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Fluorescent Tubes: DOE Requires Better Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy issued a pre-publication notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps.  The tube-shaped fluorescent lamps covered by the ruling consume almost five percent of all national electricity consumption, according to a blog posting on the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC applauds the   …Continue Reading


Apple Buys Hydro Plant

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Apple has purchased a hydro electric plant near its Prineville, Ore., data center, reports The Oregonian. The small plant is located near Haystack Reservoir in Jefferson County about 20 miles from Prineville. The price Apple paid for the plant is unknown, but EBD Hydro – the facilities previous owner – secured $8.5 million in federal loans and   …Continue Reading


Software Defined Power in Load Balanced Web Services Environments

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Application load balancing is done by distributing workload across many computer servers.  In the hosting industry, it is commonly used for balancing http(s) traffic over multiple nodes acting together as a web service.  A load balancer will enable users to optimally distribute traffic from a single access point to any number of servers using any number   …Continue Reading


New Twist for 2014 Battle of Buildings

Linda Hardesty

For its 2014 Battle of the Buildings competition, in addition to buildings across the nation competing in a head-to-head battle to see which building can save the most energy and water, EPA is also pitting teams of buildings against each other. The EPA says teaming up is a great way to motivate, collaborate, and learn   …Continue Reading


Building Systems Communicate with Each Other

Linda Hardesty

Oxford School District in Oxford, Miss., signed an energy services agreement with Johnson Controls to provide the high school’s heating, air conditioning, lighting and building management systems, which will save the district $6 million in energy and operational costs over the next 15 years. The new 220,000-sq-foot building is powered by a modular central energy   …Continue Reading


Using the Sun’s Energy to Make Solar Panels

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Oregon State University researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the materials needed for solar devices. The team of chemical engineers believes that the process could reduce the cost of solar energy, speed production processes, use environmentally benign materials, and make   …Continue Reading


Getting the Most from Every Lighting Retrofit

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Performing a lighting retrofit of your facility or building can be a major undertaking. It’s a little-known fact that the majority of energy-efficient lighting retrofits leave significant energy savings on the table. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many businesses could actually cut their lighting electricity costs by as much as 70 percent   …Continue Reading


Nest, ComEd Partner to Offer Energy Rebates

Linda Hardesty

ComEd is partnering with Nest Labs to offer up to $140 in rebates for Illinois residential customers who purchase a Nest Learning Thermostat and participate in ComEd’s demand response program. In January, Google announced it was purchasing Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. Although Nest thermostats are for residential customers, the concept is likely to be   …Continue Reading


Berkeley Lab Opens ‘Rotating’ Testbed

Linda Hardesty

Next week, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will celebrate the opening of four newly constructed outdoor testbeds, which have been added to its Flexlab facility. Webcor Builders and its subcontractors will be the first to conduct experiments in Flexlab’s new rotating testbed, which rotates up to 270° for different orientations with respect to the sun, to   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Saves New Hope, Minn., $96,000

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The City of New Hope,  Minn., has saved $96,381 in utility costs after just one year of energy upgrades as part of a guaranteed energy savings agreement with construction firm McKinstry, reports The Sun Post. The city entered the savings agreement in 2011 as part of a $4.4 million project aimed at reducing its energy usage. McKinstry guaranteed   …Continue Reading


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