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An Olympic-sized challenge: across US, demand response is helping utilities navigate treacherous winter peaks

  • By Alex Lopez and Aaron Tinjum
  • January 9, 2014

Next month, the 22nd Olympic Winter Games will commence on the snow-capped mountains of shivery Sochi, Russia. The world’s best athletes will summit towering peaks to compete in alpine skiing, bobsleigh, luge, and other high-elevation events.

However, for many utility companies, the most difficult peak events have already begun: across the US, a severe polar vortex has presented a series of strenuous challenges for the electric power grid.

This past week, extreme low temperatures have sparked periods of exceptionally high electricity demand, known as “peak demand events,” that have shattered winter records throughout the country.

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Outlier

10 energy numbers to remember from 2013

  • By Barry Fischer
  • December 11, 2013

Sometimes energy makes headlines, sometimes it doesn’t. But it almost always has important implications for the global economy, the environment, and our day-to-day lives.

Here are 10 energy statistics from 2013 that capture some of the most noteworthy trends of the year, and that will shape the energy world in the years to come.

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New McKinsey study finds that small behavioral changes can slash home energy use by 16-20%

  • By Barry Fischer
  • November 12, 2013

The next big wave of residential energy efficiency improvements in the US may not require installing efficient lightbulbs, putting insulation into walls, tuning up your air-conditioner, or even investing in quadruple-paned windows. Instead, a large chunk of the nation’s energy savings in the coming decades may come from a decidedly less technical resource: human behavior.

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