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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

Electricity from Renewables Cost Competitive with Coal

Linda Hardesty

Although a recent story from Spectrum IEEE said Google researchers gave up on a project to produce electricity from renewables more cheaply than electricity from coal, a story in the New York Times says some renewable electricity is already cost competitive with coal. The story cites a study by the investment banking firm Lazard, which   …Continue Reading

New Prudential Tower Receives $1.3M in Energy Efficiency Incentives

Linda Hardesty

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved energy efficiency incentives totaling over $1.3 million for installation of energy conservation technologies at the New Prudential Tower in Newark, NJ. The measures are expected to result in energy savings of $646,898 annually. Viridian Energy and Environmental used the incentives available through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program   …Continue Reading

Canadian Schools Sign FIT Agreements with Ameresco

Linda Hardesty

Two Ontario school boards, Grand Erie District School Board (GEDSB) in Brantford and Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO) in Ottawa, signed 20-year solar agreements with Ameresco Canada. Ameresco has completed the installation of 20 PV rooftop systems with GEDSB, and 12 PV rooftop systems with CEPEO, with an aggregate capacity   …Continue Reading

Data Center Aims for PUE of 1.2

Linda Hardesty

A data center designed by CH2M HILL/IDC Architects for Grainger in Lake Forest, Ill., has an advanced cooling system using outside air to cool the facility and is designed to consume up to 50 percent less energy for cooling than conventional data centers. This Grainger data center’s air cooling design is anticipated to have a   …Continue Reading

SustainCo Wins $130,000 Energy Management Contract

Linda Hardesty

SustainCo Solutions & Services was awarded a contract worth over $130,000 by construction company Pomerleau for an energy management and control system for Canadian Forces Base – Halifax (CFB). The energy management and control system will manage the environmental conditions of the CFB building and proactively report any problems to the building operators. The work   …Continue Reading

Thermal Imaging Detects Energy Problems in Buildings

Linda Hardesty

Essess has developed mobile thermal imaging technology and data analytics to identify and quantify energy losses across millions of buildings. The company says it has raised $10.75 million since its founding in 2011 through investors including Vocap Investment Partners, DFJ Athena, Constellation Technology Ventures, Tamarisc and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The company recently completed   …Continue Reading

Power, Cooling Drive Decisions to Locate Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Renewable energy is among the top emerging technologies being considered by data center owners to help address power and cooling costs, according to a Mortenson survey at the 2014 Data Center World conference. Eighty-four percent of respondents feel there is a need to consider renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, to manage   …Continue Reading

Walmart Expands Relationship with SolarCity

Linda Hardesty

Walmart hired SolarCity for the installation of new solar projects at facilities in up to 36 states over the next four years. SolarCity has completed more than 200 solar projects at Walmart locations since 2010. SolarCity has also installed and tested energy storage projects co-located with solar power generation at 13 Walmart facilities since early   …Continue Reading

Tips for Reporting Counterfeit Electrical Products

Linda Hardesty

The Electrical Safety Foundation International conducted a survey about counterfeit electrical products and found 54 percent of those surveyed are “extremely concerned” about counterfeits. The survey was conducted using an online questionnaire, with a sample size of 932 completions. Most respondents (75.9 percent) believe counterfeit electrical products present a substantial or moderate threat to public   …Continue Reading

Boston, NYC Winter Natural Gas Prices to Remain High

Linda Hardesty

Despite expectations of a milder winter for 2014, marketers anticipate high prices for natural gas in Boston and New York City, according to the US Energy Information Administration, based on Bloomberg. Natural gas prices are expected to be lower than last winter, but higher than the average of previous winters, particularly in Boston. Average forward   …Continue Reading

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