Energy will roll out the Siemens DRMS to manage its existing load commitments in multiple ISO regions, including PJM, ISO-NE, ERCOT   …Continue Reading

EnerNOC Releases New Pricing, Packages for EIS Software

Karen Henry

EnerNOC has revised the pricing and package structure for its energy intelligence software (EIS). The new packages adopt a traditional SaaS approach of “good, better, best” bundling of features and services. EnerNOC’s EIS includes seven areas of functionality: Utility bill management: Consolidates bills, tracks costing trends and identifies and reports bill errors. Supply management: Accrues energy costs   …Continue Reading

Colorado Beer Brewers Model Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

Colorado craft beer brewers are setting the bar when it comes to sustainability efforts, according to a Rocky Mountain Institute blog post. The post cites New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins and Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont as particularly good examples of what beer brewers, as well as other energy-intensive industries, can do to reduce their   …Continue Reading

Hawaiian Electric Companies Propose Demand Response Programs

Karen Henry

The Hawaiian Electric Companies are proposing an Integrated Demand Response Portfolio Plan to provide customers more options for saving on their electric bills while supporting the adoption of more clean energy, reducing the use of more expensive fossil-fueled generation and relieving stress on the electric grid. The plan lays out new and enhanced demand response   …Continue Reading

Stem Installs Energy Storage for Adobe

Linda Hardesty

Stem is going to install its energy storage and real-time data analytics system in Adobe’s historic Baker and Hamilton Building in San Francisco, the oldest LEED platinum building in the world. The system will automatically respond to spikes in the building’s electricity use, drawing on previously stored power to reduce Adobe’s energy costs. Adobe will   …Continue Reading

Energy Costs to Remain Low for Last Part of July

Karen Henry

Below average temperatures mean energy costs savings for many residents and business owners in the United States. During the first three weeks in July, Chicago residents and business owners have used 35 percent less energy than the 30-year average to cool their homes and business, and in Atlanta, the savings has been around 12 percent.   …Continue Reading

UK Makes Investment in Energy Infrastructure Easier

Karen Henry

The UK energy sector saw $77 billion of investment between January 2010 and December 2013, with a $14.5 billion investment in renewable technologies in 2013 alone, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC’s) first report on energy investment in the UK, “Delivering UK Energy Investment 2014.” This investment tackles a legacy of underinvestment   …Continue Reading

EnerNOC Updates Energy Software

Linda Hardesty

EnerNOC released an update to its energy intelligence software, which includes the company’s new predictive energy algorithm and tariff engine. The addition of predictive capabilities is coupled with customer-specific tariff data from Genability, which the company invested in earlier this year. The new capabilities provide a granular view into future energy usage and spend to   …Continue Reading

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