10. April 2016 · Comments Off on Utility contracts San Diego’s largest energy storage project · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has entered into a contract for a new 20-megawatt (MW) energy storage facility that will be capable of storing enough electricity to power 28,000 homes for up to four hours, as well as a separate contract for 18.5 MW of energy efficiency projects with the goal of launching measures to help customers’ reduce energy usage in local buildings related to heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, lighting, and other commercial features.

Source: Utility contracts San Diego’s largest energy storage project – SmartGridNews

20. February 2016 · Comments Off on Elgato Intros Eve Energy Smart Outlet with HomeKit Support · Categories: News · Tags:

Elgato announced the immediate availability of its new Eve Energy smart outlet on Tuesday with support for Apple’s HomeKit smarthome platform. The outlet tracks energy usage and can be remotely turned on or off through Siri voice commands.

Source: Elgato Intros Eve Energy Smart Outlet with HomeKit Support – The Mac Observer

17. February 2016 · Comments Off on ‘Smart Plug’ Keeps The Company Vending Machine From Being An Energy Hog · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

The makers of a new “smart plug” claim it can save companies and organizations millions of dollars each year on electric bills.Boss Controls is a Pittsburgh-based company that produces the plugs. They’re designed to go directly into a wall outlet. But unlike traditional plugs, these gadgets are programmed to turn themselves on and off.CEO Greg Puschnigg said they’re designed to reduce energy usage during times when devices, such as vending machines, copiers, coffee pots and computers, are not being used.

Source: ‘Smart Plug’ Keeps The Company Vending Machine From Being An Energy Hog | 90.5 WESA

06. November 2015 · Comments Off on Test Bed Advances Washington State as Hotbed of Energy Innovation · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The U.S. Department of Energy is matching a $2.25 million Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to research, develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to create “smart” buildings, campuses and cities to better manage energy usage. Once buildings and devices are smarter — managing energy resources optimally on their own — they can also be more responsive to the needs of the power grid.

Source: Test Bed Advances Washington State as Hotbed of Energy Innovation

16. March 2015 · Comments Off on Planning for the energy-water nexus · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

For quite some time, pockets of interest have been forming around the linkage between energy and water.  The nature of this interest is based on an upward spiral that exists between energy usage and water usage.  In the simplest terms, an increase in one results in an increase in the other. We need to find a way to break this cycle.

Recently, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed S.1971, the Nexus of Sustainability of Energy and Water (NEWS) Act, which focuses attention on the water needed to produce fuels, electricity, and other forms of energy; and the energy needed to transport, reclaim, and treat water and wastewater.

via Planning for the energy-water nexus – FierceEnergy.