Energy Efficiency

Factors are Favorable for a Rise in Smaller CHP Plants

Karen Henry

While 86 percent of installed combined heat and power (CHP) capacity in the United States serves large industrial and manufacturing sites, the days of new CHP plant installations at large sites are slowing down, according to Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production. CHP plant installations were at an all-time high of 6-7 GW in 2001 and 2002,   …Continue Reading

Obama Advances Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

President Obama signed an Executive Order calling for massive reductions in energy and water use in federal buildings and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from federal fleets. Over the next 10 years, the order will save taxpayers an estimated $18 billion in avoided energy costs, says the administration. The Executive Order directs Federal agencies to: Ensure 25 percent   …Continue Reading

Individualized Lighting May Increase Workplace Productivity

Karen Henry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the European standard EN12464-1:2011 Lighting of Indoor Workplaces recommends around 500-lx (50-fc) for workplace task lighting. LEDs Magazine reports that Philips Lighting has developed an interactive Facebook widget that allows office workers to test the light level in their office space. Required ranges in office lighting can   …Continue Reading

Water Treatment Plant to Save 1.4M kWh per Year

Linda Hardesty

The Spanish subsidiary of Veolia Water Technologies - UTEDEZA – is taking part in an energy efficiency and effluent quality improvement project at the La Cartuja Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Zaragoza, Spain. The $5.4 million improvement plan includes actions aimed at improving energy efficiency at the WWTP, providing $657,000 in savings on the energy bill   …Continue Reading

AT&T Upgrades Lighting at 20 Million Square Feet

Linda Hardesty

Enlighted has retrofitted about 20 million square feet of AT&T’s facilities with LED lighting in an on-going business relationship that could see AT&T retrofitting all 120 million square feet of its real estate, as long as the business model continues to make sense for the telecommunications company. Zach Gentry, vice president of business development at   …Continue Reading

Singapore Resort Increases Margins with Energy Efficiency Efforts

Karen Henry

Installing key-card-based energy management systems in hotels result in energy reductions between 20 and 30 percent. According to a Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) blog post, this only scratches the surface of the money-saving potential that the hotel and hospitality industry can achieve through energy efficiency retrofits. To illustrate the effectiveness of comprehensive energy retrofit efforts,   …Continue Reading

Mitsubishi Electric Pairs Building Controls with Integration Services

Karen Henry

Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division has launched the Diamond Controls Solutions and the DC-600E Integration Controller. These products pair building controls with customer service from Mitsubishi Electric’s Professional Solutions Group (PSG). PSG is involved in every step of the integration process, including design, programming, installation, training and follow-up. The Diamond Controls Solutions product-services   …Continue Reading

Misters Cool People via Occupancy Sensors

Linda Hardesty

An air conditioning system developed by a team at MIT’s Senseable City Lab is activated by occupancy. The Cloud Cast system works via aluminum rods that are fitted with sensors into the ceiling. When the ultrasonic sensors detect the presence of people by interpreting the echoes from high-frequency sound waves, they activate a cool mist.   …Continue Reading

Green Lease Leaders Program Accepting Applications

Karen Henry

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance kicked off the 2015 Green Lease Leaders Recognition Program. Commercial brokers and landlords across the globe who are introducing energy efficiency practices into their leases are encouraged to apply. Recipients will receive the “Green Lease Leader” designation and will be given   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Funding Slashed in Maine

Karen Henry

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted 2-1 to cut the state’s funding cap for energy efficiency programs offered through Efficiency Maine from $60 million to $22 million, the Portland Press Herald reports. The decision is being heavily criticized by environmentalists and democrats who say the cut will result in higher electricity bills for Maine homeowners   …Continue Reading

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