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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 linda@energymanagertoday.com.

Federal Agencies Must Use eProject Builder for All ESPC Projects

Linda Hardesty

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) says all interested parties in federal energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) should now use eProject Builder (ePB), which is fully active and in production mode. eProject Builder is a free web-based system for entering and tracking ESPC data through the life of a federal project. eProject Builder was developed and   …Continue Reading


Refrigeration Battery Works as Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Axiom Exergy, a provider of energy storage systems for large supermarkets and food distribution facilities, has created the Refrigeration Battery for businesses with high refrigeration loads. The Refrigeration Battery enables facilities to store cooling for later use, thereby transforming their refrigeration systems into large-scale, cloud-connected, smart energy-storage resources. The Refrigeration Battery shifts up to 40   …Continue Reading


400 kW Fuel Cell System Powers Comcast Facility

Linda Hardesty

Bloom Energy fuel cells are now powering Comcast’s Western New England Regional Headquarters in Berlin, Connecticut. The 80,000-sq-foot facility serves as Comcast’s regional headquarters for five New England states and is the master facility for processing TV signals for distribution on the Comcast network. The 400 kW fuel cell system will generate more than 3 million   …Continue Reading


City Picks UtilityTRX for Utility Bill Management

Linda Hardesty

The City of Huntsville, Alabama, has selected UtilityTRX as its utility bill management and data analytics software for more than 100 buildings that equate to over 1.5 million square feet. UtilityTRX features utility bill tracking, bill payment processing, automated bill audit, case management, benchmarking, utility data analytics, rate optimization, weather normalized savings enterprise reporting, metering   …Continue Reading


FridgeWize Unveils HVAC EC Motors

Linda Hardesty

FridgeWize is targeting larger hotels, hospitals and office buildings with its new high efficiency HVAC EC motors. Electronically Commutated (EC) motors are brushless DC motors. FridgeWize’s new HVAC EC Motors lineup includes: Eon 42 – Fan Coil Blower Motors. It is a energy efficient solution for retrofitting fan coils and blower decks, saving up to   …Continue Reading


Aztec AMC Modular HVAC system Reduces Data Center Cooling Costs

Linda Hardesty

Mestex’s new HVAC product design, the Aztec AMC, is created to meet more stringent codes and standards for commercial HVAC systems, including data center applications. The new HVAC design combines energy-efficient evaporative cooling technology with an advanced air turnover system. The Aztec system can harness cooler outside air to support indoor cooling and lower power usage   …Continue Reading


Verismic Does Remote PC Power Management

Linda Hardesty

Verismic enhanced its Cloud Management Suite (CMS) with Verismic Power Manager. This updated version of Verismic’s cloud-based IT management software includes remote-control capabilities for PC power management. Verismic’s CMS allows organizations to proactively monitor and manage their IT infrastructure and reduce energy costs. Verismic says its CMS does not require the installation of software, compared   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Bill Heads to White House

Linda Hardesty

The House of Representatives passed S. 535, an energy efficiency bill sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH). This follows Senate passage a few weeks ago. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for his approval, which is highly likely. The bill includes the following provisions: Promote commercial building energy-use benchmarking   …Continue Reading


Corpus Christi Receives Incentive for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

The Corpus Christi City Council received a check for $87,071 from the American Electric Power (AEP) Texas CitySmart Program, which offers financial incentives based on the total amount of energy that improvements save. Corpus Christi worked with McKinstry to implement a number of improvements to city buildings as a part of the Corpus Christi Energy   …Continue Reading


Aquion Battery First in World to be Cradle to Cradle Certified

Linda Hardesty

Aquion Energy, a developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries and energy storage systems, announced that its AHI S20 and S20-P product lines are now Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze. The product lines were evaluated by MBDC, an Accredited Assessment Body and the creators of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program. The   …Continue Reading