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Cooling System Eliminates Chemicals by ‘Pulsing’ the Water

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry installed a new cooling system at the Chelan County Courthouse in Wenatchee, Washington, which will eliminate chemicals from entering the city’s wastewater. The old cooling system at the courthouse relied on an aging cooling tower that was requiring increasing maintenance costs and was near failure. The County Commissioners authorized McKinstry to proactively replace the   …Continue Reading


Ensuring Renewable Energy Goals Become a Reality in the Caribbean

Al Maiorino

The islands of the Caribbean are not only some of the most popular tourist destinations, but they are also economically and ecologically diverse regions with growing energy needs. The strength of each island’s tourism industry, which comprises a large portion their gross domestic product, is largely supported by the beautiful ecology that attracts visitors to   …Continue Reading


Dunkin’ Donuts Distributor Updates with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

National DCP, the purchasing cooperative that serves more than 7,000 Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise owners, tapped Energy Source of Providence, Rhode Island, for a facility lighting redesign to save energy. The project at National DCP, which took about 5 weeks to complete, consisted of the removal of inefficient high intensity fluorescents and a schematic re-design and   …Continue Reading


Grid Forecasting Tool Combines 5 Different Models

Linda Hardesty

A new tool that forecasts future electricity needs has been developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Performance of the Power Model Integrator tool was tested against five commonly used forecasting models processing a year’s worth of historical power system data. “For forecasts one-to-four hours out, we saw a   …Continue Reading


Verizon Introduces Smart Energy-as-a-Service

Karen Henry

Verizon has announced Grid Wide Utility Solutions, a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform that provides utility companies with an integrated system for smart metering, demand response, meter data management and distribution monitoring and control. Grid Wide comes with a range of cloud-based applications intended to help utility companies drive incremental revenue, reduce operating costs, increase   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Saves $750,000 per Year for Civic Center

Linda Hardesty

The New York Power Authority and Monroe County, New York, completed a $15.2 million energy efficiency project at the Monroe County Civic Center that will save more than $750,000 in annual energy costs. The upgrades at the Rochester facility are being carried out under Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, a statewide initiative to increase energy   …Continue Reading


Biomass Supplements Output of Geothermal Power Plant

Linda Hardesty

Enel Green Power has brought online a biomass plant to heat geothermal steam at the Cornia 2 geothermal power plant in Tuscany, Italy. The project will increase both the energy efficiency and the power output of the geothermal cycle. A small power plant fueled by forest biomass sourced from within a radius of 70 km   …Continue Reading


Schneider Uniflair LE Room Cooling Series Receives DOE Certification for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric’s Uniflair LE Room Cooling series for data centers has received the Department of Energy’s certification for energy efficiency. The Uniflair LE uses highly efficient electronically commutated (EC) fans, intelligent controls and optimization during part-load operation. The Uniflair LE perimeter units provide efficient cooling for any data center environment. And the Uniflair LE Precision   …Continue Reading


Direct Current Powers Building

Linda Hardesty

Adolfson & Peterson Construction is beginning Phase I of a project to redevelop the city of Fort Collins, Colorado’s municipal services complex. The first project is the erection of a new 3-story, 37,500-sq-foot Utilities Administration Building that will rely on Direct Current Power, as opposed to traditional Alternating Current. This will make the building unique   …Continue Reading


Honeywell Acquires Elster for $5.1B

Linda Hardesty

Honeywell signed an agreement to acquire the Elster Division of Melrose Industries for about $5.1 billion. Elster is a provider of thermal gas systems for commercial, industrial and residential heating systems as well as being a provider of gas, water and electricity meters. Honeywell says during the past decade, it has completed more than 80   …Continue Reading