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Sierra Nevada Installs Tesla Powerpack Batteries

Sierra Nevada Installs Tesla Powerpack Batteries

Daniel Pidgeon, ERS, for Zondits The California-based beer company Sierra Nevada has installed Tesla Powerpack batteries to help mitigate the costs that stem from electricity demand charges. Sierra Nevada has grown substantially since it began as a West Coast craft brewer and can now brew up to 1.4 million gallons of its signature pale ale

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New Process To Turn Waste Heat Into Electricity

Researchers report new thermoelectric material with high power factors Phys, November 14, 2016 Researchers reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have demonstrated a step forward in converting waste heat – from industrial smokestacks, power generating plants or even automobile tailpipes – into electricity. The work, using a thermoelectric compound composed of

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Floors of the Future Will Harness Energy from Our Steps

New Flooring Tech Generates Electricity Through Your Footsteps Futurism, October 31, 2016 Pavegen, a British clean-tech company, is taking an innovative approach to sustainability by generating energy from something that most people do every day: walk. The technology is basically a multifunctional, custom flooring system that is outfitted with a wireless transmitter, which allows the data

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FERC Order 745 and the Future of Demand Response

Jesse Remillard for Zondits, December 17, 2015. Image credit: Sweetaholic The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order 745, which was passed in 2012, required utility operators to pay the same amount for demand reduction as for generational capacity. This permitted demand response to be sold on wholesale markets. On May 23, 2014, the US court of

Where Does Your Electricity Come From?

Gita Subramony for Zondits, September 22, 2015. Image credit: TBIT NPR has produced a nifty graphic showing changes in electric generation sources state-by-state from 2004 to 2014. On a national level, the use of coal to generate electricity has dropped from 51% to 40%, while the use of natural gas and renewables has increased on the

Will Smart Meters Transform the Way Utilities Deliver and Customers Use Energy?

Amanda Gassé for Zondits, September 16, 2015. Image credit: www.girlygeekdom.com The deployment of advanced metering interfaces (AMI) equipment is dramatically increasing and has the potential to change not only the way utilities deliver energy and consumers use energy, but also the way energy efficiency evaluators analyze data. The increase of AMI system installations has increased the

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Air Conditioning Technology: Thinking Beyond Energy Efficiency

These non-air conditioned ways of keeping cool could make a huge difference with climate change PRI, August 22, 2015. Image credit: CWCS Managed Hosting Air conditioning not only lowers the temperature of buildings, it also lowers humidity in those same buildings. The electricity required to power this environmental control, however, is a major energy drain. Michael

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Energy Efficiency Measures Can Amplify the Impact of Universal Energy Access Projects

More Light with Less Energy: How Energy Efficiency Can Fast-Track Energy Access Goals The World Bank, July 30, 2015. Image credit: Valger A new report entitled “EA + EE: Enhancing the World Bank’s Energy Access Investments Through Energy Efficiency,” identifies this nexus between energy efficiency and energy access. The report, which examined eight recent World Bank

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