Advanced Energy Perspectives

NEWS: Storage Goes Big in Hawaii; ‘Synergies’ Between Oil Rigs and Offshore Wind; Lady Gaga’s Energy Play

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Mar 24, 2017 11:14:42 AM


This week’s news saw a big dose of energy storage, along with a Lady Gaga-backed energy efficiency device (really). Plus, Big Oil brings its offshore expertise to advanced energy and more in this week’s news.

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Topics: News Update

Peak Demand Reduction Can Solve Michigan’s Power Problems, Save Millions for Customers

Posted by Daniel Bloom and Benjamin Stafford

Mar 23, 2017 1:10:52 PM

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The numbers don’t lie. Peak demand in Michigan is expected to increase by 2,000 MW in the Lower Peninsula over the next decade. Normally, this type of load growth is met by building new power plants. But these “peaker” plants sit idle most of year, pressed into service only when demand is highest – a few hours per year. A new study commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy Institute finds that Michigan would benefit significantly from using a variety of demand reduction strategies, all of which can relieve stress on the power grid, delay or avoid construction of expensive new power plants, and save money for Michigan electricity customers. Demand reduction strategies include a combination of targeted demand response (DR) programs, time-varying rates, and smart thermostats – options that can save Michigan upwards of $1 billion over the next decade.

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Topics: State Policy Update

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.


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

Two Cities and a Province Capture the Value of Organic Waste

Posted by Tim Muirhead

Mar 20, 2017 4:43:02 PM


This is a guest post from AEE member Veolia North America. To learn more about Veolia, click here. To learn more about membership in AEE, click here. 

Not long ago, the wastewater treatment plant was the biggest power user in municipal operations for the city of Gresham, Ore. Then, 12 years ago, the city entered into a long-term sustainability partnership with Veolia and began the process of turning the city’s energy hog into an energy asset. First step was a cogeneration system that met about half of the power needs of the plant. Five years ago, the city brought in fats, oils, and greases (FOG) from food manufacturers as an additional organic source of biogas, co-digested with sewage sludge through anaerobic digestion. It was a natural fit: the heat from the cogeneration system kept the FOG from hardening as they were processed. Five years and 9,000 gallons of biogas per day later, Gresham’s wastewater treatment plant is now “net-zero,” generating at least as much power as it uses. 

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Topics: Guest Post

NEWS: Blockchain Microgrid; Cities Go EV Shopping; Fortune Tells Offshore Wind Tale

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Mar 17, 2017 1:13:06 PM

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Small batch, local electricity? Photo by Simon Syon.

This week, advanced energy goes mainstream! From an article in the New York Times about a solar microgrid in Brooklyn with a unique payment scheme, to cities across the country shopping for electrified fleet vehicles, to American offshore wind becoming more of the norm, this week’s news was full of commonplace advanced energy becoming more, well, commonplace. Read on for all that, plus a healthy dose of AEE member news.

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Topics: News Update


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