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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


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


Top 5 Ways to Save With AC

Linda Hardesty

Direct Energy recommends five ways for residential customers to save on their air conditioning costs, and these tips can be applied to small businesses, as well. 1. Clean air filters monthly. Replacing a clogged or dirty filter can lower energy use by 5-15 percent. 2. Get a tune-up. An HVAC system needs regular maintenance. Tune-ups   …Continue Reading


Geothermal, Chilled Beam Save School 35% on Energy Bill

Linda Hardesty

The new 300,000-sq-foot George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky., uses a geothermal-based chilled water loop combined with SEMCO chilled beams and dedicated outdoor air systems for its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The building is recording 35 percent less monthly utility costs versus the 30 percent smaller conventional high school it   …Continue Reading


Schneider Wins Energy Upgrade Contract for 27 School Sites

Linda Hardesty

Vista Unified School District became the third of San Diego County’s 42 school districts to have its Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plan approved by the California Energy Commission. Vista Unified School District will receive $4.7 million that will be used for a variety of energy efficiency retrofits including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) replacements, programmable   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Completes Retrofit of Rural Schools

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry completed a retrofit of the middle school and high school for Salem R80 School District in Salem, Mo. Both schools received safety and security upgrades, new classrooms to eliminate mobile classrooms, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades. The project was made possible by a voter-approved $4.5 million bond issue. Construction and renovations   …Continue Reading


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