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Austin Demand Response Combines EV Charging, Variety of Thermostats

Austin Demand Response Combines EV Charging, Variety of Thermostats

Since February, Austin Energy has been conducting an automated demand response pilot for about 60 residential customers. The ADR program is unusual because it also combines electric vehicle charging stations and different types of thermostats. Although the program is still small, if it’s successful, Austin Energy plans to roll it … Read more »

GM’s OnStar, TimberRock Launch EV Solar Charging Project

GM’s OnStar, TimberRock Launch EV Solar Charging Project

General Motor’s OnStar is working on a project with TimberRock Energy Solutions that uses aggregation software and solar charging canopies with integrated storage to manage the flow of solar power to benefit the electric grid. It will be the first “real-world” use of OnStar’s smart grid technology. TimberRock will monitor … Read more »

North America Boasts 95% of Demand Response Projects

North America Boasts 95% of Demand Response Projects

The concept of demand response, which aims to achieve stability on the electricity grid by ensuring that demand does not exceed supply of electric power, is far more developed in North America than the rest of the world, with almost 95 percent of such programs located in that region, according to a study by Navigant … Read more »

Rockefeller Group, McGraw-Hill Implement Demand Response

Rockefeller Group Development Corporation and Alcoa are among the companies that have implemented demand response initiatives, reducing their energy usage and reaping financial benefits, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Rockefeller’s McGraw-Hill Building in New York City receives a net income of $500,000 annually after the group partnered with Schneider … Read more »

Strategic Energy Procurement: Using Data to Forecast, Plan, and Manage Your Energy Spend

Join Constellation, Frost & Sullivan and Environmental Leader for a one-hour energy management webinar discussing ways to use data to forecast and reduce energy costs on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 11am PST/2pm EST. From advanced metering, to enterprise software, to real-time energy market prices, energy data is now more … Read more »

Spartech Expects Over $1m in Energy Savings with World Energy Solutions

Spartech Corporation has awarded World Energy Solutions a three-year energy management contract expected to save the plastics producer more than $1 million in energy costs. The contract covers a range of sustainability and transactional services intended to help Spartech lower its energy commodity costs, reduce energy consumption and maximize available … Read more »

AEP Sustainability Report: Carbon Emissions Rise 1.5%, Revenues up 4.8%

AEP Sustainability Report: Carbon Emissions Rise 1.5%, Revenues up 4.8%

American Electric Power’s total CO2 emissions rose just shy of 1.5 percent from 2010 to 2011, while revenues rose 4.8 percent over that time period, according to the company’s 2012 combined annual report and corporate sustainability report. In 2011, AEP emitted 136 million metric tons of carbon, up from 134 … Read more »

Pennsylvania Electric Trains, Viridity to Sell Energy Back to Grid

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority trains are on track to becoming virtual power generators, putting energy back into the electric grid as they put on the brakes. Viridity Energy, a Philadelphia-based demand-side energy startup, says it has reached a “significant milestone” in enabling SEPTA to capture the kinetic energy created from … Read more »

Arby’s Taps Ecova for Energy Plan

Arby’s Restaurant Group is to work with energy and sustainability management company Ecova to create a strategic energy plan targeting short- and long-term energy savings. Ecova will help Arby’s identify opportunities, set goals, guide the development of a corporate energy policy, establish priorities for implementation, and develop a timetable for … Read more »

EnerNOC to Supply Gas Demand Response at 4,000 Commercial Sites

Utility National Grid is to use demand response company EnerNOC’s technology and services platform to manage natural gas consumption at about 4,000 commercial, institutional and industrial customer sites in Brooklyn and Queens, N.Y. EnerNOC will provide the utility with wireless hardware that automates fuel switching at the utility’s enrolled customer … Read more »

Understanding Load Response Strategies: What’s the Real Value of Your Megawatt Reduction?

Join Constellation Energy, Pike Research’s Marianne Hedin and Environmental Leader for a one-hour educational webinar outlining what your enterprise needs to take advantage of load response opportunities on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 11am PST/2pm EST. Marianne Hedin, senior analyst with Pike Research, will provide a market overview including key … Read more »

GSA Auctions 24MW of Demand Response

The U.S. General Services Administration’s Energy Division has successfully carried out its first auction of demand response, with support from energy management firm World Energy Solutions Inc. and technology company Science Applications International Corporation. The GSA auctioned 24 MW of demand response – 8MW annually over three years. Two sets … Read more »