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Utilities Encourage Energy Efficiency, Engagement, Collaboration via Social Media

Sapna Maniar

Have you considered how your utility’s reputation and brand are perceived and influenced by your customers’ online social media interactions? A JD Power report from 2013 found that utility customers today consult social media channels prior to making equipment purchase decisions. Social media is reshaping energy consumption and behavior patterns as utility customers spend more time on   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Saves School District $30,000 per Year

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric completed an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for Tenino School District in Washington, which will help save the district $30,000 in energy and operational costs annually over 15 years. Funded in part through a $1 million Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) energy grant, the school district addressed utility and maintenance improvements   …Continue Reading

University Supplies Own Electricity

Linda Hardesty

The University of California will begin directly supplying electricity to its campuses and medical centers this month. Last year, UC became a registered Electric Service Provider (ESP), allowing its Wholesale Power Program to serve as the primary energy supplier, under direct access rules, to UC Irvine and its medical center, UC San Diego and its   …Continue Reading

Energy Commodities Prices Plummet in Late 2014

Linda Hardesty

During the last four months of 2014, crude oil and petroleum product prices fell dramatically, and ended the year with the largest price drops of all major commodities in the S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI), according to the US Energy Information Administration, based on Bloomberg. In 2014, the energy component of the GSCI fell   …Continue Reading

Largest Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage System Deployed in LA

Karen Henry

CODA Energy announced the full interconnection and operation of the largest behind-the-meter lithium-ion energy storage system in the Los Angeles basin. The 1,054 kWh, 510 kW system was developed under a contract with South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and co-funded through California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). CODA began installations at the beginning of   …Continue Reading

Advanced Energy to Sell Solar Inverter Business

Karen Henry

Advanced Energy Industries is exploring strategic alternatives for its solar inverter business. The company is considering various options including sale, joint venture, partnership, licensing or other alternatives including additional product line optimization and rationalization, in order to maximize shareholder value. The company plans to continue offering its inverter products and services and supporting its customers   …Continue Reading

Energy-Storage Gets Big Win in California

Karen Henry

When Southern California Edison requested proposals to meet its need for 2,221 MW of capacity in California, it did not expect energy storage systems to win the bid. But proposals for energy storage systems beat out hundreds of bids to construct new power plants, The New York Times reports. The utility selected 264 MW of   …Continue Reading

Fuel Cell Market Poised for Consistent Growth

Karen Henry

The fuel cell market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent during 2015–2020, according to a research study published by business consultancy company RNCOS. According to the study, “Fuel Cell Market Outlook 2020,” the efficiency of fuel cells has created demand in applications including military, electronic devices, transportation, traffic   …Continue Reading

Duke Energy Acquires 20-MW N.C. Solar Project

Karen Henry

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired a 20-MW (AC) solar project in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, from Geenex and ET Solar Energy. The Halifax Solar Power Project, developed in partnership between solar energy developer Geenex and energy investment company ET Capital, was placed into service this month. Duke Energy Renewables will own and operate the site.   …Continue Reading

Duke Preps for Distributed Solar on Heels of Net Metering Decision

Linda Hardesty

Duke Energy will deliver a distributed solar development plan to the South Carolina public utilities commission in February in response to the net metering agreement reached last week. In December, South Carolina became the 44th state to institute net metering. Net metering allows solar customers to get credit on their utility bills at the retail rate   …Continue Reading