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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 linda@energymanagertoday.com.

Swinerton Switches to Locus for Solar Monitoring

Linda Hardesty

Swinerton Renewable Energy, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider for solar markets, has standardized its entire solar fleet on Locus Energy’s SolarNOC monitoring platform. A spokeswoman said, “The two companies have been in discussions for many months now, so everything is integrated at this point.” Swinerton had been using its own Solar Operations Live View (SOLV)   …Continue Reading


Honeywell Integrates LEED Dynamic Plaque

Linda Hardesty

The US Green Building Council is integrating its new LEED Dynamic Plaque near-real-time monitoring tool with building automation technology from Honeywell. The LEED Dynamic Plaque assesses facility performance in the categories of energy use, water consumption, waste output, occupant transportation and human experience, aggregating data to provide an overall performance score that reflects the LEED   …Continue Reading


Toshiba Carrier Expands HVAC Business Globally

Linda Hardesty

Toshiba and United Technologies – through their joint venture Toshiba Carrier Corporation (TCC) – have set a target to double the unit’s $1.6 billion annual revenues by the next decade. TCC already has a significant presence in the HVAC industry in Japan. Now, TCC will expand engineering and sales resources outside of Japan, and will   …Continue Reading


Heliocentris Develops Fuel Cell Technology for Mobile Phone Base Stations

Linda Hardesty

Germany-based Heliocentris Energy Solutions is to receive subsidies amounting to $1.9 million for the development of a new kind of hydrogen-based fuel cell emergency power supply. Among other things, these funds are to be used for grid-connected mobile phone base stations to ensure full connectivity in the event of blackouts. Heliocentris’ technology works with an   …Continue Reading


GM Installs 2.2 MW Solar Array at Factory

Linda Hardesty

General Motors’ new 2.2 MW ground-mounted solar array will be complete by the end of 2014 at its Lordstown, Ohio, complex. When the last of more than 8,500 solar panels are in place, it will be GM’s largest solar installation in the Western Hemisphere. The renewable energy produced by the array is enough to power   …Continue Reading


Danish Island Serves as Testbed for Integrating Renewables into Grid

Linda Hardesty

The biggest smart grid project in Europe – the EcoGrid pilot – is being conducted on the Danish island of Bornholm. The project is trying to coordinate the fluctuations in the price of electricity with the volume of renewable energy available at five minute intervals, reports PennEnergy. In order to conduct the pilot, Bornholm’s local   …Continue Reading


Nissan Does Demand Response via LEAF EVs

Linda Hardesty

In Japan, ENERES Co. is using Nissan LEAF electric vehicles paired with the LEAF to Home power supply system for demand response testing at several sales outlets run by Kanagawa Nissan. Usually, when curtailment is requested, consumers may respond by moderating their use of air conditioning and lighting. However, by using the storage capacity of electric   …Continue Reading


Trane: Applying Variable Refrigerant Flow

Linda Hardesty

Trane applications engineers discuss some of the challenges when applying a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system, such as complying with ASHRAE Standards 15 and 90.1, meeting the ventilation requirements of ASHRAE Standard 62.1, and zoning to maximize the benefit of heat recovery. Presenters Paul Solberg, John Murphy, Dave Guckelberger, Eric Sturm, Jeanne Harshaw. Visit www.trane.com/ContinuingEducation   …Continue Reading


Kit Does Demand Response for Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

Universal Devices is offering its Energy Management In a Box – a demand response system configured for the small and medium business market. The system complies with California’s Title 24 building requirements and uses OpenADR. Energy Management In a Box combines Universal Devices’ ISY994 Automation platform with up to 64 smart thermostats. The programmability of   …Continue Reading


Protect School Air Quality During Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Says EPA

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while they conduct energy efficiency upgrades. These renovation and construction activities can create dust, introduce new contaminants and contaminant pathways, create or aggravate moisture problems, and result in inadequate ventilation in occupied spaces. EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health:   …Continue Reading


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