Microsoft Opens New Gas Data Center Pilot in Seattle

Microsoft Opens New Gas Data Center Pilot in Seattle

About a month after Microsoft announced a partnership with the construction engineering company McKinstry and power generation products manufacturer Cummins to complete the world’s first gas data center, the tech giant officially unveiled the new pilot. The data center in Seattle ditches traditional electrical energy … Read more…

Pork Producer Smithfield Foods Launches Renewable Energy Unit

Pork Producer Smithfield Foods Launches Renewable Energy Unit

Virginia-based pork producer Smithfield Foods announced the launch of Smithfield Renewables, a new environmental initiative to accelerate the company’s carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts, GlobalMeatNews.com reported. Smithfield Foods, a $15 billion company, is the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. The new renewables … Read more…

C&I Energy Users in CA, New England Face Potential Shortages this Summer

C&I Energy Users in CA, New England Face Potential Shortages this Summer

Commercial and industrial energy users in California and New England face the potential of reduced power reliability this summer if temperatures remain hot. Natural gas supplies could be tight due to a gas leak in Southern California’s Aliso Canyon, according to Utility Dive. Reliability could … Read more…

ERC Price Benchmarks, Week Ending 5/26/17

ERC Price Benchmarks, Week Ending 5/26/17

    For the third week in a row, Energy Research Council’s (ERC) national average benchmark price for electricity rose, this time by 0.82% to $0.0760 per kilowatt hour.  Prices increased most in the District of Columbia (2.2%), Texas (1.7%), Massachusetts (1.6%), Ohio (1.3%), Connecticut … Read more…

Boston Medical Center’s $15M, 2-MW CHP Plant Goes Live

Boston Medical Center’s $15M, 2-MW CHP Plant Goes Live

Boston Medical Center, the busiest trauma and emergency services center in New England, went live on April 24 with a $15 million, natural gas-fired, 2-MW combined heat and power plant (CHP or cogeneration) that is expected to save the hospital about $1.5 million on its energy costs annually.

Will Co-Firing Natural Gas and Coal Meet Clean Power Plan Standards?

Will Co-Firing Natural Gas and Coal Meet Clean Power Plan Standards?

When it comes to complying with the Clean Power Plan, FirstEnergy Corp. has some interesting thoughts: co-firing natural gas with coal. “Co-firing has several benefits,” says Todd Meyers, FirstEnergy spokesperson. “It provides fuel diversity and ensures our Mon Power coal units can continue to produce … Read more…

Microgrids Positioned for a Bright Future

Microgrids Positioned for a Bright Future

Microgrids are popping up in the strangest places – such as a small upstate New York town and a commercial dairy. Earlier this month, the Associated Press profiled the energy activities of Nassau, NY, which is which is near Albany. The town was buffeted by … Read more…

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