Conservation

Philadelphia, San Diego Make Smart District 2030 Moves

Carl Weinschenk

Cities increasingly are looking to improve the environment and reduce energy consumption by adopting usage limits that grow increasingly stringent over time. 2030 Energy Districts, which are voluntary standards upon which municipalities and building owners agree, are one driver of these initiatives. News has been made in three large cities – two in the top   …Continue Reading


Comverge Rolls Out Utility’s DR and Efficiency Program for Commercial Customers

Cheryl Kaften

Norcross, Georgia-based Comverge announced on January 23 that the company has recently contracted to roll out an integrated demand response and energy efficiency program to small and medium businesses (SMBs) for one of the top five largest U.S. investor-owned utilities.


Leaks: Trump Budget to Demolish DOE Programs

Cheryl Kaften

Leaks about President Donald J. Trump’s budget are causing “fear and loathing” at the Department of Energy, to borrow a phrase from writer Hunter S. Thompson. Indeed, the DOE “would see major reductions in funding,” according to a January 19 report by The Hill – which predicts that “Overall, the blueprint being used by Trump’s team would reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over ten years.”


NYS Governor Cuomo Pledges $4.2 M to Fund Energy Efficiency Training for Building Workers

Cheryl Kaften

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on January 16 that he was making $4.2 million available to train building operations and maintenance workers on best practices to promote energy efficiency and reduce energy bills in buildings statewide.


DNV GL: Cost Reductions the Key Motivator for Energy Efficiency Projects

Carl Weinschenk

Key findings The Commercial Facility Pulse Survey Commercial managers, which was released yesterday by risk management firm DNV GL, include: LEDs deployment are the most common energy efficiency projects. Cost reduction is the most important motivational factor in getting projects off the ground. Setting energy reduction goals doubles the chances that investments are made. States with   …Continue Reading


IKEA Deploys Fourth Fuel Cell

Carl Weinschenk

Furniture retailer IKEA has installed a fourth biogas-powered fuel cell in a California store, according to the company. The installation was at its San Diego location. All the stores also have solar arrays. Combined, IKEA will generate 1.5 MW of energy via the cells. A fifth fuel cell is planned, the company said. The press   …Continue Reading


Big Energy Efficiency Changes Are ‘Brewing’ in the Beer and Wine Industries

Cheryl Kaften

To achieve greater energy efficiency, Sierra Nevada Brewing has installed a 1-MWh commercial-scale Tesla Powerpack battery system and a 2-MW solar array at its Chico, California, plant, ac


Greenpeace: AWS Lags on Renewable Energy Disclosure

Carl Weinschenk

Greenpeace, in a report released last week, suggested that progress is being made in clean data center powering, but that at least one major organization is not being as transparent as it should be. “Clicking Clean: Who is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet?” reports that Apple, Google, Facebook and Switch are doing   …Continue Reading


FirstEnergy’s PA Utilities Offer DR to Businesses; Entergy Arkansas Extends Consumer Program

Cheryl Kaften

FirstEnergy announced on January 16 that three of its regulated utilities in Pennsylvania – Met-Ed, Penn Power and West Penn Power – have kicked off a demand response program for their commercial and industrial customers that offers them financial incentives to curtail their energy use, upon request, during peak hours.


Brandeis University Virtual-Net-Metered Solar Array to Save $2M Over 20 Years

Cheryl Kaften

Brandeis University, located in the Boston metropolitan area, expects to reduce its long-term energy bills through a PPA the school signed on January 13 to obtain solar power from a 1.27-MW rooftop system installed on a property in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. Specifically, the system is anticipated to save the school an estimated $70,000   …Continue Reading