To create green cities we need to understand building DNA. We’ve made major strides in medicine by mapping the human genome. Now a Boston-based data analytics company has set out to do the same for our buildings.
Several states and cities now require benchmarking of buildings. The states – California and Washington – plus eight major cities have achieved a 7% reduction in savings over the past three years, says Timothy Croman, manager of energy efficiency business for Standard Energy Solutions. What’s more, their energy intensity scores increased by six points. Expect more benchmarking regulations and their associated benefits,… [continue reading]
A new public-private partnership that provides inexpensive home energy efficiency loans could be just the revolution we need to significantly boost energy efficiency and reap benefits for homeowners, utilities and the environment. Is this the revolution the industry needs?
Energy storage use is growing quickly: About $240 billion will be invested in storage grid applications in the U.S. over the next 10 years, says the Copper Development Association. But it could use a boost from legislators and regulators.
Rhode Island’s energy savings plan keeps the state moving forward on its aggressive track. The Public Utilities Commission recently approved annual savings targets of as much as 2.6 percent for electricity and 1.1 percent for natural gas from 2015-2017.
The Energy Storage Association is joining stakeholders in seeking redesign of the ancillary services market in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Texas is a leader in energy storage, so keep an eye on this proceeding. It might influence ancillary services markets in other US regional transmission organizations.
Opower’s IPO shows us that Mr. Rogers was right. Neighbors are really important. We want to measure up to those who live near us. That’s one of the five universal truths about energy consumers that Opower parlayed to reach an extensive customer base and move from being Opower to OPWR.
ABB’s microgrid business is largely centered on islands and other remote locations. But that’s changing as the US market emerges. Here’s what ABB sees coming and the role data centers and utilities may play.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence ultimately hurt energy efficiency efforts for small business and residential energy users by allowing the repeal of the state’s energy efficiency standards, says John Finnigan, EDF’s senior regulatory attorney.