Energy Efficiency

Two Laws Set an Aggressive Energy Course for California

Carl Weinschenk

California is a bellwether state in environmental and energy matters. The most recent illustration is the promulgation of Assembly Bill 802 and The Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. The impact will be felt on two deeply related fronts: The laws mean that the amount of electricity generated from renewables will accelerate more   …Continue Reading

More Large Green Buildings, Still Few Small Ones

Carl Weinschenk

The World Green Buildings 2016 report found that green buildings are doubling every three years and that the strongest growth is in emerging economies. The report – from Dodge Data & Analytics – was funded by United Technologies and is based on a survey of more than 1,000 architects, engineers, contractors, owners, specialists and consultants   …Continue Reading

OSI and Cascade Cut Energy Use in Food Processing Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

OSI, a food industry company, has saved more than 7,255,000 kWh in its facilities since May, 2013, according to project partner Cascade Energy. Savings of $500,000 will be realized by the end of the year. Cascade’s release says that the initial pilot program at the Oakland, IA plant included steps such as establishing measurement, tracking,   …Continue Reading

Overcoming Skepticism about Energy Upgrades

Marc Karell

In my practice, the most difficult problem I face is the skepticism of property owners and managers when it comes to the savings potential of energy upgrades. When dealing with fellow engineers and scientists, simply explaining the options and benefits is enough for them to have confidence that the technology will work. But the real   …Continue Reading

Green Building Boom Is Pumping Billions into US Economy, Retrofits Are Fueling the Trend

Ellen Bell

To understand what a significant economic impact green buildings have on our economy today, consider this: Over the next three years, new LEED-certified construction will contribute more than $303 billion to the United States’ economy, a recent study concluded. This year alone, the industry will generate 2.3 million jobs. By 2018, this new construction is expected to   …Continue Reading

Which 3 States Have a Head Start on the Clean Power Plan? The Answer May Surprise You.

Keith Gaby

Everyone in Colorado skis, all Oklahomans can rope a calf, and native New Jerseyans like me all talk like Pauly D did on Jersey Shore. Right? You may also stereotype when it comes to clean energy: Progressive states such as California are pumping out clean, renewable energy while others insist on clinging to old, dirty power   …Continue Reading

What SB350 Means for Utilities in California and Beyond

Austin Whitman

California’s next big energy law has arrived. Years in the making, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, also known as SB350, was officially passed last month to drastically reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The bill assures that energy efficiency and renewable energy will be a mainstay of California’s energy strategy and   …Continue Reading

Issaquah, WA Firehouse Cuts Energy Use by Almost 80%

Carl Weinschenk

A fire station in Washington cut its energy use by almost 80 percent, according to Jonathan Heller, the principal and lead mechanical engineer for Ecotope, the company that led the retrofit. Writing at The Daily Journal of Commerce in Seattle, Heller pointed to the special conditions that make cutting energy use at a fire station   …Continue Reading

Philly Buildings Biggest Greenhouse Gas Culprits: Drexel Study

Carl Weinschenk

A Drexel University study found that buildings are by far the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal. The report, which was commissioned by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, found that buildings created 60 percent of emissions. Motor vehicles were a distant second place at 19 percent in the   …Continue Reading

Siemens Wins Performance Contract for Corpus Christi Army Depot

Carl Weinschenk

Siemens will be the long term partner on water and energy infrastructure projects at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD), according to the vendor. The company was awarded the $24 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering and Support Center. The release says that the deal is an   …Continue Reading