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Natural Gas Pipeline Congestion is Squeezing Energy Managers

Ken Silverstein

If natural gas pipelines are not built in the Northeast, developers say that the region cannot meet the expected demand for the fuel and that prices will skyrocket — just as they did during the 2013 winter freeze out.


Building a Better Turbine

Carl Weinschenk

Waste gases are a problem. If vented or flared without being properly treated, they contribute to pollution and global warming. Conditioning them to be disposed of properly is expensive, however. The problem would be solved if a way is found to use the dirty and diluted gases to produce the heat that is necessary to generate the   …Continue Reading


Water, Energy Steps Being Taken at 2 KY Correctional Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

Siemens Government Technologies has been awarded a $38.6 million contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to deploy energy and water conservation platforms at two correctional facilities in eastern Kentucky. The Facility Executive says that they are being carried out at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland and the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, both of   …Continue Reading


Utility Data Aggregation: How to Take the Best Approach

Jennifer Hermes

Energy services and software providers tend to perform a variety of strategic activities, including performing building audits, evaluating peak demand, implementing energy efficiency products for customers, qualifying customers’ risks in deregulated energy markets, creating detailed energy reports, etc. All of these activities have one, rather cumbersome thing in common: they require the aggregation of utility data, and manual approaches are inefficient and   …Continue Reading


There’s Nothing More Sacred Than Coal in Coal Country. Ask Hillary Clinton

Ken Silverstein

Hillary Clinton gets a taste of what coal means to coal country.


Price of Carbon Credits Rises In Europe, Which is a Good Thing

Ken Silverstein

Whatever your thoughts are on trading carbon credits to reduce the levels of heat-trapping emissions, European leaders think they are making progress. Long criticized as being ineffective because the price of credits was too cheap and the cost of exceeding compliance rates was too low, the program is now evolving. Carbon prices have risen nearly   …Continue Reading


SCTE, ISBE Join Villanova’s RISE Forum

Carl Weinschenk

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm – the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) said today that they are joining Villanova University’s Resilient Innovation through Sustainable Engineering Forum (RISE). RISE, the press release says, aims to advance sustainable enterprises. It says that that mission aligns with the SCTE/ISBE Energy 2020   …Continue Reading


Driving Energy Efficiency in Leased Commercial Space is Complicated – and Worthwhile

Carl Weinschenk

Increasing use of natural light by enlarging windows and conforming work areas is a win-win: It cuts energy costs and increases efficiency while making employees happier, more productive and likelier to stay with the company. Actually implementing this — and other — obviously beneficial projects can be tricky when the company is leasing its space, however. Issues surrounding leased space   …Continue Reading


Will Co-Firing Natural Gas and Coal Meet Clean Power Plan Standards?

Ken Silverstein

When it comes to complying with the Clean Power Plan, FirstEnergy Corp. has some interesting thoughts: co-firing natural gas with coal. “Co-firing has several benefits,” says Todd Meyers, FirstEnergy spokesperson. “It provides fuel diversity and ensures our Mon Power coal units can continue to produce low-cost electricity while supporting both the abundant low-cost natural gas   …Continue Reading


Pitkin County (CO) Looks for Solar Opportunities

Carl Weinschenk

Pitkin County, Colorado, is looking for places to put solar panels, according to the Aspen Daily News. The story says that Sunsense Solar identified three venues: Near a county building, in a remote location tied to the grid and on community installations . The survey was partially funded Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) and was   …Continue Reading


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