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Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes Save $168M

Linda Hardesty

The voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement between the pay-TV industry and consumer electronics manufacturers has saved consumers about $168 million in energy bills, according to the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report. In 2012, the pay-TV industry initiated the Voluntary Agreement that will eventually result   …Continue Reading

High-Intensity Blasting Improves Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

Milling ore requires more electricity than any other part of the mining process, and Australian mining services company Orica has found a way to make the process more energy efficient, according to a Sourceable article. By raising the explosive energy by several times, mines are able to produce a much finer ore, which in turn   …Continue Reading

Alabama School System Reduces Energy Costs 22%

Linda Hardesty

Limestone County School System in Alabama hired Schneider Electric to conduct energy upgrades to all of its 14 campuses in the county. The school system will set the state standard for energy efficiency, as the project will reduce utility costs for the system by 22 percent. The majority of the funding for the renovations will   …Continue Reading

Distributed Energy Resources in NY: Evaluating Costs & Benefits

Jennifer Hermes

New York is changing how it evaluates and compensates electric utilities. One goal of this change is increased consumer engagement, which makes customers allies in the development of a more reliable, resilient, and smart electric grid. Many customers have begun taking advantage of new energy technologies and their falling prices by turning to community microgrids,   …Continue Reading

Ace Hardware Deploys Digital Lumens LED System

Linda Hardesty

Ace Hardware upgraded the lighting in areas of its 1-million-sq-foot Rocklin, Calif., retail support center to the Digital Lumens’ Intelligent LED Lighting System, and since implementing the upgrade in October 2013, Ace Hardware saved an average of 81 percent on its lighting-related energy use. According to Ace Hardware, lighting is its single biggest energy warehousing   …Continue Reading

Minnesota Power, National Guard Build 10 MW Solar Farm

Linda Hardesty

Minnesota Power and the Minnesota National Guard plan to build a 10 MW solar energy array at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota. The solar project envisioned by Minnesota Power and the National Guard, subject to regulatory approval, would cover nearly 100 acres of underutilized government property at the Camp with photovoltaic panels on racks. The   …Continue Reading

‘Comatose’ Servers Waste Massive Amounts of Energy

Linda Hardesty

A report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that massive amounts of energy are being wasted by data centers and that improved energy efficiency practices could cut energy waste by at least 40 percent, saving over $3 billion annually. The report, developed in partnership with Anthesis, “Scaling Up Energy Efficiency Across the Data   …Continue Reading

Manufacturer Saves $52,000 Per Year after SEP Certification

Linda Hardesty

Specialty plastics manufacturer HARBEC improved its energy performance 16.5 percent to earn Platinum certification in the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program administered through the US Department of Energy. HARBEC also conformed with the international energy management standard ISO 50001. A case study from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) says   …Continue Reading

ISO 50001 Helps Canadian IBM Plant Saves $502,000 Per Year

Linda Hardesty

IBM’s only manufacturing plant in Canada – the Bromont plant – is ISO 50001 certified and, in 2013, saved $502,000 in energy savings from 36 projects. In August 2012, the Bromont team volunteered to be a pilot IBM plant to achieve ISO 50001 certification. To attain the energy management certification, IBM Bromont developed performance indicators linked   …Continue Reading

Solar Market to Exceed 65 GW in 2019

Karen Henry

The solar industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3 percent—from 37.5 GW in 2013 to 65.6 GW in 2019, according to a report from Lux Research titled “Solar Market Size Update 2014: Reform for the Long Haul.” While China will lead the solar market, emerging trade and global policies cast a   …Continue Reading

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