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Climate Declaration Means Opportunities for GM

William Opalka

General Motors remains the only automaker among 750 signatories of the Climate Declaration, organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition. GM’s investments are reducing its energy costs by at least $170 million. For the second consecutive year, the EPA recognized GM with a 2014 Energy Star Partner   …Continue Reading


Company Pitches Energy Management for the Little Guys

William Opalka

The so-called internet of things has a new player as Smartcool Systems provides a tool to automate energy efficiency and energy management in small commercial buildings. A collaboration with an energy management system (EMS) is showing savings of 25 percent. The company signed a software licensing agreement in December with smartACR, which is developing an automated   …Continue Reading


Active Energy Strategy Maximizes Competitive Advantage

Energy Manager Today Staff

With more than 11.5 million square feet of office space currently under construction in New York City, the market remains highly competitive.  In such a competitive environment, buildings with high energy costs can be at a serious disadvantage.  Especially in New York City, energy efficiency improvements have cut energy costs noticeably – but greater opportunities   …Continue Reading


General Dynamics Improves Energy Performance by Nearly 12%

William Opalka

General Dynamics staff implemented a robust energy management system in conformance with ISO 50001 at a federal ammunition plant in Scranton, Penn., that improved performance by 11.9 percent to become the first US defense contractor to be certified to the US Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program. The General Dynamics experience is the subject of a   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Program Receives Award

William Opalka

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program won an award from the Association of Energy Services Professionals for developing a program that doubled the amount of energy saved during a comparable time period. The award was given for its work on the 6 Million Therm Savings campaign, developed by CLEAResult. The campaign promotes a program that   …Continue Reading


Energy Consumption Adapted to Occupant Behaviors

William Opalka

Ameresco subsidiary Seldera has launched a new technology-based tool to provide low-cost energy savings by adapting the building consumption to occupant behaviors. Seldera’s new offering, Building Dynamics, uses a wireless sensing technology to audit energy usage in buildings. The system correlates building occupancy patterns with energy consumption to identify savings opportunities. Wireless sub-meters and sensors   …Continue Reading


Superior Energy Performance has New Website

William Opalka

Superior Energy Performance (SEP) unveiled its new website, which is a resource for manufacturers who want to prove their achievements in energy management and lower plant energy costs. SEP is a certification program and process applicable to facilities of all sizes in all manufacturing sectors. The site can be found at http://superiorenergyperformance.energy.gov/. Facilities with a   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Acquires AST Modular

William Opalka

Energy Management specialist Schneider Electric has acquired Barcelona, Spain-based AST Modular. AST Modular has a portfolio of prefabricated data center modules, services, manufacturing expertise, which it has deployed in projects in over 450 projects in more than 30 countries. Expansions to AST Modular’s portfolio have included non-ISO modules, multi-module designs, and modular data center rooms,   …Continue Reading


Forest Service Recognized for Net Zero Energy Facility

William Opalka

The US Forest Service’s Technology and Development Center received the White House’s 2013 GreenGov Presidential Award and the US Department of Energy’s 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for its net zero energy facility project in San Dimas, Calif. A facility earns a net zero energy designation if it produces more renewable energy than it uses per year.   …Continue Reading


Predictions Made for High Performance Building

William Opalka

Net-zero energy buildings are so 2013. Net-positive energy buildings are the future. That was among the predictions for 2014 made by green builder Hammer & Hand for the US high performance building industry. The Portland/Seattle builder believes cheap solar panels, more electric vehicles and market mechanisms that reward onsite energy production will emerge. Building energy   …Continue Reading


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