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Energy Use? Yes, There’s an App For That

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Apr 11, 2017 5:51:02 PM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2017 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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In a web and mobile application-crazed world, utilities and vendors of energy-related products are finding new ways to engage with customers for energy savings and efficiency. Customers today want more information, and they want this information at their fingertips. Mobile apps have become the latest means of fulfilling that customer desire, and leading utilities and software vendors have targeted their app development at helping customers manage their energy use.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

‘Lighting as a Service’ Offers New Business Model, Growth Opportunity

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Apr 4, 2017 5:30:41 PM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2017 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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The lighting industry is in the midst of two concurrent upheavals. First, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is gaining market share rapidly over incumbent technologies, and second, lighting controls systems are making it possible to optimize the use of lighting in more sophisticated ways to save energy and money. Everyone from building owners and managers to lighting designers and installers is facing the challenge of this two-pronged transformation. But this transformation is paving the way for a third: the rise of “lighting as a service” (LaaS).

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

Big Data Drives Demand Side Management Innovation

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Mar 29, 2017 4:34:03 PM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2017 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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Big data analytics – using software engines and algorithms to process and analyze large quantities of data to provide insights into how customers behave – is changing the way companies do business across the economy, and energy is no exception. For decades, utilities have offered energy efficiency and demand response (DR) programs as means of saving energy for customers and reducing the need for more generating capacity to meet demand. In recent years, utilities and energy efficiency providers have started using big data analytics to provide new insights into how this can be done.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

Market Report Shows Record $1.4 Trillion Global, $200 Billion U.S. Revenue for Advanced Energy and Highlights Five Trends Shaping the Future

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Mar 22, 2017 4:15:00 PM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2017 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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For 2016, the global advanced energy market surpassed $1.4 trillion in 2016, a 7% increase compared to an updated 2015 total of $1.3 trillion. Advanced energy has grown by nearly a quarter (24%) since Navigant Research began tracking for AEE in 2011, adding $257 billion in revenue over six years, counting only data complete for the entire period. Advanced energy is almost twice the size of the global airline industry, and nearly equal to worldwide apparel revenue.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

For States, Meeting Clean Power Plan Goals Just Got Easier

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Oct 3, 2016 5:09:29 PM

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Even as the D.C. Circuit Court weighs the future of EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), states across the country are figuring out how to reduce carbon emissions in the electric power sector. Some states are also beginning to look at how they will administer the compliance plan that gets them to their CPP targets. For many state air regulators, who are used to tracking pollutants coming out of power plant smokestacks, the idea of incorporating “outside the fence line” measures into CPP compliance plans can seem challenging. In particular, concerns might arise when it comes to any aspect of the CPP that involves providing credits to owners and operators of clean energy resources for the emission reductions produced by their technologies, whether as part of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), allowance allocations in mass-based programs, or emission reduction credits in rate-based plans.

Some regulators might be tempted to restrict their plans to onsite measures, such as power plant efficiency upgrades, which might seem more familiar and easier to handle administratively. But those retrofits are more costly and provide limited emissions reductions. In contrast, measures like energy efficiency and renewable energy development are cheaper for customers and more effective in reducing emissions, but they are unlike the pollution controls many of these agencies have overseen in the past.

Given fiscal pressures on state budgets and limited staffing, what’s a regulator to do? The answer: go outside the agency for help.

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs

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