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Energy Storage: It’s About the Software

Carl Weinschenk

Renewable initiatives rely on the ability to save the generated energy for a rainy – or windless – day. It follows that the software driving the pivotal task of managing the energy storage system is of paramount importance, says Gabe Schwartz, the Director of Marketing for Stem, which describes itself as an intelligent storage company that combines hardware and software storage platforms.


India Launches Net-Zero Building Portal

Carl Weinschenk

The Indian Power Ministry, with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched the country’s first Web portal aimed at net-zero energy use in buildings.


Companies Cooperating on Waste-to-Energy Projects

Carl Weinschenk

Gershman, Brickner & Bratton and Stern Brothers & Co. have agreed to work together on waste-to-energy infrastructure and alternative energy projects, according to the website Renewable Energy from Waste.


EDF Sending 127 Climate Corps Fellows to 100 Organizations

Carl Weinschenk

The ninth year of the Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps program will see 127 young fellows embedded in 100 organizations. Most will be deployed in the United States, with a handful traveling to China.


Capegemini, Siemens Working on Analytics Platform

Carl Weinschenk

Capegemini and Siemens Building Technologies Division are working on a cloud-based services platform that will offer asset management and analytics capabilities. The companies say that the partnership will add the functionality to the Web-based Energy & Sustainability Navigator platform. The press release from Capegemini says that the platform has avoided release of 10.5 million tons   …Continue Reading


Fulham Retrofit Kits EPA Approved

Carl Weinschenk

The Fulham Co.’s ThoroLED LED Retrofit kits are Energy Star Luminaire 2.0-complaint. The AC LED retrofit kits are aimed at ceiling and wall luminaires and are available in 10 watt, 15 watt and 25 watt models. The units, the company says, are optimal to replacelamps in wall sconces and common ceiling lights in the field or   …Continue Reading


Window Films: Low Hanging Fruit for Efficiency Gains

Carl Weinschenk

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to drive energy efficiency in buildings is improving the efficiency of their windows.


Apple Defends 100% Renewable Energy Claim

Carl Weinschenk

Claims that a company uses 100 percent renewable energy make for good press. It is possible, though, to meet such claims with skepticism. GalwayBayFM.com reports that doubt was expressed at such a claim made by Apple, which is building a data center in Athenry, which is in County Galway, Ireleand. The story describes a gathering   …Continue Reading


Ontario Investing $900M in Affordable Housing

Carl Weinschenk

Ontario will invest $900 million during the next four years in retrofits of affordable housing apartments. The funding is from the proceeds from cap and trade, according to Ontario.com. The Climate Change Action Plan – which the site says will be released this week – will feature investments of as much as $500 million in energy efficient windows,   …Continue Reading


Turning Data into Knowledge–and Action

Carl Weinschenk

Mountains of data are becoming available to energy managers. The challenge is processing and displaying it all in ways that make the goals – increasing efficiency and saving money – more likely to be realized.


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