A view over the landscape of the United States shows several rich markets for energy efficiency in the next year. Some arise from unfortunate natural disasters; others arise from the growing recognition by Governments that it is usually cheaper energy to save than it produce.
SuperStorm Sandy leveled neighborhoods in New York, and broken shores mansions in the middle and left tens of thousands still without power weeks after the disastrous end of October hit. Some buildings were so damaged, utilities simply could not connect it to the mains.
With $32 billion in debris left behind the effort of rehabilitation at the New York is enormous. It requires new walls, roofs, offers a tremendous opportunity to introduce more efficient replacement cables, lights, heating systems and appliances.
To this end, environmental groups urge New York controller of the State of energy efficiency to redirect money in a disaster fund. The money could go in incentives to choose the New Yorker, efficient building materials and devices, as they rebuild would promote.
Not one that is to be regretted the State do so would represent a missed opportunity, that if it meet a target, the energy natural resources Defense Council, citizens campaign for the environment and use a letter from pace & energy climate Center, Sierra 15 percent by 2015, according to Club, Alliance for clean energy New York, environmental advocates of New York.
Finally, is the time to promote an efficient buy, if a machine breaks. When consumers buy, thats new models; Replace only rarely work equipment only to upgrade to a more efficient model.
"New York recovery with a more efficient and reliable electric landscape must emerge from the post-sandy, but this requires all hands on deck approach," said the group in a letter to the New York Public Service Commission.
Although the resources allot, State regulators still now the funding that avoids investment costs can opportunity in New York for energy-efficiency companies and entrepreneurs, especially those for homeowners and businesses. This funding is spurred not only energy efficiency on a national level, but also solar-panel installations.
In addition to bread and butter energy efficiency insulation, Windows, appliances is a reconstruction Superstorm New York chance to innovate. He opens the door for companies, the smart-grid devices and makes install location. Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other leaders have stressed that as utilities New York's grid, new structure, new technologies, to fortify the city against future storms must take into account. Edison, the New York City serves, has already stepped on the plate, committing consolidated by $250 million to strengthen and modernise its delivery of energy system as a result of sandy.
As often is the case of a power outage, now gave the storm a chance for cogeneration (CHP) striving for his stuff. CHP is highly efficient because produces two forms of energy from a fuel. The technique also serves as back-up generation. CHP units work locally, so not on utility wires often depend on, the primary victims of wind and falling trees in the storm. When the grid is down, CHP systems can continue to heat, cool, and provide lighting for a building.
New York City has encouraged the installation of cogeneration in commercial buildings for some time. So it is not surprising that stories around the Internet about building with CHP are now floating, that is never lost. These include building owned by New York University and a 14,000 units Bronx apartment complex called co-op city. In the nearby Connecticut Fairfield University retained power during Sandy because its CHP system such as Princeton University in New Jersey to Houston Advanced Research Center.
Chance for cogeneration is 50 percent an increase of the current cogeneration capacity is growing not only in the Northeast, but nationwide due to a goal by President Barack Obama that add United States 40 GW of cogeneration by 2020. The goal is ambitious, but Government and industry players to work to happen set.
Reconstruction of Hurricane Sandy opens new doors for CHP and other forms of energy. But New York is certainly not the only place boom is expected next year. Next week looks blog, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and other markets ready to thrive - as long as the Federal Republic of prosperity not undermine fiscal cliff of the energy efficiency industry.
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