Solar Energy: 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.

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?

New Year Brings Low Temps, Higher Natural Gas Demand

To all of our East Coast readers riding out the “bomb cyclone,” we hope this finds you at 11 a.m. still in your pajamas, warm cup of cocoa in your hand, hunkering down on your couch to finally catch up on Stranger Things.

If this recent cold snap isn’t enough of a clue, 2018 is already a year for the record books. According to the Energy Information Administration, the lower 48 kicked off the New Year by experiencing the coldest day of the 21st century on Jan. 1. And with those bone-chilling temps, the demand for natural gas skyrocketed, helping to set a new record for natural gas consumption.

Overall, demand reached 150.7 billion cubic feet, which passed the previous single-day record of 143.3 Bcf on Jan. 7, 2014. However, residential and commercial natural gas consumption didn’t appear to set a record that day despite much colder-than-normal temps.

 

New Computer Data Center Powered by Natural Gas Opens in Seattle

Earlier this week, three companies - Cummins, McKinstry and Microsoft - unveiled a pilot project aimed at reducing energy loss through the use of natural gas-powered fuel cells.

The project, which is said to be the first of its kind, has begun taking place at the new Advanced Energy Lab in Seattle. It should improve reliability and efficiency, and reduce operating costs of a data center, according to Christian Belady, general manager of Microsoft’s Development and Acquisition team.

"By generating electricity close by — literally on top of the computing hardware — Microsoft's new design eliminates the inefficiency of producing electricity at a distant power plant and transporting it long distances to data centers. That could trim the energy footprint of the fast-growing data-center business, eliminating a portion of the carbon emissions that fuel global warming, and, in the process, save Microsoft a lot of cash."

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Titan Donates to The Arc Quinebaug Valley

 Photo courtesy of the Putnam Town Crier.

Photo courtesy of the Putnam Town Crier.

This article first appeared in the Putnam Town Crier.

PUTNAM - On Oct. 13, Elaine Lind of Titan Energy New England, Inc. presented a donation check to Susan Desrosiers, Executive Director of The Arc Quinebaug Valley, in the amount of $250.

"The Arc Quinebaug Valley is very blessed to have the support of community businesses that surround us. Titan Energy New England, Inc. has always been willing to help our agency and is truly dedicated to The Arc's mission," said Desrosiers.

This gift will help to enhance services provided by The Arc for individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other life-affecting disabilities. Vocational, residential, recreation, day and retirement services offer opportunities for people with disabilities to reach their goals and be integral members of their community.

"Titan Energy New England, Inc. continues to make a difference at The Arc Quinebaug Valley through their generosity and kindness, and for that, we are forever grateful for their support," Desrosiers said.