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18 Organizations Recognized for Cutting Parking Facility Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

The Better Buildings Alliance’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign recognized 18 organizations for efficient outdoor lighting. In the past year, these organizations have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 470 million square feet of parking space – cutting energy use on average by 60 percent. Altogether, 2014 and 2015 LEEP award   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Updates Lighting and Controls Guidelines

Karen Henry

ASHRAE’s ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was released in November 2014. The lighting and controls aspect, which relates to energy efficiency, light pollution, daylighting and occupant lighting control is based on ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013 but includes a number of modifications. An article in the June issue   …Continue Reading


RI Town Begins $620,000 Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

ADI Energy, a National Grid Project Expeditor, is working with the City of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on an energy efficiency program, including energy retrofits at the city hall and the library as well as energy efficient ornamental street lighting. Under the $620,000 project, the city will save over $1.2 million over a 10-year period without   …Continue Reading


Don’t Write Off Energy Efficiency. It’s Just about to Have Its Day.

Matt Golden

About a week ago, economists from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley released a study that called into question the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency. The study was based on the team’s analysis of energy savings shortfalls in the Michigan low income Weatherization Assistance Program. Since then, a host of articles have used the   …Continue Reading


Businesses Offered ‘Instant Rebates’ from Utility

Linda Hardesty

Hawaii Energy launched a Lighting Distributor Instant Rebate program to provide businesses, and the contractors who serve them, instant lighting rebates (as much as 75 percent of costs) at the time of purchase. Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, developed the program to help contractors and   …Continue Reading


Rocky Mountain Institute Provides Energy Retrofit Course

Linda Hardesty

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) are developing a series of interactive, scenario-based online courses based on RMI’s practice guide, Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide for Investors. The first in the three-course series “Enhancing Property Value with Deep Retrofits” is now available online. This course enables real estate   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards $600,000 for Building Energy Efficiency Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency. Each selected project for the Building University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) awards will receive $200,000 in funding; more than 50 percent of expenditures in each project will be   …Continue Reading


3Degrees Helps Companies Procure Renewables

Linda Hardesty

3Degrees launched Renewable Energy Procurement – a service to help business clients source green energy directly from projects through long or short term agreements. The service is a culmination of work that 3Degrees has done over the past several years with a number of key clients, helping them explore new opportunities to access renewable energy   …Continue Reading


Roadway LED Can be Dimmed

Linda Hardesty

Eaton added another energy-efficient product to its street lighting line – the Streetworks Verdeon LED roadway luminaire. An optional National Electrical Manufacturers Association 7-pin photocontrol receptacle enables wireless dimming when used with a compatible photocontrol. The product is also available with a dimming motion control option. The Verdeon provides energy savings up to 50 percent   …Continue Reading


44 Companies Apply to Manage OSU Energy

Linda Hardesty

Ohio State University said last fall that it was considering leasing the management of its utilities and lighting systems to an outside company. Buildings on the Columbus campus need at least $250 million in energy efficiency improvements. Now, Columbus Business First reports that OSU has received more responses than expected from companies wanting to work   …Continue Reading