Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Energy efficiency perspectives: what to see

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Events in two States of the United States Northeast--New York and Massachusetts--unfolding signal increased business opportunity grid innovators and others for energy-efficiency company, green architects, contractors, lighting in the energy saving business smart.

First the world of energy efficiency should be a debate on the possible closure nuclear Indian point in New York eye on.

New York commissioned before recently consolidated Edison, New York City utility regulator with figuring out how to compensate the loss of the 2,040-MW Indian point. Federal licenses for the system running until the end of 2015. And while the plant criteria to the searches, it looks some strong opposition. So, the State wants to be prepared.

The back-up plan, power authority, submitted by Con Edison with the NY focuses primarily on power plants and other energy infrastructure. But it also requires 100 MW energy efficiency, which seek the utility in addition to programs that is already underway.

The utility imagines that a majority of the 100 MW peak demand reduction of large buildings advanced LED lighting, advanced energy systems, vapor with air conditioning, heating, ventilation, and cooling, and energy storage systems.

The time urges if Indian point in New York closes by 2015 must now ramping up its energy-efficiency backup says Con Edison. For this purpose, the utility has approved the New York Public Service Commission requested $300 million for the efficiency program in April.

Given the time constraint, it is also important, create an incentive package ", which encourages interest and participation of customers quickly" Con Edison said. In particular, Con Ed Wats, payback in 12 months customers will receive see or less for the energy-efficiency investments.

Meanwhile, smaller cities in New York of also their pursuit of energy efficiency - are extended for other reasons. NYPA, the country's largest state-owned energy company, issued recently a prompt that develop search consultant and managing energy master plans for five cities: Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers.

The authority says that it significantly to expand, "nature and extent of their traditional energy efficiency programmes approach," which will tend to focus on lighting, motors, boilers, and HVAC systems in public and Government buildings. While the new plans these things will look at, they are also the private sector and focus on add:

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The plans are to not only reduce the demand for creating energy, but also jobs, focus reducing the dependence on imported oil and clean up the environment. NYPA provides the plans includes a variety of resources and Uberlegungen--use electricity, natural gas, steam infrastructure, renewable energy, clean vehicles, zoning and traffic patterns, energy in the building of the city, and so on.

A larger efficiency companies also in the works is in the nearby Massachusetts. The final details in the 2013-2015 utility plans approved State regulators last week, calling for $2.01 billion in energy-efficiency programs. This keeps Massachusetts in the top spot at the national level for energy efficiency investments per capita. The utilities expect the plans to 3.7 million MWh electricity, enough to more than 500,000 households for a year to store and deliver $8.9 billion in economic benefits.

"With this decision, Massachusetts has its commitment to investment in energy efficiency, the cleanest, lowest cost available energy renewed. Support you efficiency important economic and environmental dividends will deliver, "said Jeremy McDiarmid, Massachusetts Director of environment Northeast, an important efficiency in the region.

For approval of the plans, the Massachusetts says Department of public utilities (DPU) that for every dollar, utilities will invest in energy efficiency, taxpayers will receive over three dollars in return energy saving. Specifically, saving homeowners who install energy-efficient lighting, insulation, and offered benefits from other programs such as $24 / month on electricity and $39 / month natural gas.

The DPU order goes much more into detail - 180 pages worth - which you can find here.

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ELISA Wood is a long-time energy writer whose blog a week comes to the

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