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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.

Obtaining Rebates for Energy Efficiency Projects

Linda Hardesty

RealWinWin is a Philadelphia firm that helps businesses obtain rebates and incentives from utilities in order to conduct energy efficiency projects. In 2003, the company pioneered rebates administration, a service to collect energy-efficiency rebates and incentives. Now, RealWinWin has customers who, collectively, own or manage more than one billion square feet of commercial space. Doug   …Continue Reading

Kick-starting Your Energy Management Program

Linda Hardesty

Better Buildings Challenge Partners Shorenstein and Allegheny College describe solutions that helped them develop successful energy efficiency programs.

Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Can Save 75% on Energy Bills

Linda Hardesty

The HL Turner Group has been awarded US Patent No. 8,733,429 for its high efficiency E-Max Hybrid solar-geothermal heating and/or cooling system design, which the company says can yield geothermal system performances upwards of a 7.5 effective Coefficient of Performance, about twice that of conventional geothermal applications. Actual net energy cost reductions of up to   …Continue Reading

Utah Olympic Oval Saves $100,000 per Year with Solar

Linda Hardesty

A $1.4 million solar system is being installed at the speedskating building of the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah, reports Deseret News. The solar energy is expected to save about $100,000 a year on the facility’s annual $750,000 power bill. The array will consist of more than 3,000 solar modules mounted on parking canopies   …Continue Reading

Florida Utilities Want to Drastically Scale Back Energy Efficiency Programs

Linda Hardesty

Florida’s big utilities want the state’s regulators to let them scale back energy-efficiency programs over the next five years, reports Florida Today. Executives from Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric, Gulf Power and JEA have been testifying before the Florida Public Service Commission this week. The utilities claim demand for energy efficiency   …Continue Reading

4 Michigan Farms Help Utility Produce Electricity

Linda Hardesty

Consumers Energy selected the following four Michigan farms to produce renewable energy with anaerobic digesters. Beaver Creek Farms, Coopersville Brook View Dairy, Freeport Green Meadow Farms Inc., Elsie Scenic View Dairy, Fennville Consumers Energy developed the new anaerobic digester program along with Michigan State University and the state’s agricultural community. The farms have the opportunity to   …Continue Reading

Hybrid Converter Integrates Multiple Power Sources for Microgrids

Linda Hardesty

Ideal Power introduced its 3-port 30 kW hybrid converter, which offers the ability to integrate energy storage and solar photovoltaic to accelerate deployment of microgrids. The hybrid converter integrates multiple power sources for microgrids, delivering grid resiliency during blackouts and reducing dependency on diesel fuel for off-grid applications. Ideal Power’s Hybrid Converter Family is the   …Continue Reading

Stage Stores Hires for Lighting Maintenance, Electrical Services

Linda Hardesty

Action Services Group, a US lighting maintenance and electrical services company, won a contract with Stage Stores for interior lighting maintenance for three of its retail brands: Bealls, Goody’s and Peebles with store locations across the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The on-demand   …Continue Reading

Brownfield Provides Site to Power Toledo Zoo

Linda Hardesty

A 22-acre Toledo brownfield site is now home to a 2.1 MW solar array that will supply about 30 percent of the Toledo Zoo’s electricity each year. (before and after pictured). The 28,500-panel array is bordered by a buffer zone for newly planted trees and green spaces. The solar array and property are owned by a   …Continue Reading

Embraco Offers Energy Efficient Commercial Refrigeration Compressor

Linda Hardesty

Embraco introduced a new compressor for light commercial refrigerators that covers evaporation temperatures ranging between -35ºC and 0ºC. The FFU160HAX can be used by manufacturers of commercial refrigerators in bottle coolers (600L to 1000L), as well as for horizontal freezers (400L to 800L) with solid or glass doors. The compressors provides energy efficiency gains of up   …Continue Reading

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