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Lighter Colored Flooring Can Create More Energy Efficient Classrooms

Karen Henry

Boosting the reflective value of flooring will enable more light — from artificial or natural sources — to bounce off the floor and illuminate a room more efficiently, according to a white paper, “Daylighting and Flooring: Don’t Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity,” issued by Armstrong Commercial Flooring. The white paper explains that a key strategy in   …Continue Reading

Natural Gas Inventory Exceeds Five-Year Average

Karen Henry

Working natural gas in storage has surpassed five-year average levels for the first time in more than a year, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). At 2,157 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of February 13, stocks are 58 Bcf greater than the five-year average. Extremely cold weather may result in high stock withdrawals in   …Continue Reading

BEMS Revenue to Reach $10.8B by 2024

Karen Henry

Revenue from building energy management systems (BEMS) is expected to reach $2.4 billion in 2015 and grow to $10.8 billion by 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Although North America and Europe are projected to continue leading BEMS demand in the near term, Navigant projects increasing investment in Asia Pacific in the   …Continue Reading

It Takes an Average 63 Days to Interconnect a Solar System

Linda Hardesty

Delays are common during the process to interconnect solar installations to the grid, according to the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which has analyzed data from more than 30,000 solar PV installations. According to the new NREL report, “Understanding Processes and Timelines for Distributed Photovoltaic Interconnection in the United States,” which examined PV   …Continue Reading

Commercial CHP Market to Reach $14B by 2024

Karen Henry

The market for commercial combined heat and power (comCHP) is expected to reach more than $14 billion by 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research. An anticipated expansion of the building stock in Asia Pacific, particularly in countries with rapidly urbanizing populations such as China, will lead to continued market expansion. ComCHP systems,   …Continue Reading

Open Standards Needed to Propel Industrial Internet

Linda Hardesty

Unlike the social Internet and the business Internet, the industrial Internet is hampered by legacy devices, proprietary communication methods and a lack of standardization, according to Lux Research. The two most near-term cases for the industrial Internet relate to commercial buildings and manufacturing operations, according to Lux Research’s report, “Understanding the Structure of Communication: Sorting   …Continue Reading

Energy Consumption by US Government at All-Time Low

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) shows total delivered-to-site energy use by the federal government fell to 0.96 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in fiscal year 2013, the lowest recorded since 1975, the earliest year for which data are available. Energy consumed in federal government facilities has generally been declining over   …Continue Reading

Venture Funding for BEMS Jumped to Nearly $1 Billion in 2014

Karen Henry

Venture funding for energy-efficient building technologies jumped to $944 million in 2014, with total funding during 2012 to 2014 higher than any three-year period over the last 15 years, according to a new report from Lux Research. From 2012 to 2014, venture capitalists poured a record $2.64 billion into this segment, despite a decline in   …Continue Reading

Walmart Tops EPA’s On-Site Generation List

Karen Henry

Walmart has once again secured its place atop the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) on-site generation Partner list. On January 27, EPA released updated lists of the top Green Power Partners that are choosing to use electricity from renewable sources. The Top 30 On-Site Generation list represents partners generating and consuming the most green power   …Continue Reading

Short-Term Energy Outlook – Jan 2015

Josh Kessler

DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases a monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook that contains price and consumption data on electricity, natural gas, and other commodities. This is the update for January (issued January 13). The next update will be released February 10. EIA forecasts a warmer first quarter than last year, with a 12 percent decrease in heating degree days (HDD).   …Continue Reading