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November 2018

Energy storage: the Californian opportunities and exciting new technologies we learned about at ESNA

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November 18, 2018

Energy storage is an ever more important part of clean energy technology. In an age of increasing renewable energy generation, coupled with challenges to some parts of the grid, energy storage has emerged as a key linchpin in the work to improve and strengthen America’s electrical infrastructure, and push for a renewable future. The GI… Continue Reading

October 2018

GI Energy’s feeling positive about FERC’s energy storage plans

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October 31, 2018

James Robinson, from GI Energy’s development team, recently attended the Storage East conference in Washington DC. FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee and Con Edison’s Adrienne Lalle were two highlights. The energy storage industry is excited by recent local, state, and federal policies and targets aimed at drastically increasing the number of storage projects on the East… Continue Reading

September 2018

Briefing: Energy Storage Economics – PG&E Case Study

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September 26, 2018

By Aksheya Chandar – Analyst, with James Robinson – Director, Development The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has created a robust regulatory environment for the development of battery storage. In 2017 we saw deployment of 45 MW in non-residential Behind-the-Meter (BTM) storage. Residential projects were on a similar scale, with 43 MW in Front-of-the-Meter (FTM)… Continue Reading

A visit to the inaugural Global Climate Action Summit

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September 17, 2018

Tom Chadwick, GI Energy’s CEO, attended the “Zero Carbon in California: Building for the Future” breakout session Speakers included: ·      Emile Haddad, CEO/Chairman, FivePoint – GI Energy’s real estate development partner at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard ·      Ron Nichols, President, Southern California Edison ·      Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission ·      Kate White, Deputy Secretary of Environmental Policy… Continue Reading

August 2018

Briefing Paper: Paving the way for microgrids across the United States – regulation & tariff structure

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August 21, 2018

By Corina Solis – Senior Analyst, with Aksheya Chandar – Analyst GI Energy’s experience of the complexities of developing microgrids has created expertise around the impact that regulation, tariff structure and interconnection requirements can have on a project. This post touches on the details considered when developing a microgrid, and highlight regulatory solutions currently in… Continue Reading

June 2018

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Thought Piece: Microgrid Adoption – GIE Advocates Licensing of Microgrids, as Telecoms Industry Licenses Frequencies

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June 12, 2018

By Tom Chadwick, CEO & Pete Falcier, VP Regulatory Affairs Why have microgrids not already seen mass adoption? The market potential for microgrids is becoming clearer, and the value proposition is well articulated. The reduced cost of distributed energy equipment improves the economics for stakeholders, resulting in lower energy prices for consumers and reasonable rates… Continue Reading

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May 2018

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Shell & GI Energy Collaboration: ‘Signalling Change’

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May 17, 2018

Shell’s acquisition of a majority stake in GI Energy has prompted a wider analysis of the distributed energy and microgrid markets. Here are the articles we found particularly interesting: Microgrid Knowledge Elisa Wood discusses 3 key indicators pointing to significant potential growth in the microgrid market. Shell’s purchase of a controlling interest in GI Energy Promotion… Continue Reading

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PRESS RELEASE: GI Energy announces strategic acquisition in GIE by Shell

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May 8, 2018

  Shell Purchases majority interest in GI Energy Chicago (May 8, 2018). GI Endurant, LLC dba GI Energy (GIE) is delighted to announce that an affiliate of Shell New Energies, U.S. LLC (Shell) has made a strategic investment in GIE, purchasing a majority and controlling interest. The existing GIE management team remains in place and… Continue Reading

April 2018

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Energy Geostructure Analysis

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April 26, 2018

GI Energy’s SVP Sales and energy foundations expert, Tony Amis, is Chair of the Deep Foundations Institute’s (DFI) Energy Foundations committee. He has shared with us an exploratory paper he co-authored for them.  Abstract Energy geostructures are becoming increasingly popular with Developers looking to reduce CO2 emissions and lower system running costs. Energy geostructures are… Continue Reading

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November 2017

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Press Release: GI Energy Completes Geothermal Energy System for Cornell Tech Campus

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November 7, 2017

GI Energy is pleased to announce that the innovative Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) system they have engineered and built for The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, Cornell University’s new applied tech campus on NYC’s Roosevelt Island, is now fully operational. November 8, 2017 New York City Highly efficient and cost-effective to… Continue Reading

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October 2017

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Press Release: GI Energy named as Lead Partner in ‘Eco-Grid’ Development

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October 24, 2017

GI Energy is to lead the development of sustainable energy infrastructure for an ‘Eco-Grid’ at FivePoint Holdings’ new community, The San Francisco Shipyard October 25, 2017 San Francisco GI Energy is delighted to announce it will lead the energy infrastructure development for one of the country’s largest and most ambitious new urban developments, The SF… Continue Reading

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GI Energy in the News: ‘Bold Environmental Plan Docks at Shipyard’, San Francisco CA

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October 3, 2017

GI Energy is a key party in the creation of a new model for the real estate industry in protecting the environment, while providing affordable, self-sustaining essential services to customers. FivePoint Holdings has announced that it is working with GI Energy and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) on the visionary waterfront development, The… Continue Reading

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September 2017

GI Energy & California Energy Commission Microgrid Opportunity EPIC Grant Funding GFO-17-302 September 2017

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September 20, 2017

Backed by the California EPIC fund, the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) newest infrastructure solicitation looks to add resiliency and reliability to the grid through the funding of microgrid development. One of many grant opportunities solicited by the state to improve California’s energy systems, the GFO-17-302 grant looks to “demonstrate [a] business case for advanced microgrids[1],”… Continue Reading

August 2017

GI Energy in the News: New York to Boost Storage Growth in Retail and Wholesale Markets reports RTO Insider

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August 11, 2017

RTO Insider on August 7th 2017 covered GI Energy in an article after a finely selected panel met to discuss energy storage partnerships in retail and wholesale markets with NYISO (New York Independent System Operator).  Working in conjunction with NYISO, New York energy storage developers and utilities are quickly establishing participation in both retail and wholesale… Continue Reading

July 2017

Press Release: GI Energy Names Tony Amis Senior Vice President of Sales

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July 10, 2017

Leading expert on multi renewable solutions involving energy foundations and heat pumps will support company’s expansion of sustainable energy efforts GI Energy (GIE), North America’s leading provider of on-site energy and micro grid solutions, is excited to announce Tony Amis has joined GIE in the newly created post of senior vice president of sales, according to Thomas Chadwick, GIE’s chief executive officer. “Tony Amis is a recognized… Continue Reading

March 2017

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Shutdown of Nuclear Plants like Indian Point Poses Opportunity and Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

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March 20, 2017

Indian Point Energy Center (photo credit: orangecountygov.com) By Pete Falcier, VP Analytics & Regulatory Affairs   On January 9, 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo formally announced the shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power station in Buchanan, NY. The final reactor is to close by April 2021. Replacing Indian Point and other similar end-of-life nuclear plants… Continue Reading

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Exciting new technology highlighted by PBS’ “Search for the Super Battery”

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March 8, 2017

The PBS science series ‘NOVA’ performed a valuable service to the energy storage industry when airing its “Search for the Super Battery” episode on February 1, 2017. Hosted by technology writer David Pogue, the program explained the chemistry and designs of prominent energy storage technologies, and gave a sneak preview into the laboratories and fabrication… Continue Reading

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GI Energy in the News: a ‘lucrative’ Energy Storage Model

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March 1, 2017

GI Energy’s work with Con Edison to create a new Energy Storage Leasing Model has been deemed by Navigant Research  to be a ‘lucrative opportunity’.  As reported by Energy Storage News: ‘A new model that involves paying customers to host energy storage batteries in front of the meter should help stakeholders to optimize financial gains… Continue Reading

February 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Con Edison Energy Storage Demonstration Project

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February 3, 2017

Con Edison Demonstration Project with GI Energy to Test Innovative Battery Storage Business Model GI Energy has been selected by Con Edison, the utility that serves New York City and Westchester County, NY, to participate in an energy storage demonstration project. They are partnering with Smarter Grid Solutions, who will provide an Active Network Management… Continue Reading

January 2017

GI Energy in the News: Con Edison Proposes New Energy Storage Business Model

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January 26, 2017

Microgrid Knowledge has written an article on Con Edison’s proposed new Energy Storage Business Model, developed with GI Energy and  filed with New York’s Department of Public Service on January 20, 2017 ‘Consolidated Edison wants to test out a new energy storage business model in a project planned with microgrid developer GI Energy at four customer sites…. Continue Reading

December 2016

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Con Edison BQDM Demand Response Auction Part 2 – Economics of Energy Storage

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December 1, 2016

  The implications of the BQDM DR program for energy storage project economics. By James Robinson, Senior Analyst In part 1 of this blog, we wrote about Con Edison’s Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) DR program, which is intended to help Con Edison find “non-wire alternatives” (NWAs) to reduce electricity load by 69 MW in Brooklyn… Continue Reading

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November 2016

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SB 32 – California’s Global Warming solution

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November 8, 2016

GI Energy takes a look at California’s new climate change law – SB 32. By Dave Yanni, Chief Development Officer Overview On September 8th this year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) and Assembly Bill 197 (AB 197), together an update of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of… Continue Reading

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October 2016

Solar Panels and Green Field Under Dramatic Sky at Sunset

Community-Scale Solar Can Power Corporations, Too

Emma Walker
October 3, 2016

A new option for businesses interested in fueling their operations with clean energy is arising: community-scale solar. An insight brief from RMI’s Shine initiative, which aspires to accelerate the deployment of community-scale solar systems in the U.S., details the opportunities that community-scale solar offers. Corporations are entering the renewables market in force. They will find… Continue Reading

Solar Panels and Green Field Under Dramatic Sky at Sunset

September 2016

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Why Energy Foundations (Energy Piles) are the talk of the town

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September 13, 2016

By Tom Chadwick, CEO Geothermal solutions are in the limelight in the US, as many cities move away from conventional forms of HVAC. Here we explain what they are and how they work. What is an Energy Foundation or Energy Pile? Imagine turning the concrete foundations of your new building into an energy source that… Continue Reading

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August 2016

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The Con Edison BQDM Demand Response Auction Part 1

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August 24, 2016

Implications for NY REV and Energy Storage Project Economics By James Robinson The BQDM DR Program Last month, we wrote about the Con Edison’s Brooklyn Queens Demand Management (BQDM) program, which is intended to find “non-wire alternatives” (NWAs) to reduce electricity load by 69 MW in a specific section of Brooklyn and Queens.  The load… Continue Reading

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July 2016

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The Con Edison Brooklyn Queens Demand Management Program

James Robinson
July 7, 2016

Introduction: When you pay your home or business’s electric bill, only roughly half of the money (in NYC) is paying for the generation of the electricity that you have consumed[1]; the coal or natural gas used as fuel to create your electricity, plus money for the investors who built the power plant in the first… Continue Reading

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June 2016

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Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources Gain Access to Wholesale Markets

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June 17, 2016

California ISO (CAISO) and the New York ISO (NYISO) have both recently secured approval from FERC to allow increased participation of distributed energy resources (DERs) in wholesale markets. DERs have typically focused on delivering energy savings, resiliency, and other benefits to host buildings, often behind the meter. These recent ISO tariff changes reflect increased customer… Continue Reading

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Sustainable Campus Projects Gather Momentum Outside the University Sector

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June 7, 2016

By Tom Chadwick, GI Energy CEO Universities across the world have been at the forefront of sustainability projects for over ten years. Their desire to create cost savings from energy efficiency, combined with their need to show thought leadership, is augmented by the willingness of their management to take a longer-term view of investments. This… Continue Reading

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The Nature of Distributed Generation

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June 1, 2016

Consumers have long-since been enslaved by the power grid. They depend upon a company or government organization to provide their homes and businesses with power. An issue with the grid can result in hours without energy, and lost productivity and revenue for commercial consumers.  Electricity has ingrained itself in the way we live, so that… Continue Reading

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February 2016

GI Energy Helps Client Receive Con Edison Contract Demand Credit

James Robinson
February 10, 2016

GI Energy has been featured in Real Estate Weekly for our work helping our client, One North Lexington (Gateway), receive a significant credit on their Con Edison electric bill for their high-performing cogeneration plant.  Gateway was able to receive a credit worth $41,500 over the course of 2016.  For more information, read the full article here. Con… Continue Reading

December 2015

Energy and Sustainability Award for North Shore Towers

GI Energy Recognized For North Shore Towers CHP Project

James Robinson
December 15, 2015

  GI Energy is happy to announce that the North Shore Towers CHP project in Floral Park, NY, has been recognized by the Queens Chamber of Commerce as its 2015 Energy and Sustainability Award Winner.  Amir Yanni, our Senior Vice President of Construction and Project Management, was awarded the Excellence in Construction prize at the Chamber’s 90th… Continue Reading

Energy and Sustainability Award for North Shore Towers

November 2015

GI Energy Announces $25MM Project Funding Deal With Advanced Energy Capital

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November 16, 2015

GI Energy Signs Deal with Advanced Energy Capital to provide $25MM for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects. Advanced Energy Capital, LLC (“AEC”), an energy finance company led by Jack Doueck and Richard Rudy, announced today that they have signed an agreement with GI Energy (GI Endurant, LLC) to provide funding for up to $25,000,000… Continue Reading

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What Financial Solution Is Right For Your Combined Heat & Power Project?

GI Energy Financial Solutions Team
November 9, 2015

When embarking on energy efficiency projects, such as the installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) system, financing tends to be one of the biggest obstacles. It can be an arduous task to distill through all the financing options and accounting treatments, while understanding the differences in cash flow and rate of return that each… Continue Reading

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October 2015

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The Value of Energy Storage Part 2: Peak Shaving

GI Energy Analytics Team
October 27, 2015

Energy Storage Update Since Part 1 of this series was published in June 2015, energy storage has continued to make headlines across the country.  GE announced a 30 MW battery storage system in California, Tesla trumpeted new cost targets for their Powerwall system, and a host of new market entrants have emerged to battle for… Continue Reading

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August 2015

Comparison of Contract Demand charges with and without the effect of the new Contract Demand Credit

Contract Demand Credit for Distributed Generation Customers in ConEd Territory

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August 4, 2015

  Distributed Generation and Contract Demand Charges The majority of commercial and industrial distributed generation customers in Consolidated Edison (ConEd) territory are covered under ConEd’s Service Class 9, Rate V.  This electric rate includes a contract demand delivery charge, currently set at over $7/kW each month.  Each user’s kW contract demand level is set by… Continue Reading

Comparison of Contract Demand charges with and without the effect of the new Contract Demand Credit

July 2015

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Article Commentary: “Using Planning, Checklists, Other Tools to Improve Resilience in Existing Buildings”

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July 23, 2015

This is an excellent article, as it provides numerous smart ideas to prepare for unexpected power outages.  The article rightly reminds us all that backup generators do not always work as planned during utility power outages.  May I add to the discussion that performing an analysis of the potential operational and financial benefits of a… Continue Reading

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Heat Pump Market gets Boost from Tax Credit Extension

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July 2, 2015

The US heat pump market is set to enjoy a continued boost following the extension of the investment tax credit (ITC) by a further five years to 2021. While the ITC is only 10% for commercial building compared to 30% for solar PV it is an important incentive for building owners as it allows the… Continue Reading

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June 2015

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The Value of Energy Storage Part 1: Frequency Response

James Robinson
June 17, 2015

Energy Storage? Everyone is talking about energy storage.  Tesla’s launch event on April 30th announcing the release of the Tesla Powerwall, for home use, as well as larger batteries for grid-scale use, may have made the biggest splash, but Tesla is hardly the only company making a move into the energy storage market in a… Continue Reading

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May 2015

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The Business Case for Distributed Energy in Hospitals

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May 28, 2015

How can we convince more hospitals to implement a Distributed Energy/Cogeneration project?  As hospitals take care of our most vulnerable friends and family, it seems to me that power reliability should be a top priority for every hospital.  Then, when you consider the available Incentive Dollars, the attainable Energy Savings, and the market capacity for… Continue Reading

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GI Energy Completes Geothermal Project at Trevor Day School

James Robinson
May 22, 2015

GI Energy is happy to announce the grand opening of the Trevor Day School, the first educational institution in New York City to use geothermal systems for its heating and cooling.  GI Energy, alongside partners Langan Engineering & Environmental Services and Robert Silman Associates, integrated the geothermal system directly into the structural piles.  The energy… Continue Reading

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Distributed Generation: Challenging the Existing Energy Structure

James Robinson
May 21, 2015

It seems that not a week goes by without another announcement challenging the electricity industry’s current structure.  The Rocky Mountain Institute released a report last month examining the increasingly attractive economics of distributed generation resources, particularly solar PV.  Meanwhile, Tesla has announced its latest product line; battery packs geared towards the residential and commercial field, with prices as low… Continue Reading

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March 2015

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GI Energy Completes Turnkey Installation of Natural Gas-fired Combined Heat and Power Plant at North Shore Towers

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March 13, 2015

North Shore Towers, a luxury co-op community based in Floral Park, Queens, New York City, has completed a $13 million re-powering/upgrade of its 43-year­old combined heating and power (CHP) system. The original CHP system had been maintained since installation in 1971, but in an effort to extend the life of the plant, GI Energy was… Continue Reading

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GI Energy Quadruples Revenue, Attracts Sustainable Energy Investments LLC (SEI)

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March 11, 2015

Growing, full-service energy intelligence firm helps large building owners use energy smarter, save money CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today, Chicago-based venture capital firm Sustainable Energy Investments became the major shareholder in GI Energy North America, divesting it from its European sister company in order to accelerate and focus its growth in on large commercial, retail and institutional… Continue Reading