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.

Clauses to Consider in Green Leases

Linda Hardesty

Green or energy-aligned leases have the potential to cut energy consumption by up to 22 percent in leased buildings, according to a new study released by the Institute for Market Transformation. Green leases address the split incentive problem by linking financial incentives in a traditional commercial lease, wherein both owners and tenants can better realize   …Continue Reading


Energy Storage Helps Hotel Reduce Demand Charges by 10%

Linda Hardesty

The Ocean Park Inn in San Diego installed Stem’s energy storage system and is expected to save an average of $4,500 per year, lowering its annual demand charges by more than 10 percent. The combination of San Diego Gas & Electric’s energy storage incentives and Stem’s financing plan allowed the hotel to activate the system   …Continue Reading


Uline to Operate 130 GenDrive Fuel Cell Units from Plug Power

Linda Hardesty

Uline, a distributor of shipping and packaging materials to businesses, is Plug Power’s newest GenKey customer. The initial deployment of GenDrive units will be powering the forklift fleet at one of Uline’s distribution centers in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Additionally, Uline will deploy a second fleet of GenDrive-powered lift trucks into a newly constructed facility in   …Continue Reading


EU Smart Campus Pilot Achieves 30% Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

A three-year Europe-wide Smart Campus project targeted energy efficiency in non-residential university buildings and reached a 30 percent energy savings. Smart Campus was funded by the European Commission, and used Enoro’s centralized meter data management Generis to collect the energy consumption data from the pilot campuses, validate it and provide the campuses with feedback on   …Continue Reading


Los Angeles Shopping Center Installs 504 kW Solar

Linda Hardesty

Alta Energy completed a 504.7 kW solar generation system at Westfield Century City shopping center in Los Angeles, California. The project represents the sixth solar PV system deployed at Westfield Corporation properties and managed by Alta Energy. The Westfield Century City project is part of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s Solar Photovoltaic   …Continue Reading


East Coast Cities are Top 3 Most Energy Efficient

Linda Hardesty

Boston continues to be the most energy-efficient city in the nation, according to the second edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Boston received 82 out of a possible 100 points, an improvement of more than five points from that city’s 2013 score. Trailing Boston,   …Continue Reading


Tri-Generation System Generates Heat, Power, Hydrogen

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and FuelCell Energy of Danbury, Connecticut, completed their combined heat and power (CHP) partnership project at FuelCell Energy’s Torrington, Connecticut, manufacturing plant. In addition to the generation of heat and power exceeding 75 percent efficiency, this unique CHP system also provides a stream of high purity hydrogen for use   …Continue Reading


Lennox Expands Commercial Packaged Rooftop Units

Linda Hardesty

Lennox Commercial has expanded its light commercial Raider rooftop unit line to include the new Raider 6-ton unit available in gas/electric and electric/electric configurations and the new 14 SEER units, available in 3-5 tons. Raider is also enhancing its product lineup with 14 SEER units to comply with the new 2015 US Regional Standards. 14   …Continue Reading


Eaton Hired at Fort Campbell

Linda Hardesty

Eaton announced multiple contracts to provide engineering services, a solar inverter and electrical distribution equipment for a 1.9 MW solar project at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The project is the first phase of a planned 5 MW solar array at the US Army location. Once complete, the solar array is expected to annually produce about   …Continue Reading


Schneider Software Prevents Overcooling in Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric launched a new software module – Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize – available within its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite StruxureWare. This new capability adds intelligence to existing data center cooling systems. Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize enables data center managers to understand the complexity of airflow within their facilities, including all   …Continue Reading