STATE: Delaware Passes SB 150, Paving the Way for More Energy Efficiency

Posted by Tom Plant

Jul 24, 2014 12:25:00 PM

In 2007, Delaware established a Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU). The idea was to create an entity that would emulate the great success of Vermont’s efficiency utility, vaulting Delaware into a leading position in energy efficiency. Unfortunately, Delaware has continued to lag behind its neighbors – it was rated 22nd in the country in ACEEE’s most recent scorecard.


Per capita investments in energy efficiency in the Northeast: gas and electric programs across sectors [1]

Topics: State Policy Update

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Behavioral Efficiency

Posted by Maria Robinson and Matt Stanberry

Jul 23, 2014 2:36:00 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) plan to regulate carbon emissions is just the latest challenge facing the U.S. electric power system. Technological innovation is disrupting old ways of doing business and accelerating grid modernization. Earlier this year, AEE released Advanced Energy Technologies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction, a report detailing the use, application, and benefits of 40 specific advanced energy technologies and services. This post is the first in a series drawn from the technology profiles within that report.


Behavioral_EfficiencyBehavioral energy efficiency (BEE) employs messaging grounded in behavioral science to produce simple, actionable messages that are relevant to customers and motivate them to save energy. Extensive research has found that the average utility customer spends nine minutes per year thinking about their energy use. When they do, they have two basic questions: How am I using energy and what can I do to save energy and money? BEE answers this question. Utilities opt customers into BEE programs, meaning savings can scale rapidly. Communications are delivered through multiple channels – e.g. web, mobile, mail – ensuring customers are engaged and focused on reducing energy consumption. Dozens of independent evaluations have found BEE programs consistently produce savings of 1.5% to 3.5% per household.


Topics: Advanced Energy Technology of the Week

NEWS: Resiliency Through Microgrids; EVs and PV: 'Great Tastes that Taste Great Together’

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Jul 18, 2014 10:48:27 AM

Microgrids_-_Utility_Distribution_MicrogridsThe electrical grid is an aging beast, cobbled together over the last century from disparate pieces to form the infrastructure on which all modern life depends. Sometimes it seems like we are teetering at the edge of disaster, a single storm or terrorist attack away from a devastating outage. Can resiliency save us?



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FEDERAL: House Spending Bills Come Up Short; FERC Commissioners Finally Confirmed

Posted by Tom Carlson

Jul 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

us-capitolOver the last week, the U.S. House of Representatives moved two spending bills forward that would be harmful to advanced energy interests. In the Senate, a long confirmation process came to an end with Cheryl LaFleur and Norman Bay confirmed as commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) but only after the White House committed to keeping LaFleur as the chair for nine months before elevating Bay to the role. Meanwhile, DOE’s Loan Program Office offered $4 billion in loan guarantees for the “next wave” of innovative energy technologies.



Topics: Federal Policy Update

Quiet Work Builds Bipartisan Support for Advanced Energy

Posted by Graham Richard

Jul 15, 2014 10:22:00 AM

GR-headshotIn our ongoing efforts to build an advanced energy economy, we go through moments of drama. But some of the most important work we do takes place during periods of relative quiet – building relationships, documenting economic value, and demonstrating public support. I started thinking about that after a long phone call with Ivan Urlaub, executive director of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), AEE’s state partner in the Tar Heel State.



Topics: State Policy Update