Buyers Beware: Retailers Have Fleeced Maine Ratepayers by $50M, BDN Claims

Cheryl Kaften

Maine households have unnecessarily spent about $50 million on electricity over the past four years, through a competitive retail electricity market that purported to offer savings, according to results of an investigation by the Bangor Daily News (BDN), published on November 16.

Panasonic and Schneider Electric Cooperating

Carl Weinschenk

Panasonic and Schneider Electric are partnering on commercial building HVAC platforms that provides energy managers and building owners with high levels of control. The companies have created a direct serial communications between Panasonics variable refrigerant flow (VRF) based HVAC systems and Schneider-Electric’s building management platforms via ZigBee wireless communications. The integration, the companies say, enables   …Continue Reading

Two Texas Auto Dealerships Go Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Two dealerships in Texas have gone solar. Covert Ford and Covert Chevrolet of Hutto, TX, have installed solar panels that collectively generate 120 KW of energy. Each dealership has installed a 60 KW system consisting of 192 panels. The solar arrays are expected to reduce the dealerships’ grid requirements by 53 percent. The press release   …Continue Reading

State of Michigan and MISO Propose Retail Capacity Charge

Cheryl Kaften

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) announced on September 19 that discussions between the state and the regional transmission organization (RTO), Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), have produced a plan will keep energy rates as low as possible, even as it provides regulatory assurance that monies will be spent to secure needed electric capacity.

Pre-Preparing for Winter Safety

Michael Wilson

As this is being written, it’s about 90 degrees (F) in most of Alabama and few people are giving any thought to  winter. But it will come. Likely this is why the managers of office buildings are meeting now with their custodial crew and janitorial distributor to discuss which measures they should take now to   …Continue Reading

New LED Tube from Revolution Lighting

Carl Weinschenk

Revolution Lighting has introduced a four-foot T8 LED linear tube. The company says that the tube improves efficiency by as much as 15 percent compared to the previous generation and similar other products. Revolution says that the T8 is a single end power SEP LED that includes a “nano” lens that can improve lighting efficiency by   …Continue Reading

Maryland Electric Coops Mount FERC Challenge to Community Solar Garden Retail Prices

Cheryl Kaften

On August 23, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) and Choptank Electric Cooperative jointly filed a petition (Docket No. EL16-107-000) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting that the commission review a June decision by the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC) regarding a three-year community solar pilot program.

Worcester School Gets Grant to Complete LED Retrofit

Carl Weinschenk

Burncoat High School in Worcester, MA, has been awarded a $248,849 grant to complete an LED upgrade. The award, according to the Worcester Patch, was one of 47 Green Communities Competitive Grants announced by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The grant will help replace interior lighting fixtures with LEDs and to   …Continue Reading

Stem Adds $100M in Financing

Carl Weinschenk

Stem Inc. has received $100 million in financing from Starwood Energy Group Global LLC. The company says that it now has a project financing pool of more than $350 million. Stem, which provides energy storage for commercial and industrial facilities, says it has more than 75 MWh of projects deployed or under contract in more   …Continue Reading

California Looks to Reduce Computer Energy

Carl Weinschenk

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is likely to adopt energy efficiency guidelines on computers by the end of the year. A San Diego Union-Tribune story posted at techwire.net says that the CEC estimates that the rules will add $18 to the price of a computer — but that the extra cost will more than be made   …Continue Reading