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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.

Opposition to Clean Power Plan Plan ‘Ironic’

Linda Hardesty

The New York Times ran a story suggesting that in some states, politicians who oppose the Clean Power Plan may be shooting themselves (or their states) in the foot. A study conducted by the research groups Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group, (see video) found that the new EPA regulations governing   …Continue Reading


NY Building Cuts Energy 29%, Uses 10-Year Financing Scheme

Linda Hardesty

SCIenergy is finalizing a $3.6 million project at 125 Maiden Lane in New York City that is expected to cut energy consumption by 29.5 percent. The project will be entirely paid for through energy savings via SCIenergy’s Managed Energy Services Contract (MESA). Under MESA, the building’s owner – real estate firm Time Equities – will   …Continue Reading


Direct Energy Sells Ontario Water Heater Business

Linda Hardesty

Direct Energy is selling its Direct Energy-branded home and small commercial services business in Ontario to EnerCare for $550 million (CAD). Direct Energy and EnerCare have jointly served more than one million customers in Ontario for more than 12 years. EnerCare owns the water heater assets, while Direct Energy provides services and manages the customer relationships.   …Continue Reading


Solar Trade War Escalates

Linda Hardesty

The US Commerce Department has determined that some Chinese solar manufacturers are getting around trade policies by locating their factories in Taiwan, and the agency has proposed expanding its penalties on selling solar modules at unfairly low prices, reports Bloomberg. The Commerce Department could institute duties as high as 165 percent for some Chinese manufacturers   …Continue Reading


Variable Speed Blowers Save Energy for Effluent Treatment

Linda Hardesty

Pharmaceuticals company Sandoz has achieved up to 17 percent energy efficiency and lower noise levels with Atlas Copco low pressure screw blowers for its effluent treatment plant in Navi Mumbai, India. The aeration process in Sandoz’s effluent treatment plant was previously managed by conventional lobe blowers. After experiencing reliability problems, the company decided to shift   …Continue Reading


Studying Impacts of the Clean Power Plan

Linda Hardesty

The CSIS Energy and National Security Program and the Rhodium Group (RHG) release the preliminary results from their study on the economic and energy system impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 111(d) rule – the Clean Power Plan


Smart Meters Catch Fire, Again

Linda Hardesty

Canadian utility SaskPower has temporarily suspended its new smart meter installations while it investigates the cause of six smart meter fires. To date, SaskPower has installed about 105,000 Sensus smart meters of its intended 500,000-meter rollout. SaskPower says, “It’s important to note that in all cases the problem has been contained to the location of   …Continue Reading


Direct Energy Expands Energy Services Portfolio

Linda Hardesty

Direct Energy Business has more than 250,000 North American business customers and has been rolling out a portfolio of devices and software to help businesses save energy. Earlier this month, Direct Energy announced a partnership with Nest Labs to offer a Nest thermostat to small businesses in conjunction with a fixed rate for electricity from   …Continue Reading


Stem Installs Energy Storage for Adobe

Linda Hardesty

Stem is going to install its energy storage and real-time data analytics system in Adobe’s historic Baker and Hamilton Building in San Francisco, the oldest LEED platinum building in the world. The system will automatically respond to spikes in the building’s electricity use, drawing on previously stored power to reduce Adobe’s energy costs. Adobe will   …Continue Reading


Diageo Purchases Natural Gas Sourced from Landfill

Linda Hardesty

Diageo, a wine, beer and spirits company, expanded its commitment to purchase natural gas in Canada from Bullfrog Power. Diageo extended its existing commitment to purchase natural gas for its Gimli, Manitoba, facility and will also now purchase natural gas for its Valleyfield, Quebec, location. Both facilities are committed through 2016. Sourced from a methane-capture   …Continue Reading


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