Energy

Keystone Pipeline Has Better Odds Now But Energy Managers Won’t See An Immediate Benefit

Ken Silverstein

The Dakota pipeline is now getting all the headlines. But sometime after President-elect Trump is sworn in, the Keystone XL Pipeline will be back in the news. What is Trump likely to do and how will this impact both environmental and energy managers?


State Utility Commissions Now Want Their Utilities To Improve Cybersecurity Efforts

Ken Silverstein

When Michigan utility commissioners issued an order to have their staff ensure that utilities are doing their utmost to prevent hacks, they did so out of fear that a cyber invasion could shut down the grid and hence cost the state millions of dollars in lost commerce. The move is a harbinger of things to come.


Carbon Disclosure Project Recognizes Yahoo!

Ken Silverstein

The Carbon Disclosure Project, which evaluates companies based on their efforts to fight climate change, has recognized Yahoo as one of its leaders. According to the project, it has set meaningful targets and then verified its outcomes.


ComEd Awards $1.2M in Credits

Carl Weinschenk

ComEd’s Peak Time Savings (PTS) program has earned customers more than $1.2 million in credits in exchange for their efforts to reduce electric usage, according to the company. The program was introduced during the summer of 2015. It provides customers a $1 bill credit for every kilowatt hour of energy reducing during peak time savings hours, which   …Continue Reading


Tesla’s Battery Storage Device Put to Use. Time to Exhale?

Ken Silverstein

When Tesla previously unveiled its Gigafactory to produce battery storage devices, a lot of folks held their breath. Now that the company’s products have been put to use in the United Kingdom, it may be time to exhale. Indeed, Camborne Energy Storage is using Tesla’s “Powerpack” to prevents the lights from flickering out for the National Grid there.


The Next Generation: How Microgrids Are Changing the Business Landscape

Ken Silverstein

College campuses are the epitome of free thinking and where innovation often gets its roots. Burning greener fuel and improving energy management are two sprouting concepts there — ideas that are being facilitated by micro-grids.


Good Days Ahead for Microgrids

Carl Weinschenk

Microgrid use is growing in tandem with the increasing sophistication of its business model and the deepening complexity of electric distribution, according to a report from GTM Research.


Utilities Attack Hurricanes With Gusto

Ken Silverstein

When Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Tallahassee area of Florida on Friday, it did what big weather events often do: create havoc, which in this case knocked out the power to more than 100,000 homes.


AEEE: Efficiency as a Resource is a Winner

Carl Weinschenk

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a report that looks at energy efficiency as a resource. A blog at the organization’s site says that energy efficiency is the third largest resource in the country. It has made the construction of 313 power plants unnecessary since 1990 and is a greater contributor   …Continue Reading


Tesla’s Success Would Mean Success for Many in the Battery Storage Business

Ken Silverstein

Everyone already knows the big news this week was that Tesla Motors will buy SolarCity Corp. for $2.6 billion — a move that helps Tesla improve its economies of scale when it comes to manufacturing battery storage for both cars and energy. It’s a move that, generally, has positive implications for the development of battery storage across the board.