Energy Manager Today Product & Project of the Year Award Winners Announced

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today announces the winners of the first annual Energy Manager Today Awards, a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with significant energy management benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved energy management and increased the bottom line. You can download the report here. The following companies won Product of the   …Continue Reading

Mobility, The IoT Gradually Transform HVAC

Carl Weinschenk

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning – HVAC – has such a ubiquitous impact on energy usage and management that it has a tendency to hide in plain sight. For insiders, of course, it is a field that constantly evolves. Current events in HVAC have, in one way or another, ties with the emergence of mobility   …Continue Reading

CMU Energy Efficiency Efforts Save $10M in 7 Years

Carl Weinschenk

Energy efficiency efforts at Central Michigan University, which is in Mount Pleasant, have resulted in savings of $10.8 million since 2008. Central Michigan Life says that despite the savings, the school’s carbon foot print has increased by 24 percent during that period – from 87,439 metric tons in 2008 to 108,972 metric tons last year.   …Continue Reading

Honeywell Upgrading Rock Island Arsenal Garrison

Carl Weinschenk

The Rock Island Arsenal Garrison is being modernized by Honeywell. The vendor and the facility in Rock Island, IL – the largest government-owned and operated arsenal in the United States, according to American City and County – has entered into a $22.4 million, 15-year Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to replace coal-fired heating with high-efficiency   …Continue Reading

A Simple Fix to Save Energy in NYC

Carl Weinschenk

Energy Efficiency for All has released a report finding that a few steps can move New York City a long way towards achieving Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of cutting gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. The New York Times suggests that a big problem is that steam heat in buildings is set to keep the   …Continue Reading

Overcoming Skepticism about Energy Upgrades

Marc Karell

In my practice, the most difficult problem I face is the skepticism of property owners and managers when it comes to the savings potential of energy upgrades. When dealing with fellow engineers and scientists, simply explaining the options and benefits is enough for them to have confidence that the technology will work. But the real   …Continue Reading

Alberta Firm Aims for Energy Neutral Egg Laying Barn

Carl Weinschenk

The owners of the Brant Colony hope to make its egg laying barn energy neutral. Producer.com says that 410-foot by 80-foot structure was constructed with energy efficiency in mind. For instance, the concrete base is farther below ground than traditional egg-laying barns and the sides of the concrete structure are insulated to retain heat and avoid   …Continue Reading

Energy Management: The Internet of Things Changes Everything

Carl Weinschenk

The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) almost certainly is the most important single development in the long evolution of energy management. The premise of energy management is controlling elements at a fundamental and granular level. The deeper and tighter the control the better. In a world that is saturated in IoT devices, that   …Continue Reading

Intel Drives Energy Gains in New Data Center

Carl Weinschenk

Intel is using architectural, software and “some well-placed fans” to control energy usage in its new data facility in Santa Clara, CA, according to The Wall Street Journal. The data center, which is used in the design of chips, has harnessed the improvements to cut 12 weeks off its design cycle. The story says that   …Continue Reading

Unity College Expands with Energy Efficient Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

Unity College — in the Maine town of the same name – announced a $6 million expansion of the campus. The project includes construction of two energy-efficient buildings, according to the Bangor Daily News. The project features construction of a 74-bed residence hall and new academic building, both of which are expected to be completed   …Continue Reading