Energy Efficiency

AEP Ohio Awards CenturyLink

Carl Weinschenk

AEP Ohio presented telecommunications provider CenturyLink with a $133,547 incentive check late last month. The award was made by the company’s Ohio Data Center Program. It provides incentives based upon participants’ annual energy savings. The release says that last year CenturyLink upgraded its datacenter’s mechanical system, which enabled the replacement of the heat rejection equipment with   …Continue Reading


Feds Push Datacenter Monitoring Tools

Carl Weinschenk

The administration is moving forward with datacenter energy efficiency measures aggressively. That’s important for the government — and beyond.


Iron Mountain Beats Energy, Emissions Goals

Carl Weinschenk

Iron Mountain has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for last year. The report says that the storage and information management company achieved a year-over-year energy use reduction of 12 percent. The goal going into the year was a 3 percent reduction. The company also reported that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16.4 percent. This   …Continue Reading


Ygrene PACE Financing OKed in Fresno County, CA

Carl Weinschenk

Fresno County, CA, will use the YgreneWorks PACE program. PACE, which stands for Property Assisted Clean Energy, is a financing strategy designed to promote energy efficiency projects by homes and businesses. Under PACE financing, the charge to the end user is included in the tax bill. Ygrene has $785 million in committed capital to such   …Continue Reading


Carbon Lighthouse Testing A&B Assets in Hawaii

Carl Weinschenk

A&B Properties and Carbon Lighthouse are running a two-month pilot to identify energy efficiency initiatives for A&B’s commercial assets in Hawaii. A&B – which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alexander & Brown – and Carbon Lighthouse launched the study at the Pearl Highlands Center and the Kaka`ako Commerce Center on Oahu and the Kahului Office Building   …Continue Reading


Driving Energy Efficiency in Small- and Medium-Size Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

To date, sophisticated building management and energy management systems mostly were used in large structures. That is changing as technology evolves, attitudes shift and vendors and service providers target small- and medium-sized structures.


The Air Force Sets Energy Efficiency as a Priority

Carl Weinschenk

The Air Force’s approach to energy consumption is changing, according to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. James, the Air Force’s highest top civilian employee, told Air Force Radio that a team is in place to look at the branch’s energy future. The goal of the initiative is to set an energy mission instead of   …Continue Reading


The Feds Double Down on Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The Obama Administration has implemented more energy efficiency rules and regulations than any previous administration. Though momentum will slow if the next administration doesn’t push as hard, other factors will drive energy efficiency forward no matter who is in the Oval Office.


New York State Aggressive on Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved a clean energy standard that requires half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. The phase-in schedule, which is characterized as “aggressive” in the press release, requires 26.31 percent of energy used to be from renewable resources by 2017 and 30.54 percent by 2021.   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Blossoms at Michigan Greenhouse

Carl Weinschenk

Micandy Gardens, a greenhouse operation in Hudsonville, MI, has taken significant steps to become energy efficient, according to Greenhouse Grower. The story says that Micandy uses three-phase variable speed pumps for its well water and the company is using double poly – with air filtration between layers – instead of glass houses. Micandy also only   …Continue Reading