How Kaiser Permanente’s Efficiency Efforts Earned ROI in Two Years

Steve Ryan

My organization has long recognized the astounding energy use of data centers – everything from server closets to massive Costco-sized server farms – that currently use two percent of the electricity in United States. For the past five years, we have embarked on an effort to certify energy efficient data centers through the Energy Star Buildings program. Kaiser Permanente   …Continue Reading

‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ for Commercial Building Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago (MCA) offers the following simple tips for reducing energy usage in commercial buildings, according to The Chicago Tribune. Turn off office equipment at night. MCA says turning off one computer and monitor will save $60 annually. A study on virtual energy assessments conducted with nine Boston buildings found that   …Continue Reading

‘Disaster-Proof’ Factory Features GE Products

Karen Henry

GE Japan is participating in the “Future Disaster-Proof Factory Plan,” a disaster preparedness project being undertaken by Sekisui House’s Tohoku Factory. The Sekisui House facility is designed to be eco-friendly during normal times, durable during disasters and safe and secure for local communities and companies. To achieve cuts in peak electricity usage during normal periods   …Continue Reading

Landmark Building in Manhattan Installs Tri-Generation System

Linda Hardesty

Tecogen sold a tri-generation energy system to a Beaux Art-style bank building located in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The NYC Landmark building is undergoing an extensive restoration and conversion to an upscale hotel. The tri-generation energy system includes two INV-100 Ultra InVerde CHP units, providing electricity as well as hot water for space heating and domestic   …Continue Reading

SustainCo Wins $550,000 Energy Management Contract

Linda Hardesty

SustainCo Solutions & Services, through its operating group VCI Controls, has substantially completed a series of contracts and work orders worth over $550,000 for Defence Construction Canada. The work included roof replacement, HVAC upgrades, cooling tower maintenance and generator repairs. In addition, SustainCo has a standing offer to provide HVAC Services, BAS controls, electrical services,   …Continue Reading

Defective Steam Traps Waste Energy

Linda Hardesty

Blue Energy Technologies, the official distributor for Delta DSV steam traps in the United States, says inefficient steam systems can reduce productivity and profit in manufacturing applications. For example, a failed steam trap with a 3/32” orifice operating at 100 psi can lose almost 30 pounds of steam hourly, leading to a loss of over   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Improves with ‘Green Guarding’

Eric Crabb

In the security industry, a key success factor is the ability to sense changing requirements and adapt accordingly. For most security professionals this means recommending the latest access control, visitor management or even secure identity technology. And, this is excellent since there continue to be many advancements in these areas. Often, guards may encourage other   …Continue Reading

Federal Bureau of Prisons Selects Constellation for $45M Energy Efficiency, Solar Project

Linda Hardesty

Constellation has been awarded a contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to implement $45 million in water and energy conservation measures and install a 2 MW solar generation project at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla. Under the terms of the energy savings performance contract (ESPC), the conservation measures are guaranteed to provide   …Continue Reading

Ameresco Wins $4.3M Energy Upgrade Project

Linda Hardesty

Ameresco won an energy savings project with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). The $4.3 million energy efficiency and facility renewal project at three buildings on NRC’s Montreal Road Campus in Ottawa is expected to save about $400,140 annually in utility costs. The project is expected to be complete in 2016. Under the energy savings   …Continue Reading

$280M in Energy Efficiency Grants Available to Farmers, Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making more than $280 million available to rural agricultural producers and small business owners to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. The funding is offered through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). USDA is offering grants for up to 25 percent of   …Continue Reading