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Air Quality Association Merges with ASHRAE

Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and board of directors. IAQA will operate   …Continue Reading


Nest Targets Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

Direct Energy is teaming up with Nest Labs to launch the Back to Business Plan to small businesses across Illinois, New Jersey, New York (except the Con Edison service area), Ohio and Pennsylvania. Direct Energy is the first retail electric company to join Nest in marketing the Nest thermostat to small businesses. The partners are   …Continue Reading


Ottawa Arena Projects 70% Energy Savings with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Ephesus Lighting has been selected to retrofit the 19,153-seat Canadian Tire Centre, home of Canada’s National Hockey League Ottawa Senators, with Ephesus LED lights. Ephesus was selected after facility operators conducted an extensive side-by-side test with three other lighting companies offering LED systems. Canadian Tire Centre will replace its metal halide system with the Arena 600   …Continue Reading


PECI Implements Energy Efficiency Programs in the Northeast, Midwest and California

Karen Henry

PECI has secured several contracts in the Northeast, Midwest and California to design and manage energy efficiency programs. PECI is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and creating a sustainable energy economy. For one of its contracts, PECI will complete a two-year grocery retrocommissioning program for a large Midwest utility. This program is designed   …Continue Reading


Device Plugs Into Streetlights to Save Energy

Linda Hardesty

Muni-Fed Energy has delivered 1,300 LiteOwl energy-savings devices for streetlights to the City of Moreno Valley, Calif. The LiteOwl sits atop any standard Cobra-style lighting fixture that has a standard NEMA socket for a photocell. The LiteOwl is placed between the fixture and the photocell, no tools needed. When the lamp is activated, the LiteOwl   …Continue Reading


Energy Savings Project Saves Kentucky School District $75K

Karen Henry

Ameresco has started an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project with the Bath County Board of Education in Kentucky. The $1.88 million project is expected to save the school district nearly $75,000 annually in energy and operational costs. It includes traditional and non-traditional energy conservation measures across seven facilities, spanning 295,735 square feet. As part   …Continue Reading


Loyola University Reduces Energy with High Performance Windows, Geothermal HVAC

Linda Hardesty

The goal of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Sustainable Urban Living (CSUL) is to become a closed-loop urban agricultural community, a net-zero sustainable environment where people live, work and grow their own food. According to the university’s Office of Sustainability, the newly completed CSUL complex will contribute to a 50 percent decrease in energy consumption   …Continue Reading


Schneider, Siemens Lead Building Energy Management Market, Navigant Says

Karen Henry

The 2014 global building energy management systems (BEMS) market is worth $2.4 billion. By 2020, it will reach $5.6 billion, according to Navigant Research. The promise of data-driven energy management has attracted hundreds of new and traditional players to the global market. The latest Navigant Research Leaderboard Report evaluates 14 leading players in the BEMS market   …Continue Reading


Reynolds Energy Services Wins $17.4M ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Reynolds Energy Services secured a $17.4 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to improve energy efficiency and security for three buildings in the Juniata County School District in rural-Pennsylvania. The project guarantees savings of $4.9 million over 20 years and updates the major infrastructure systems of the three buildings. The upgrades at East Juniata   …Continue Reading


Iceland Data Center Reduces Energy Costs with Free Cooling System

Karen Henry

After two years of operation, the world’s first 100 percent renewably powered data center has achieved more than 80 percent savings in electrical energy costs, thanks to the free cooling system based on technology from Eaton-Williams, an affiliate of CES. The Verne Global data center in Keflavik, Iceland, has a free cooling system that takes   …Continue Reading