Load Management, Efficiency & Demand Response


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    600+ NYC facilities pledge to cut energy use as part of expanded demand response program

    The city plans to additionally install over 1,150 real-time meters in city buildings to help manage electricity use, the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services said.

    By Nish Amarnath • July 24, 2024
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    EnergyHub to integrate Wallbox L2 chargers into grid flexibility programs

    About 80% of EV charging occurs at home, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, making residential customers a key to utilities looking to manage growing demand.

    By July 24, 2024
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    Energy Efficiency

    Energy efficiency continues to be the ‘low-hanging fruit’ for reducing emissions. While the Biden administration is working to advance efficiency on multiple fronts, state and utility progress can be uneven.

    By Utility Dive staff
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    Energy storage industry sees 117% increase in corporate funding in H1 2024: Mercom

    Storage deal volume reached $15.4 billion in the six months ending June 30, but funding for smart grid companies dropped 11% from the year-earlier period to $1.8 billion, Mercom Capital Group said.

    By Brian Martucci • July 23, 2024
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    Schneider Electric upgrades cloud-based energy management platform

    The enhancements include an automation feature that provides building operators with real-time calculations of renewable energy coverage against consumption data, a company executive said.

    By Nish Amarnath • July 18, 2024
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    Google cuts on-site carbon emissions but struggles to contain data center electricity use

    Despite implementing demand response programs, electrification efforts and power purchase agreements, AI’s computational requirements have led to increases in the company’s emissions.

    By Joe Burns • July 15, 2024
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    PJM market monitor asks FERC to end grid operator’s energy efficiency capacity payments

    The complaint from Monitoring Analytics adds to energy efficiency issues in the PJM Interconnection’s capacity market, including Affirmed Energy’s possible bankruptcy.

    By July 15, 2024
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    How digital rates are fueling our clean energy transition

    Take a modern, customer-centric approach to implement digital rates and fuel our clean energy future.

    July 15, 2024
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    Lack of power pushes rental price increases in major U.S. data center markets: report

    Demand growth and shrinking availability of data centers are pushing companies to secondary markets with greater power availability, a new report says.

    By Joe Burns • July 11, 2024
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    EIA prepares for second attempt to survey bitcoin miners about electricity consumption

    Preliminary estimates from the Energy Information Administration suggest cryptocurrency mining could account for up to 2.3% of total U.S. electricity consumption today.

    By July 11, 2024
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    ‘There’s been a ton of progress’ on energy efficiency this year. Next up: court cases and an election

    2024 has been a banner year for energy efficiency so far, particularly with a slate of new appliance standards finalized by the U.S. Department of Energy. But a court case and upcoming election could stall progress, say experts.

    By July 3, 2024
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    FERC targets Affirmed Energy for alleged tariff violation in PJM capacity market

    The company contends it followed market rules in selling energy efficiency resources in the PJM Interconnection’s capacity market.

    By July 1, 2024
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    Grid, utility limits are biggest barrier to commercial EV charger deployment: Xendee survey

    A majority of EV charger developers and operators say they've run into roadblocks when trying to access power from the grid.

    By Emma Penrod • June 25, 2024
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    Consumer advocates ask FERC to halt PJM energy efficiency ‘addback’ in capacity market

    The ratepayer advocates and four U.S. senators urged FERC to hold a technical conference on how best to ensure the participation of energy efficiency resources in wholesale markets.

    By June 25, 2024
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    Honeywell launches plug load management solution to cut US energy waste

    The Connected Power system can monitor, manage and automate outlets, reducing wasted energy on idle appliances, the company says. 

    By Joe Burns • June 21, 2024
  • DOE, conservation groups defend furnace efficiency rule, technology requirement

    Condensing technology does not alter furnace installation requirements and “has only a limited effect on installation costs,” the U.S. Department of Energy told a federal appeals court.

    By June 20, 2024
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    Residential DERs could compensate for rise in peak energy demand by 2035: Deloitte

    Most utilities, however, will need to increase coordination with residential customers to maximize the potential of distributed energy resources, according to Deloitte.

    By Emma Penrod • June 12, 2024
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    As NVIDIA, IBM and others apply AI to boost utilities, regulatory and data privacy obstacles abound

    The “move fast and break things” business model of the technology sector is meeting the regulated spending and reliability imperatives of the utility sector.

    By June 11, 2024
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    $45M available for energy efficiency retrofits: DOE

    Washington, D.C., and five states are receiving funds for revolving loan programs that can be tapped for energy audits, upgrades and retrofits, the U.S. Department of Energy said.

    By Nish Amarnath • June 10, 2024
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    Utilities breaking barriers to connecting with multicultural customers

    By adopting best practices, utilities can ensure that their services are inclusive, respectful and responsive to the needs of all customers.

    June 10, 2024
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    DOE releases zero-emissions building definition, part 1

    The definition will bring clarity to support decarbonization efforts and enable clean energy technologies that can make U.S. buildings more comfortable, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

    By Nish Amarnath • June 7, 2024
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    PJM market monitor challenges energy efficiency payments to Exelon utilities, FirstEnergy, others

    In a complaint filed with FERC, Monitoring Analytics said Public Service Electric & Gas, CPower Energy and other companies failed to show they are eligible for $128 million from PJM’s capacity market.

    By June 4, 2024
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    New York is 1st state to launch IRA-funded home energy rebate program

    Seventeen states have applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for $8.8 billion available for home energy rebate programs. “We're very, very close” to announcing additional awards, a senior DOE official said.

    By May 31, 2024
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    Schneider Electric, Capgemini unified energy management platform aims to boost efficiency

    The Energy Command Center combines AI, machine learning and IoT to optimize building assets consuming energy and help organizations accelerate their sustainability efforts, the companies say.

    By Joe Burns • May 29, 2024
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    Fermata, Xcel Energy launch ‘transformative’ V2X bidirectional charging pilot in Colorado

    The EV charging pilot will provide insights into “resiliency and technology deployment strategies in areas at highest risk of prolonged outages due to natural disaster or emergency events,” Xcel said.

    By May 29, 2024
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    Top cities for certified energy-efficient buildings announced by EPA

    Los Angeles has dominated the rankings for Energy Star-certified buildings year after year. The U.S. EPA has some ideas on why. 

    By Ysabelle Kempe • May 28, 2024