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 linda@energymanagertoday.com.

Google Builds Data Center on Site of Old Coal Plant

Linda Hardesty

Google is building a new data center in Alabama – its 14th data center site globally – but this one will be built on the grounds of a coal-fired power plant, according to Google’s blog. The Widows Creek coal power plant in Jackson County, Alabama, which has been scheduled for shutdown, will be redeveloped by   …Continue Reading


EPA Honors 3 Facilities for Combined Heat and Power

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized three facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for superior performance of their CHP systems. The three 2015 award winners demonstrate how CHP can partner with district energy systems to reduce pollutant emissions from electricity generation. District energy systems produce steam, hot water and chilled   …Continue Reading


Cheese Factory Installs Anaerobic Digestion

Linda Hardesty

British anaerobic digestion (AD) company Clearfleau has finished the first stage in a project for First Milk, one of the UK’s largest cheese makers. Once operational, the First Milk AD plant will feed bio-methane into the gas grid – the first dairy processing site in Europe to do so. Lake District Biogas (LDB), a company   …Continue Reading


Certification Program Established for Green Button Standard

Linda Hardesty

The Green Button Alliance launched its Green Button Download My Data (DMD) testing and certification program, designed to support and accelerate the broad adoption of Green Button offerings. The Green Button DMD enables electricity customers to download their usage data from an energy service provider’s website in an industry-standard XML data format. The certification program will ensure   …Continue Reading


Emulsion Mist Collectors Designed for Heavy Industry

Linda Hardesty

A new line of emulsion mist collectors from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) handles the heaviest loads encountered in industry to clean up contaminants generated during milling, drilling, tapping, turning, grinding and other machining processes that utilize emulsion mist coolants. Camfil’s Handte EM Profi collector uses long-life coarse and fine filter demisters followed by a   …Continue Reading


IKEA Plugs In Fuel Cells at California Store

Linda Hardesty

IKEA activated a fuel cell system at its retail location in Emeryville, California. The project represents the first IKEA endeavor globally to convert biogas into electricity through fuel cells. The system was manufactured by Bloom Energy. Slightly larger than the physical size of a commercial back-up generator, the 300-kW system will operate on biogas and produce   …Continue Reading


Ideal Power Achieves UL Certification for 30kW Power Conversion Systems

Linda Hardesty

Ideal Power received UL1741 certification for its Grid Resilient 30 kW 2-Port and 3-Port Power Conversion Systems (PCS). Ideal Power’s PCS features microgrid-forming capabilities that enable back-up power for critical loads in the event of power outages. The grid resilient PCS are software configurable to enable operation in both 50Hz and 60Hz environments, allowing customers   …Continue Reading


Final Energy Conservation Standards for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners Mirror ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy issued a pre-publication final rule regarding energy conservation standards for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHPs). Based on the analysis supporting this final rule, DOE was not able to show with clear and convincing evidence that energy conservation standards for PTAC and PTHP equipment at any   …Continue Reading


Seeley International Acquires Coolerado

Linda Hardesty

Australian manufacturer Seeley International has purchased Coolerado, a Denver-based manufacturer of air conditioning systems for commercial, industrial, government and military use. For Seeley, the acquisition establishes a US-based manufacturing facility, which is another step in its growth strategy to move closer to its North American customers. Coolerado’s indirect evaporative air conditioning products will become a   …Continue Reading


Joule Assets Becomes Demand Response Provider in Texas

Linda Hardesty

Joule Assets, a provider of microcapital for the energy efficiency and demand response industries, has entered the deregulated energy market in Texas as a registered demand response provider. Triggered by recent legislation in Texas, Joule will now act as the qualified scheduling entity for a variety of small-to-midsized commercial sites across Texas to register those   …Continue Reading