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Smart Energy Decisions is the world's first web based information resource dedicated exclusively to addressing the information needs of Commercial and Industrial electric power customers. We deliver news, analysis, research and opinion to help our readers make better decisions. Our goal is to serve as a catalyst for change in support of the dramatic energy transformation taking place in the electric power market impacting C&I customers, utilities and suppliers.

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RPD Energy
03/29/2019
RPD Energy

RPD Energy

Innovation is a word that might be a bit overused… but when innovation is recognized by an industry peer group it’s probably worth paying attention. Read about the award presented to RPD Energy and Intuit by Smart Energy Decisions.
http://www.rpdenergy.com/sed-award/

#innovation #renewables #csr #greeneergy #future #teamwork

Bloom Energy
03/29/2019

Bloom Energy

Earlier this month, Bloom was honored to join Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection leader, in accepting an Innovation Award at the 2019 Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Summit. Equinix was recognized with the ‘Data Center Energy Storage & Microgrids’ Customer Project award for deploying 37 MW of Bloom’s innovative fuel cell technology across multiple data center sites. We’re proud to power a company that’s leading the transition to cleaner, more reliable energy! Learn more about Bloom’s #microgrid solutions: http://bit.ly/2HUYc9a

Bank of America commits to long-term RECs
12/11/2018
Bank of America commits to long-term RECs

Bank of America commits to long-term RECs

Bank of America will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated from the first commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the U.S., to be built in Minnesota.

University of Kansas signs wind PPA
12/10/2018
University of Kansas signs wind PPA

University of Kansas signs wind PPA

The University of Kansas has signed a 20-year wind PPA to cover roughly 100% of its electricity needs. The agreement, signed with Westar Energy, will provide the campus with 31 MW from the 300-MW Soldier Creek Wind farm, which is expected to begin operations by the end of 2020.

Ohio trucking terminal adds microgrid
12/10/2018
Ohio trucking terminal adds microgrid

Ohio trucking terminal adds microgrid

Pitt Ohio, a regional trucking and logistics company, will deploy a renewable energy microgrid at its trucking terminal in Parma, Ohio. The microgrid uses solar, wind power and battery-based energy storage to optimize on-site power and distribution for cost and reliability

Collaborative Offsite PPA Structures for Renewable Energy Buyers
12/10/2018
Collaborative Offsite PPA Structures for Renewable Energy Buyers

Collaborative Offsite PPA Structures for Renewable Energy Buyers

This white paper, presented by Schneider Electric, introduces the fundamental concepts of PPAs, examines the opportunities and challenges presented by collaborative smaller sized or aggregated transaction, and provides practical recommendations for buyers interested in pursuing these types of PPA st...

Partners HealthCare adds fuel cell system
12/10/2018
Partners HealthCare adds fuel cell system

Partners HealthCare adds fuel cell system

Partners HealthCare, an integrated health system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will deploy 4.1 megawatts of fuel cell-based energy systems at locations throughout Massachusetts.

University of Pittsburgh turns to hydropower
12/07/2018
University of Pittsburgh turns to hydropower

University of Pittsburgh turns to hydropower

The University of Pittsburgh announced that starting in 2022, 25% of its electricity will be purchased from a new hydropower plant currently under construction five miles from campus. The announcement is part of the University’s plan to get the research institution to 50% renewable power by 2030.

Weekend reads:
12/07/2018
Weekend reads:

Weekend reads:

It's the weekend! Kick back and relax with these must-read energy articles from around the web:

SED’s Distributed Energy Forum premieres in 2019
12/07/2018
SED’s Distributed Energy Forum premieres in 2019

SED’s Distributed Energy Forum premieres in 2019

In response to growing interest in Distributed Energy Resources (DER) among corporate and institutional energy buyers, Smart Energy Decisions has announced the launch of an innovative new event focused on helping large electric power users understand the opportunity and offer a roadmap for success i...

200 MW solar allocated to Facebook data center
12/05/2018
200 MW solar allocated to Facebook data center

200 MW solar allocated to Facebook data center

Facebook’s new data center in Newton County, Ga. will be supplied with 100% renewable energy, courtesy of contracts with two solar developers for three new solar projects.

Disneyland Paris considers solar plant
12/05/2018
Disneyland Paris considers solar plant

Disneyland Paris considers solar plant

Disneyland Paris is considering building a solar power plant that would supply 15% of the electricity load for its site on the outskirts of the city.

Lowe’s signs first RE agreement
12/05/2018
Lowe’s signs first RE agreement

Lowe’s signs first RE agreement

Lowe’s has signed the company’s first renewable wind energy agreement. The deal calls for 100 megawatts of wind, which is enough to power all 143 Lowe’s stores in Texas.

The Invisible Enemy of Energy Management Programs (And 5 Steps to Beat it)
12/05/2018
The Invisible Enemy of Energy Management Programs (And 5 Steps to Beat it)

The Invisible Enemy of Energy Management Programs (And 5 Steps to Beat it)

The efficiency you get out of your building today is rarely what your building is capable of. In this column, Sal Alhelo of JCPenney discusses the issue of efficiency degradation and how to avoid it in five steps.

Xcel Energy targets zero-carbon electricity by 2050
12/04/2018
Xcel Energy targets zero-carbon electricity by 2050

Xcel Energy targets zero-carbon electricity by 2050

Xcel Energy announced it will deliver 100% carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. The Minneapolis-based energy provider also plans to reduce carbon emissions in the eight states it serves by 80% by 2030 from 2005 levels in the eight states it serves.

Stanford signs PPA to hit 100% RE
12/03/2018
Stanford signs PPA to hit 100% RE

Stanford signs PPA to hit 100% RE

Stanford University has signed a 25-year PPA for solar energy that will allow the campus to achieve its goal to source 100% of its campus electricity from renewable energy.

IKEA pledges 80% GHG cut
12/03/2018
IKEA pledges 80% GHG cut

IKEA pledges 80% GHG cut

IKEA announced on Nov. 30 a pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its production by 80 percent in absolute terms by 2030 from a baseline of 2016. The commitment applies to IKEA’s own factories and most of its direct suppliers.

Shell to link pay to interim targets
12/03/2018
Shell to link pay to interim targets

Shell to link pay to interim targets

Shell announced plans to link executive pay to the meeting of its energy targets, one of a series of steps aimed to help meet their target to reduce the company’s net carbon footprint by around half by 2050, including an interim target of around 20% by 2035.

Wesleyan continues comittment to energy efficiency
12/01/2018
Wesleyan continues comittment to energy efficiency

Wesleyan continues comittment to energy efficiency

Wesleyan University has signed a three-year agreement with Eversource Energy for an energy efficiency plan that is expected to save 3.2 million kWh of electricity annually and support the University’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Arsenal FC adds battery storage to stadium
11/29/2018
Arsenal FC adds battery storage to stadium

Arsenal FC adds battery storage to stadium

Arsenal Football Club has installed a battery storage system at Emirates Stadium in London. The 3MW system will store enough energy to run the stadium for 90 minutes, the length of a match. The system is the largest at any sports ground in the UK.

Exxon Mobil signs for 500MW of wind, solar
11/29/2018
Exxon Mobil signs for 500MW of wind, solar

Exxon Mobil signs for 500MW of wind, solar

Exxon Mobil Corp. has signed two 12-year agreements to purchase 500 megawatts of wind and solar power from Orsted A/S. The power will be used by Exxon in the Permian Basin, located in west Texas and southeast New Mexico, which is the fastest growing oil field in the U.S.

Smithfield Foods harnesses hog power
11/28/2018
Smithfield Foods harnesses hog power

Smithfield Foods harnesses hog power

Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Dominion Energy announced a joint venture called Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)℠ that will capture methane emissions from hog farms and convert them into clean renewable energy for residential home heating and power for local businesses.

Starbuck signs agreement for wind power in Illinois
11/28/2018
Starbuck signs agreement for wind power in Illinois

Starbuck signs agreement for wind power in Illinois

Starbucks has signed a long-term agreement with Constellation, an Exelon company, to power more than 340 company-operated stores in Illinois with 100% renewable energy. The energy will be sourced from Enel Green Power North America’s HillTopper wind project, located in Logan County, Ill.

Canada offers tax write-off for C&I RE
11/28/2018
Canada offers tax write-off for C&I RE

Canada offers tax write-off for C&I RE

Canada has announced a new policy that offers a full tax write-off to businesses adopting clean energy solutions. The tax break will be counted for the fiscal year in which the renewable energy system is commissioned.

Swarm Logic unlocks HVAC energy savings
11/28/2018
Swarm Logic unlocks HVAC energy savings

Swarm Logic unlocks HVAC energy savings

This white paper, presented by Encycle Corporation, provides insight into Swarn Logic®, a patented cloud-based system that maximizes the efficiency of multi-rooftop units (RTUs), especially across multiple locations, by creating a network of smart RTUs . 

Equinix plots energy efficiency for new data center
11/27/2018
Equinix plots energy efficiency for new data center

Equinix plots energy efficiency for new data center

Equinix announced it will build a new International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center at its Slough campus in London. The data center, called LD7, will provide interconnection and colocation to businesses to support their IT transformation

Emissions reduced by 98% in Volvo test
11/26/2018
Emissions reduced by 98% in Volvo test

Emissions reduced by 98% in Volvo test

Volvo Construction Equipment announced a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a 70% reduction in energy cost and a 40% reduction in operator cost from its Electric Site research project, which aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry

Climate change could cost U.S. economy billions annually
11/26/2018
Climate change could cost U.S. economy billions annually

Climate change could cost U.S. economy billions annually

Without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth over this century.

Smart buildings drive U.S. investment
11/26/2018
Smart buildings drive U.S. investment

Smart buildings drive U.S. investment

Results of the 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey revealed that building controls improvements are the most popular investment for the next 12 months among U.S. organizations, cited by 68% of respondents. Building system integration increased by 23% as an investment choice in the past year

Fort Hood saves with solar
11/26/2018
Fort Hood saves with solar

Fort Hood saves with solar

Fort Hood has saved an estimated $5 million over the last 20 months after added a solar plant featuring 65,000 panels.

Energy Storage Helps an Ontario Food Manufacturer Take Control of Electricity Costs
11/26/2018
Energy Storage Helps an Ontario Food Manufacturer Take Control of Electricity Costs

Energy Storage Helps an Ontario Food Manufacturer Take Control of Electricity Costs

This case study, presented by Enel X, breaks down how Algoma Orchards leverages energy storage and DER optimization software to transition its facility’s load on and off the grid automatically and seamlessly—reducing energy spend without disrupting site-level productivity at the facility.

Comcast adds solar array, EV charging
11/22/2018
Comcast adds solar array, EV charging

Comcast adds solar array, EV charging

Comcast has completed a solar project that includes the addition of solar panels to two carport structures as well as electric vehicle charging stations at its Manchester, N.H. Northeast division office.

Raiders stadium applies to leave NV Energy
11/22/2018
Raiders stadium applies to leave NV Energy

Raiders stadium applies to leave NV Energy

LV Stadium Events Co., a subsidiary of the Las Vegas Raiders, filed an application with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to leave NV Energy. The company issued a request for proposals from service providers and expects to complete the selection process by Dec. 1.

Green Lease Leaders: Using the Lease to Make Buildings More Healthy and Efficient
11/21/2018
Green Lease Leaders: Using the Lease to Make Buildings More Healthy and Efficient

Green Lease Leaders: Using the Lease to Make Buildings More Healthy and Efficient

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance continues their series of reports with this look at 2018’s Green Lease Leader designees—including Federal Realty, Ivanhoe Cambridge, TD Bank, and The Tower Companies—that have su...

Long weekend reads: Energy-saving labs and Turkey poop
11/20/2018
Long weekend reads: Energy-saving labs and Turkey poop

Long weekend reads: Energy-saving labs and Turkey poop

We hope you're all enjoying the day relaxing with family and friends and nursing your Turkey hangover. Or you may be busy working, and if so, hats off to you. Either way, here are some energy stories to sink into over the long holiday weekend:  

P&G hits goals, sets new ones
11/19/2018
P&G hits goals, sets new ones

P&G hits goals, sets new ones

The Procter & Gamble Company announced it has made significant progress against their 2020 goals for climate, water, and waste, and have set new goals for 2030.

OPG and Stem partner for C&I energy storage
11/19/2018
OPG and Stem partner for C&I energy storage

OPG and Stem partner for C&I energy storage

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Stem, Inc. announced the launch of a new partnership on advanced energy storage systems that will assist Ontario industrial manufacturers in managing electricity costs.

Bowery Farming to add microgrid
11/19/2018
Bowery Farming to add microgrid

Bowery Farming to add microgrid

Bowery Farming, an indoor vertical farming company, will add a hybrid microgrid system that includes a rooftop solar array, natural gas generator, and a lithium-ion battery energy storage system.

ATL upgrades LED
11/19/2018
ATL upgrades LED

ATL upgrades LED

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has completed a retrofit of their existing airport apron lighting with high-mast LED lighting, which will enhance nighttime operations with higher illuminance levels and better light coverage on the apron while reducing lamp replacement and main...

Archdiocese of New York Launches RE Pilot Program
11/19/2018
Archdiocese of New York Launches RE Pilot Program

Archdiocese of New York Launches RE Pilot Program

The Energy Department of the Archdiocese of New York along with five parishes has launched a renewable energy pilot program. Each of the parishes, including three on Staten Island and two in Yonkers, has signed a 20-year PPA with Con Edison Solutions.

City of Palo Alto to test microgrid
11/16/2018
City of Palo Alto to test microgrid

City of Palo Alto to test microgrid

The City of Palo Alto, Calif., will explore developing a microgrid with VMware, Inc. to test the potential of microgrids to advance resiliency at the corporate and community level. The goal of the partnership is to expand this initial “proof of concept” into a campus-level community microgrid t...

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