The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released its fifth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranks all 50 U.S. states for their various energy-efficiency programs and policies.
Target Rock Advisors, LLC today released a list of fifteen U.S. utility companies that are industry leaders in energy efficiency and demand side management (DSM). A disproportionately large number – eleven out of the fifteen – are small and mid capitalization utilities.
The amount of the energy efficiency loan starts from 20,000 USD and the maximum margin is 500,000 USD. Loans are available for up to 60 months and complicity of the borrower is not needed. The energy efficiency loan has other advantages as well. The borrower has the opportunity to get an energy audit and consultations from professionals free of charge.
“Without exception, all developers are infinitely optimistic,” said Reyad Fezzani, chief executive officer of Regenerate Power, a Menlo Park, California-based developer, owner and financier of utility-scale solar projects.
Utilities have begun to experiment with pilot programs that embody a behavioral approach. These programs are designed to change consumer behavior towards energy consumption, resulting in load reduction. Such behavioral approaches include any program that initiates a change in behavior that doesn't require a widget or a rebate on a "widget-based" program. A behavioral approach is not technology based.
At his goat farm in the remote Bekaa Valley town of Qaa near the Syrian border, Hasan Istaytiyyah is enjoying a rare luxury in Lebanon: 24-hour electricity.
For the past seven months, the house on his farm has been running on a solar-powered system that has replaced unreliable state-run electricity, which was provided for only six hours per day. He has even discarded his noisy, expensive and polluting generator.
Alganomics, LLC, Southport, NC based leader in culturing algae for biomass, installed in cooperation with the region's leading solar company, Cape Fear Solar Systems, LLC, a photovoltaic solar system to offset energy used during the process of culturing algae for biofuel. With the aim to add new alternative energy sources to the renowned tubular photo bioreactor processes, a 4.8 kW solar electric system and hybrid windmills were installed at the algae culturing plant located at Oak Island's Wastewater Treatment Facility.
What do you get when you combine energy efficient building design, fish ecology and aquaculture engineering techniques? Chances are you are wrong, unless you answered "the first-of-its-kind 'building-integrated aquaculture' (BIAq) model constructed by Andy Danylchuk and his team to offer an affordable, more holistic and sustainable approach to indoor fish production located close to markets and able to succeed even in cold climates."
In this scenario, the goal of the future power grid operator is to achieve the best possible security for the network using the available facilities. This requires tools for assessing the vulnerability of the grid to possible contingencies, implementing protection and control that is responsive to the prevailing system conditions and minimizing the likelihood of blackouts resulting from various forms of instabilities and external threats. The goal is for the network to be adaptive and self-healing through quick and accurate assessment of the degree of damage and the pace of affected area expansion – reducing the effect of the disturbance by breaking it up and isolating it. The remaining parts of the network can then operate on a (slightly) degraded level. After the “storm,” the entire system can be restored again.
In just one year, RePower says it has created 28 contractor jobs in Kitsap County — 43 percent of its goal — putting workers in the construction industry back to work and creating a clean energy economy in Kitsap County.
Not only is Texas a leading provider of crude oil and natural gas, but the state’s abundant sunlight and persistent winds offer businesses yet another opportunity to lead the nation, by tapping renewable energy sources to power manufacturing plants, distribution centers and office buildings.
Racine businesses undertaking energy-efficiency projects between $10,000 and $1 million are eligible to participate. Any energy-savings projects such as new lighting, HVAC, refrigeration equipment, etc., must meet an estimated 15 percent in energy savings to be eligible for the financing program. “Unlike many business expenses, energy is a controlled cost. So it’s smart for businesses to have a plan to manage these costs, and now Re⊃2; can help,” said Mayor John Dickert.
What’s not efficient is the use of energy by students in newer dorms.
Data compiled by Facilities Management and analyzed by the Office for Campus Sustainability shows that some of the newest dorms on campus produce the most green house gas emissions per student than the older dorms on campus.
In our previous article we have introduced the term and idea of Community Renewable Energy, CRE, when we introduced the concept of Renewable Green Energy Community, RGEC. It was mentioned that one of the characteristics of a RGEC is that it has a Community Renewable Energy infrastructure to cover the needs of the community to an as much great extend as possible.
It turns out, however, that what most environmentalists know about the future supply of natural gas and other fossil fuels is based more on industry hype than on actual data. And, that means that they are missing a key argument in their discussions about renewable energy, one that could be used to persuade those less concerned about pollution and climate change and more concerned about energy security: There is increasing evidence that no fossil fuel will continue to see its rate of production climb significantly in the decades ahead and so none of them is a viable "bridge fuel," not natural gas, not oil, not coal. This means that global society must leap over fossil fuels and move directly to renewables as quickly as possible. In advanced economies this leap must be combined with a program of radical reductions in energy use, reductions which are achievable using known technologies and practices.
India and Switzerland have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a joint project on energy efficiency in buildings in India. The five-year MoU aims to reduce energy consumption in new buildings in India through building capacities and knowledge of builders, architects, engineers, laboratories, institutions and others, in the area of building energy efficiency using Swiss experience and expertise.
Colorado's renewable energy standard has in many respects been among the more successful ones in the country. But, between the pending expiration of production tax credits for wind energy and the fact that Colorado's dominant utility has already acquired sufficient renewable resources to meet its obligation of 30 percent renewables by 2020, there is concern over whether the growth in renewable energy in Colorado can be sustained.
It’s worth noting that there are other views of the situation. Late last week I talked with University of Toronto professor Danny Harvey, author of a set of comprehensive textbooks on energy demand and clean energy supply. He says Baksi/Green’s conclusion on energy intensity is “complete nonsense.” He’s done some detailed modeling and believes that “between now and 2050, we can average 3 or 4 percent [decline in global energy intensity] a year,” and thereby reducing total energy use. The efforts required would be heroic, but within the realm of possibility.
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