Wind energy helps ward off power outages - Blog - Into the Wind
AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. America’s wind energy industry, with 1,300 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, which takes place next in Las Vegas, NV, May 5-8, 2014.
Over the last 48 hours, wind energy played a critical role in keeping homeowners warm as grid operators across the Eastern and Central U.S. worked overtime to keep up with record-breaking winter demand.
Most importantly, wind energy provided massive quantities of extremely valuable electricity when grid operators needed it most to meet demand from electric heaters and furnace fans. In several cases, wind energy’s output provided the critical difference that allowed grid operators to keep supply and demand in balance and the lights on.
Energizing Water Efficiency: California Energy Sector Experiences Can Advance State's Water Conservation and Efficiency - Pacific Institute
This Pacific Institute report identifies programs that have worked for the energy sector and offers recommendations for how they could be adapted to the water sector. First among them are to continuously update standards and codes for fixtures and buildings to capture new technologies and practices. A second recommendation is to implement more effective pricing policies for water and wastewater. Tiered pricing is becoming increasingly common among water utilities in California, but is not nearly as widely employed as in the energy sector.