Convention Center Snags $60,000 from PECO for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Pennsylvania Convention Center completed three LED lighting projects and received $60,000 in PECO Smart Ideas rebates. During the past two years, the convention center has replaced lighting throughout the facility and in the adjacent 12th Street tunnel with energy-efficient LED lighting. This new lighting will save about 607,000 kWh annually. PECO Smart Ideas, a suite   …Continue Reading

Less Time Delay with LEDs Promises More Savings

Linda Hardesty

Current building codes require specified time delays before occupancy sensors turn off or dim the lights in an unoccupied space. And while shorter delays save energy, constantly switching lights on and off can shorten the lifespan of a fluorescent lamp, according to a blog posting on the Lighting Controls Association website. This could change with   …Continue Reading

5 Steps for Guaranteeing the Best Lighting Upgrade in Industrial Facilities

Mike Robinson

Rapid growth in LED technology has brought good news for energy managers in industrial facilities, as they have more options than ever before in planning facility retrofits. Finding high-quality fixtures that reduce energy consumption and cut maintenance costs is easier today than it was several years ago. The bad news is that this relatively young   …Continue Reading

Energy Awards Offers 7 Entry Tips from Judges

Jennifer Hermes

Early Bird Deadline for the energy awards from Energy Manager Today arrives July 29. Awards prove to potential customers, existing clients, investors and other stakeholders the worth of your product or the project you implemented. Writing a tight, informative entry for the energy awards, being precise about why your product or project deserves recognition as   …Continue Reading

McKinstry Wins $5.8M ESPC with Texas County

Linda Hardesty

The Texas County of Brownwood approved a $5.8 million contract with McKinstry to make energy efficiency improvements in county buildings, reports the Brownwood News. The scope of the energy savings performance contract (ESPC) includes: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) replacements at the Brown County Courthouse, Brown County Jail, Juvenile Justice Center and Agricultural Extension   …Continue Reading

Henderson State University Enters Phase 2 of ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, has contracted with Schneider Electric in an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to assist with the university’s utility, technology and deferred maintenance initiatives as part of a two-phased project. Phase one of the project was completed in May 2013 and has helped the university save $237,551 annually. Phase two   …Continue Reading

Hubbell Intros Lighting Controller

Linda Hardesty

Hubbell Building Automation launched an intelligent lighting control – the NX Room Controller – that integrates automatic and manual control of lighting. Auto-configuration provides a way to meet energy codes, including California’s Title 24 and ASHRAE 90.1. No network or software is required to set up the unit. Input devices such as digital wall switches, vacancy/occupancy   …Continue Reading

Santa Barbara School District Uses Prop 39 Funds for Energy Improvements

Linda Hardesty

The Santa Barbara Unified School District has received state approval of its five-year energy expenditure plan and Proposition 39 funding to upgrade building systems at 13 schools. NORESCO will serve as the owner’s representative for the school district to deliver $2.7 million in improvements through the multi-year project. Development of projects under the California Clean   …Continue Reading

$36M Helps to Advance Connected Lighting

Linda Hardesty

Sensity Systems, a provider of networked lighting, has closed a private funding round of $36 million led by Cisco Investments and including Acuity Brands, GE Ventures and Simon Venture Group. Sensity has now raised a total of $74 million since its inception. Sensity Systems uses energy-efficient LED lighting as the foundation for a high-speed, sensor-based   …Continue Reading

Target, Macy’s, Kohl’s Vow to Upgrade Interior Lighting

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department says more than 65 organizations are participating in the Better Building Alliance’s Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) to drive greater energy efficiency. The goal for the first year is for partners to install 100,000 high-efficiency troffers, or fluorescent lighting fixtures. Upgrading 100,000 fixtures can reduce energy use by 5 million kWh annually. Troffer   …Continue Reading