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LA ConfidentialJune 27, 2019

Will Power Storage Incentives Be the Key to Expanding Renewables?

As battery power storage pricing drops, new installation goals and incentive programs are emerging. New York State is pushing for 1.5 gigawatts (GW = 1000 MW) of storage capacity by 2025, and 3 GW by 2030. Utility level and behind-the-meter (BTM) projects promoted through equipment rebates and power price adjustments under the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) process. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Order 841 offers access to wholesale power markets by mandating Independent System Operators (ISOs) create rules for entry and valuing of power storage capacity.

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Energy Industry Innovator, 5, Expands Staff to Meet Growing Demand in Northeastern U.S.
PressJune 27, 2019

Energy Industry Innovator, 5, Expands Staff to Meet Growing Demand in Northeastern U.S.

Responding to the growth of the Luthin Associates brand and meeting the complex needs of clients throughout the New York Tri-state area, 5 has expanded its staff with the addition of Guy Brooks and Jessica Zazzera. Both Brooks and Zazzera will join Luthin Associates, a 5 company, as Account Managers.

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LA ConfidentialJanuary 4, 2019

Factoid: The Powerful Force of Solar Energy

Happening currently, in a galaxy not so far away, is solar energy innovation. While solar energy is an expanding filed, its usage is low compared to fossil fuels. Solar accounts for 2% and fossil 60% of US power, respectively. Limitations for solar power include storage costs and accessibility to sunlight. However, recent developments may further enhance solar power’s capacity.

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LA ConfidentialJanuary 4, 2019

Which Is Easier to Understand: VDER or Wookie?

For years, on-site power producers (i.e. solar panel systems) in New York were compensated by utilities for excess electricity they injected into local grids (instead of being used on-site) based on a Net Energy Metering (NEM) rate equal to the utility’s all-in electric rate.

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LA ConfidentialJanuary 4, 2019

Han Solo’s Engine Room May Be Changing

Combined-heat-and-Power (CHP), also called “cogeneration”, has been around for more than a century. In parts of Europe and Russia, many central power plants produce both electricity and heat for nearby factories, office buildings, and apartment complexes. One of the first CHP systems installed in New York City was in 1929 in the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue. In the last 20 years, more than a hundred systems have been installed around the City.

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LA ConfidentialJanuary 4, 2019

Will the NYISO Send Carbon Far, Far Away?

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) wants to reduce carbon emissions from power production by charging a fee for it at the wholesale production level. The result would increase market prices, benefitting renewable and no/low carbon sources that would not have to pay the fee, but doing so could create many wrinkles in the fabric of the electricity market structure. However, discussions at various stakeholder meetings since 2017 are working to iron them out in time to initiate the fee in mid-2021.

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AEE Energy Management Conference East
EventsMarch 20, 2019

AEE East Energy Conference & Expo

Join us at the 2019 AEE Energy Management Conference East! Catherine Luthin chairs Session 1C: Renewables & Energy Storage.

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LA Confidential: Revenge of the Nerds
LA ConfidentialAugust 6, 2018

Factoid: ‘Nerds’ Find a Way to Breakthrough Cloudy Skies with Bacteria-Powered Solar

Solar power is a renewable choice that many of our clients have embraced as part of a slew of solutions to lower their carbon footprint.  However, what happens when it’s cloudy outside, and the sun does not shine?  Bacteria-powered solar cells may be the solution!

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LA Confidential: Revenge of the Nerds
LA ConfidentialAugust 6, 2018

Benchmarking: A First Step to Finding Savings

Benchmarking shows a building’s relative energy efficiency compared to its past usage, and to similar facilities in the same geographic area. Such comparisons may help a building manager grasp potential savings if energy system upgrades were applied. Thousands of buildings are now participating in voluntarily and mandatory benchmarking programs. Many have found the process useful, and some may find that it offers a few surprises.

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LA Confidential: Revenge of the Nerds
LA ConfidentialAugust 6, 2018

Will LEED’s New Focus on Energy Help Your Facility?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program was created and is maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private non-governmental organization. While a step toward improving general sustainability in buildings, the “energy” in the LEED name led many people to believe it would place energy efficiency high on its list of suggested activities. Fossil fuel consumption by buildings, either directly or via electricity use, is one of the largest contributors of the greenhouse gases that impact climate change, the foremost challenge to our future sustainability.

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