Advanced Energy Perspectives

NEWS: Nobody Bought Hawaii’s Electric Utility After All; PG&E Facing Criticism for EV Charging Monopoly

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Jul 29, 2016 11:46:28 AM

This week in advanced energy we saw more news of utilities merging (or not) and issues facing a California utility looking to install EV charging infrastructure – or monopolize the EV charging market in Northern California, depending on your point of view. All that, plus an all-electric heavy urban transport truck from Mercedes-Benz in this week’s news round up.

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Topics: News Update

Advanced Energy is Putting People to Work in the Sunshine State

Posted by Bob Keough and Frank Swigonski

Jul 28, 2016 6:01:37 PM

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Image courtesy of Nearmap.

With more than 20 million residents, Florida is the third most populous state in the country, and one of the fastest growing. It is also a major energy consumer, ranking second nationally in retail electricity sales. Because of the need for year-round air conditioning, it also has one of the highest rates of home electricity consumption in the United States. As the state grows and consumers continue to demand more energy choices, Florida is increasingly turning to advanced energy to meet its electricity needs - and reaping the economic benefits that come with it.   We began to quantify these benefits last year with publication of Advanced Energy in Florida, a report that measured the size of the advanced energy industry in the Sunshine State in terms of dollars. The results were impressive: Florida is home to an industry that brought in $6.2 billion in revenue in 2014. Now, we know that advanced energy means jobs in the Sunshine State as well. 

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Topics: State Policy Update

NEWS: Why Electricity Prices Keep Falling (Hint: Advanced Energy); It’s Elon Musk’s World, We Just Live In It

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Jul 22, 2016 10:47:29 AM

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Advanced energy is sweeping the nation. Between cheap natural gas and cheap renewable energy, electricity costs are falling. Where is the joy and jubilation? Plus, PACE is back and better than ever, re-opening opportunities for low and middle income homeowners to make their homes energy efficient and solar powered. It’s all good – and all thanks to advanced energy. Tooting our own horn? You bet! Read on. Here is this week’s big news.

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Topics: News Update

Setting the PACE on Home Energy Improvements for Low and Moderate Income Americans

Posted by Bill Ritter, Jr.

Jul 21, 2016 12:34:34 PM

This is a guest post by former Colorado governor Bill Ritter, director of the Center for the New Energy Economy and an AEE Institute board member.

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The White House announcement yesterday on residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a welcome solution to a problem that has plagued states since 2010. It will go far toward helping all citizens, but especially those on a low and moderate income, to make efficiency improvements to their homes and lower their energy bills.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, Guest Post, Energy Finance

THIS IS ADVANCED ENERGY: Effcient Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Jul 20, 2016 11:30:00 AM

This post is one in a series featuring the complete slate of advanced energy technologies outlined in the report This Is Advanced Energy. 3.5_Efficient_HVAC.jpg

Image courtesy of Colt.

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems consist of air conditioners, heat pumps, boilers, furnaces, and chillers, as well as the associated controls, air handlers, ductwork, and piping. Heating and cooling represent the largest source of energy consumption in the residential and commercial sectors, accounting for roughly 50% of energy consumed by a typical U.S. home and 40% in commercial buildings. Chillers alone can account for 35% to 50% of a commercial building’s energy use. Improvements in efficiency derive from various technological innovations, such as variable speed drives (which reduce energy use by electric motors) and increased heat exchanger surface area (which improves overall energy transfer to the conditioned space). Advanced HVAC systems also have sensors and controls that communicate with sophisticated energy management systems to further reduce energy use, improve comfort, and cut maintenance costs. Residential customers can also reduce home energy use through equipment upgrades and by using programmable thermostats such as a Nest Learning Thermostat, which can reduce heating and cooling costs by more than 20%.

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy

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