Solutions to Help Reach Building Energy Management Goals

Matt Gates

This article is sponsored by Trane. Improving the performance of commercial buildings is more important than ever. Shrinking budgets, limited staff resources and increasing sustainability and environmental goals are among the challenges that may play a role in the pressure to improve building performance. There are building energy management systems (BEMS) that can help address these challenges and deliver   …Continue Reading

BrandSmart Uses PACE Financing to Upgrade

Carl Weinschenk

Home appliance and electronics retailer BrandsSmart has secured low cost Property Assisted Clean Energy (PACE) financing for an energy-efficiency retrofit of its West Palm Beach, FL, store. The company is working through the Florida Green Energy Works Program on the project. ABM Building and Energy Solutions will manage the upgrade, according to ABM. The financing, through a private investor,   …Continue Reading

GE’s Current Offers Energy-as-a-Service

Carl Weinschenk

GE yesterday announced Current. The company will integrate GE’s LED, solar, storage and electric vehicle businesses on the Predix digital analytics platform.  The new company will provide energy-as-a-service via a Predix-driven network of Internet-of-things (IoT) sensor-enabled hardware and software. Fulfillment, product management and financing solutions will be offered. The goal, according to a quote from   …Continue Reading

ERC: Electricity Price Trends for the Week Ending October 2

Jim Moore

Short-Term Price Benchmark* Trends Moving to a prompt month of November, last week’s power price benchmarks fell again by a full percent (-0.96 percent), and by two percent (-1.97 percent) compared to a month ago. Retail electricity prices have now declined for the three weeks in a row. The biggest decline last week was in   …Continue Reading

Panasonic Develops Highly Efficient Photovoltaic Module

Carl Weinschenk

Panasonic’s Eco Solutions’ HIT N330 photovoltaic module offers 19.7 percent module level efficiency and a nominal power out of 330 watts. The 96-cell module returns about 27 percent more peak-power compared to legacy 260 watt multcrystaline modules. The HIT N330, which will be available in Europe in March, is being introduced at Solar Energy UK,   …Continue Reading

Energy Source Provides LEDs to WNA

Carl Weinschenk

Revolution Lighting Technologies’ division Energy Source announced that it has retrofitted two facilities for tableware manufacturer WNA with LEDs.  The expected energy savings  is 1 million kWh and $110,000 annually. Energy Source, as a NationalGrid Project Expeditor, received $400,000 in incentives. This reduced payback to one year. The two facilities, in Chelmsford, MA, occupy a total   …Continue Reading

LDS Church Lauded by Rocky Mountain Power

Carl Weinschenk

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business Partner of the Year in the Wasatch Front, according to The Deseret News. Since partnering with Rocky Mountain Power in 2007, the LDS Church has saved more than 16 million kilowatt hours of energy, which the story says is enough to   …Continue Reading

Energy Stats for Boston Buildings Online

Carl Weinschenk

Energy metrics for buildings in Boston now are available, according to The Daily Free Press. The website, which was created by Greenovate Boston, will help link building management to energy efficiency incentives and financing programs that are available to them. The story says that large buildings are responsible for about half the greenhouse gas emissions   …Continue Reading

Bowling Green University Tabs Cree for Field House LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

Bowling Green University is using LEDs from Cree to replace metal halide lighting fixtures in its Perry Field House. The playing field, which measures 100 yards by 60 yards, now is lit by Cree CXB High-Bay LED luminaires. The changeover is saving the school, which is in Bowling Green, Ohio, more than $200,000 in energy   …Continue Reading

Tarrant County College Opens its $42M Energy Training Center

Carl Weinschenk

Tarrant County College has opened a $42 million energy training center. The 87,000-square-building in Fort Worth, TX, is said by officials to be the largest such facility in the country. The story says that the goal is to train workers for several industries, including oil and gas, renewable energy and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and   …Continue Reading

The Tie Between Cyber Security and Energy Management

Carl Weinschenk

A feature at Chain Store Age makes the point that corporate security and energy management initiatives and technology have a lot in common and can be implemented in tandem. New software that uses private or public/private hybrid clouds to support energy management and security software can simultaneously increase data safety and “significantly” cut energy costs. The writer cites   …Continue Reading