No heat, no cooling, no problem – thanks to ReEnergize
Kitty Riley’s furnace started to fail last October – the worst time of year to try to get on an HVAC installer’s schedule. Little did she know that it would take until January to get the heat back on in her home.
This story has a happy ending, although it took three months to get there. Kitty is now the proud owner of a shiny new heat pump that’s not only keeping her house toasty warm in winter, but will also provide blessed cooling come summer. And thanks to a grant from ReEnergize Garfield County, the project didn’t break the bank. Read more...
Holy Cross Energy’s rate restructuring: the shape of things to come
Holy Cross Energy’s recent announcement that it’s restructuring its rates is a big deal – and not only for Holy Cross customers. It’s a leading indicator of major changes that are underway as utilities adjust their business models for the transition to a clean-energy future.
Wind and solar power are providing a growing share of the energy mix, and these renewable sources are cheaper but also more intermittent. To keep things balanced, utilities are banking partly on storage capacity (think batteries) to cover the supply dips, and partly on incentives to change customer behavior (think fees and credits) to lower the demand peaks. Read more...
EV charging: the next generation
Carbondale’s Third Street Center was an early adopter of EV charging technology – so early that it’s now on its second generation of charging stations. The nonprofit center recently replaced four old chargers with new ones that offer greater reliability and plenty of upgraded features. It’s a project that’s close to our hearts, because CLEER (the organization that runs GCE’s programs) has its offices in the Third Street Center.
CLEER transportation program manager Martín Bonzi (pictured) was instrumental in helping the center get funding for the upgrade. If your workplace, housing complex or shopping center is thinking of adding EV charging, talk to Martín!
What we're reading
Here are a few items worth sharing:
- Why It’s Time to Officially Get Over Your EV Range Anxiety (Inside Climate News)
- Here’s the good and bad news on the US clean energy transition (Canary Media)
- Community Solar Is About to Get a Surge in Federal Funding. So What Is Community Solar? (Inside Climate News)
- Chart: US climate law to spur thousands of new jobs in every state (Canary Media)
- Electric vehicles can now power your home for three days (Washington Post)