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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

White House Bullish on Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The White House announced a sweeping series of executive actions to advance energy efficiency in the United States as follows: DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network is launching a veterans’ job training pilot project at up to three military bases this fall. The pilot will connect the veteran population with DOE’s network of more than 400   …Continue Reading

Indoor LED Lighting Winners: Cree, Koncept, Finelite, Acuity Brands

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department announced the winners of its sixth annual Next Generation Luminaires design competition for indoor lighting. Four manufacturers, covering four different indoor lighting types, were designated as Best in Class: Koncept (Monrovia, California): Awarded Best in Class for its Mosso Pro LED desk lamp (pictured). Finelite, (Union City, California): Awarded Best in   …Continue Reading

3M, Cisco, Kimberly-Clark Offer Employees Discounts on Solar

Linda Hardesty

A number of businesses, low-income housing authorities, and communities have made the following commitments to increase onsite solar generation, according to a White House announcement. Cisco Systems commits to increase its onsite solar capacity to 2.7 MW worldwide by 2015. Becton, Dickinson and Company commits to add a 630 kW solar installation at its Cayey,   …Continue Reading

CLEAResult buys PECI

Linda Hardesty

Austin, Texas-based CLEAResult, a designer of technology-enabled energy efficiency programs for utilities, governments and businesses, has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of non-profit PECI, headquartered in Portland, Ore. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. CLEAResult says its programs combined with PECI’s will provide a broader array of offerings such as grocery,   …Continue Reading

BGE Customers Save $2B in Energy

Linda Hardesty

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company says that through its BGE Smart Energy Savers Program, customers have achieved $2 billion in energy savings over the lifecycle of the energy efficiency measures installed. The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of offerings to reduce energy usage and demand in support of EmPOWER Maryland’s goal of   …Continue Reading

Schneider Debuts New Cooling Units for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric introduced two new cooling units for large data centers, where higher cooling capacities and optimized efficiency are required. Intended for cloud and colocation facilities, the Uniflair LE HDCV 4500, which occupies the same dimensions and footprint as the 4300 model, and the HDCV 5000 utilize a newly designed coil system and under-floor fan   …Continue Reading

French Utility Picks Elster for 35 Million Smart Meters

Linda Hardesty

ERDF, the public electricity distribution network for 95 percent of continental France, has hired Elster to provide its customers with new smart meters. The Linky project will create a smart metering and communications network replacing 35 million meters in total. The smart meter project will also include development of a new manufacturing facility in France,   …Continue Reading

DOE Awards $23M for 12 Projects to Increase Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy announced expansions of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative and a new initiative to support the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. For the goal of doubling energy productivity, the Department announced a partnership with the Council on Competitiveness and the Alliance to Save Energy to launch Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030,   …Continue Reading

EPA Extends Comment Period for Clean Power Plan

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period on the Clean Power Plan an additional 45 days, from Oct. 16 to Dec. 1, 2014. The agency unveiled its plan in June.  The extension comes following an effort from 53 senators who told EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that the previous 120-day comment period   …Continue Reading

Veolia Manages College’s Central Cogeneration Plant

Linda Hardesty

Veolia North America was awarded a 5-year contract with the South Orange County Community College District to provide operation and maintenance of its central cogeneration plant at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. Following a competitive bid process, Veolia was selected to operate and maintain the central plant, including power generation equipment, the chilled and   …Continue Reading

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