New Gas Pipeline Idea Threatens Peace of Moratorium Lift

This article was originally published on utilitydive.com on Nov. 25, 2019. Dive Brief: National Grid has agreed to lift its moratorium on new gas service applications in downstate New York for a two-year period, after striking a deal with the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, announced Monday. The utility will begin processing applications that have been […]

Microgrids Keeping Airlines Ready for Takeoff

This article was originally published on cnbc.com on Nov. 3, 2019. Should airports go off the grid? Pittsburgh International Airport — and others — think so. Remember that 11-hour power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in December 2017 that canceled hundreds of flights, stranded thousands of passengers and cost Delta Airlines alone an estimated $50 million […]

NEEA Study Provides Insight on the Future of C-RTUs

This report was originally prepared for and published by NEEA. Condensing rooftop units (C-RTUs) have been identified as an efficient natural gas technology with energy savings potential in Northwest commercial buildings. C-RTUs face several challenges in becoming a widespread technology, including higher upfront cost, added complexity managing condensate, contractor unfamiliarity with the technology, and limited […]

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Rocky Mountain Institute Report: The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios

Written by Ryan Pollin, ERS for Zondits, June 11, 2018 A new Rocky Mountain Institute report, “The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios,” considers four proposed gas plants in different areas of the United States, comparing the cost of their construction and operation to a locale-appropriate mix of clean energy resources – solar, wind, storage, and […]

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Brewing Company Runs With $4 Million Solar and Natural Gas Powered Unit

Beer Maker Sierra Nevada Lauded for Energy Efficiency Energy Manager Today, January 19, 2018 Beer giant Sierra Nevada runs its massive brewing operations with energy from a $4 million unit that delivers solar energy and natural gas, with a slight draw from utility reserves. According to chicoer.com, the Chico, California-based company made its mark when it installed […]

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New England Faces Risk of Rollings Blackouts Without New Pipelines

New England grid operator warns of rolling blackouts without new pipelines Telegram, Janurary 19, 2018 THE ISSUE: While New England has become increasingly reliant on natural gas to produce electricity, some say pipeline capacity hasn’t kept pace with demand. THE IMPACT: Grid operator ISO New England warns that fuel insecurity could lead to rolling blackouts […]

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Natural Gas and the Power Generation Mix

U.S. Natural Gas Electricity Efficiency is Always Improving Forbes, April 10, 2016. Image credit: anita_starzycka For electricity, the lifeblood of our modern world, efficiency has been installed as the 1st choice to reduce energy usage and related GHG emissions. Although renewables are ranked 2nd in this critical “loading order,” 3rd ranked natural gas often gets deployed 1st because […]