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Digital Realty Gives RECs to Data Center Clients

Linda Hardesty

Digital Realty, a provider of data center and colocation solutions, is offering clients renewable energy certificates (RECs) under its new Clean Start Program. Digital Realty clients that sign a qualifying new lease will automatically receive RECs commensurate with the electricity they consume during the first year of their lease. This sustainability initiative comes as part   …Continue Reading


Siemens Brings Enterprise-Level Energy Management to Mid-Size Businesses

Karen Henry

Average energy demand per square foot in the commercial sector is growing at 1.5 percent per year. According to a 2009 McKinsey report, Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the US Economy, the commercial sector will consume 20 percent of all the energy used in the United States by 2020. Retail & Commercial Systems (RCS), a unit   …Continue Reading


Clean Energy on the Rise in 2015

Benjamin Schneider

With a new year comes new promises and new opportunities – and that also goes for the United States and China, the world’s biggest climate polluters. The good news is, both nations appear ready to embrace solar and other renewables, investments that will cement their recent, bilateral agreement to tackle climate change. Here are five signs renewables   …Continue Reading


Governor Brown’s ‘Big Ideas’ for Energy & Climate

Jon Costantino

Governor Brown was sworn into office earlier this month and gave his fourth inaugural address, which also doubled as his State of the State (a rare double feature). Though he touched on a variety of other proposals, the Governor kept his laser focused on climate and energy issues. He proposed three carefully worded, but ambitious,   …Continue Reading


Spiking Energy Prices Drive Interest in Competitive Power in Massachusetts

Paul Nastu

Gas and power prices in Massachusetts spiked last winter as a result of cold weather and natural gas supply constraints, and utilities have increased their rates to cover these costs. The Barnstable Patriot reported that rates increased by 37 percent for National Grid customers, effective November 1, and 29 percent for NSTAR customers, effective January   …Continue Reading


DTE Energy Expands Agricultural Energy-Efficiency Incentives

Linda Hardesty

DTE Energy added 20 new agricultural energy-efficiency incentives under its Commercial Energy-Efficiency Incentive Program. Members of Michigan’s agricultural community now can apply for cash incentives that will help pay for equipment upgrades and lower their monthly operating expenses. These incentives are available to both commercial and residential rate-code agriculture customers. DTE created incentives for those   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Programs Vary Depending on Market

Linda Hardesty

ACEEE looked at ways energy efficiency programs serving utility customers could attain higher participation and found that strategies vary depending on the target customers. Small Business programs, for example, must be structured to serve a customer segment that is highly diverse, according to ACEEE’s report “Expanding the Energy Efficiency Pie: Serving More Customers, Saving More   …Continue Reading


University Supplies Own Electricity

Linda Hardesty

The University of California will begin directly supplying electricity to its campuses and medical centers this month. Last year, UC became a registered Electric Service Provider (ESP), allowing its Wholesale Power Program to serve as the primary energy supplier, under direct access rules, to UC Irvine and its medical center, UC San Diego and its   …Continue Reading


Houston Real Estate Firm Buys 20M kW Worth of RECs

Linda Hardesty

GDF SUEZ Energy Resources will provide power via renewable energy certificates (RECs) to two of MetroNational’s office towers in Houston: One Memorial City Plaza and Three Memorial City Plaza. MetroNational is a privately-held real estate investment, development and management company. With the assistance of energy partners Amerex Energy Services and GDF SUEZ, MetroNational will offset   …Continue Reading


Arkansas Capitol Upgrades Earn $88,000 from Utility

Linda Hardesty

The Arkansas State Capitol underwent energy efficiency upgrades that are saving the state nearly 473,601 kWh a year. In addition, the state received a $88,246 check from Entergy Solutions Large Commercial and Industrial Program, which helps customers save energy and money by providing technical assistance to identify facility improvement recommendations based on the total amount   …Continue Reading