DNV GL: Cost Reductions the Key Motivator for Energy Efficiency Projects

Carl Weinschenk

Key findings The Commercial Facility Pulse Survey Commercial managers, which was released yesterday by risk management firm DNV GL, include: LEDs deployment are the most common energy efficiency projects. Cost reduction is the most important motivational factor in getting projects off the ground. Setting energy reduction goals doubles the chances that investments are made. States with   …Continue Reading

The Dark Side of LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

LEDs’ benefits outweigh the potential problems. That doesn’t mean, however, that challenges don’t exist. At this point, the issues are most obvious in street light deployments.

Espen Unveils T8 LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

Espen Technology last week announced an extension to its Flex line of AC-Direct double ended LED T8 internal drive lamps. The new LEDs are expected to be available by the end of January. They will come in four configurations: 9W 2-foot; 12W 3-foot and 14W and 18W 4-foot. Both ends of the lamps accept 120   …Continue Reading

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chooses Performance Services

Carl Weinschenk

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and design-build energy performance contractor Performance Services have entered a $19.3 million energy performance contract (EPC) through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program. The project will install LEDs and upgrade water, building envelope, HVAC and controls across the campus, according to the press release. Other elements of   …Continue Reading

Want to Improve Building Efficiencies? Get Peer Reviewed and Employees Engaged

Ken Silverstein

A key step to improving building efficiencies is to have companies visit the sites of others and to learn from their experiences.

Soraa LED Line Complies with New Rules in CA

Carl Weinschenk

Soraa, which produces gallium-nitride on gallium-nitride (GaN on GaN) LEDs, said that it is the first company with a complete line of lamps that are certified under California’s JA8-2016-E standard. The law, which is part of California’s new Title 24 lighting standard, will be a requirement for new builds and retrofits beginning on January 1,   …Continue Reading

East Liverpool (OH) SD Pushes Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The East Liverpool, Ohio, school district released a preliminary analysis of how it uses energy in preparation for potential upgrades. The report, which was prepared by Columbus-based Plug Smart,shows that the district is doing well even before work begins. Plug Smart is a project development company. The report compared the district to 160 other school districts. East   …Continue Reading

Low Income Housing Gets Energy Makeover

Carl Weinschenk

A housing complex in Fitchburg, MA, has new energy efficiency heating, water heaters and LED lighting, according the Sentinel & Enterprise. The upgrades at the 140-unit apartment complex cost $290,000. Under the MassSave program, the complex qualified for a 100 percent matching rebate. The funds came from Unitil, which is a cosponsor of the program. The story   …Continue Reading

Chattanooga Public Library Getting Energy Upgrade

Carl Weinschenk

The Chattanooga Public Library is getting a $1.5 million upgrade to its lighting and HVAC system, according to The Times Free Press. The project is part of the city’s effort to reduce energy use by 20 percent in its more than 200 municipal buildings during the next ten years. The project at the 40-year-old library building   …Continue Reading

Ameresco, Silver Spring in IoT Street Light Partnership

Carl Weinschenk

Ameresco has entered into a non-exclusive master reseller agreement with Silver Spring Networks. The agreement makes Ameresco a channel partner for Silver Spring’s Internet of Things (IoT) products. The goal of the collaboration is to enable cities and other operators of public lighting to add intelligence to systems and build a foundation for IoT-based services   …Continue Reading