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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 linda@energymanagertoday.com.

Cree LED Fits Halogen MR16 Sockets

Linda Hardesty

Cree’s new MR16 Series LED lamps are designed for global compatibility with virtually all existing sockets of traditional 50-watt halogen MR16 lamps. With a suggested retail price of $25, Cree MR16 TrueWhite LED lamps consume up to 83 percent less energy and are designed to meet Energy Star qualification to deliver a rapid payback of   …Continue Reading

Direct Energy, Nest Offer Thermostat, Rate Plans in More States

Linda Hardesty

Through its partnership with Nest, Direct Energy will be extending its Comfort & Control Plan to natural gas customers in Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. The Comfort & Control Plan includes a Nest Learning Thermostat at no cost. In addition, starting in early September, natural gas customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well   …Continue Reading

Siemens Wins $11M US Geological Survey ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Siemens Government Technologies has been awarded an $11 million Task Order by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to implement energy conservation measures at three of its facilities: National Center (Reston, Va.); Columbia Environmental Research Center (Columbia, Mo.); and the Western Fisheries Research Center (Seattle). Under the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), an IDIQ contract   …Continue Reading

Evaporative Condenser for Refrigeration Combats Rust

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls added the ECOSS stainless steel evaporative condenser to its Frick line of industrial refrigeration products. The unit is designed to combat problems from changes in water treatment chemistry that can lead to white rust, corrosion and decreased product life in conventional galvanized steel condensers. Stainless steel is also lighter than galvanized steel, so   …Continue Reading

Water-Cooled Chiller Available with Adaptive Frequency Drive

Linda Hardesty

Trane’s Optimus helical rotary water-cooled chiller is now available with the Trane Adaptive Frequency drive (AFD), which adjusts motor speed based on demand to reduce energy consumption. The Optimus chillers have cooling capacities ranging from 150 to 430 tons, making them economical for commercial buildings, high-occupancy schools, hospitals and hotels. The Optimus water-cooled chiller delivers   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes Save $168M

Linda Hardesty

The voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry and consumer electronics manufacturers has saved consumers about $168 million in energy bills, according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report. In 2012, the pay-TV industry initiated the Voluntary Agreement that will eventually result   …Continue Reading

NY Spends $40M on Microgrid Contest

Linda Hardesty

New York is hosting a $40 million NY Prize Competition to inspire a new generation of local power by challenging New York businesses, entrepreneurs, and electric utilities to design and implement community-based microgrids. The competition aims to inspire new plans for protecting and strengthening the electrical system in the face of major storms. Administered by   …Continue Reading

Top 10 Tips – ISO 50001 Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Considerations when implementing ISO 50001.

Alabama School System Reduces Energy Costs 22%

Linda Hardesty

Limestone County School System in Alabama hired Schneider Electric to conduct energy upgrades to all of its 14 campuses in the county. The school system will set the state standard for energy efficiency, as the project will reduce utility costs for the system by 22 percent. The majority of the funding for the renovations will   …Continue Reading

Prison, Hospital Send Power to California Grid

Linda Hardesty

SunEdison and its affiliate TerraForm Power completed the interconnection of a 2.6 MW DC system at the Coalinga State Hospital and a 1.6 MW DC system at the Pleasant Valley State Prison. The systems were installed for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Department of State Hospitals. SunEdison says it has   …Continue Reading

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