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Commentary from Industry Pros
Many people value outside-the-box thinking, especially for its ability to see a new pathway forward. If you find yourself lacking in innovation, try implementing a disciplined approach to analyzing the order of things. What was once hidden may now be seen. A house may become a device, and so too a substation.
For years Texas was producing more wind power than it could effectively put to use. Between 2006 and 2009 over 7,000 megawatts of wind capacity was built in the state. These turbines were almost entirely located in the windy plains of West Texas.
The evolution of the utility industry has been pretty stagnant over the last hundred years or so. Power plants generate the electricity, it gets sent to your house through a network of wires and transformers, and the utility company sends you a bill every month.
For those who have been watching the ongoing climate debate about global warming, the increasingly hot summer months are a poignant reminder of that phenomenon whenever the monthly power bill arrives in the mailbox.
Before discussing the various socio-economic advantages of solar energy, it is imperative to understand the global economic structure. This will give a better understanding of the benefits.
If you've participated in a demand response (DR) event before, you probably have a reduction strategy already in place. But what if you're forgetting something? What if there are more ways to reduce energy and get an ever larger payment?
Demand Response (DR) has become a strategic program for many utilities in recent years for several reasons, including cost-effective peak load management and the opportunity to build stronger customer relationships by offering money saving programs. The choice of the network on which to run DR programs plays a major factor in operating efficiency, program effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However - even among HVAC industry engineers - accurately projecting these savings is a complicated endeavor. It can be done but requires a considerable amount of time and effort.
Tools like ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings' efficiency, they are only that - a starting point.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was banned in New York state in 2008 to study its effects on the environment. Since then, there have been numerous debates on whether or not fracking would be beneficial for the state.