Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI), a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced today that Consumers Energy, provider of natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million Michigan residents, has expanded its contract to include modernization of the company’s gas distribution system by using communicating digital meter technology. The contract builds upon Itron’s existing work with Consumers Energy to help modernize the utility’s electric system with Itron’s OpenWay® smart grid solution using cellular communications. Itron’s smart grid and smart gas solutions are key components of Consumers Energy’s Smart Energy program, which aims to improve customer service and energy service reliability.
Those considering energy storage can now compare the cost effectiveness of each technology on an apples-to-apples basis. An in-depth study from investment bank Lazard in conjunction with Enovation Partners, Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis, compares the costs of energy storage technologies for particular applications to conventional alternatives.Modeled on Lazard’s levelized cost of energy (LCOE), the LCOS study analyzes the costs associated with a variety of the leading energy storage technologies and their applications.
The Internet of Things is up and running for the ExxonMobil liquefied natural gas plant near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The $19 billion project, with its myriad pipelines, valves, compressors, chillers, and equipment gauges that deal with extreme temperatures and pressures, presents an extreme challenge in operating reliably and efficiently.
Black & Veatch has commissioned a new microgrid system that provides power to its world headquarters using a range of renewables and natural gas. The microgrid, which can produce up to 1,300 megawatt hours of power annually — combines natural gas, rooftop solar, geothermal and battery storage.
Black & Veatch has commissioned a new microgrid system that provides power to its world headquarters using a range of renewables and natural gas. The microgrid, which can produce up to 1,300 megawatt hours of power annually — combines natural gas, rooftop solar, geothermal and battery storage. The new system powers the Rodman Innovation Pavilion — Black & Veatch’s world headquarters — and is the first microgrid powering a commercial building in Kansas. Companies and municipalities seeking to lower their carbon footprint and enhance the resiliency of their electric power supply are slowly but surely migrating toward microgrids.
As President Obama pointed out in his latest State of the Union address, when it comes to energy and climate change, there are two sides of the equation: the way we produce energy and the way we use it. For its part, the government has mandated emissions standards in an effort to fight climate change, but more and more, consumers also have choices on both sides of that equation.
More than half of all Americans can choose their electricity or natural gas supplier, giving them the opportunity to take a stand about how they want their energy produced. And technology is helping consumers manage their energy consumption more than ever, empowering them waste less energy and save money at the same time.
The face of energy in the United States is changing, and in 2015, electric generating companies will add approximately 20 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale generating capacity to the power grid, according to EIA. At the same time, nearly 16 GW of generating capacity is scheduled to be retired in the same year.
Ninety-one percent of the new generating capacity will be in the form of wind (9.8 GW), natural gas (6.3 GW) and solar (2.2 GW). Eighty-one percent — or 12.9 GW — of the soon-to-be-retired capacity will be in the form of coal-fired generation.
Americans “overwhelmingly” prefer solar and wind energy to coal, oil, and nuclear energy, according to a Harvard political scientist who has conducted a comprehensive survey of attitudes toward energy and climate for the last 12 years.
Americans see natural gas as a bridge fuel that falls somewhere in between, offering some benefits over traditional fuels but more “harms” than solar and wind, said Harvard Government Professor Stephen Ansolabehere during a December appearance at the University of Chicago.
AEP Energy, American Electric Power’s retail electric and natural gas service arm, has started installation of a 101 kW rooftop solar array for Ohio State University.
AEP Energy will fund, build, own and operate the approximately 10,000-square-foot array on the rooftop of the university’s Student Life Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC), which will be made up of 367 solar panels arranged in a configuration similar to the “Block O.”
Renewable energy and natural gas will continue to dominate Texas’ electric supply additions over the next 20 years, while adoption of expanded demand response (DR) and energy efficiency (EE) programs could reduce 40% to 50% of projected peak demand growth across the grid system, economists with The Brattle Group find in a new report prepared for the Texas Clean Energy Coalition (TCEC).