Load Management, Efficiency & Demand Response: Page 2


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    National blueprint for building-sector decarbonization released by Biden administration

    The plan, which sets specific targets for reducing on-site energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, also recommends state and local building performance standards.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • April 4, 2024
  • Appliance efficiency standards save lives, making DOE’s updates all the more urgent: report

    Appliance standards prevented between 1,900 and 4,400 pollution-related deaths in 2017, according to research from CLASP, a nonprofit focused on how energy efficiency can address climate change.

    By April 1, 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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    Deep Dive

    A new era of price-based demand response emerges, but utilities and regulators need proof of its potential

    New load flexibility from price-based demand response programs could be invaluable if reliability and cost-effectiveness is confirmed in real-world operating conditions, stakeholders agree.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Sonnen CEO aims to repeat company’s Utah virtual power plant success

    The company has been helped by Utah regulators and Rocky Mountain Power seeing the value in a distributed, dispatchable portfolio that could potentially scale faster than new fixed generation, Blake Richetta said.

    By Brian Martucci • March 26, 2024
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    ICC’s decision on 2024 energy conservation code draws criticism, debate

    The International Code Council, after receiving nine appeals, has voted to move provisions aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the main code to appendices.

    By Nish Amarnath • March 22, 2024
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    Bidirectional charging could unlock new potential for waste fleet electrification

    A recent pilot by Veolia in the UK could lead to a future where electric trucks can feed energy back into the grid rather than just paying for it. But the U.S. market is still in the early stages of incorporating EV technology.

    By David Richardson • March 18, 2024
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    Utilities, others lobby senators to block DOE’s distribution transformer efficiency rule

    The U.S. Department of Energy plans to finalize new efficiency rules for distribution transformers in April, but a broad coalition of utilities is supporting legislation to block the effort.

    By Updated March 19, 2024
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    Lenders can spur building decarbonization with a focus on energy efficiency, renewables: RMI

    A new RMI report recommends that lenders conduct, as part of their underwriting process, a cost-benefit analysis of efficiency upgrades and the replacement of fossil fuel technologies with renewable ones.

    By Nish Amarnath • March 13, 2024
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    ASHRAE introduces renewable energy in latest building energy standard

    The Department of Energy has affirmed ASHRAE’s updated Standard 90.1, estimating that it will drive energy savings nationwide. States now have two years to certify that they have reviewed and, if needed, updated their codes. 

    By Nish Amarnath • March 11, 2024
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    Sponsored by Uplight and GridX

    4 strategies to boost customer engagement with time-varying rates

    Empower customers to be active participants in the clean energy transition with proven principles for crafting a successful Time-Varying Rates (TVR) customer experience.

    By Alex Lopez, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Uplight and Brad Langley, VP of Marketing of GridX • March 11, 2024
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    Building energy code revamps can get another $90M from DOE

    More energy-efficient homes can remain habitable longer during extreme heat and cold events, which could save lives, a Department of Energy-commissioned study finds.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • March 6, 2024
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    Top 3 US energy efficiency policy opportunities in 2024: ACEEE

    The United States achieved a 4% reduction in energy intensity last year, and experts say federal policy changes will be needed to maintain that pace.

    By March 6, 2024
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    Sponsored by Overstory

    Smarter data, smarter budgets: Utilities benefit economically from proactive vegetation management

    Vegetation management remains one of the biggest budget items for utilities, but proactive vegetation management is key to extending operating budgets.

    March 4, 2024
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    Local, tribal clean energy projects can tap into $18M from DOE

    Microgrids and downtown revitalization efforts that create energy-efficient buildings are potential projects the Department of Energy suggested could be eligible.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Feb. 29, 2024
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    EIA reaches agreement with bitcoin miners, will destroy collected data and publish new survey proposal

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration told a federal district court on Friday that it has “formally withdrawn and ceased” the emergency collection of data from crypto miners.

    By Updated March 1, 2024
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    Sponsored by Siemens

    Is software the untapped hero to unlock the potential of the grid and help us reach net zero?

    Discover how innovative software promises to revolutionize grid management, turning DERs from burdens into assets and paving the way for a future of autonomous grids.

    Feb. 26, 2024
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    Heat pumps would cut energy bills for majority of US homes: NREL research

    Even so, “we need work to bring down the cost of installing heat pumps,” said a senior research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • Feb. 26, 2024
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    Con Edison expands SmartCharge EV incentive program to commercial stations in NYC

    Ride share and fast charging provider Revel will be the first participant in Consolidated Edison’s new EV charging program. Officials say program incentives should help to lower station operating costs.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    Opinion

    Smart electric panels are not a smart bet

    A recent analysis of the product and commercial landscape, value proposition and alternatives to smart panels concluded that their long-term prospects are dim unless they are significantly stripped of cost and functionality.

    By Ben Hertz-Shargel • Feb. 23, 2024
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    New England capacity prices rise almost 40% in most recent auction

    Clean energy resources made up 40% of the total capacity commitments, according to ISO New England, and no coal plant met the auction clearing price.

    By Feb. 23, 2024
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    FERC enforcement office seeks $27M from Ketchup Caddy for MISO demand response fraud

    The CEO of the company, which had “no legitimate market activity,” according to FERC staff, said he planned to “[d]o this for just a couple of years, make a bunch of money to put kids through school .... and no one’s hurt.”

    By Feb. 22, 2024
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    Schneider Electric sees surge in energy management, system revenue in Q4 2023

    AI developments and continued demand across the data center and infrastructure markets drove its fourth-quarter and full-year growth, according to the company’s latest earnings.

    By Nish Amarnath • Feb. 20, 2024
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    Arizona Corporation Commission moves to eliminate energy efficiency rules, renewables targets

    The move is “a big step backwards” for Arizona, said Mark Kresowik, senior policy director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Colorado regulator’s vision for Xcel virtual power plant: Tariff-driven, 50 MW and online by this fall

    The virtual power plant pilot would include an opt-in “prosumer tariff” with higher fixed costs and a lower volumetric rate designed to incentivize distributed energy resource investment.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Duke Energy proposes new gas plant to meet load growth, but groups question projections

    “We’re already projecting eight times the load growth we anticipated just two years ago,” said Mike Callahan, Duke Energy’s South Carolina president.

    By Feb. 6, 2024