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The New Utility Bill Cheat Sheet

Shira Weintraub

When you receive your company’s utility bills each month, there are probably two data elements that catch your eye immediately: total payment due and due date. However, some utility bills can include more than 150 different components, many of which are often overlooked. Here, we identify and describe some common, yet often ignored, utility bill   …Continue Reading


Not So Fast: Energy Benchmarking in Kansas City

Linda Hardesty

Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James is sponsoring an ordinance to require mandatory energy benchmarking in the city, but he is getting blowback from building owners, reports the Kansas City Star. Building owners are voicing their opposition to the plan via the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Metropolitan Kansas City, which represents commercial buildings. A   …Continue Reading


Home Depot Sells Philips 60-W LED Equivalent for $4.97

Linda Hardesty

At the beginning of May, The Home Depot will sell a Philips 60-watt LED equivalent bulb that costs $4.97 without utility rebates. The Philips LED bulb uses 8.5 watts of power. Philips will promote the bulb at The Home Depot in a two-for-one pack for the first 90 days, or while supplies last. The 60-watt   …Continue Reading


Shared Solar Could Significantly Expand Solar PV Market

Karen Henry

If federal, state and local policies institute a supportive regulatory environment, shared solar could expand the potential customer base for solar PV to 100 percent of homes and businesses, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL estimates that 49 percent of households and 48 percent of businesses are currently   …Continue Reading


Barriers Exist to Demand Response in US

Linda Hardesty

Currently, the majority of the demand response activity in the world is taking place in the United States, according to a report from Navigant Research, “Demand Response Enabling Technologies.” This leadership position will erode over the next 10 years, however, as all international regions start or expand demand response programs. The largest growth will occur   …Continue Reading


Berkeley Lab, NTU Singapore Collaborate for Energy Technologies

Linda Hardesty

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will jointly develop technologies for energy efficiency and sustainable development in the tropics. They will collaborate on research in various areas of energy-efficiency for buildings, renewable energy generation and storage, and smart grids. The five-year partnership will work to overcome specific environmental challenges faced   …Continue Reading


Wastewater Agency Implements Submetering, Joins Better Plants Challenge

Linda Hardesty

The Bucks County Water and Sewer Agency (BCWSA), a regional water/wastewater treatment authority in the Philadelphia area, has signed up as a DOE Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partner to implement a corporate-wide, energy efficiency program at eight of its largest facilities. Under the program BCWSA has set a goal to improve corporate energy intensity   …Continue Reading


LEDs Light Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Linda Hardesty

OSRAM SYLVANIA donated and installed more than 1,000 LED lamps to retrofit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. The installation will allow the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and its sustainable energy partner, Big Green Zero, to reduce its energy expenses and carbon footprint, as well as provide public education about the potential for reducing energy waste   …Continue Reading


LAX Commissions New $438M Central Utilities Plant

Linda Hardesty

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) opened its new 75,000 square foot, $438 million Central Utilities Plant (CUP). The new LAX CUP replaces the 50-year-old existing CUP with a more modern and efficient facility. Considered the first sustainable utility plant at any US Airport, the LAX CUP is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification and will   …Continue Reading


International Paper Receives Trucked Compressed Natural Gas

Linda Hardesty

NG Advantage will truck compressed natural gas (CNG) to International Paper’s Ticonderoga, New York, mill. NG Advantage will use its “virtual pipeline,” which consists of compressor stations located on natural gas pipelines, a fleet of specially designed carbon fiber CNG trailers, and off-loading and monitoring equipment, which NG Advantage is installing at the mill. Deliveries   …Continue Reading