27. January 2016 · Comments Off on Consumers Energy Modernizes Gas Distribution System with Itron Solutions and Services  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Consumers Energy Modernizes Gas Distribution System with Itron Solutions and Services | Business Wire

25. November 2015 · Comments Off on Apples-to-apples: The potential of energy storage to displace natural gas · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Apples-to-apples: The potential of energy storage to displace natural gas – SmartGridNews

07. October 2015 · Comments Off on GE CEO: IoT Boosts Safety, Efficiency, Speed  · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

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.

Source: GE CEO: IoT Boosts Safety, Efficiency, Speed – InformationWeek

14. May 2015 · Comments Off on Microgrid helps power largest office building in Kansas · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Microgrid helps power largest office building in Kansas – FierceEnergy

10. May 2015 · Comments Off on Microgrid fully powers largest office building in Kansas  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

Source: Microgrid fully powers largest office building in Kansas – FierceEnergy

15. April 2015 · Comments Off on The state of green energy choice · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

via The state of green energy choice | Intelligent Utility.

20. March 2015 · Comments Off on Majority of new generation in 2015 will come from wind, natural gas and solar · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

via Majority of new generation in 2015 will come from wind, natural gas and solar – FierceEnergy.

09. January 2015 · Comments Off on Americans Want America To Run On Solar and Wind · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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.

via Americans Want America To Run On Solar and Wind.

04. August 2014 · Comments Off on AEP Energy to build solar “Block O” on University rooftop · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

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.”

via AEP Energy to build solar “Block O” on University rooftop – FierceEnergy.

11. June 2014 · Comments Off on Report Foresees Cleaner Texas Grid, Finds Demand Response Has Huge Potential · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

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).

via Renew Grid: Content / Up Front / Report Foresees Cleaner Texas Grid, Finds Demand Response Has Huge Potential.