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Linda Hardesty is the managing editor of Energy Manager Today. Shas 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 13 or linda@energymanagertoday.com.

Manufacturer Saves 50% on Energy with LED Retrofit

Linda Hardesty

Badger Meter – a manufacturer of fluid flow measurement and control products – completed a retrofit that replaced nearly 8,500 fluorescent lamps with LED products across various operations in its 315,000-sq-foot manufacturing and office facility in Milwaukee, Wis. The company wanted to save energy but also increase light levels for its nearly 500 employees in   …Continue Reading

Flywheel Stores Energy from Wind

Linda Hardesty

Beacon Power and TDX Power are partnering on a flywheel energy storage demonstration project located in the middle of the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. TDX’s existing hybrid microgrid on St. Paul Island is comprised of a 225 kW Vestas V27 wind turbine and two 150 kW Volvo diesel generators, along with smart   …Continue Reading

People Hate Revolving Doors, But They Save Energy

Linda Hardesty

Although revolving doors at the entrance to commercial buildings annoy people, they do save energy, according to an article in Vox. Energy savings varies depending on climate and amount of use, but a 2006 MIT study found that having everyone use revolving doors on an MIT campus building would save about 1.5 percent of the   …Continue Reading

SmartWatt Energy Joins DOE’s Qualified List of Energy Service Companies

Linda Hardesty

SmartWatt Energy has earned a spot on the US Department of Energy’s Qualified List of Energy Service Companies. Inclusion on the list requires extensive energy-efficiency design and implementation experience, detailed project case studies and proof of a qualified staff. With the approval, SmartWatt Energy is now qualified by the DOE for implementation of energy savings   …Continue Reading

3 Things to Consider in an Energy Procurement Contract

Linda Hardesty

There are three major mistakes that some companies make when entering into an energy procurement contract, according to Nick Papamichael of Green Crown Energy. The first is bad timing. There are very specific times of the year when electric and natural gas prices retreat and times when they spike. It’s advantageous to be aware of   …Continue Reading

Vermont Microgird Combines Solar, Storage

Linda Hardesty

A solar + storage microgrid project in Rutland, Vt. – the Stafford Hills project – is being developed by Green Mountain Power, in collaboration with Dynapower and GroSolar. The energy storage component of the project is co-funded by a federal-state-NGO partnership involving the State of Vermont; the US Department of Energy, Office of Electricity; and   …Continue Reading

Ygrene Raises $30M, Appoints COO

Linda Hardesty

Ygrene Energy Fund, a provider of property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, raised $30 million in growth capital from Virgo Investment Group. Ygrene will use the funds to grow its channel contractor network, further expand its national footprint, and accelerate market awareness for PACE financing. The company appointed Mike Cary, former president of CIT Home   …Continue Reading

Hospital CHP Plant Generates 13 Million kWh Per Year

Linda Hardesty

The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health Medical Center unveiled its new combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which is located on site at the medical campus in Bel Air, Md. Baltimore Gas and Electric’s (BGE’s) Smart Energy Savers Program is helping the university manage its energy use through BGE’s Combined Heat and Power Program.   …Continue Reading

Grocers Pass on Rebates That are Too Complicated

Linda Hardesty

Singh360 offers a service to supermarkets in the United States to help them secure energy-efficiency rebates from utilities. “Some supermarkets want help because the application process can take a lot of time and effort,” said Abtar Singh, CEO of Singh360. According to the company, utilities generally offer two categories of rebates – prescriptive and custom.   …Continue Reading

OSU Campus Derives More Than 70% of Energy from Wind

Linda Hardesty

Oklahoma State University (OSU), which became an EPA Green Power Partner in November 2012, decided to use green power – wind power in particular – to take advantage of an abundant, local and renewable Oklahoma resource. Another reason OSU decided to use wind power was because of the fluctuation of fossil fuel costs, which play a   …Continue Reading

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