Puerto Rico experienced another island-wide blackout last week. Distributed energy resources such as combined heat and power (CHP) could help communities avoid or minimize some impacts of large-scale natural disasters including blackouts.
Extreme weather events and natural disasters such as bomb cyclones, forest fires, the polar vortex, and hurricanes are wreaking havoc on buildings, the electric grid, and other critical US infrastructure. Some communities are still struggling to rebuild from last year’s disasters, even as another hurricane season approaches.
More states are undertaking new approaches to utility planning that prioritize clean, distributed energy resources, but few are considering combined heat and power (CHP) for meeting the demands of the modern grid. In many ways, CHP provides exactly what they need.
As noted in recent blog posts by Forbes contributor William Pentland and the New York Times’ Andrew Revkin, it’s instructive to look at where the lights stayed on during Hurricane Sandy to understand what makes certain places more resilient than others.
ACEEE has collaborated with state and local stakeholders for decades, arming them with valuable, up-to-date resources on energy efficiency to facilitate effective program and policy development and deployment.
Recession Not Dimming States' Growing Focus on Energy Efficiency as "First Fuel," With CA, MA, and CT Rated Best on Implementing Energy Efficiency
Washington, D.C. — The current economic downturn is not sidetracking state-level efforts to make the most of energy efficiency as the cheapest, cleanest and quickest of all energy resources, according to a 50-state scorecard on energy efficiency policies, programs, and practices from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Pennsylvania Can Create Thousands of New Jobs and Save Consumers Billions Through Energy Efficiency, Says New Report
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- Energy efficiency improvements can save Pennsylvania consumers nearly $5 billion each year on energy bills and help create 27,000 new, local jobs by 2025, according to an analysis released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), an independent, nonprofit research group based in Washington, D.C.
Energy Efficiency and Onsite Renewables Can Help Address Electricity Concerns in Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth Areas
Washington, D.C. — Energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy (EE/RE) can meet most of the projected electricity needs over the next 15 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas — Texas’ two largest metro areas that account for about half of the state’s population and electricity consumption. By investing in EE/RE rather than building new power plants, these regions and the state as a whole can stimulate the economy by creating net new jobs and avoid exacerbating existing air quality problems.