Embracing New Tech Is Key to Greater Energy Savings, Say Experts

Jennifer Hermes

Energy efficiency has entered a new era, one in which diversification will be the key to greater energy savings, writes Dan York, Utilities, State, and Local Policy Program Fellow with the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). While CFL programs have, in the past, led to significant savings and made up the lion’s share   …Continue Reading

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Switches to LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville – the home of the National Hockey League’s Predators and site of the all-star festivities in January, 2016 – now is illuminated by LED lighting, according to Facility Executive. The new lights were switched on for the September 20 exhibition game between the Predators and the Florida Panthers. The LEDs were   …Continue Reading

School Projects in MA, CO

Carl Weinschenk

A contract with Ameresco Inc. will cut energy use by 8 percent in 11 schools in Haverhill, MA. The $2.5 million Energy Saves Performance Contract will result in annual savings of more than $270,000, according to the Eagle-Tribune. The net savings during the term of the contract will be about $1.5 million. The upgrades will be   …Continue Reading

Marine Corps Upgrading 37 Buildings at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Carl Weinschenk

Agreement has been reached for a steam decentralization project at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The Utility Energy Services Contract, which was signed in March, is between the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic, the Piedmont Natural Gas Company and Energy Services Group. There is no upfront cost to the military, according to   …Continue Reading

Support Builds for Marrying Printable Electronics and Smart Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

IntelliBUILD, a program launched by The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA), has picked up support from The Continental Automated Buildings Association. The program aims to advance intelligent buildings by combining them with products and applications made using printable organic and flexible electronics, according to Electronic Products and Technology. More specifically, the idea is to   …Continue Reading

Wireless Can Make for a More Energy-Efficient BAS System

Karen Henry

As building automation systems become more common, so are wireless implementations. Wired and wireless systems have the same reliability requirements; however, wireless technology is more flexible, making it more appealing for retrofit work, according to an article in Consulting-Specifying Engineer. While WiFi is the most well-known and most frequently specified wireless technology, it is comparatively   …Continue Reading

LED Street Lighting: An Untapped Opportunity in Driving Energy Efficiency

Bill Bien

For too long, energy efficiency has been seen as yet another hair shirt in an age of austerity. The common assumption is that using less energy is the right thing to do for the environment but requires sacrifice — either financially or in quality of life. This view could not be further from the truth.   …Continue Reading

Sleeman Centre in Guelph Transitions to LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

The Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Canada, has replaced its existing metal halide lighting with LEDs. The cost of the changeover, which was done during the summer, was $112,000. The savings, however, will be significant. The story at The Guelph Mercury says that just the LEDs over the ice pad will save about $13,000 annually, with   …Continue Reading

Royal Philips: All Cities and Utilities Worldwide Should Switch to LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

Royal Philips used Climate Week NYC to announce its partnership with The Climate Group and support its call for all cities and utilities worldwide to switch to LEDs by 2025. Philips said that it is supporting The Climate Group’s global campaign entitled “LED = Lower Emissions Delivered.” In a statement, Philips pointed out that replacing conventional streetlights   …Continue Reading

Energy-Efficiency Upgrades Will Save National Lab $1.3M Each Year

Karen Henry

A major energy-efficiency upgrade at Brookhaven National Laboratory is expected to generate more than $1.3 million in energy savings each year. In addition to direct cost savings, the energy-efficiency improvements will make the lab eligible for rebates (pictured) and other financial incentives. The work was performed under a utility energy service contract (UESC) with National   …Continue Reading