Many approaches to gathering energy data from buildings and the equipment running within them are available. The challenge is finding ways to benefit from the mountain of data that is created. Ways must be found to use the data to build business cases and be understood by the C-level executives who ultimately must sign off on projects.
The Energy Trust of Oregon said this week that last year it saved its participating customers, which are a mix of businesses and consumers, $362 million on energy bills.
Mercy Housing and Promise Energy have entered a partnership to increase access to solar energy in the affordable housing market, according MultifamilyBiz.com.
A National Catholic Reporter feature describes the progress toward energy efficiency being made at St. Mary of the Angels Church in the Bucktown section of the north side of Chicago.
Navigant Research estimates that the retrofit market for small and medium (size) commercial buildings (SMCBs) – those as large as 100,000 square feet – will grow from $24.1 billion this year to $38.6 billion in 2025.
Whether it closes or not, Tesla’s proposed acquisition of SolarCity is a tangible example of how technology crosses industry borders. Musk and Tesla, of course, made their biggest mark in the electric vehicle arena, not building energy management. But a key element of Tesla’s portfolio – advanced batteries – is increasingly important in buildings, which seldom go for a Sunday drive.
A report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says that data centers are doing a good job of conserving energy.
Energy Manager Today discusses Cree’s LED retrofit of U-Haul’s corporate headquarters parking facility in Phoenix.