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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

Federal Agencies Scramble to Meet Renewables Target

Linda Hardesty

Under a goal established in March by Executive Order 13693, titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” US federal agencies have until 2025 to get at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. That trumps the 20 percent target established in a 2009 presidential memorandum. Currently, only 8.8 percent of electricity   …Continue Reading

Hilton Austin Conducts $22M Renovation with Networked Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Hilton Austin conducted a $22 million renovation that included an energy management system (EMS) from INNCOM by Honeywell. Austin has mandated that commercial buildings 10,000 square feet or larger must conduct an annual conservation audit and report their energy rating to the city. So when Hilton Austin decided to renovate its 801 rooms, it was   …Continue Reading

Ensuring Elevator Safety During Harsh Weather

Linda Hardesty

In preparation for hurricane season in some areas and then winter weather, Schindler Elevator has some recommendations for energy and facility managers to protect elevator equipment. First, Schindler recommends that the manager have a diagram showing the location of the elevators, car numbers and the elevator car phone numbers as well as the elevator company’s   …Continue Reading

‘Smart’ Thermostats Not the Same as ‘Connected’ Thermostats

Linda Hardesty

When Nest Labs introduced the Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011, the company awakened a dormant thermostat industry, according to Omar Talpur, analyst for Security and Building Technologies at IHS. With the success of Nest, some manufacturers have started labeling their products as “smart” even though they are not technically “smart.” The term “smart” is not   …Continue Reading

Envision Solar, ChargePoint Partner for EV Charging

Linda Hardesty

Envision Solar and ChargePoint are partnering in the US and Canada to offer ChargePoint chargers on Envision Solar’s solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging products. ChargePoint’s customers will be able to access EV charging in locations where it is too difficult or expensive to install utility grid-tied units. Envision Solar’s EV ARC fits inside a parking   …Continue Reading

Sundance Film Festival Theater Goes Solar

Linda Hardesty

Suniva says its solar modules are powering Park City, Utah’s 85,000-sq-foot Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center, which is home to the Sundance Film Festival theater. Sourced by Russell Pacific, Alpenglow Solar engineered and installed the Suniva array, using its Optimus module line. Solectria inverters and a monitoring system by SolrenView complete the system. This solar   …Continue Reading

Don’t Forget the Heat Gain from Outdated Lighting

Linda Hardesty

An article in Furniture World points out a side benefit of LED lighting: it reduces the load on the HVAC system. The lighting in a furniture showroom or furniture manufacturing facility can really increase heat gain, especially if lit with traditional incandescent bulbs, halogen MR16 lamps, or metal halide fixtures. These light sources can reach   …Continue Reading

Top IT Companies Source 14% of Their Energy from Renewables

Linda Hardesty

The percentage of renewable electricity purchased by US companies in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector is growing and will likely increase significantly by the start of the next decade, according to a first-ever analysis by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In looking at the industry, NREL found that 113 ICT   …Continue Reading

National Lab Opens New Systems Engineering Building

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) opened a new Systems Engineering Building, which will make possible more capabilities for researchers to tackle challenges in grid modernization, buildings efficiency and renewable energy integration. The LEED Gold-certified facility houses power grid and buildings control rooms, testing platforms and a number of laboratories to address   …Continue Reading

2 Michigan Energy Agencies Work with Ameresco on Energy Retrofit of Their Tenant Space

Linda Hardesty

Saginaw Plaza signed a $437,000 energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Ameresco to upgrade its facility in Lansing, Michigan. The facility is currently leased to the State and houses two governmental agencies: the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). MAE/MPSC worked closely with the property owner, Saginaw Plaza, and   …Continue Reading

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