WattTime Selected as Finalist for 2018 Global Energy Awards

The energy tech nonprofit was included as a final choice for the “Emerging Technology of the Year” category by S&P Global Platts OAKLAND, October 3, 2018 — Today, WattTime announced it has been named to the list of finalists for the S&P Global Platts 2018 Global Energy Awards in the category of “Emerging Technology of the Year.” Finalists in the category are recognized for the “research and development, ingenuity and commercialization potential of new technologies” in areas ranging from renewable energy, to energy storage, to blockchain applica...

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How Michigan’s 50% Clean Energy Target Could Open New Emissions Reduction Opportunities

By Peter Bronski and Henry Richardson Last month environmental advocates led by activist Tom Steyer and a coalition known as Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan claimed a major victory in advancing the state toward a clean energy—and a clean air—future. Faced with a looming November 2018 ballot initiative that would have required 30% of Michigan’s electricity sales to come from renewable energy sources by 2030, the state’s two largest utilities, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, jointly announced instead to target 50% clean energy by 2030. At least 25% of their ...

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Clean Energy Portfolios Could be an Avoided Emissions Juggernaut

By Peter Bronski In early January, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a ruling that might well prove to be a bellwether for natural gas-fired power plants: the CPUC directed one of the state’s investor-owned utilities to procure energy storage and/or preferred resources such as demand response and distributed solar to replace three existing gas plants (two gas peakers and a 580-megawatt combined cycle plant). In the months since, we’ve come to know such combinations of energy storage, flexible demand, and distributed energy resources ...

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How to Save a United States’ Worth of Carbon Emissions

As Renewables Surge, They Can Do More, With a 4 Gigaton Opportunity Right Under Their Noses By Matt Evans and Chiel Borenstein Pick up any newspaper today, and there are stories that might make you worry. But one bright spot has been the continuing Cinderella story of renewable energy worldwide. When WattTime was founded only a few years ago, renewable energy deployment every year was barely more than a footnote in the global economy. No more. According to January 2018 numbers from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, world clean energy investment totaled $333.5 billion ...

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Not all Renewables are Created Equal: Quantifying the Emissions Benefits of Institutional Renewable Energy Purchasing Options

By Gavin McCormick and Chiel Borenstein, in partnership with Jaclyn Olsen and Caroleen Verly from the Harvard University Office for Sustainability and Chad Laurent from Meister Consultants Group (A Cadmus Company) In recent years, institutional climate action targets, renewable energy subsidies, and the rapidly falling costs of wind and solar have led more and more large institutions to begin purchasing significant quantities of off-site renewable energy. The practice has grown rapidly, from 70 megawatts purchased in 2012 to over 2,780 megawatts, as of February 2018. ...

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Do You Really Know Where Your Electricity Is Coming From?

Four years ago, I was part of a group of graduate students from UC Berkeley and software engineers from Google and Climate Corporation who met at a hackathon. We unexpectedly discovered that by pooling combined skills, we could solve a problem that hadn’t been cracked. For the first time, we could know when we flip on a light switch exactly that power comes from. We wanted to know this because with the rise of energy storage and smart devices, it was getting easier and easier for us to automatically set our equipment to use energy at any particular time we liked. But ...

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Beyond Energy Efficiency – Using the Power of Data to Find the Cleanest Hours of the Day

By Rob Bernard, Josh Henretig, TJ DiCaprio -- Microsoft Originally posted on the Microsoft Green Blog On an average morning, you turn off your alarm, turn on the lights, power on your smartphone that was charging overnight, take a hot shower, make a cup of coffee, all while watching the local news. This morning routine is all powered by electricity. The green-minded citizen will turn those lights and appliances off quickly, take a shorter shower, and make sure everything is off before leaving the house. Taking those energy-efficient steps is helpful. But what if you ...

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Combating Climate Change by Measuring Carbon Emissions Correctly

By Jamie Mandel and Gavin McCormick. Originally posted on RMI Outlet. Carbon emissions are arguably the most important thing for our society to learn how to manage in the coming years. The largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions is our electricity system. And yet, we do not measure emissions from our electricity use correctly, meaning we cannot manage our emissions effectively. But now, thanks to a new technology that accurately measures moment-to-moment carbon emissions on our electricity system, we can unlock a whole host of new opportunities to manage ...

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How we use Librato to monitor data quality

What’s the problem? WattTime analyzes power grid data in real time from dozens of open data sources. Because the data is used to optimize the behavior of smart devices in real time, it is very important that we always have the most accurate up-to-date data. This means that we have had to tackle a classic engineering problem: building a highly reliable system out of less reliable components. There are two main sources of unreliability in our data ingestion system. First, any of our incoming data sources can go down for a period of time without warning, creating a gap ...

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Partnership with Building Clouds

Do you manage a large commercial or industrial facility? Perhaps a university, apartment complex, or hotel? Today we're pleased to share that, thanks to WattTime's newest partnership with Building Clouds, you can now cut your emissions through WattTime-enabled technology in nearly any equipment. Facility managers everywhere have learned that not all equipment manufacturers play nice with each other and that interoperability is a major problem. What we love about Building Clouds Strati-Fi(TM) controllers is that they allow for remarkably quick and cost effective monitoring ...

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