Reporting

Not So Fast: Energy Benchmarking in Kansas City

Linda Hardesty

Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James is sponsoring an ordinance to require mandatory energy benchmarking in the city, but he is getting blowback from building owners, reports the Kansas City Star. Building owners are voicing their opposition to the plan via the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Metropolitan Kansas City, which represents commercial buildings. A   …Continue Reading


Federal Agencies Must Use eProject Builder for All ESPC Projects

Linda Hardesty

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) says all interested parties in federal energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) should now use eProject Builder (ePB), which is fully active and in production mode. eProject Builder is a free web-based system for entering and tracking ESPC data through the life of a federal project. eProject Builder was developed and   …Continue Reading


City Picks UtilityTRX for Utility Bill Management

Linda Hardesty

The City of Huntsville, Alabama, has selected UtilityTRX as its utility bill management and data analytics software for more than 100 buildings that equate to over 1.5 million square feet. UtilityTRX features utility bill tracking, bill payment processing, automated bill audit, case management, benchmarking, utility data analytics, rate optimization, weather normalized savings enterprise reporting, metering   …Continue Reading


Atlanta Mandates Building Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed legislation to undertake a series of measures, including energy benchmarking and audits, to boost efficiency in its commercial buildings. Under the Atlanta Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance, the city will collect energy benchmarking data and require periodic energy audits and potential improvements to existing building equipment and functions. Using   …Continue Reading


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


FirstFuel Raises $23M in Series C Financing

Linda Hardesty

FirstFuel Software closed $23 million in Series C financing in a round led by Next World Capital and joined by new investor Electranova Capital. All prior investors, including Battery Ventures, Rockport Capital, Nth Power and E.ON SE also participated in the round. Tom Rikert, partner at Next World Capital, will join FirstFuel’s board of directors.   …Continue Reading


Power TakeOff Selects Urjanet for Automated Utility Data

Linda Hardesty

Power TakeOff, a provider of interval energy data monitoring, analysis and reporting, will use Urjanet data, sourced from over 1,400 utilities worldwide, to expand its service offerings and simplify utility data acquisition. According to Power TakeOff, with over 47,000 utility rate structures in the United States and thousands of bill formats, it’s a challenge for   …Continue Reading


SiteSage Now Manages Utility Bills

Linda Hardesty

Powerhouse Dynamics, creator of the SiteSage energy and asset management system for multi-site operators of small commercial facilities, has announced two new extensions to enable centralized utility bill management and the capture and tracking of key equipment asset information. The two new extensions are now available for all customers. SiteSage Bills electronically captures and integrates   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Program Offered for Multifamily Buildings in 7 States

Linda Hardesty

Green building consulting firms New Ecology and Elevate have partnered with WegoWise to increase energy efficiency in the multifamily affordable housing market. The companies are implementing a free benchmarking process in seven states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Illinois, Missouri, western Pennsylvania and Virginia. The program is intended to be a one-stop shop for multifamily building owners   …Continue Reading


EcoSteer, Advantech Partner for Monitoring via Sensors

Linda Hardesty

UK-based energy and environmental software platform provider EcoSteer is partnering with Advantech. The partnership brings together a combination of specialist skills in monitoring large numbers of sensors and making sense of data gathered from several sites. Advantech contributes its comprehensive system integration, customer-centric design and logistics support. EcoSteer offers its experience of dealing with the   …Continue Reading