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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

Batteries: An Expensive Way to Store Energy

Linda Hardesty

Although energy storage is getting a lot of press as a great way to avoid peak energy spikes, using batteries for energy storage is not the most economical, according to The New York Times. “It costs hundreds of dollars to store a kilowatt-hour of energy in a battery, while nationally the average retail price of   …Continue Reading

Using Peer Pressure to Incite Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

British Gas, the United Kingdom’s largest utility, hired Pulse Energy to conduct behavioral-based energy efficiency programs for the utility’s commercial customers. Opower has had success in the residential arena by providing utility customers with information on how their energy usage compares to their neighbors. Opower recently filed its Initial Public Offering. Now, Canadian-based Pulse Energy   …Continue Reading

THG Energy Achieves OpenADR 2.0b Certification

Linda Hardesty

THG Energy Solutions received OpenADR 2.0b certification from the OpenADR Alliance for its automated demand response system. THG’s software as a service (SaaS) consists of a customer portal, as well as a proprietary ADR controller designed to provide commercial facilities with electricity price and event-based response capability. The OpenADR 2.0b compliance standard streamlines the communication   …Continue Reading

BuildingIQ Wins $1.2M in Contracts in First Quarter

Linda Hardesty

In the first quarter of 2014, BuildingIQ says it signed over $1.2 million in contracts and increased buildings under management by 50 percent, more than triple on a year-on-year basis. The company says it also expanded into two new sectors, deploying its solution in nine buildings across a higher education campus and beginning work with   …Continue Reading

Massachusetts Town Builds Solar Garden on Landfill

Linda Hardesty

In Marion, Mass., a solar garden will be installed on 2.4 acres of the town’s capped landfill, reports South Coast Today.  The solar array will be on top of the landfill itself, and if demand is high, other parts of the 50-acre adjacent property will be available, as well. Marion’s Energy Management Committee will accept   …Continue Reading

Georgetown Univ. Launches $5M Energy Competition

Linda Hardesty

Georgetown University is hosting a multi-year incentive competition that challenges small- to medium-size US communities to implement creative strategies to increase energy efficiency. Forty-nine communities have signed a letter of intent to compete, so far. Georgetown is using the prize to tap the creativity and spirit of competition between communities across the country to develop   …Continue Reading

Plug Power, Hyundai Hysco Partner for Fuel Cells

Linda Hardesty

Plug Power signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Hysco to create a joint venture to develop, manufacture and sell fuel cell products and stacks for applications in Asian markets. Per the MOU, the companies must finalize the details of the joint venture by July 31, 2014. Plug Power possesses more than 150 US   …Continue Reading

Is the Low Hanging Fruit of Energy Efficiency Gone?

Linda Hardesty

Starting today, Colorado’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hearing arguments on a proposal initiated by Xcel Energy to roll back the state’s energy efficiency goals. After the hearings, PUC will review all the testimony as well as staff recommendations and make its decision, likely by mid-June. The current energy efficiency goal set by the PUC   …Continue Reading

Power Assure Partners with ServiceNow for DCIM

Linda Hardesty

Power Assure announced the general availability of its EM/5 hosted data center monitoring, which integrates with ServiceNow for a more robust data center infrastructure management (DCIM) offering. Key features include: ·ServiceNow Integrated GUI – EM/5 presents information in the ServiceNow user interface. ·Aggregations – EM/5 allows collections of metrics from any source to be combined,   …Continue Reading

Louisiana School Wins 2013 Energy Star Building Competition

Linda Hardesty

In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency hosted its fourth season of the Energy Star Battle of the Buildings Competition to see which building could cut its energy use the most. More than 3,200 buildings from all 50 states, two US territories, and the District of Columbia battled to attain top honors. Together they saved more   …Continue Reading

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