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Author Archives: Linda Hardesty

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

30% of Industrial Lights Are Too Difficult to Replace

Linda Hardesty

According to Eaton, nearly one-third of all lights in industrial facilities are burnt out, but they’re too high or otherwise difficult to replace. In addition, 34 percent of all electrical incidents at industrial facilities are related to lighting. For these reasons, Eaton created the V-Spring Telescoping Light Pole from its Crouse-Hinds business. The pole enables   …Continue Reading

Trane Outdoor Air Product Line Deals with Humidity Problems

Linda Hardesty

Trane commercial expanded its Horizon Outdoor Air Units (OAU) product line. The Horizon OAU series uses a technology, addressing the occupant health, property damage and energy efficiency problems associated with using untreated outside air to supply building ventilation needs. Trane has completely redesigned the 10- to 30-ton platform to deliver 100-percent outdoor air without associated   …Continue Reading

PRES Energy Uses Pritchett Controls’ Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

PRES Energy, a national real estate services company, has partnered with Pritchett Controls for the delivery of energy management systems (EMS) for PRES Energy customers across the US. Pritchett will rely on fellow members of InsideIQ, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, to provide local support to PRES Energy customers. PRES Energy wanted   …Continue Reading

Norwegian Pension Fund Divests from Coal

Linda Hardesty

Norway’s largest manager of pension funds, KLP, is totally divesting from coal companies and instead investing about $75 million in renewable energy companies, reports KLP is Norway’s second largest investment company, ranking only behind the country’s “oil fund.” The decision means KLP will drop 20-30 companies from its portfolio of about 3,000 companies. “We’re   …Continue Reading

Plug Load Company Grows in Hawaii

Linda Hardesty

Honolulu-based Ibis Networks offers a plug load management system for enterprises, and the company says it is expanding its workforce to 14 to keep up with new customers in Hawaii, reports Pacific Business News. Ibis says plug-load energy efficiency is a numbers game, and that up to 50 percent of energy use in commercial buildings   …Continue Reading

NREL Conducts Tests with SolarCity, Hawaiian Electric

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at   …Continue Reading

ONEnergy Acquires AVACOS Clean Energy

Linda Hardesty

ONEnergy has acquired substantially all of the assets of AVACOS Clean Energy for $1.73 million. AVACOS is a Toronto, Ontario-based provider of energy generation and energy efficiency products and services including LED lighting retrofits, commercial solar PV systems and building envelope upgrades. ONEnergy’s Sunwave Energy Efficiency business has been working in partnership with AVACOS since   …Continue Reading

Disturbing Reasons Google Stopped Renewables R&D

Linda Hardesty

An article in Spectrum IEEE explained why Google backed off a research and development project it began in 2007 known as RE<C, which aimed to produce a gigawatt of renewable power more cheaply than a coal-fired power plant could. RE<C research projects included such technologies as self-assembling wind turbine towers, drilling systems for geothermal energy   …Continue Reading

GBI, STEP Work on Standards-Based Communications for Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

The STEP Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing benchmarks in the built environment, and the Green Building Initiative (GBI), a nonprofit committed to accelerating sustainable building practices, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on a variety of issues, including development of joint standards for sustainable information communication technologies (ICT). Jerry Yudelson, president   …Continue Reading

GDF SUEZ Tests Eos Energy Storage System

Linda Hardesty

European power producer GDF SUEZ has purchased Eos Energy Storage’s zinc hybrid cathode (Znyth) battery system. The sale marks the next phase in Eos’s pilot demonstration program, after third-party testing with DNV GL, and sets the stage for commercial deployment in European markets. Eos’s Znyth storage product, the Aurora, is a containerized MW-scale DC battery   …Continue Reading

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