The grid edge. If you have had any involvement or interest in the electricity sector recently, you’ve probably heard this term. You’ve probably wondered exactly what it means and why so many people seem to have a different definition of it. And maybe you’ve picked up on a sense of urgency or excitement around it – because depending on who you talk to, the grid edge is going to either disrupt everything, rebuild everything, destroy everything or fizzle out like so many other fads.
I recently got back from Louisville, Kentucky, where I was representing DOE in the latest round of energy code development hearings. While the people who participate in the development process know energy codes inside and out, I know they are not as clear to the broader public. So let’s take a step back. Here’s a primer on what energy codes are, how they are developed, adopted, and enforced, and what DOE’s role is in these processes. Future blog posts in this series will zoom into specific topics.

Local energy policy may not receive a heavy share of the headlines, but most people who consume energy are directly and beneficially affected by efficiency programs implemented by subnational governments such as states, counties and cities. And these programs come in all shapes and sizes, according to a panel of experts convened on May 12 at EE Global . Some programs, like those based on policy recommendations in a comprehensive World Resources Institute report, are designed to address local challenges of increased rates of urbanization.

Others, like...

Ramola Musante, Division Vice President of Government Relations at Ecolab, and Chairwoman of the Alliance’s Energy-Water Nexus Subcommittee, led a high-level panel discussion on the energy-water nexus – the interconnection between energy and water – exploring policies and projects that have the potential to advance energy efficiency and water infrastructure system efficiency. Speakers representing the public, private and utility sectors provided insight on this critical topic and left attendees with major takeaways – including the need for a greater emphasis on the energy-water nexus, strategies for increased education and engagement from all decision-makers and the importance of collaboration between these stakeholders.

Clay Nesler, Vice President of Global Energy and Sustainability at Johnson Controls, who moderated the panel " Intelligent efficiency: how can systems-level integration and intelligence reduce building energy consumption and operating costs?" at EE Global 2016 , led participants in exploring the ways in which public policy and market-driven trends are increasingly influential in energy consumption management for commercial and residential buildings. The panel also introduced the concept of “intelligent systems” within the energy efficiency space as an opportunity for the private sector and consumers.

The panelists agreed that the building sector accounts for a sizable portion of energy use in many...

The building sector consumes a significant amount of energy across the world – in the U.S. this equals about 40 percent of energy used and 70 percent of total electricity used. When we think of the existing 114 million homes and 80 million square feet of commercial building space, there is certainly a lot of potential for energy savings. However, weather patterns are changing as a result of climate change and buildings will need to be designed and constructed to not only be energy-efficient, but also resilient in the face of a new set of climactic conditions. There are a range of methods that can be used to address these issues, like improving specific components within the buildings themselves, coordinating components that make up building systems and educating the people that live...

Read on for a discussion about commercial property-assessed clean energy (C-PACE) between Daniel Bresette, the Alliance to Save Energy’s Director of Government Relations, and Sandy Fazeli, National Association of State Energy Officials’ (NASEO)’s Senior Program Director. C-PACE is an innovative financing program that provides access to energy efficiency/renewable energy upgrades for commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners.

(Photo: Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan moderates panel on energy efficiency during the Action Summit at CEM7)

Hosted in San Francisco between June 1-2, the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) was attended by energy ministers from 23 countries and the European Commission that collectively account for 90 percent of global clean energy investment and ...

The 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) is underway in San Francisco from June 1-2. CEM7 is the first major meeting of global public sector energy leaders since the United Nations led successful negotiations and crafted a historic agreement in Paris last December. As a result, CEM7 is a pivotal opportunity to prioritize the policies that will help to double global energy productivity by deploying energy efficient technologies and practices.
Without paying much attention, we use a lot of energy each day — from charging electronics to watching TV. In fact, in 2014, the average U.S. residential household consumed 10,982 kWh of electricity and spent around $2,200 annually on utility bills. Luckily, households can lower this amount up to 25 percent by being more proactive with energy conservation tips. The following are 10 of the biggest energy-wasting oversights people make at home and how to adjust to more eco-friendly practices.