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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

CHP Offers Major Benefits to NY Commercial Property Owners

Linda Hardesty

Combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, is a worthwhile investment for mid-size to large commercial property owners in New York, particularly in the five boroughs of New York City where a variety of financial incentives are available, according to a white paper issued by ConEdison Solutions. The energy services company said there has   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage Project to Address Grid Challenges

Linda Hardesty

AEG Power Solutions, Spanish utility Iberdola and innovation foundation Tecnalia have jointly developed a prototype battery energy storage station. The prototype includes a wireless battery management system, storage converter and local monitoring unit that will be field-tested for the first time. The project, called SAGER, includes the design, installation, integration and validation of a new   …Continue Reading

Soraa Extends LED Lamp Line

Linda Hardesty

Soraa, a developer of gallium nitride on gallium nitride LED technology, has extended its line of PAR and AR111 lamps to provide a complete range of halogen replacement lamps from 50W to 120W equivalent lamps. The new 12.5W line features a lower wattage addition to its full visible spectrum PAR30 and AR111 LED lamps,while still   …Continue Reading

IWS Sewage Heat Recovery System Aims to End Waste

Linda Hardesty

International Wastewater Systems has developed a sewage heat recovery system for large residential and commercial buildings that delivers efficiency savings five times the investment. The sewage, once it’s captured and the solids are removed, is put through a heat exchanger  and used to produce 140 degree Fahrenheit water for domestic potable use. The process is 500   …Continue Reading

Schneider Electric Program Cuts 13% of Energy Consumption

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric reduced core energy consumption at 300 of its facilities by 13 percent and carbon emissions from transportation by more than 16 percent through a company-wide program launched in 2011. The reductions, which the company reached at the end of the third quarter of 2014, surpassed the program’s targets. The Energy Action Program was   …Continue Reading

EU Project Aims to Slash Data Center Electricity Use by 50%

Linda Hardesty

ENTRA, an EU-based research project that will run through September 2015, has developed an experimental software prototype that could help reduce electricity consumption at data centers up to 50 percent and improve the battery life of smart devices. The ENTRA prototype is based on programming semantics that tells programmers how much energy will be used as   …Continue Reading

Branson’s Carbon War Room Merges With Alternative Energy Think Tank

Linda Hardesty

Carbon War Room, the global non-profit organization co-founded by Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson, has merged with alternative energy think tank Rocky Mountain Institute in an effort to combat climate change and accelerate demand and financing for low-carbon solutions that are technically feasible and cost effective today. The merger brings together CWR, a young organization known for   …Continue Reading

UTC, TERI Open Center to Promote Energy Efficient Buildings in India

Linda Hardesty

United Technologies Corporation and The Energy and Resources Institute launched Wednesday a center to encourage the development of energy efficiency buildings in India. UTC and TERI announced plans for the center in October.   The Centre of Excellence for Energy Efficient Buildings opens as the Indian government introduces the Smart City Programme to address the challenge   …Continue Reading

Sempra Energy Snags Top Award for Renewable Energy Production

Linda Hardesty

Sempra US Gas & Power has more than 1,500 megawatts of solar and wind generation in operation and another 308 MW under construction, milestones that helped the company earn the Industry Leadership – Electricity Generation award at the 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards in December. Sempra US Gas & Power has natural gas and renewable   …Continue Reading

TransCentra to Save 25K Annually in Utility Bill Redesign

Linda Hardesty

TransCentra, a bill and payment software and services firm based in Georgia, expects to save more than $25,000 annually through a project implemented by Connexus Energy. Connexus Energy redesigned the company’s billing to use less paper. The annual savings is in addition to about $30,000 in cost reductions realized from the Minnesota utility’s implementation of   …Continue Reading

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