Colorado Mixing Solar, Weatherization

Carl Weinschenk

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), the Energy Resource Center (ERC) and Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) have installed a 2kW rooftop solar array to a low income family’s home as part of the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The press release says that the CEO WAP provides free energy efficiency technology to income-eligible households. This is   …Continue Reading

The World is About to See Whether Apple’s Solar Investment Pays Off

Ken Silverstein

Apple Inc. is taking a bigger bite out of the energy market. It will soon begin selling the output from its $850 million investment in a 130-megawatt solar farm in northern California.

AEP Ohio Awards CenturyLink

Carl Weinschenk

AEP Ohio presented telecommunications provider CenturyLink with a $133,547 incentive check late last month. The award was made by the company’s Ohio Data Center Program. It provides incentives based upon participants’ annual energy savings. The release says that last year CenturyLink upgraded its datacenter’s mechanical system, which enabled the replacement of the heat rejection equipment with   …Continue Reading

Feds Push Datacenter Monitoring Tools

Carl Weinschenk

The administration is moving forward with datacenter energy efficiency measures aggressively. That’s important for the government — and beyond.

Iron Mountain Beats Energy, Emissions Goals

Carl Weinschenk

Iron Mountain has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for last year. The report says that the storage and information management company achieved a year-over-year energy use reduction of 12 percent. The goal going into the year was a 3 percent reduction. The company also reported that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16.4 percent. This   …Continue Reading

Ygrene PACE Financing OKed in Fresno County, CA

Carl Weinschenk

Fresno County, CA, will use the YgreneWorks PACE program. PACE, which stands for Property Assisted Clean Energy, is a financing strategy designed to promote energy efficiency projects by homes and businesses. Under PACE financing, the charge to the end user is included in the tax bill. Ygrene has $785 million in committed capital to such   …Continue Reading

Apple Gets OK for Irish Datacenter

Carl Weinschenk

Apple has received the go-ahead to build a datacenter in Athenry, County Galway on Ireland’s west coast. The datacenter, which will be constructed on a plot of almost 487 acres, is controversial, according to BetaNews. The project is expected to boost the local economy. However, opposition centered on potential impact on wildlife and flooding problems. The   …Continue Reading

Carbon Lighthouse Testing A&B Assets in Hawaii

Carl Weinschenk

A&B Properties and Carbon Lighthouse are running a two-month pilot to identify energy efficiency initiatives for A&B’s commercial assets in Hawaii. A&B – which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alexander & Brown – and Carbon Lighthouse launched the study at the Pearl Highlands Center and the Kaka`ako Commerce Center on Oahu and the Kahului Office Building   …Continue Reading

Driving Energy Efficiency in Small- and Medium-Size Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

To date, sophisticated building management and energy management systems mostly were used in large structures. That is changing as technology evolves, attitudes shift and vendors and service providers target small- and medium-sized structures.

The Air Force Sets Energy Efficiency as a Priority

Carl Weinschenk

The Air Force’s approach to energy consumption is changing, according to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. James, the Air Force’s highest top civilian employee, told Air Force Radio that a team is in place to look at the branch’s energy future. The goal of the initiative is to set an energy mission instead of   …Continue Reading