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Kansas City, Cisco Launch ‘Smart-Cities’ Plan

Linda Hardesty

Kansas City leaders have signed a letter of intent with Cisco to build out a city network under Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities program and the Internet of Everything. The project will complement a wider effort to build out a two-mile KC Downtown Streetcar path. Planned pilot projects include: Deployment of smart street lighting; Smart video surveillance;   …Continue Reading


Carrier Bestows Elite Dealer Status on 2 Firms

Linda Hardesty

JDJ Comfort Systems of Schenectady, NY, and Bourque Mechanical Systems of Rensselaer, NY, have achieved Carrier’s Factory Authorized Dealer distinction. The two firms are part of RJ Murray’s Carrier Dealer Network. JDJ Comfort Systems maintains and operates a complete heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system design and installation department, performing hundreds of design and   …Continue Reading


Honeywell, Chinese Province Sign Agreement

William Opalka

Honeywell China and Hebei province will cooperate on energy conservation and environmental protection measures to fight industrial pollution in the manufacturing region. The agreement will reinforce the ties between Honeywell and local companies in Hebei in smart grid, energy efficiency, green buildings, renewable energy and chemical processing solutions, the parties said. Honeywell said it is part   …Continue Reading


Texas Football Stadium Gets 221 kW Solar

Linda Hardesty

NRG Energy received permission to install solar panels, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and energy-efficient LED lighting at NRG Stadium in Texas, making it the first professional football stadium in the country to be equipped with LED lighting on the field. The stadium will be lit by 456 new high-efficiency LED field lights. NRG Park   …Continue Reading


Energy Retrofit Saves College 50% on Natural Gas

Linda Hardesty

Honeywell launched a campus-wide energy retrofit project for Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that is expected to decrease the college’s electricity use by 25 percent and natural gas use by almost 50 percent and deliver about $220,000 in guaranteed energy and operational savings each year. Coe College will fund the $3.45-million project with a loan   …Continue Reading


Global HVAC Controls Market to Nearly Double

William Opalka

The global market for advanced HVAC controls will grow from $7 billion in 2014 to $12.7 billion in 2023, a new report from Navigant Research says. Asia Pacific is currently the largest market for advanced HVAC controls, followed by North America and Europe. The market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of   …Continue Reading


California School District Hires Energy Consultant for Prop. 39 Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Willdan Energy Solutions was selected by the Ontario-Montclair School District (OMSD) in San Bernardino County, Calif., to serve as the energy consultant for its upcoming Proposition 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act program. Willdan will provide energy planning and auditing services to OMSD to select energy efficiency projects for all 32 of the OMSD’s school facilities.   …Continue Reading


Cole County Signs ESPC with Ameresco

Linda Hardesty

Ameresco says it is commencing work on the nearly $1.2 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Cole County, Mo. The project includes building renovations and expansion of the existing county emergency medical services facility. Upgrades to the building infrastructure and energy efficiency improvements within the 9,000-sq-foot facility are expected to save the county more   …Continue Reading


Schneider, Vigilent Team for Data Center Cooling

Leon Walker

Energy management specialist Schneider Electric and cooling management systems company Vigilent have launched Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize, an add-on module for Schneider Electric’s data center infrastructure management product, StruxureWare for Data Centers. The enhancement uses closed loop control along with monitoring and analysis capabilities to enable data centers to automatically self-correct issues with temperature and air   …Continue Reading


‘Green Steam’ Expands in Boston

William Opalka

A “Green Steam” project that includes a 7,000-foot steam pipeline extension has been completed in the Boston-Cambridge district energy network by Veolia North America. The $112 million project includes the planned reconfiguration of the recently acquired Kendall Station combined heat and power plant. Green Steam is an innovative environmental solution that captures and reuses heat   …Continue Reading