Energy

Quality Power, Not Just Power, Should be the Goal

Carl Weinschenk

A priority for energy managers, of course, is to make sure that electricity keeps flowing. The next level of concern is to find the desired mix of low cost and renewable resources. A very important factor that may ride a bit under the radar is the need for quality. Having a power supply is one   …Continue Reading


EPA Undeterred by Supreme Court’s Delay of Clean Power Plan

Ken Silverstein

When the coal states lined up for a final drive to temporarily block the Clean Power Plan at the US Supreme Court, most onlookers thought it an act of desperation. Now that the Supremes have granted their request, the bigger question is what will ultimately happen to the carbon reduction plan. On Tuesday, the High   …Continue Reading


Battery Storage Giving Businesses a Break

Ken Silverstein

Battery storage is helping utilities do their jobs. And by extension, it will — in time — help energy managers. Just off the lot: a 8.75 megawatt project that captures and reuses energy created by braking subway cars along two subway lines. It’s now one of the nation’s largest customer-sited battery storage networks that will   …Continue Reading


WGL Extends Energy Management Platform

Carl Weinschenk

Measuring energy usage and cost is one of the primary steps toward improving a facility’s energy efficiency. Without good numbers – very good numbers – the ability to incrementally grow efficiency is impeded. Last week, Washington, D.C.-based WGL Energy Services said that it is extending the capabilities of its energy management platform. The free tool   …Continue Reading


Two Idaho Companies Get Energy Rebates

Carl Weinschenk

Conrad & Bischoff and Idaho Steel received rebates of $52,998 and $39,172, respectively, through Idaho Falls Power’s Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program, according to East Idaho News. The combined total of kWh saved is 606,169 according to the story. That is enough to power almost 50 homes for a year. The Idaho Steel project focused on switching   …Continue Reading


Supreme Court Overturns DC Circuit, OKs FERC Order 745

Carl Weinschenk

Overlapping constituencies – including industrial and commercial energy buyers, aggregated groups of consumers and the advanced energy distribution ecosystem — scored a big win yesterday as the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had acted within its powers in setting the rules for demand response programs. The court also approved the specific   …Continue Reading


The Distributed Energy Market Gains Strength

Carl Weinschenk

Two indicators suggest that the growth of distributed energy is accelerating: The battery sector is thriving and the financial community – the people who make all the research and development possible – is paying much closer attention to what is going on. The first indicator is the growth of batteries. One recent example was announced two weeks ago.   …Continue Reading


Behind the Meter Podcast: CLEAResult’s Michele Negley on Energy Rebates

Carl Weinschenk

Michele Negley, the Senior Vice President for CLEAResult ‘s Southern Region, says that the biggest obstacle to businesses winning rebates is not the reluctance to make necessary energy efficiency investments. It is developing the decision making framework required to put the programs in place. Once the team forms and becomes engaged, rebates — many from   …Continue Reading


Battery and Storage Sectors Keep Pace with Energy Decentralization

Carl Weinschenk

The decentralized generation of energy is a great thing. Bringing generation into the network, however, is not easy. It has many technical ramifications and complications. It also is costly. One of the most important issues is the nature of the batteries and related systems that store the energy that is being produced. It obviously is an   …Continue Reading


The Insulation Sector: Growth and Innovation

Carl Weinschenk

Insulation is a huge factor in energy efficiency efforts and, consequently, on the amount of money an organization spends on heating and cooling. The news seems to be good in this sector on a couple of fronts: Two research projects – one focused on premise interiors and one on exteriors — are showing results in Europe.   …Continue Reading