Today’s microgrids are the culmination of the energy improvements and innovation of the last 30 years. Consider what they include – most of clean energy’s most valuable technologies – renewables, combined heat and power, district energy, smart grid software and systems management, energy storage, energy efficiency and demand response. It’s easy to see why microgrids are attractive to business eco parks and other green-minded enterprises.
Perhaps most interesting, they can keep the lights on when the central grid goes down, as US microgrids so expertly proved during Superstorm Sandy. We all know how crucial reliable electricity is for an economy that runs on the Internet. That’s why the military, police, hospitals and supermarkets increasingly install microgrids. Sign up for the Microgrid Knowledge Podcast to stay on top of the latest microgrid trends.
Why Do Americans Invest in Energy Efficiency?
Why do Americans invest in energy efficiency? Do they want to combat global warming, make their homes more comfortable, save money or take advantage of tax rebates? A survey of 2,100 Americans by Harris conducted for HomeServeUSA found that their top reason for investing in energy efficiency is to save money,
Big Energy Efficiency Gains in Tiny Rhode Island: National Grid
National Grid has seen big energy efficiency gains in little Rhode Island. In this podcast the utility offers insight into programs that are changing the way its customers in the state use energy.
Getting People’s Eyes & Hands on Microgrids with Exploration Station
People who don't understand microgrids--or energy in general--can get their eyes and hands on microgrids with a portable Microgrid Exploration Station created by the Wisconsin Energy Institute.
Don't Swap Wives; Swap Energy Management Teams
If you swap energy management teams with another business, just what will you learn? In this podcast Maria Vargas, director of the Better Buildings Challenge, describes what Whole Foods and Hilton Worldwide learned when they swapped energy management teams in San Francisco for three days.
NV Energy Wants More Efficiency, But Regulators Cut Programs
NV Energy wants more efficiency, but regulators in Nevada want less. That's the ironic situation in Nevada. Last July, NV Energy said its residential lighting programs in southern Nevada were so popular -- three times the utility’s initial projections -- that it wanted to add more money to the program mid-year.
Who are the Ubers of Energy & How do They Create Energy Brands?
Who's doing a good job of creating clear, concise and compelling energy brands? Duke Energy is one of them, says the CEO of Larsen Energy Branding--likely the first CEO in the world to get a Ph.D in energy branding. He describes what companies are doing wrong.