Federal Agencies Scramble to Meet Renewables Target

Federal Agencies Scramble to Meet Renewables Target

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 … Read more…

Hilton Austin Conducts $22M Renovation with Networked Energy Management

Hilton Austin Conducts $22M Renovation with Networked Energy Management

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 … Read more…

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

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

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 … Read more…

Envision Solar, ChargePoint Partner for EV Charging

Envision Solar, ChargePoint Partner for EV Charging

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 … Read more…

Sundance Film Festival Theater Goes Solar

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 … Read more…

Top IT Companies Source 14% of Their Energy from Renewables

Top IT Companies Source 14% of Their Energy from Renewables

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). … Read more…

National Lab Opens New Systems Engineering Building

National Lab Opens New Systems Engineering Building

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 … Read more…

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

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

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). … Read more…

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