Energy Efficiency

  • Low-income Knoxville families could see energy-saving renovations on their homes beginning in June as the city and its partners finalize details on a $7.12 million grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  • ONEnergy Inc. (TSX VENTURE: OEG) (TSX VENTURE: OEG.A) and Ideal Power Inc., (NASDAQ: IPWR), a developer of innovative power conversion technologies, announced today that the Sunwave Energy Efficiency division of ONEnergy has selected Ideal Power's power conversion systems (PCS) for use in its line of energy storage solutions to be launched in Canada and select U.S. states beginning in mid-2015.
  • The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas is holding its eighth annual Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest.
  • President Obama on Thursday signed into law energy efficiency legislation sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority has awarded Knoxville a $7.12 million grant that will help more than 600 families in low-income areas save money on their utility bills.
  • ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI), a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, was recently awarded a re-compete contract by a major Midwest utility. The contract has a value of $16.8 million and a term of 33 months.
  • Dayton Power and Light (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), is partnering with The Foodbank and other area food pantries to distribute 160,000 energy efficient light bulbs to help families reduce their energy costs.
  • Tucson Electric Power, or TEP, has announced that it is expanding its Energy Star lighting program to make light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs available from local stores at discounts of up to 30% off regular retail prices.
  • Apr 29, 2015 | Mallory Sass
    Streamlining how utilities conduct energy assessments is valuable in itself, but the often overlooked yet extremely valuable piece of an energy assessment is actually the data collected during the audit. This is the pot of gold for the utility as it helps demystify their customer base and provides deep visibility into premise data the utility may not have access to otherwise.
  • Apr 28, 2015 | Essie Snell
    The home energy management (HEM) market-made up of systems of smart, networked devices that can dynamically adjust energy use within a home-has been evolving dramatically.
  • Apr 20, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The top reason that consumers have or would purchase an energy-efficient product is because they are interested in long-term savings, according to a recent survey.

  • Apr 19, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Todd Recknagel, CEO of AM Conservation Group, talks utilities, energy programs and how to get a better return from your residential consumer on savings.  

  • part of the smart cities library series

    Mar 29, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    DR's impact on occupant comfort, coupled with an inadequate return on investment, can make commercial-level participation a difficult sell, but there are ways to make DR more appealing to the commercial building sector. 

  • Mar 10, 2015 | Rick Barnett
    "Saving" is a popular marketing pitch that emerged with rising consumption: "save 50% when you buy 3", "save time when you buy our gadget", "save energy with our efficient furnace", etc. These promises are made to motivate consumers to buy products.
  • Feb 25, 2015 | Katrina McMurrian
    The grid. It might not sound that exciting, but look beneath the surface and you'll find a dynamic system that is essential to our everyday lives and constantly developing and adapting to meet new needs.
  • Feb 08, 2015 | Derek Handova

    Electric utilities have been advancing the LEED revolution for more than a decade. Many of them have incentive programs for building developers, owners and tenants to construct or renovate LEED certified structures or offer technical assistance to help with the LEED process.

  • Feb 04, 2015 | Bruce Baccei
    The US Department of Energy (DOE) with data from AHRI informs us that 60% of commercial floor space in the US is heated and cooled by one speed roof top units (RTUs). This means that every time anyone of these RTUs comes on, a mild spring day or the full heat of summer, all that it knows is one speed, Full Blast!
  • #smartgrid & #smartcities are set to change the world

    Feb 02, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    In case you didn’t get the memo, the Smart Cities lab at MIT---yes, that MIT---isn’t called the Smart Cities lab anymore. It’s now called the City Science Initiative, but it’s intent is still the same as it was with the original 2003 founding—namely, to find all the best, most efficient ways for humans to live together in urban environments. We talk to the head of that lab about how the power industry fits into this vision.

  • Why utilities need to embrace new connected technology
  • Jan 28, 2015 | Bruce Baccei
    As temperatures rise in the searing heat of July and August afternoons, above 90-95° F, ACs work harder and harder using more energy per unit of cooling provided because their efficiency goes DOWN as temperatures rise!