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NY Spends $40M on Microgrid Contest

Linda Hardesty

New York is hosting a $40 million NY Prize Competition to inspire a new generation of local power by challenging New York businesses, entrepreneurs, and electric utilities to design and implement community-based microgrids. The competition aims to inspire new plans for protecting and strengthening the electrical system in the face of major storms. Administered by   …Continue Reading

NV Energy Leading the EV Charge

Karen Henry

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) has released a report showing that NV Energy is a leader in the Southwest and the nation in promoting clean electric vehicle transportation. Through its Shared Investment Program, NV Energy has facilitated the installation of nearly half the public electric vehicle charging stations in the state. Since 2009, the utility   …Continue Reading

Renewables Account for 14.3% of Electrical Generation in US

Linda Hardesty

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” report, with data through June 30, 2014, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 14.3 percent of net US electrical generation. Conventional hydropower accounted for 7 percent while non-hydro renewables provided 7.3 percent. Overall, electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy   …Continue Reading

New Plan Helps Business Budget for Energy Costs in UK

Karen Henry

UK energy firm nPower has launched a new “Fixed: Certainty” plan that provides its customers with fixed energy costs for the duration of their contracts. It is suited for large businesses across the UK to provide budget certainty in a rapidly changing market. The new plan is in response to the UK government’s Electricity Market   …Continue Reading

West Texas Oil Boom Causes Energy Prices to Soar

Karen Henry

Record oil production in West Texas has resulted in congestion on the region’s electrical grid and an unexpected electricity rate hike, the Texas Tribune reports.  Newer drilling practices such as hydraulic fracturing have allowed oil companies to produce more than twice the amount of oil each month than they did three years ago. West Texas’   …Continue Reading

Energy Management Insights… Inspired by Thoreau

Jennifer Hermes

Henry David Thoreau wasn’t sitting on the shore of Walden Pond thinking about energy management when he said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” But when it comes to energy management, “what you look at” is critically important to “what you see.” You can’t manage what you can’t measure,   …Continue Reading

Hydro, Natural Gas Continue to Replace Coal, Oil in New England

Linda Hardesty

New England is relying more on natural gas along with hydroelectric imports from Canada, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Natural gas and hydroelectric generation from Quebec are displacing the use of coal and oil as generation fuels for electricity in New England. Recent and planned closures of large power plants may cause the   …Continue Reading

GE Makes Grid, Wind, Solar Announcements at CIGRE

Karen Henry

GE made three energy-related announcements at CIGRE, a global transmission and distribution tradeshow, which is being held August 24–29 in Paris, France. GE announced that its engineers have tackled grid congestion on Europe’s low voltage networks. Working with UK Power Networks (UKPN) and Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE), GE combined its PowerOn Advantage Advanced Distribution   …Continue Reading

ABB Launches Record-Setting Subsea Cable System

Karen Henry

ABB has developed and tested a 525 kV extruded high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system to make renewable energy installations more efficient and cost-effective. The cable system will more than double the power capacity to about 2,600 MW from 1,000 MW. It will also expand the cable’s reach to distances of 1,500 kilometers, up from   …Continue Reading

New York’s Solar Programs Merge under NY-Sun Initiative

Karen Henry

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state’s multiple solar programs are transitioning to the single, statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program. This effort is designed to support the state’s solar economy through the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative. Launched in 2012, NY-Sun is part of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to protect the environment, grow the clean energy   …Continue Reading

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