Author Archives: Linda Hardesty

Linda Hardesty is the managing editor of Energy Manager Today. She has been a trade journalist since the mid-1990s, alternately writing about cable television and environmental issues. She's worked for Cable World magazine, Communications Technology and Colorado Green Business. She can be reached at 970.377.9505 x 704 or

Johnson Controls Sells Global WorkPlace Solutions for $1.4B

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls reached a definitive agreement for the sale of its Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) business to commercial real estate investment firm CBRE Group for $1.475 billion. The company announced its intentions to divest the GWS business in 2014. Alex Molinaroli, chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls, said at that time “As we’ve focused on   …Continue Reading

Baker Electric Installs Energy Storage at Headquarters

Linda Hardesty

Sharp Electronics installed its SmartStorage energy storage system at Baker Electric‘s headquarters in Escondido, California. The 30 kW storage system is coupled with Baker’s existing 90 kW solar PV system. Baker Electric is also a channel ally of Sharp and will promote the energy storage system to its commercial building customers to help them cap   …Continue Reading

Eaton Offers Prefabricated Power Management for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Eaton rolled out prefabricated power solutions for data centers in the US. The offering can be customized to meet most data center technical requirements and is engineered to minimize the risk of unplanned downtime through proper coordination of power protective devices. Eaton says the prefabricated options can be installed quickly with pre-tested and pre-wired solutions,   …Continue Reading

Supermarket Retailer Works with Bluestone Energy

Linda Hardesty

In 2014, supermarket company Ahold USA in partnership with Bluestone Energy completed over 200 energy efficiency projects that saved 65 million kWh. The projects were completed at Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and GIANT/MARTIN’S stores located in seven US states from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. The energy efficiency projects included upgrading all of the interior lighting   …Continue Reading

Building Automation Software More Functional than Traditional Thermostat

Linda Hardesty

Trane added the Tracer Concierge building automation system (BAS) to its building controls portfolio. Tracer Concierge is a simplified BAS, providing centralized control of a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) as well as lighting. With Tracer Concierge, users get more functionality than with a traditional thermostat, says Trane. The touch-screen display has standard   …Continue Reading

LED Franchiser Expands

Linda Hardesty

Florida-based lighting company LED Source plans to add 20 more workers to its existing 30-person company by year’s end, and expects 15 new franchises to open in the US by then. LED Source has distribution partnerships with major brands such as Philips and Ketra. The 10-year-old firm was born as an architecture and entertainment lighting   …Continue Reading

Ventilation Technology Saves 96% in kWh at 2 Garages

Linda Hardesty

Engineers for the regional utility verified the energy savings captured by the Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) garage demand-control ventilation system at two buildings in California. At 475 Sansome Street, a downtown San Francisco high-rise office building, and at CityView Plaza, a high-rise office complex in downtown San Jose, NES recently installed its FG-20 digital control   …Continue Reading

Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill Passes Senate

Linda Hardesty

Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) finally were able to pass some energy efficiency legislation in the Senate, which has approved the S 535, Energy Efficiency Improvement Act authored by Shaheen and Portman and cosponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The bill includes a bipartisan provision authored by Ayotte and Senator Michael Bennet   …Continue Reading

Better Plants Welcomes 3 New Manufacturers

Linda Hardesty

Three manufacturers recently joined the DOE’s Better Plants Program and Challenge and pledged to reduce theirenergy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years: BD, Lennox International and Lineage Logistics. Lennox International, a manufacturer of climate control products, joins the Better Plants Challenge after meeting its goal as a Program Partner and improving its energy intensity   …Continue Reading

Graphene LED Nears Commercialization

Linda Hardesty

An LED light bulb made with graphene – a super-strong carbon material – will be made commercially available in 2015, according to BBC News. The traditional-looking light bulb contains a filament-shaped LED that is coated in graphene. The light bulb was developed by a Canadian-financed company called Graphene Lighting and was designed at Manchester University   …Continue Reading

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