Sourcing Renewables - June 29, 2020 - By Caitlin Marquis, Advanced Energy Economy
As companies adjust to a new normal during COVID-19, sustainability teams face their own challenge: assessing whether and how the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout will affect progress toward their company’s renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. In this column, Caitlin Marquis of Advance Energy Economy outlines how conditions are affecting the energy industry, how regulators and lawmakers are responding, and what to watch for in the months ahead.
June 19, 2020 - By John Failla, Smart Energy Decisions
The energy industry has a diversity problem. In October 2019, the Wall Street Journal cited the energy industry as 10th out of 11 industries measured. In this column, Smart Energy Decisions' Founder & Editorial Director John Failla says, let’s work together to address the problem.
Energy Efficiency - May 22, 2020 - By Jake Duncan, IMT
In the late-2010s, the “electrify everything” movement emerged as a long-term solution to the ever-growing carbon emissions of the U.S. However, electrification as a decarbonizing strategy depends on using renewable power for new electric devices. In this column from IMT - the second in their "Stronger Together" series, Jake Duncan explores why energy efficiency is crucial to electrification.
April 27, 2020 - By Ana Radovanovic, Google
Addressing the challenge of climate change demands a transformation in how the world produces and uses energy. In this column, Google presents its latest innovation as they work towards 24x7 carbon-free energy everywhere they have data centers.
Regulation - April 2, 2020 - By Caitlin Marquis, Advanced Energy Economy
The hottest four-letter word of 2020 is MOPR (Minimum Offer Price Rule), which has become a top concern of clean energy advocates, advanced energy developers, and large power users. This column from Caitlin Marquis of Advanced Energy Economy explores the implications of this FERC rule, which poses a threat to both state clean energy policies and voluntary purchases of renewable energy in PJM - and offers an update following PJM's March compliance filing to FERC.
Sourcing Renewables - April 1, 2020 - By Better Buildings, U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner Chesapeake College for energy efficiency advances made throughout its Wye Mills, Maryland campus. Most recently, the college completed a 1.8-megawatt solar array with 1-megawatt battery backup. Here's how they did it.
Energy Efficiency - March 30, 2020 - By Jake Duncan, IMT
As the demand for climate action continues to ramp up, more cities, businesses, and utilities are discussing their decarbonization strategies for the years ahead. In this column from Jake Duncan of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), advancing these efforts will require a shift in the way building owners and tenants, city leaders, utility representatives, and communities think about buildings and the role of energy efficiency.
March 27, 2020 - By John Failla, Smart Energy Decisions
This is an unprecedented time in our history with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the health of those we care about, our businesses, the economy, and the way we live our lives. As we continue to pursue our mission to help you navigate the energy transition during these challenging times, we want you to know that Smart Energy Decisions is here for you.
March 18, 2020 - By Better Buildings
Hannaford Supermarkets, operators of more than 180 stores throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, participated in Efficiency Vermont's Deep Retrofit pilot program with the goal of cutting their energy consumption in half. This column from Better Buildings shows how it was done.