Depending on who you ask, you'll likely get a different definition of energy efficiency. Among the definitions might be reducing overall consumption; focusing on investing in better and smarter infrastructure; or working toward clean and renewable sources of energy generation. But at its core, energy efficiency is about doing more with less. This push to reduce energy usage is reaching new heights as the energy industry bands together to create a more reliable and sustainable future.
The benefits and potential of hydropower suggest it can play a significant role in the future of the U.S. energy mix. Still, hydropower often gets downplayed in the national discussion of renewable energy that so often focuses on solar and wind generation.
Despite some high-profile scrutiny of the failures of some renewable energy companies, consumers still view solar and wind energy favorably, according to Navigant Research -- but not as favorably as they did in 2008.
At the heart of every utility is the customer -- not regulators, not governments and not even shareholders. Without a happy customer, shareholder value is hard to sustain. And yet with so much change on the agenda at most utility companies, it is easy to lose sight of the ultimate impact on the customer.
Reach out to your industry peers, colleagues and organizations. They may be across the country, the world or right across the street -- it doesn't matter.
Consumers are especially interested in renewables, presenting an ideal opportunity for utilities to slide the relationship between renewables and smart grid into the conversation.
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A full 70 percent of C-suite executives across all industries say that regulatory changes have caused either substantial or moderate changes in their risk management and reporting processes in the past two years. Specific to energy, 53 percent of C-suite executives identified regulation as their top threat.
The Department of Interior and Bureau of Reclamation have announced $20.8 million in water and energy efficiency grants for 44 water conservation projects in 11 states throughout the west where drought, growing populations, energy demands and basic environmental needs are stressing finite water supplies.
Southern California Edison (SCE) has reached a tentative $37 million settlement with California regulators in proceedings related a 2007 Malibu Canyon wildfire.
North America remains the world's leading market for microgrids, with planned, proposed, and deployed capacity of 2,505 MW.
In addition to helping meet the Renewable Energy Standard, biomass would spur the development of new generating technologies and contribute to forest health in the state where thousands of acres have been destroyed by the Rocky Mountain pine beetle.
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A multi-year, $1 billion program has been proposed by the Power Line Undergrounding Task Force and accepted by Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray to address the significant power outages District residents and businesses suffered as a result of the severe derecho thunderstorm system that left extensive wind damage in June.