Japan Moves Toward Microgrids and Distributed Power Generation

Japan Moves Toward Microgrids and Distributed Power Generation

To increase resiliency, Japanese cities are quietly moving away from large-scale power toward microgrids, distributed generation, and smart energy systems, Reuters reports. The switch is being led by Higashi-Matsushima, a coastal city of nearly 40,000 in Miyagi Prefecture that was hit by the 2011 earthquake … Read more…

Expert: Yes, You Can Have a Successful Energy Procurement Strategy

Expert: Yes, You Can Have a Successful Energy Procurement Strategy

Corporate renewable energy purchases used to be driven primarily by sustainability goals — “it’s the right thing to do” — rather than cost. Now many companies, including Fortune 500 ones, are looking to renewable energy as a way to reduce their energy costs, according to … Read more…

Akamai, a Mid-Market Corporation, Invests in Wind Farm Outside Dallas

Akamai, a Mid-Market Corporation, Invests in Wind Farm Outside Dallas

Akamai Technologies, a content delivery network and cloud computing services provider headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has invested in a Texas wind farm as it attempts to fulfill a promise made a year ago to use renewable energy to power half of its global network operations by 2020.

C&I Ratepayers to Get Tax Break for Solar in Florida

C&I Ratepayers to Get Tax Break for Solar in Florida

Business energy advocacy group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) lauded the Florida Legislature on May 3 for passing Senate Bill 90, Renewable Energy Source Devices, which provides tax incentives to commercial and industrial ratepayers that buy and install solar energy systems. Residential customer-generators already have those incentives.

Total Eclipse to Challenge a US Grid Increasingly Reliant on Solar Power

Total Eclipse to Challenge a US Grid Increasingly Reliant on Solar Power

On August 21, the first total solar eclipse to darken U.S. skies since 1979 will force utilities from Oregon through South Carolina to rely on contingency plans for an electric grid increasingly powered by the sun, according to a report this week by the Financial Times.

UCR and Industry Partners Deploy Smart Solar System for Chemehuevi Indian Tribe in California

UCR and Industry Partners Deploy Smart Solar System for Chemehuevi Indian Tribe in California

Researchers at the University of California–Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, together with a team of industry partners, have begun work to install a power system that integrates solar panels, battery storage, advanced data analytics, and smart energy management controls on the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe reservation near Lake Havasu, the school announced on April 26.

Austin Energy Proposes Value of Solar for Commercial Customers

Austin Energy Proposes Value of Solar for Commercial Customers

Publicly owned electric utility Austin Energy presented a commercial Value of Solar proposal at a meeting of the six-member Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee on April 24, the Austin Monitor reported.

Ricoh Solar Array at New Jersey Office Expected to Save $2M in 10 Years

Ricoh Solar Array at New Jersey Office Expected to Save $2M in 10 Years

Ricoh USA, a multinational imaging and electronics company, went live on April 24 with a solar array that will power its West Caldwell, New Jersey, office operations – and is expected to generate $1.9 million in energy savings over the next ten years. The solar … Read more…

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