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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

Kimco Spends $8M to Upgrade Shopping Center Lighting

Linda Hardesty

Kimco Realty, a publicly traded owner and operator of neighborhood shopping centers, is embarking on a nationwide program to reduce energy consumption of its exterior lighting. The Illumi-Nation program will first launch in Kimco’s Western region. The company plans to invest about $8 million over the next year to overhaul lighting systems at more than   …Continue Reading

Using Energy Data: Energy Manager Today Webinar

Linda Hardesty

Energy Manager Today is hosting a complimentary webinar “Cut Costs and Improve Facility Operations with Energy Data,” Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at 2 pm Eastern Standard Time. In this free webinar, industry analyst Alisdair McDougal with Verdantix and Safi Oranski, VP of business development at Panoramic Power, will discuss how to use energy data to drive both   …Continue Reading

DOE Funds $10M for Wave Energy Device Testing

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department announced $10 million in funding for two companies developing marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy technology. Ocean Energy USA and Northwest Energy Innovations will test their wave energy conversion (WEC) devices for one year in new deep-water test berths at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) off the waters of Marine Corps   …Continue Reading

WATT Fuel Cell Opens Factory

Linda Hardesty

WATT Fuel Cell opened a new manufacturing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Penn., following its acquisition in April of Mt. Pleasant-based tubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) developer Pittsburgh Electric Engines. The new facility will combine both companies’ fuel cell technologies and personnel. Western Pennsylvania has seen a marked increase in the availability of natural gas,   …Continue Reading

Civilight Releases LED Portfolio for North America

Linda Hardesty

Civilight North America is now in volume production with its portfolio of LED lamps for the North American market. These LED lamps were initially developed for the European market. Civilight’s products are offered in three series – Architectural, Professional and Commercial. Civilight offers six standard lamp families, and within these families, it offers three series. MR16   …Continue Reading

Redmond to Save $100,000 Annually with ESPC

Linda Hardesty

The city of Redmond, Ore., hired Ameresco for a comprehensive $1.2 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to address energy efficiency in 11 city buildings. As part of the project, Ameresco conducted an energy audit on more than 272,000 square feet of building space and identified energy conservation measures that it will design, construct, commission   …Continue Reading

Kettle Foods Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Energy Trust of Oregon worked with Kettle Brand chips to help them get more from their energy. Kettle Foods, a division of Diamond Foods and a manufacturer of natural potato chips, has reduced its energy use intensity by 13 percent. It earned an incentive of more than $23,000 toward energy-saving improvements, and has been able   …Continue Reading

Cornell Converts 10 Sports Facilities to LED

Linda Hardesty

Cornell University selected Ephesus Lighting to install its LEDs at 12 indoor facilities, including 10 sports venues, at the school’s Ithaca, NY campus. The project, commencing throughout the 2014-15 academic year, will require only 612 Ephesus LED fixtures to replace the 750+ metal halide fixtures currently in use. The conversion to the maintenance-free system is   …Continue Reading

Fuel Cells Power Shopping Mall

Linda Hardesty

Bloom Energy will power the 1.3 million-sq-foot Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut with a 750 kW Bloom Energy fuel cell system. Bloom is working with Macerich real estate investment trust, which owns the shopping center. The project was financed in partnership with Washington Gas Energy Systems and the Connecticut Low-emission Renewable Energy Certificate Program. The Danbury   …Continue Reading

College Gets $400,000 in Guaranteed Annual Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., has signed an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Schneider Electric to help the institution save nearly $400,000 in energy costs annually over 15 years. The university anticipates an additional $400,000 in utility incentives to offset campus-wide upgrades across its building, lighting, water and mechanical systems. The   …Continue Reading

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