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Wisconsin School District Exceeds Anticipated Energy Savings

Karen Henry

An energy savings project completed at the School District of Osceola, Wis., in 2013 with McKinstry, an energy and facility services company, is outperforming the results guaranteed by the company by more than 11 percent in its first year. The school district hired McKinstry in December 2012 under an Act 32 Energy Efficiency Revenue Limit   …Continue Reading


Supermarket Powered by Food Waste Alone

Karen Henry

UK grocery store chain Sainsbury announced that its Cannock store will run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste. Sainsbury will use waste management company Biffa’s advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a unique power link to generate electricity using food waste from Sainsbury’s stores across the UK. The food waste is   …Continue Reading


NV Energy’s Efficiency Programs Decline in 2013

Karen Henry

NV Energy’s customers are paying higher utility bills due to a lack of state standards and utility incentives for energy efficiency programs in the state. According to two reports released recently by NV Energy, the utility’s customers saved 61 percent less in 2013 than they did as a result of the utility’s programs in 2009.   …Continue Reading


European Commission Proposes 30 Percent Energy-Savings Target for 2030

Karen Henry

The European Commission has proposed a three-pronged energy and climate strategy for European Union (EU) nations. Under the proposed strategy, EU nations would adopt goals to increase energy savings by 30 percent by 2030, reduce greenhouse gases by 40 percent and increase the amount of renewable energy consumption to 27 percent, Bloomberg reports. The proposal   …Continue Reading


Florida Utilities Want to Drastically Scale Back Energy Efficiency Programs

Linda Hardesty

Florida’s big utilities want the state’s regulators to let them scale back energy-efficiency programs over the next five years, reports Florida Today. Executives from Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric, Gulf Power and JEA have been testifying before the Florida Public Service Commission this week. The utilities claim demand for energy efficiency   …Continue Reading


Component-Level Benchmarking Could Save Commercial Businesses $60B

Karen Henry

Pathian, an energy consultancy, has developed Component Level Benchmarking (CLB), which it is billing as the world’s first energy benchmarking system that can factor out the impact of weather variations on energy consumption. According to the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance, more than $200 billion is spent each year to power commercial buildings in   …Continue Reading


Google Offers $1M for Small-Scale Power Inverter

Karen Henry

Can you take a big box and shrink it into a little box? That’s the question Google has posed to the engineering masses in its Little Box Challenge. The search engine giant is looking for a better—and smaller—power inverter. Specifically, Google, in conjunction with IEEE, is looking for someone who can build a kW-scale inverter   …Continue Reading


Elster Releases Enacto 9.3

Karen Henry

Elster EnergyICT has released Enacto 9.3, a cloud-based energy monitoring management platform that uses a virtual private data center to host data. Enacto 9.3 enables users to examine assets and equipment at the site level, as well as energy usage across the entire site. It has built-in intelligence and self-learning capability, analysing data and automatically   …Continue Reading


Embraco Offers Energy Efficient Commercial Refrigeration Compressor

Linda Hardesty

Embraco introduced a new compressor for light commercial refrigerators that covers evaporation temperatures ranging between -35ºC and 0ºC. The FFU160HAX can be used by manufacturers of commercial refrigerators in bottle coolers (600L to 1000L), as well as for horizontal freezers (400L to 800L) with solid or glass doors. The compressors provides energy efficiency gains of up   …Continue Reading


VC Funding for Smart Grid at $81M in Q2 2014, Says Mercom

Linda Hardesty

According to consulting firm Mercom Capital Group, venture capital funding into smart grid companies came in at $81 million in 13 deals in Q2 2014, compared to $101 million in 21 deals in Q1 2014. In Q2 2014 some top VC deals include: Sunverge Energy, a developer and manufacturer of distributed energy management systems, raised   …Continue Reading


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