Can the EU Form an Energy Union?

Karen Henry

The European Commission has submitted various proposals to bring together the energy systems of member states into a single “energy union,” The Guardian reports. Among other benefits, an energy union could provide cost savings, greater energy efficiency and greater energy supply resilience in the face of threats and other emergencies. The technology to achieve an   …Continue Reading

Energy Agenda of the 114th Congress Pros & Cons

June DeHart

The 114th Congress convened January 3 with energy at the top of its agenda.  Both the House and the Senate kicked off the new session with approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  That was just the start.  Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the new Chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, has promised comprehensive energy legislation based   …Continue Reading

Report: How to Make Your Energy Retrofit Happen

Jennifer Hermes

Facilities managers and commercial property owners increasingly accept that they can save their company significant amounts of money through reduced energy use and lower plant operating costs. But engaging in energy efficiency projects and upgrades can be costly and companies don’t always have the funds to get started. Fortunately, funding options are available for companies that know   …Continue Reading

UK Wants Energy Customers to Shop for Best Deals

Karen Henry

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched the Power to Switch campaign to encourage energy customers to shop suppliers and save money. By visiting, customers can compare the rates of 26 energy companies on the market, some offering fixed deals that are more than $150 less expensive than they were a year   …Continue Reading

IBM Launches Cloud-Based Enterprise-Wide Analytics for Energy Companies

Karen Henry

IBM has launched Insights Foundation for Energy, a cloud-based energy analytics, data management and visualization software platform for energy and utility companies. The platform can be used to get a 360-degree view from the individual transformer level to the entire grid. Securely delivered via the SoftLayer infrastructure from IBM, the Insights Foundation for Energy couples   …Continue Reading

NREL Provides Network for Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs

Linda Hardesty

The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network to improve the performance of clean energy business start-ups and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories. A focal point of the Clean Energy Incubator Network is its newly launched website   …Continue Reading

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