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Posts posted in July 2015

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National evaluations of energy efficiency funding under the Recovery Act

Funding by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs reached unprecedented levels under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. For example, funding for the State Energy Program (SEP) re ...

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Microgrids: The revolution will not be centralized

The current upward trend in microgrid investment provides some tantalizing possibilities for the general population. De-centralization of generation and regulation offers the potential for a system which is flexible, resilient and efficient. However, ...

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Motors, pumps, and drives. Oh my! How industrial energy efficiency can help reduce the carbon footprint to achieve 111(d) compliance

Motors, pumps, and drives. Oh my! How industrial energy efficiency can help reduce the carbon footprint to achieve 111(d) compliance

Introduction The EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. electricity sector. The draft rule set individual state reduction targets built from four building blocks (see Figure 1). These four blocks consti ...

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“You Can’t Eat Solar Panels” – The Case For Rooftop Solar

“You Can’t Eat Solar Panels” – The Case For Rooftop Solar

There's a little island off the Central American coast called San Andres where the water is warm, the beers are cold, and the electricity is expensive. Really expensive! It's about five times as much as the US national average which is quite a burden ...

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Guest Blog: Three Takes on the Balanced Energy Future

Guest Blog: Three Takes on the Balanced Energy Future

We all face dilemmas in life. Last month, I spent two full days in Washington, D.C. addressing a trilemma: how does our electric power industry balance the sometimes conflicting, yet equally vital, goals of ensuring that our electricity becomes more ...

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Concerns with future power grids

Concerns with future power grids

Our modern society has become highly dependent on a reliable power supply--mostly due to increased interactions with other infrastructures, such as IT services, transport, and water management. Grid investors, owners, and operators are unsure as to w ...

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Key themes from the Utility of the Future Leadership Forum

Key themes from the Utility of the Future Leadership Forum

While I was listening to the interesting and diverse conversations at the Utility of the Future Leadership Forum, I was struck by the themes that cut across all of them. The first thing I noticed was that they all started with the letter "C." But bey ...

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Future utilities: the broader view

When I spoke at the third Utility of the Future event in Washington DC, I took the opportunity to talk about the 'broader view' in the energy sector. And about the 'Energy Trilemma' we all currently face: ensuring there is affordable, reliable and su ...

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The top 5 challenges and opportunities of implementing a midstream program

When I was the C&I portfolio manager at ComEd, we launched a midstream lighting program in the Spring of 2010. Over the next four years, ComEd's midstream program offer would evolve to become one of the most successful program offers ever launch ...

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Moving beyond lighting to achieve energy efficiency program savings in a significant industrial customer base

Moving beyond lighting to achieve energy efficiency program savings in a significant industrial customer base

Energy efficiency programs can move beyond lighting and find significant savings from the utility's large C&I customers. As an earlier blog post mentioned, LEDs have drawn the focus of lighting away from fluorescent and HID technologies, making ...

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