Energy Efficiency

Better Buildings, Better Plants: 12 Success Stories

Carl Weinschenk

The Department of Energy is encouraging industrial plants to be more energy and water efficient — and industry is listening.

BoA: Carbon Neutral by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

The Bank of America said that it plans to be carbon neutral by 2020. The company said that it will reduce location-based greenhouse gas emissions by half, energy use by 40 percent and water use by 45 percent in its worldwide operations. The company, in a move similar to one announced last week by General   …Continue Reading

EDF: Energy Efficiency Now Strategic and Central

Carl Weinschenk

The Environmental Defense Fund places graduate fellows in commercial and industrial companies. The news from the front lines is good

GM to Use All Renewable Energy by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced yesterday that it will get its electricity from renewable sources across all of its 350 worldwide operations by 2050. The company said that it also is joining RE100, which is a global collaborative of businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electric power. GM says that it saves $5 million annually from use of renewable   …Continue Reading

Assessing Leadership: The Dynamic Building Energy Management Systems Market

Casey Talon

The transformation of a facility into an intelligent building creates lucrative business benefits. The efficiency gains achieved with this kind of optimized building translate into lower operating costs, higher sustainability performance, and greater occupant satisfaction. Intelligent building software, or a building energy management system (BEMS), is the keystone of this transformation—the brains of the intelligent   …Continue Reading

California Energy Commission Takes a Big Step on Computers

Carl Weinschenk

The state is close to establishing rules that will reduce energy use in computers, computer monitors and electronic signage.

NORESCO Signs ESPCs for 2 Prisons

Carl Weinschenk

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has selected NORESCO to upgrade the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, NJ and the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia. The work will be done under a $49 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC). It will help fulfill mandates in Executive Order 13693 regarding federal sustainability. The EO was released   …Continue Reading

Can We Just Use Less AC? And How Buildings are Becoming More Efficient

Ken Silverstein

According to the International Energy Agency in Paris, if the world wants to meet its climate targets set last December, something must be done. To that end, it says that more enforcement of building codes is necessary, which will in turn create more efficient buildings that would require less cooling.

Submissions Now Accepted for Energy Manager Today Awards

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today has opened its submission period for the 2016 Energy Manager Today Awards. Products that help companies improve energy management are eligible for a Product of the Year Award. Companies that implement projects that successfully improve energy management metrics can submit the project for a Project of the Year Award.   As companies know, the   …Continue Reading

Colorado Mixing Solar, Weatherization

Carl Weinschenk

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), the Energy Resource Center (ERC) and Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) have installed a 2kW rooftop solar array to a low income family’s home as part of the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The press release says that the CEO WAP provides free energy efficiency technology to income-eligible households. This is   …Continue Reading