DC Takes Top Spot on Top 25 Energy Star Buildings List

Karen Henry

After coming in second to Los Angeles for five consecutive years, Washington DC, has taken the top spot on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seventh-annual list of the top 25 US metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. Los Angeles took the number two ranking, followed by Atlanta, New York   …Continue Reading

AEP Ohio Offers Incentives for Electric Motor Repairs

Linda Hardesty

AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, in partnership with Advanced Energy, has launched a new energy efficiency program for electric motor rewinds. The Emotor Rewind Pilot Program promotes energy efficient rewinds/motor repair for small to large companies in the industrial/manufacturing sector and provides incentives to customers and motor service centers. The program covers   …Continue Reading

Library Saves 235,300 kWh Per Year with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Gumberg Library at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh recently completed a lighting upgrade on its first floor, using Eaton’s Neo-Ray Index light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires. The lighting upgrade to the first floor study area and stacks included replacing a fluorescent system consisting of over 500 fixtures producing 37,160 watts. The new 110 Neo-Ray Index products consume   …Continue Reading

Pilot Program Partners DOE National Labs with Small Businesses

Karen Henry

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) National Laboratory Impact Initiative has started a Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot program, which aims to increase small business access to the expertise, competencies and infrastructure offered by DOE’s national labs. In order to successfully and effectively research and commercialize technologies, DOE’s national laboratories partner with   …Continue Reading

Factors are Favorable for a Rise in Smaller CHP Plants

Karen Henry

While 86 percent of installed combined heat and power (CHP) capacity in the United States serves large industrial and manufacturing sites, the days of new CHP plant installations at large sites are slowing down, according to Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production. CHP plant installations were at an all-time high of 6-7 GW in 2001 and 2002,   …Continue Reading

Obama Advances Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

President Obama signed an Executive Order calling for massive reductions in energy and water use in federal buildings and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from federal fleets. Over the next 10 years, the order will save taxpayers an estimated $18 billion in avoided energy costs, says the administration. The Executive Order directs Federal agencies to: Ensure 25 percent   …Continue Reading

Are You Waiting for Your HVAC Equipment to Fail?

Martin Flusberg

We talk to many facility managers – and in our case these are managers responsible for tens if not hundreds of small facilities – who lament their official corporate policy of “run to fail,” or replacing HVAC equipment only when it breaks. This approach appears to have become the rule rather than the exception in   …Continue Reading

Individualized Lighting May Increase Workplace Productivity

Karen Henry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the European standard EN12464-1:2011 Lighting of Indoor Workplaces recommends around 500-lx (50-fc) for workplace task lighting. LEDs Magazine reports that Philips Lighting has developed an interactive Facebook widget that allows office workers to test the light level in their office space. Required ranges in office lighting can   …Continue Reading

Water Treatment Plant to Save 1.4M kWh per Year

Linda Hardesty

The Spanish subsidiary of Veolia Water Technologies - UTEDEZA – is taking part in an energy efficiency and effluent quality improvement project at the La Cartuja Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Zaragoza, Spain. The $5.4 million improvement plan includes actions aimed at improving energy efficiency at the WWTP, providing $657,000 in savings on the energy bill   …Continue Reading

AT&T Upgrades Lighting at 20 Million Square Feet

Linda Hardesty

Enlighted has retrofitted about 20 million square feet of AT&T’s facilities with LED lighting in an on-going business relationship that could see AT&T retrofitting all 120 million square feet of its real estate, as long as the business model continues to make sense for the telecommunications company. Zach Gentry, vice president of business development at   …Continue Reading

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