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College Cuts Electricity Costs, Reduces Fatal Bird Collisions

Karen Henry

By installing bird-friendly film over highly reflective, heat-conducting glass, Atlantic Cape Community College’s Cape May County Campus in NJ has reduced its cooling costs and the number of fatal bird collisions at the same time. The dual problems began immediately after the college’s Cape May County Campus was established in 2005. Atlantic Cape decided to   …Continue Reading


Wisconsin Schools Use Energy Savings Guarantees

Karen Henry

A change in Wisconsin state law that allows school districts to borrow outside of their revenue caps for energy efficiency projects is helping budget-strapped schools to make facility improvements while increasing their energy efficiency at the same time, according to an article in the Fon du Lac Reporter. Facility maintenance is often the first thing   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Secures $5.3M in Prop 39 Funding

Karen Henry

The California Energy Commission has approved $5.3 million in Proposition 39 funding for Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. The funding—the largest Prop 39 allocation to date—is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to implement energy efficiency projects at the district’s four high schools. Hacienda La Puente USD has partnered with Schneider Electric   …Continue Reading


Curved LED Reduces Glare on Computer Screens

Linda Hardesty

Alera Lighting launched the Curv LED to reduce electronic screen glare from lighting in work environments. The Curv LED’s indirect distribution places light on ceilings and walls, minimizing reflections on the glossy screens of laptops, tablets and smartphones. The fixture’s curve-shaped housing is designed to wrap around an inner die cast plate at each end.   …Continue Reading


NY Building Cuts Energy 29%, Uses 10-Year Financing Scheme

Linda Hardesty

SCIenergy is finalizing a $3.6 million project at 125 Maiden Lane in New York City that is expected to cut energy consumption by 29.5 percent. The project will be entirely paid for through energy savings via SCIenergy’s Managed Energy Services Contract (MESA). Under MESA, the building’s owner – real estate firm Time Equities – will   …Continue Reading


Direct Energy Sells Ontario Water Heater Business

Linda Hardesty

Direct Energy is selling its Direct Energy-branded home and small commercial services business in Ontario to EnerCare for $550 million (CAD). Direct Energy and EnerCare have jointly served more than one million customers in Ontario for more than 12 years. EnerCare owns the water heater assets, while Direct Energy provides services and manages the customer relationships.   …Continue Reading


DOE Invests $6M to Support Building Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. The projects will generate data, case studies and information intended to help commercial building owners adopt new energy efficient technologies, including advanced ventilation, building energy use optimization software,   …Continue Reading


City Reduces Sports Field Lighting Fixtures by 50%

Linda Hardesty

City leaders in Vestavia Hills, Ala., report that replacement of outdated lighting with highly efficient illumination at the city’s sports fields, pool and tennis courts is generating a nearly 50 percent decrease in energy usage. Leaders anticipate that the more efficient lighting systems could potentially reduce maintenance costs by up to $5,000 a month. Prior   …Continue Reading


Wisconsin School District Exceeds Anticipated Energy Savings

Karen Henry

An energy savings project completed at the School District of Osceola, Wis., in 2013 with McKinstry is outperforming the results guaranteed by the company by more than 11 percent in its first year. The school district hired McKinstry in December 2012 under an Act 32 Energy Efficiency Revenue Limit Exemption, which enables school districts to afford   …Continue Reading


Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Can Save 75% on Energy Bills

Linda Hardesty

The HL Turner Group has been awarded US Patent No. 8,733,429 for its high efficiency E-Max Hybrid solar-geothermal heating and/or cooling system design, which the company says can yield geothermal system performances upwards of a 7.5 effective Coefficient of Performance, about twice that of conventional geothermal applications. Actual net energy cost reductions of up to   …Continue Reading


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