Cascading Energy Management Success with Major Company Commitments

Comcast, Nestle lay the foundation for big energy wins Smart Grid News, October 23, 2015. Image credit: Andrew A. Shenouda Comcast Cable has developed a multi-year financial model that enables the company to anticipate its long-term capital budgeting needs for energy-efficiency investments. This summer, Comcast’s EDF Climate Corps fellow created an investment plan to scale the … Read more

California Proposes First LED Standards


California Proposed Lighting Standard Raises the Bar for Energy Efficiency LED Inside, October 22, 2015. Image credit: Peter Thoeny The California Energy Commission released a final staff report proposing the first standards for small-diameter directional lamps and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Directional lamps are often used in commercial track lighting, while LEDs replace screw-based incandescent bulbs and … Read more

A Grand Cru for a Minnesota Winery Microgrid Project


Unique microgrid project to power Minnesota winery Midwest Energy News, October 23, 2015. Image credit: Winehaven Winery Located around 35 miles north of St. Paul in Chisago City, the St. Thomas School of Engineering has been working with WineHaven on a unique collaboration to create a microgrid using solar and wind on the its grounds. St. … Read more

Building pEUI Reduction More or Less Flatlined Since 2010


Why Aren’t There More Energy-Efficient Buildings? City Lab, October 22, 2015. Image credit: Chris Smith For the fifth year running, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has crunched the numbers on its national sustainability challenge, the AIA 2030 Commitment. Architects who sign up pledge to strive to meet an ambitious energy-efficiency target in their designs—a 60 … Read more

What’s the Payback Period for Energy-Efficient Appliances?


Should you buy energy-efficient appliances sooner or later? Bankrate, October 18, 2015. Image credit: Chris Smith A new refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer, clothes dryer, water heater or other appliance is a major expense. Models that use less energy should cost less to operate than comparable models that aren’t energy-efficient. Tie together the upfront and operating costs, … Read more

How Do the Top 5 States Stack Up on ACEEE’s Efficiency Scorecard?


ACEEE State Scorecard: Massachusetts Edges Out California as Most Energy-Efficient State, Maryland Among Most Improved ACEEE, October 21, 2015. Image credit: dmkoch Infographic by Amanda Gassé Energy efficiency measures continue to flourish in states across the country, with several states—including California, Maryland, Illinois, Texas and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC—taking major steps that improved their scores in … Read more

Key Factors Limiting Supercomputing Efficiency Progress


New report on energy-efficient computing, October 20, 2015. Image credit: blickpixel A report that resulted from a workshop jointly funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and National Science Foundation (NSF) outlines key factors limiting progress in computing—particularly related to energy consumption—and novel research that could overcome these barriers. “Fundamental research on hardware performance, complex … Read more

Google’s Next Clean Energy Project


Google Pumps Funds Into Africa’s Biggest Wind Power Project Wired, October 20, 2015. Image credit: DWilliams GOOGLE IS BACKING Africa’s largest wind power project, two years after investing $12 million in the continent’s largest solar power project. This morning, at a conference in Washington, D.C., the tech giant announced its support for the Lake Turkana Wind … Read more

Columbia Gas Embraces Energy Awareness Month with Incentives


Columbia Gas of Ohio celebrates Energy Awareness Month, introduces New Resource to Help Customers Save October 15, 2015. Image credit: Bev It’s time to put a spotlight on your home. Do you know how much it’s really costing you? October is National Energy Awareness Month, and Columbia Gas of Ohio is dedicating this week to energy … Read more

The Emergence of the Digital Power Plant Era


How digital power plant tech can help utilities get the most from their assets Utility Dive, October 19, 2015. Image credit: geralt As policymakers push the integration of more variable renewable generation, the need to balance supply and demand on the grid in the most clean and efficient manner will only grow. While storage offers one … Read more