Energy Intensity

Slow Progress in Fed Energy, Emissions Efforts

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) reports that the federal government is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and improving its energy efficiency. The improvements did not hit the targets, however. The report by Federal News Radio said that last year the energy intensity reduction was 22.7 percent from a fiscal 2003 baseline. The goal was 30   …Continue Reading


How Closely Should Voluntary and Mandatory Efficiency Programs Be Coordinated?

Carl Weinschenk

The 2030 Districts program is gaining steam. The latest district is in Ithaca and Tomkins County, New York. Late last month, it became the thirteenth district — and a fourteenth may be on the way.


The Lowest Hanging Fruit: Saving Energy By Finding Easily Fixed Problems

Carl Weinschenk

Organizations interested in the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency go to great lengths to reduce consumption. Some approaches – such as LED retrofits – are relatively easy. Others, such as the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) — are more intensive and carry a steeper price tag. What about just turning off and disconnecting the things that shouldn’t be turned on?


Pittsburgh Excels in the 2030 Challenge

Carl Weinschenk

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that sits at the confluence of three great rivers. It is home to three storied professional sports teams and several great universities. It also is the leading city in the Green Building Alliance’s 2030 Challenge.


Arby’s Cuts Energy Use 15% in 4 Years

Carl Weinschenk

Arby’s Restaurant Group said that as of the end of last year it achieved a 15.2 percent energy reduction at its company-owned restaurants as measured against a 2011 baseline. The chain, in the story at Restaurant.News.com, also reduced water use by 8.6 percent in the same timeframe. The company had pledged in 2012 to achieve the 15   …Continue Reading


General Motors Cuts Its Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

Last week, General Motors said that 11 of its facilities were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification. Buildings under consideration must outperform 75 percent of similar facilities nationwide and meet other performance criteria set by the EPA in order to win the distinction. The winners consisted of seven parts distribution centers, three IT   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Efforts Face Obstacles in New Buildings and Retrofits

Carl Weinschenk

Research shows that energy efficiency is important – but not paramount – to building owners and operators and that implementation of measures to cut energy use are inconsistent in both existing structures and new building design. In late October, Honeywell and KRC Research released a study that looked at the priorities of 500 building operators across   …Continue Reading


Energy a Big Deal at Cable-Tec Expo

Carl Weinschenk

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers will present energy-related special sessions, demos, tours and workshops at Cable-Tec Expo this week in New Orleans. The Energy 2020 program will present “Cable’s Power Innovators,” a look at vendor milestones in energy cost and consumption reductions. Energy 2020 will present a 90-minute session on energy management and offer energy case studies.   …Continue Reading


GE’s Current Offers Energy-as-a-Service

Carl Weinschenk

GE yesterday announced Current. The company will integrate GE’s LED, solar, storage and electric vehicle businesses on the Predix digital analytics platform.  The new company will provide energy-as-a-service via a Predix-driven network of Internet-of-things (IoT) sensor-enabled hardware and software. Fulfillment, product management and financing solutions will be offered. The goal, according to a quote from   …Continue Reading


Energy Stats for Boston Buildings Online

Carl Weinschenk

Energy metrics for buildings in Boston now are available, according to The Daily Free Press. The website, which was created by Greenovate Boston, will help link building management to energy efficiency incentives and financing programs that are available to them. The story says that large buildings are responsible for about half the greenhouse gas emissions   …Continue Reading