As Temps Surge in Northeast, Grid Says Power Sufficient

Utilities in the U.S. Northeast expect to have enough power to keep the lights on as homes and businesses crank up air conditioners to escape a heat wave, the region’s power grid operators said on Tuesday.

Temperatures in the biggest U.S. Northeast cities were all expected to reach the 90s Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) this week, the highest so far this summer. Grid operators have asked businesses to reduce demand when possible.

“We expect to have sufficient capacity through the heat wave but we will continue to closely monitor regional electricity supplies,” said Marcia Blomberg, a spokeswoman at ISO New England, which operates the grid for the six New England states.

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New Rules Require Permanent Generators in All Florida Nursing Homes

As the Atlantic hurricane season kicks off, skilled nursing providers in Florida have been working to meet the requirements of the state’s new nursing home generator law.

There have been hurdles along the way. The law, first proposed in the wake of the deaths that followed Hurricane Irma at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, became law in March after legal tangles and opposition from provider groups.

Under the legislation, SNFs and assisted living facilities are required to have generators that can maintain a temperature of 81 degrees or lower for four days. The deadline for compliance was June 1, but SNFs could apply for an extension if needed.

If you have questions about the new requirements or are interested in a no-cost assessment of your facility, contact TitanGen General Manager Adam Teff directly at (860) 965-2884 or via email at ateff@titanenergyne.com.

To read more on this new legislation, click here to read the rest of this article from Skilled Nursing News.

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Solar Series: Decoding the Calculations

The biggest obstacle to successful solar project implementation occurs before any permits are pulled, before a single panel is delivered to the job site and well before the utility authorizes the system to begin producing power. TitanGen General Manager Adam Teff shows us how to really understand our solar savings.

Walking for Hunger in Connecticut

One out of every eight people in Hartford and Tolland Counties are at risk of hunger, according to Foodshare, a Connecticut-based regional food bank. For us at Titan, which is headquartered in Rocky Hill, Conn., that translates to roughly 127,000 of our neighbors who experience food insecurity, including more than 36,000 children.

EIA: Natural Gas, Renewables Make Up Most of 2018 Electric Capacity Additions

  Source:  U.S. Energy Information Administration,   Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory

The EIA expects nearly 32 gigawatts (GW) of new electric generating capacity will come online in the United States in 2018, more than in any year over the past decade. Although renewables such as wind and solar accounted for 98% of the 2 GW added so far this year (based on data for January and February), EIA expects about 21 GW of natural gas-fired generators will come online in 2018.

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Pennsylvania's Natural Gas Production Continues to Rise

 Source: EIA

Source: EIA

Pennsylvania’s marketed natural gas production averaged a record 15 billion cubic feet per day in 2017, 3 percent higher than the previous year. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, this is a result of shale plays in the Appalachian Basin. In 2017, Pennsylvania accounted for 19 percent of total U.S. marketed natural gas production, producing more natural gas than any other state except Texas. To read more, click here.

Census: Electricity Demand Declines Among U.S. Manufacturing Groups

Overall electricity use in U.S. manufacturing has declined in recent years, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

With an increase in technologies like co-generation, many manufacturing companies have the option to generate their own electricity in addition to pulling directly from the electric grid to run their processes. From 2006 through 2016, the manufacturing sector purchased 87% to 89% of their electricity from the grid and generated the remaining 11% to 13% onsite.

To read more from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, click here.

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Quick Facts: Combined Heat & Power

The technology behind Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is simple: instead of sourcing electricity from the local utility and creating hot water or steam with traditional boilers, a CHP system performs both functions with one machine using low cost, plentiful natural gas.

Daughter of Titan Energy Founder to Run Boston Marathon in His Honor

Bridget Kearney, daughter of Titan Energy’s late founder John Kearney, is running the 2018 Boston Marathon! John was an avid marathon runner before he lost his hard fought battle with Lung Cancer in October, 2012. Bridget is raising funds and running for the Mass General team in his honor.  The fundraising money is directed to cancer care, research, and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients.  

If you would like to help Bridget reach her goal, please click this link to donate.

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TitanGen Memo: Update on Solar Tariff Decision

Last week, the Trump Administration announced it will impose a 30% tariff on solar panels. It's important to ask: what actually drives panel prices and which panel producers have a right to exist in a free market system? How do we separate shortsighted political decisions from the right prescription for renewable energy job growth?