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Energy Efficiency

Courthouse Replaces Oversized Boiler

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry was named the energy services contractor (ESCO) for Tillamook County, Oregon’s courthouse upgrades. The initial engagement will involve replacement of the county courthouse boiler, which failed in late 2014. During an energy audit analysis conducted following the failure, the 1950s-era boiler was determined to be twice the size needed to efficiently cool and heat   …Continue Reading

Toolkits Designed to Help Health Care Facilities Reduce Energy

Linda Hardesty

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care launched two new interactive toolkits aimed at helping health care facilities reduce energy and water consumption. The Coalition’s free GHG and Water Reduction Toolkit shows where reduced utility costs can help organizations meet their environmental targets through best practice checklists, GHG and water tracking and awareness campaign materials. With   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency in Food Service Businesses

Mark Masterson

When you are the owner or manager of a food service business, using less energy for day-to-day operations becomes an important consideration. Food service businesses use almost two-and-a-half times more energy than other businesses. Concerns about sustainability and climate change have helped to turn the focus toward energy efficiency in all businesses, especially food service.   …Continue Reading

$8M Upgrades Save Montana State More Than $400,000 Annually

Linda Hardesty

Montana State University says its first energy savings performance contract (ESPC), which was performed by McKinstry, has exceeded the guaranteed energy savings by more than 15 percent. After an intensive energy audit in 2010 laid out numerous opportunities for utility savings, McKinstry’s Bozeman team began work on the $8 million project in 2013. McKinstry guaranteed   …Continue Reading

DOE Honors Fort Worth for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department recognized the city of Fort Worth, Texas, for its leadership in advancing energy efficiency. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Fort Worth has achieved 8 percent energy savings across 19 million square feet of public and private sector buildings since 2009. The city is on-track to meet a 10-year goal to improve energy   …Continue Reading

The Flyers and Local Dayton Community Embrace Ohio’s Energy Future Tour and Are Ready for Energy Innovation

Samantha Williams

Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a statewide series of forums for Ohioans to discuss the positive economic and health impacts of clean energy in their lives and communities, completed its third stop at the University of Dayton last month, sponsored by the Hanley Sustainability Institute. The University, which has deep historical roots in the local community,   …Continue Reading

LumiGrow Offers LEDs for Horticultural Uses with No Upfront Investment

Linda Hardesty

LumiGrow has partnered with SparkFund to offer customers a private-label payment plan for installing energy-efficient horticultural lighting upgrades at no upfront cost. LumiGrow is working with SparkFund to fund and install new lighting systems for over 42 customers in the next year. LumiGrow’s new payment plan was recently used by Sustainable Local Foods (SLF), a   …Continue Reading

Department of Interior Retrofits Headquarters Building

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has awarded Ameresco an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) valued at $77 million over its 20-year term to provide for the implementation of water conservation and energy efficiency measures and ongoing energy management services to the DOI headquarters building in Washington, DC. Through the comprehensive ESPC, Ameresco will   …Continue Reading

Highlights of EnergySmart Conference

Josh Kessler

EnerNOC hosted its EnergySMART 2015 conference in Philadelphia in March. The company posted some of the key takeaways from the conference on its website, most notably: Businesses are not leveraging energy efficiency programs and energy management strategies to their full potential. Utility energy efficiency incentive programs had $2 billion in unspent funds last year. Data   …Continue Reading

US to Eliminate Energy Imports, EIA Predicts

Karen Henry

Projections show the potential to eliminate net US energy imports between 2020 and 2030, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015). The projections are based on continued growth in oil and natural gas production, growth in the use of renewables and the application of demand-side efficiency. This is the first time   …Continue Reading