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Flying High: Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Airports

Carl Weinschenk

Airports are boring places for people waiting for delayed flights or in long lines at security checkpoints. Among many other groups, including kids with dreams of Disney (or grandma), inveterate travelers – and energy managers – airports are dramatic places to spend time. Airports are unique places for energy managers. David Bannard, a partner in the law firm   …Continue Reading


Want a Green and Energy Conscious Business? Try These Ideas

Ken Silverstein

Companies intent on going green and saving energy should look to their leaders — the ones who are at the top of the organization and who send off signals to both their employees and the general public by the things they do. That’s according to Environmental Protection, an online publication, which says that chief executives   …Continue Reading


Saving Energy – In the Restroom

Carl Weinschenk

Many efficiencies can be found by energy managers – in the restroom. More specifically, the choice between paper towels and electric hand dryers is important to an organization. World Dryer President Dan Storto points out that the cost of paper towels is rising and that a new generation of hand dryers is highly efficient. Thus, organizations   …Continue Reading


Westerly, RI, Making Moves to Improve Municipal Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Westerly, RI, is using $1.6 million in low interest state loans to transition to LED streetlights and make energy efficiency upgrades to the town hall, the police station and department of public works complex. The Westerly Sun reports that the loans are from the Infrastructure Bank Efficient Building Loan Fund. The fund is administered by the Clean Water   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Looks at Energy Efficiency in a World Without Price Tags

Carl Weinschenk

All of us – including energy managers – live in a world in which decisions are based on multiple variables. Pluses and minuses are compared and contrasted and a final determination is made. ASHRAE has just released news of what seems to be a very valuable exercise that looked at energy efficiency initiatives a bit   …Continue Reading


Trane to Upgrade Historic Buildings in NY Metro

Carl Weinschenk

Trane, which is a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for work at ten facilities in New York City and the surrounding area. The value of the contract potentially could reach $114 million, according to Government Contracting News Wire. The company will update building automation   …Continue Reading


RAB Introduces Lightcloud

Carl Weinschenk

RAB Lighting has introduced Lightcloud, a commercial wireless lighting control system that is managed from the cloud. The company says that Lightcloud can cut costs by as much as 68 percent and pay for itself in as little as six months. It uses energy measuring, tracking and reporting to help achieve the savings and payback   …Continue Reading


Cogeneration Platform Saves Money, Adds Reliability for Brooklyn Beer Distributor

Carl Weinschenk

On the picturesque Brooklyn, NY, waterfront, an increasingly common alternative to traditional powering — cogeneration — is working, and working well. In fact, the only time it stopped was when the equipment was partially submerged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Manhattan Beer Distributors – formerly Phoenix Beverages – has tremendous power needs. Keeping beer cool is   …Continue Reading


Analyzing Buildings for Energy Efficient Retrofits Can be Practical, MIT Says

Ken Silverstein

Want to know which buildings will get the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to retrofitting for energy efficiencies? Some MIT professors think they have the right tool, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Marta González and Franz-Josef Ulm are MIT professors of civil and environmental engineering, as well as Mohammad Javad Abdolhosseini   …Continue Reading


Revolution Lighting Chosen for Des Moines University LED Upgrade

Carl Weinschenk

Des Moines University has selected Revolution Lighting Technologies for an LED retrofit of its eight campus buildings. The university, which is in the city of the same name in Iowa, is an osteopathic medical and health sciences institution.  The buildings will be outfitted with T8 SEP LED tubes which, the company says, have a return-on-investment   …Continue Reading


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