PG&E Presses the “Pause” Button

| In a dramatic series of events, San Francisco-based PG&E announced Monday that it will file for Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code on January 29. The company’s CEO, Geisha Williams, also stepped down amid the disturbance as its stocks plummeted. For months investigators have been working to determine whether the power supplier’s equipment sparked ... READ MORE

A Look Ahead

| The solar industry has lived up to its “solar coaster” moniker in 2018, but this bodes well for the consumers and solar companies willing to grid themselves into the energy mold of the future, and likely 2019 trends are proof. Total Solar Installations in the US Will Increase, Again Although residential installations are at a ... READ MORE

2018’s Greatest Hits from Distributed Energy

| As we head into 2019, let’s revisit Distributed Energy’s top posts and stories of 2018. This blog post received more comments than any other Distributed Energy post published in 2018. The Battery Apocalypse How will we manage battery waste? In the near-distant future, spent batteries could clutter the landscape. A primary focus of energy storage ... READ MORE

Warming Water

| In a simultaneous contradiction, it appears that oil companies likely concealed knowledge of the negative effects of fossil fuel combustion while actively protecting their infrastructure from rising sea levels. A number of citizen groups and government agencies have filed lawsuits recently, asserting that fossil fuel producers knowingly subjected the public to the destructive impacts of ... READ MORE

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

| 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 content. ... READ MORE

Industry Announcements

| 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

Strategies for Peak Shaving and Power Security

| In Part 1 of a 5-part series, author Ed Ritchie takes readers through the process of understanding reliable energy strategies like peak shaving for business applications. Through this series, he explains the multifaceted components of commercial building energy systems that might include utilities analysis software, commercial generators, and other onsite technologies important in maintaining reliable power generation. Whether a company’s operations manager is acting on the recommendations of a consultant toward utility-cost reduction goals or reliable energy assurance, or relying on their own knowledge or that provided by manufacturers, understanding the basics of utility costs and energy security are essential. With this in mind, we launch this in-depth series on business energy strategies. ... READ MORE

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

| A single power interruption can cripple a healthy company, says Bhavesh Patel, director of marketing of Emerson's ASCO Power business. "Not having adequate onsite power can be the 'Achilles heel' of a business, but the controls for operating, monitoring, diagnosing, and producing a variety of mandatory reports on these power systems and the power distribution systems they interact with are not keeping pace," he says. According to a survey taken, 76% of facilities executives reported ... ... READ MORE

Emissions Control

| On October 1, 2015, EPA revised the federal air-quality standard for ground level ozone (O3), tightening the standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70. Ozone is set as a health-based standard, because at certain levels ozone can cause lung and respiratory problems. As most business people know, particularly business people who deal with energy issues, a new ozone standard is a big deal. The change starts a nationwide recalculation of pollution emission limits from industrial sources, mobile sources (cars, trucks, and other transport engines), and "area sources," the mom-and-pop sector of the economy. Area sources include many relatively small sources such as dry cleaners and gas stations, which singularly may not be significant, but cumulatively can present a significant impact. ... READ MORE