Energy Efficiency

Clauses to Consider in Green Leases

Linda Hardesty

Green or energy-aligned leases have the potential to cut energy consumption by up to 22 percent in leased buildings, according to a new study released by the Institute for Market Transformation. Green leases address the split incentive problem by linking financial incentives in a traditional commercial lease, wherein both owners and tenants can better realize   …Continue Reading

Duke Energy, USF Launch Solar Battery Research Initiative

Karen Henry

Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg have launched a solar battery project aimed at exploring better ways to store solar energy. Funded by a $1 million grant from Duke Energy, the solar battery project is already underway with the installation of a solar PV system on the top of   …Continue Reading

EU Smart Campus Pilot Achieves 30% Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

A three-year Europe-wide Smart Campus project targeted energy efficiency in non-residential university buildings and reached a 30 percent energy savings. Smart Campus was funded by the European Commission, and used Enoro’s centralized meter data management Generis to collect the energy consumption data from the pilot campuses, validate it and provide the campuses with feedback on   …Continue Reading

5 Reasons Clean Energy Investments Beat Expectations

Karin Rives

The solar industry is booming, and the US Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, chastised after several high-profile cleantech companies went belly up in 2011, has more than recovered. In fact, leading venture capitalists, some of our largest banks and brands, and — lately — private investors are expected to continue to invest heavily in   …Continue Reading

East Coast Cities are Top 3 Most Energy Efficient

Linda Hardesty

Boston continues to be the most energy-efficient city in the nation, according to the second edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Boston received 82 out of a possible 100 points, an improvement of more than five points from that city’s 2013 score. Trailing Boston,   …Continue Reading

US Representative Wants to Extend Tax Credits for Clean Energy

Karen Henry

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) has introduced H.R. 2412, the New Energy for America Act, which would extend Section 25D of the federal tax code for residential energy efficient property, as well as the Section 48 commercial investment tax credits (ITC) through 2021. In introducing his legislation, Congressman Thompson, a senior member of the House Ways   …Continue Reading

Schneider Software Prevents Overcooling in Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric launched a new software module – Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize – available within its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite StruxureWare. This new capability adds intelligence to existing data center cooling systems. Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize enables data center managers to understand the complexity of airflow within their facilities, including all   …Continue Reading

Submetering Could be Poised for Growth

Linda Hardesty

A blog posting from JLL says that currently, only about 15 percent of buildings in San Francisco have some form of submetering in place, as the practice is largely optional in Bay Area commercial real estate markets. In cities such as New York, Chicago and Seattle, submetering of electrical utilities is more common, and in   …Continue Reading

Bank of America Issues $600M Green Bond

Linda Hardesty

Bank of America has issued a green bond for $600 million to advance renewable energy and promote energy efficiency. This is the company’s second green bond. In November 2013, Bank of America issued its first green bond for $500 million. The funds from Bank of America’s green bonds are used specifically to finance renewable energy projects   …Continue Reading

Urjanet Accelerates International Expansion

Karen Henry

Urjanet has continued its international expansion into the European and Asian markets. The utility data provider has already launched in 13 countries outside of North America, including Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, with plans to expand to an additional 30 countries by the end of the year. Urjanet’s expansion is being driven   …Continue Reading