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Distributed Energy Weekly

Exploring Microgrids with Dr. Peter Lilienthal, CEO of HOMER Energy

Exploring Microgrids with Dr. Peter Lilienthal, CEO of HOMER Energy

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Microgrids, localized power networks of distributed energy resources, are increasingly advantageous in today’s energy landscape. Their ability to operate connected to the power grid or autonomously makes them ultra-valuable.

Microgrid configurations can incorporate natural gas or diesel cogeneration (CHP), fuel cells, energy storage batteries, microturbines, and renewables such as solar, wind,  … Read More

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Business Energy magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Business Energy  … Read More

Industry Announcements

Industry Announcements

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Read the latest industry news in the field of energy management and controls, efficient lighting and HVAC systems, retrofits and upgrades, onsite power generation (both prime and standby), renewables, and energy storage.  … Read More

A Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Chicago: A Walgreens Project Profile

A Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Chicago: A Walgreens Project Profile

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An older Walgreens store in Evansville, IL, had been selected for replacement in 2012 when executives suddenly recognized that it would be the ideal location for the net zero project they’d been contemplating. Located just 15 miles from corporate headquarters, the outdated store offered ease of access for engineers and  … Read More

Microturbine Manufacturers Outline the Benefits of Distributed Energy

Microturbine Manufacturers Outline the Benefits of Distributed Energy

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In the world of innovative power technology, turbines hold a unique position. They offer power solutions from as low as 250 kW, to hundreds of megawatts, and unlike reciprocal engines with hundreds of moving parts, a turbine is basically designed with one spinning shaft and a minimal parts count. Also,  … Read More

New York’s Darkest Hours Were Catalysts for Change

New York’s Darkest Hours Were Catalysts for Change

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Thursday, July 13th was the fortieth anniversary of a dark day—the 1977 electricity blackout that left New York City without power and forever changed the US energy landscape.

The 25-hour collapse began with a series of three lightning strikes and resulted in the domino-effect breakdown of power distribution across the city.  … Read More

Power Plants Under Attack

Power Plants Under Attack

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It began innocently enough—a resume sent via email in Microsoft Word document format. But what transpired once power plant managers opened the files was unquestionably sinister.

Authorities report that since May 2017, hackers have targeted the computer networks of several companies that manage and operate and energy facilities throughout the US.  … Read More

Cogeneration Utilizing Natural Gas-fired Reciprocating Engines

Cogeneration Utilizing Natural Gas-fired Reciprocating Engines

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Cogeneration systems, also known as combined heat and power, have traditionally been installed by larger industrial users with high steam and power demands and by smaller, institutional users such as universities and hospitals. Since the early 2000s, smaller industrial and commercial companies have discovered cogeneration utilizing natural gas-fired reciprocating engines,  … Read More

Deregulation and Reform

Deregulation and Reform

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In 2013, the Mexican government began a series of energy reforms to encourage economic growth and make the sector more competitive, less expensive, and environmentally sustainable. It began by amending the constitution to allow private investment, a decision that has led to the dissolution of state-owned monopolies, Pemex and the  … Read More

Rolling Resources

Rolling Resources

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As temperatures heat up this summer and power companies scramble to juggle supply and demand, a pilot program called i ChargeForward presents a potential solution to demand response events. The program, a partnership between BMW and PG&E, aims to prove the practicality of using managed electric vehicle (EV) charging as  … Read More

Energy Performance Contracting

Energy Performance Contracting

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Energy efficiency is an integral part of sustainable energy strategies. Implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency reference project that pays for itself through the resulting energy savings can be a complex undertaking.

The idea of an energy savings business goes back to the energy crisis of the late ’70s. Combating energy costs  … Read More

Innovations in HVAC

Innovations in HVAC

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HVAC duct systems play a key role in indoor air quality and comfort as they serve the functions of supplying, returning, and ventilating air. The type of system can underscore its efficiencies. Case in point: the shape of the duct always makes a difference in terms of efficiency, notes Roger  … Read More



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