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Portland Likely to Require Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The Portland City Council held a hearing last week on a new Energy Performance Reporting Policy and will make a decision whether to approve it on April 22. A spokesman for the city said, “it looks positive” that the new mandated energy reporting for commercial buildings will be approved. If so, Portland will become the   …Continue Reading


Using Building Energy Management for Factories

Linda Hardesty

While building automation systems are transforming the way energy managers monitor and save energy in buildings, can these same systems help factories even though they face different energy-saving challenges? An article in Automation World says most building automation systems (BAS) reside as software, while various controller types manage equipment and portions of the network, and   …Continue Reading


New Energy System Will Save Stanford $420M

Karen Henry

Stanford University is building a new energy system that incorporates solar power with heat recovery. The new system, called the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), will save the university $420 million in energy costs over 35 years, making Stanford one of the most energy-efficient research universities in the world. The university has also committed to providing   …Continue Reading


Tire Plant Earns Superior Energy Performance Gold Certification

Linda Hardesty

The Cooper Tire plant in Texarkana, Arkansas, has been certified as a Superior Energy Performance (SEP) facility at the Gold level by the US Department of Energy. The plant was recognized for implementing International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001, which provides a framework of requirements for organizations to develop policies for more efficient use of   …Continue Reading


NJ School District Hires Honeywell for Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Lower Cape May Regional School District in New Jersey announced an energy savings improvement program with New Jersey-based Honeywell. The program features a mix of conservation measures and equipment upgrades at the Lower Cape May Regional High School, Richard M. Teitelman Middle School and ancillary district buildings. The program is expected to reduce the district’s   …Continue Reading


San Antonio Macy’s Store Showcases Better Buildings Challenge Measures

Linda Hardesty

Through the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, Macy’s has committed to reduce its energy use by 20 percent across its entire building portfolio by 2020. At Macy’s Better Buildings Challenge showcase project in San Antonio, Texas, the retailer has reduced the store’s electricity use by 30 percent by replacing over 1,100 accent lights with LED lamps   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency in Food Service Businesses

Mark Masterson

When you are the owner or manager of a food service business, using less energy for day-to-day operations becomes an important consideration. Food service businesses use almost two-and-a-half times more energy than other businesses. Concerns about sustainability and climate change have helped to turn the focus toward energy efficiency in all businesses, especially food service.   …Continue Reading


Axiom Energy Becomes GridPoint Channel Partner

Linda Hardesty

Axiom Energy Solutions, a national provider of lighting and energy efficiency systems, has become a partner in GridPoint’s Channel Partner Program. Axiom will resell and install GridPoint energy management systems to its customers, which include various types of retail sites, hospitals, educational campuses and the hospitality sector. GridPoint’s energy management includes granular submetering and monitoring,   …Continue Reading


CBRE Buys Environmental Systems

Linda Hardesty

Just weeks after announcing it would buy Johnson Controls’ Global WorkPlace Solutions business for $1.4 billion, CBRE Group has acquired Environmental Systems Inc. (ESI), a provider of energy management services in the United States. ESI is providing analytics-driven managed services for over 180 million square feet of facilities at over 2,800 sites. Founded in 1986,   …Continue Reading


Department of Interior Retrofits Headquarters Building

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has awarded Ameresco an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) valued at $77 million over its 20-year term to provide for the implementation of water conservation and energy efficiency measures and ongoing energy management services to the DOI headquarters building in Washington, DC. Through the comprehensive ESPC, Ameresco will   …Continue Reading