Drought Roils California Energy Landscape

Carl Weinschenk

The ongoing drought in California is producing at least one winner: Power companies. The lack of surface water is causing fruit and vegetable growers to increasingly rely on underground supplies. Accessing these sources – which can be 3,000 feet below the surface — requires much more power than when it is on the surface, according   …Continue Reading

GRESB Report Shows Progress in Real Estate Energy Practices

Carl Weinschenk

The GRESB Report for 2015 showed that the real estate sector it assesses – 61,000 assets worldwide worth $2.3 trillion – achieved a 3 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 50 percent increase in on-site renewable energy generation and a 19 percent improvement in overall ESG performance, according to the organization. The report from   …Continue Reading

Singapore Commercial Building Energy Use Slows

Carl Weinschenk

The Singapore Building and Construction Authority has published the second edition of its commercial building bench marking report. The report includes two-year’s worth of data from 1,018 buildings. The top level findings, according to Eco-Business, are that energy performance improved last year compared to 2013 as measured by the average Energy Use per unit GFA,   …Continue Reading

Enterprise, Alabama, Gradually Upgrading School Energy

Carl Weinschenk

The Enterprise (AL) Board of Education last week passed an updated five year capital plan. The state of Alabama requests the updates annually, according to the Southeast Sun. In 2016, new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems will be upgraded in the Dauphin Junior High School. That project, which will include replacement of all air   …Continue Reading

Meter Analytics Firm Aquicore Gets Seed Money

Carl Weinschenk

Aquicore, a company that increase meter intelligence, has gotten $3.1 million in seed money from the 1776 Seed Fund of Washington, D.C. Aquicore partners with meter manufacturers to help building managers access the data, which can be monitored and analyzed. The company doesn’t partner with utilities, but it can help them achieve their energy efficiency   …Continue Reading

The NHL Gets an Assist on Arena LED Deployment

Carl Weinschenk

LEDs will be installed at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA, in anticipation of the Kraft Hockeyville USA festivities, which will feature a September 29th preseason hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The initiative is being mounted by the National Hockey League and Constellation, its official energy   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage Sector Booming

Carl Weinschenk

The energy storage business is booming, according to The U.S. Energy Storage Monitor Report. The report, which published quarter by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association, said that during the second quarter deployments increased by six-fold compared to the previous quarter. A total of 40.7 mW of energy storage was deployed, according to a   …Continue Reading

2015 Solar Gen Is 31 Times Higher Than 2005

Karen Henry

Electricity output of US utility-scale solar generators in June 2015 was 31 times higher than the level in June 2005, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Solar generation from utility-scale facilities hit a monthly record high of 2,765 GWh in June 2015, which represents a year-over-year increase of 35.8 percent relative to June   …Continue Reading

Aspen Now 100% Powered by Renewable Resources

Carl Weinschenk

Aspen, CO, became the third city in the country to run completely on renewable energy when officials signed a contract with the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, a wholesale electric energy provider, according to The Aspen Times. Until that signing, the city had run on 75 percent to 80 percent renewable. Aspen gets wind from   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency: Building Owners Increasingly “Get It”

Carl Weinschenk

Building owners are embracing energy efficiency to reduce energy and operational costs, according to a commentary from the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester, LLP posted at Lexology. The writers cited a survey and analysis by Deloitte that found that 79 percent of building managers see reducing electricity costs as a key to “maintaining a competitive   …Continue Reading