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Cree LED Fits Halogen MR16 Sockets

Linda Hardesty

Cree’s new MR16 Series LED lamps are designed for global compatibility with virtually all existing sockets of traditional 50-watt halogen MR16 lamps. With a suggested retail price of $25, Cree MR16 TrueWhite LED lamps consume up to 83 percent less energy and are designed to meet Energy Star qualification to deliver a rapid payback of   …Continue Reading


Siemens Wins $11M US Geological Survey ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Siemens Government Technologies has been awarded an $11 million Task Order by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to implement energy conservation measures at three of its facilities: National Center (Reston, Va.); Columbia Environmental Research Center (Columbia, Mo.); and the Western Fisheries Research Center (Seattle). Under the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), an IDIQ contract   …Continue Reading


Water-Cooled Chiller Available with Adaptive Frequency Drive

Linda Hardesty

Trane’s Optimus helical rotary water-cooled chiller is now available with the Trane Adaptive Frequency drive (AFD), which adjusts motor speed based on demand to reduce energy consumption. The Optimus chillers have cooling capacities ranging from 150 to 430 tons, making them economical for commercial buildings, high-occupancy schools, hospitals and hotels. The Optimus water-cooled chiller delivers   …Continue Reading


Alabama School System Reduces Energy Costs 22%

Linda Hardesty

Limestone County School System in Alabama hired Schneider Electric to conduct energy upgrades to all of its 14 campuses in the county. The school system will set the state standard for energy efficiency, as the project will reduce utility costs for the system by 22 percent. The majority of the funding for the renovations will   …Continue Reading


Ace Hardware Deploys Digital Lumens LED System

Linda Hardesty

Ace Hardware upgraded the lighting in areas of its 1-million-sq-foot Rocklin, Calif., retail support center to the Digital Lumens’ Intelligent LED Lighting System, and since implementing the upgrade in October 2013, Ace Hardware saved an average of 81 percent on its lighting-related energy use. According to Ace Hardware, lighting is its single biggest energy warehousing   …Continue Reading


Cree Invests $83M in Lextar

Linda Hardesty

Cree is making an $83 million investment in Taiwan-based Lextar Electronics, and the companies will enter into a supply agreement for sapphire-based LED chips. Upon closing of the investment, Cree will own about 13 percent of Lextar. The companies say Lextar has established a strong technology position and customer base in the mid-power backlighting LED   …Continue Reading


Canadian Condominium Complex to Plug into City’s District Energy System

Karen Henry

An 18-story condominium complex slated for construction in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, will be the first residential building to hook up to the Galt District Energy System, according to an article in the Guelph Mercury. Plugging into the shared energy network will eliminate the need for the River Mill Condominium complex to install a furnace, boiler,   …Continue Reading


ISO 50001 Helps Canadian IBM Plant Saves $502,000 Per Year

Linda Hardesty

IBM’s only manufacturing plant in Canada – the Bromont plant – is ISO 50001 certified and, in 2013, saved $502,000 in energy savings from 36 projects. In August 2012, the Bromont team volunteered to be a pilot IBM plant to achieve ISO 50001 certification. To attain the energy management certification, IBM Bromont developed performance indicators linked   …Continue Reading


NIST Converts Lab to Test Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Technologies

Karen Henry

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is converting one of its laboratories into the equivalent of a small office building to develop and test smart software technologies designed to slash energy use in commercial buildings. NIST figures that energy-eating operations such as heating, cooling, lighting and powering plug-in equipment can be accomplished more   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Programs Saves New Jersey School District $1M a Year

Karen Henry

Honeywell is leading an energy savings improvement program for New Jersey-based Hillsborough Township Public Schools to help boost energy efficiency in the district’s facilities. When complete, the upgrades are expected to cut the district’s energy use by almost 50 percent and reduce the school district’s annual operating costs by about $1 million. The school district will   …Continue Reading


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