GRESB Report Shows Progress in Real Estate Energy Practices

Carl Weinschenk

The GRESB Report for 2015 showed that the real estate sector it assesses – 61,000 assets worldwide worth $2.3 trillion – achieved a 3 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 50 percent increase in on-site renewable energy generation and a 19 percent improvement in overall ESG performance, according to the organization. The report from   …Continue Reading

2015 Solar Gen Is 31 Times Higher Than 2005

Karen Henry

Electricity output of US utility-scale solar generators in June 2015 was 31 times higher than the level in June 2005, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Solar generation from utility-scale facilities hit a monthly record high of 2,765 GWh in June 2015, which represents a year-over-year increase of 35.8 percent relative to June   …Continue Reading

Aspen Now 100% Powered by Renewable Resources

Carl Weinschenk

Aspen, CO, became the third city in the country to run completely on renewable energy when officials signed a contract with the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, a wholesale electric energy provider, according to The Aspen Times. Until that signing, the city had run on 75 percent to 80 percent renewable. Aspen gets wind from   …Continue Reading

3 Technologies that Will Keep Energy Costs in Check

James Marston

Many American households and businesses saw energy costs soar this summer with July being the hottest month in Earth’s hottest year on record. Utilities rely on “peaker plants” during these record-setting heat waves to avoid blackouts. Such plants are more expensive and often more polluting to operate, and utilities pass the higher costs straight on   …Continue Reading

Buzz Oates Group Mounts Big LED Retrofit Project in Sacramento

Carl Weinschenk

The Buzz Oates Group of Companies in Sacramento, CA, has retrofitted almost all of the 25 million square feet of commercial property it has under management to LED lighting, according to the Sacramento  Business Journal. The factors all lined up in favor of the switch: LEDs outlive incandescent lamps by a wide margin – 100,000 hours   …Continue Reading

ORNL Building Efficiency Software Available as Open Source Code

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed Autotune, a set of automated calibration techniques for tuning residential and commercial building energy efficiency software models to match measured data. The software is now available as open source code on GitHub. The automated calibration software reduces the amount of time and expertise needed   …Continue Reading

General Mills: We’ll Invest $100M to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Carl Weinschenk

General Mills will invest more than $100 million in energy efficiency and clean energy across its business – “from farm to fork to landfill,” in the company’s words – during the next ten years. The goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent in ten years. Steps will take include investing more than $100   …Continue Reading

Building on Alaskan Campus Gets LEED Certification

Carl Weinschenk

The first building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Bristol Bay campus to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification was once an auto parts store. The LEEDs acknowledgement was for energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly design, according to The Bristol Bay Times. The NAPA store was bought when the school was looking   …Continue Reading

ASHRAE Proposes “Backbone” for Building Rating Programs

Karen Henry

ASHRAE has proposed a standard that would serve as the “backbone” for the content of building rating programs. According to ASHARE, various building rating systems are used to rate buildings, and each yields varying results. By providing a non-commercial consensus standard that can be used in international, national and regional legislation, policy making and regulation   …Continue Reading

Pacific Power Names Three wattsmart Business Partners of the Year

Carl Weinschenk

Three companies from the Yakima Valley in Washington — Shields Bag and Printing, Kenyon Zero Storage, Inc., and Matson Fruit — collectively saved more than $142,000 in energy costs and earned $354,000 in incentives from Pacific Power, the utility said. Shields Bag and Printing used an energy analysis paid for by the wattsmart Business program to   …Continue Reading