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Four Utility Trends to Watch as Alternative Energy Solutions Gain Traction

Swapnil Shah

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama underscored the mounting prevalence of a full portfolio of energy solutions including alternative energy, like solar. In view of the diversification of consumer energy options, the utility industry finds itself at a pivotal inflection point and we are beginning to see major shifts in how   …Continue Reading


Reducing Standby Mode for Elevators Saves Energy

Linda Hardesty

Elevators and escalators use only 2-5 percent of the energy in most buildings, but can reach as high as 50 percent during peak operational times, according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The “Advancing Elevator Energy Efficiency” report was published with the support of UTC Building & Industrial   …Continue Reading


Roanoke Achieves 16% Energy Savings Since 2009

Linda Hardesty

The city of Roanoke, Va., through the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, has committed to 20 percent savings by 2020 across more than 25 buildings, covering one million square feet. Roanoke has already achieved 16 percent energy savings since 2009, and its Better Buildings Challenge showcase project, a retrofit of the Berglund Center, is expected to   …Continue Reading


Schneider Adds Power Manager to SmartStruxure

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric has added monitoring and management of electrical systems to its SmartStruxure product. Specifically, Power Manager for SmartStruxure adds power monitoring and energy accounting capabilities. Available features of Power Manager include: Configurable dashboards. Comprehensive energy usage reports. Electrical network health summaries. Direct access to power meter data. Power system engineer views. Support for all   …Continue Reading


NutriLED Helps Plants Thrive, Saves Energy

Linda Hardesty

Hubbell Lighting’s NutriLED provides spectrally-tuned light to optimize growth and germination for indoor horticulture operations. Plants only absorb the blue wavelength and red wavelength portion of light, not utilizing any of the other wavelengths. NutriLED’s blend of red and blue wavelengths and light intensities for chlorophyll absorption means there is virtually no wasted energy producing   …Continue Reading


New Technology Saves Water, Generates Energy

Karen Henry

The University of Arizona (UA), in collaboration with RePower Design, has developed a new technology that slows the evaporation of water from mining tailings ponds and reservoirs, while simultaneously generating solar energy, reports Mining Innovation News. Called Hexocover, the technology consists of modular floating hexagonal plastic panels that can be linked together to cover over   …Continue Reading


Rockstart Selects 2015 Smart Energy Accelerator Startups

Karen Henry

Rockstart has selected the following nine startups for its 2015 Smart Energy Accelerator program, a 180-day intensive program designed to help early stage smart energy companies go to market faster by providing funding, mentorship and investment connections: P3 makes it easier for people to generate energy within their own communities. The UK-based startup makes it possible   …Continue Reading


PHG Energy Acquires Gasification Plant from MaxWest

Linda Hardesty

PHG Energy (PHGE) of Nashville has acquired multiple intellectual property assets and a municipal gasification plant in the bankruptcy of Florida-based MaxWest Environmental Systems. PHGE says the acquisition will enhance its ability to diversify its offerings in the waste-to-energy marketplace and that MaxWest had made a significant investment in development of new technology to cleanly   …Continue Reading


LED Lights Installed In Super Bowl Venue

Linda Hardesty

In 2014, Ephesus Lighting installed its Stadium Series LED lighting system at the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals. University of Phoenix Stadium was the first NFL stadium to be lit by LED lighting, and will also be hosting the upcoming Super Bowl.


Retail Energy Shopping Website Planned in Massachusetts

Josh Kessler

In December, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities announced its intention to create a web portal to compare retail energy offerings from different providers. DPU has suggested that the portal would include information on pricing and terms, energy characteristics (e.g., renewable percentage), fees, and other relevant product characteristics. The Department has now directed retail electric providers   …Continue Reading


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