Energy

Factors are Favorable for a Rise in Smaller CHP Plants

Karen Henry

While 86 percent of installed combined heat and power (CHP) capacity in the United States serves large industrial and manufacturing sites, the days of new CHP plant installations at large sites are slowing down, according to Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production. CHP plant installations were at an all-time high of 6-7 GW in 2001 and 2002,   …Continue Reading


NY’s First ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ Rule a Major Step in Transformation of US Power Sector

Vic Shao

A major mile-marker was set in US power markets last week as the New York Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) issued the first regulations under Governor Cuomo’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) strategic power market reform plan. New York State’s REV highlights the transformation under way in the US power industry and markets as state authorities   …Continue Reading


How CA Will Bring More Renewables to the Grid

Larissa Koehler

Not content with setting a Renewable Portfolio Standard that ends at 2020, California Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators are pushing for the Golden State to get 50% of its energy from renewable resources by 2030. To meet this ambitious target, California must build a system that is largely based on renewable electricity, like wind and   …Continue Reading


Total Energy Subsidies Decline, but Solar Soars

Karen Henry

While the total value of direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy markets decreased 23 percent from $38 billion to $29.3 billion between fiscal years 2010 and 2013, solar subsidies skyrocketed from $1.1 billion to $4.5 billion in 2013, according to an updated report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Declining solar costs   …Continue Reading


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 www.BeAnEnergyShopper.com, 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


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