The Evolution of Customer Renewable Energy Choice

Bryce Smith

Customer access to clean energy has increased dramatically in the past 15 years, as technology cost reductions, electricity market deregulation and financial creativity have combined to produce more accessible renewable products for end-users. Energy managers now have a wealth of tools at their disposal. The most recent product class is the offsite solar PPA. This   …Continue Reading

Target, adidas, Walmart Honored for Efficient Roof-Top Units

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy announced the Advanced Roof-top Unit Campaign (ARC) results of building owners that are replacing or retrofitting the aging heating and cooling technologies installed on roofs of many US commercial buildings. Since 2013, ARC has spurred over 190 public and private sector organizations to replace or retrofit 40,000 high-efficiency commercial building roof-top units,   …Continue Reading

Scaling of Energy Storage Market Hinges on ESSI Vendors

Karen Henry

The scaling of the energy storage market will rely on energy storage systems integration (ESSI) vendors and their market approach, according to a new report from Navigant Research. ESSI players were rare three years ago, but today new entrants are populating the market. ESSI players include pure-play utility-scale players and distributed storage developers, but nearly   …Continue Reading

Raritan Combines DCIM, IT Management for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Raritan’s new data center infrastructure management (DCIM) connector for ServiceNow is generally available. Raritan is a ServiceNow Integration Partner. The company says by tying the management of the physical data center via DCIM to the general IT management framework, organizations can manage the workflow involved in changing servers and infrastructure elements more effectively. Raritan’s bi-directional   …Continue Reading

Noresco Named Qualified Energy Performance Contractor in New Mexico

Linda Hardesty

The State of New Mexico recently selected Noresco as a qualified provider of energy savings performance contract (ESPC) services to New Mexico government entities. Noresco specializes in the development, design, construction, financing and operation of energy- and environmental-efficiency projects and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies. Selected   …Continue Reading

Eaton Automatic Transfer Switch Provides Power Redundancy in Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Eaton introduced a new rack automatic transfer switch – the eATS30 Monitored platform for data centers in North and South America. Designed to switch non-phase alternating current (AC) power sources in the event of a power failure, the automatic transfer switch (ATS) is designed to allow for consistently resilient uptime for equipment with a single   …Continue Reading

Getting Serious About Energy Metrics

Pieter Noordam

Bridging the gap between collecting data and really knowing what you’re paying for. As energy costs continue to rise and the pressure to become more environmentally friendly continues to mount, businesses are increasingly looking for ways to use energy more efficiently, lower carbon impact and reduce energy spending. Traditional methods for understanding a company’s energy   …Continue Reading

Framingham Saves $380,000 per Year with ESPC

Linda Hardesty

The Town of Framingham, Massachusetts, is partnering with Ameresco on a comprehensive $6 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to improve town buildings. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016. The project includes energy efficiency measures that will save $380,000 annually. The ESPC is a central tool to the town’s commitment to   …Continue Reading

Corporations Rally to Streamline Renewable Energy Procurement

Karen Henry

Salesforce, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Arup, Autodesk and Genetech are the latest signatories on the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, reports Greenbiz. Many of the companies that have signed onto the Buyers’ Principles are aggressively purchasing and investing in renewable energy; however, onsite projects often only meet a small percentage of their total energy needs. To   …Continue Reading

Clauses to Consider in Green Leases

Linda Hardesty

Green or energy-aligned leases have the potential to cut energy consumption by up to 22 percent in leased buildings, according to a new study released by the Institute for Market Transformation. Green leases address the split incentive problem by linking financial incentives in a traditional commercial lease, wherein both owners and tenants can better realize   …Continue Reading