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UK Small Businesses Get Tax Break for Onsite Solar

Linda Hardesty

Small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are encouraged to take advantage of their Annual Investment Allowance (AIA), a government incentive in which businesses can benefit from 100 percent tax relief until the end of 2015 on up to $798,000 spent on plant or machinery, including onsite renewable energy. Solar panel installer EvoEnergy says firms   …Continue Reading


Maine PUC Warns Businesses to Prepare for High Electric Prices

Linda Hardesty

State energy officials in Maine are encouraging businesses to prepare for a sharp rise in electricity prices this winter. According to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, these price increases will be most pronounced for medium-sized business customers on the standard offer, as well as for customers whose electricity price fluctuates with time of use. For   …Continue Reading


Casino Bets on Rooftop Air Handlers, Centrifugal Chillers for Energy Savings

Karen Henry

Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Ohio, was built with energy savings in mind. To help the two-story 344,000-square-foot building achieve LEED certification, the building owner and design team brought in Daikin Applied to install rooftop air handlers and centrifugal chillers. An article in HPAC Engineering describes the construction project. Daikin installed 21 RoofPak variable-air-volume (VAV) air   …Continue Reading


Renew 179D Tax Deduction, Says Energy Management Association

Linda Hardesty

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02), along with 16 other members of Congress, introduced HR 5559, the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014. The bill would: -Extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy through 2016. -Offer wind investors parity with solar investors, giving investors in each technology similar tax   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors $2.1M Auction

Linda Hardesty

Hawaii Energy is conducting a $2.1 million energy efficiency auction. Hawaii Energy is a ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. According to the firm’s website, it’s looking for contractors, energy vendors, ESCOs, property managers and developers to “bid” on incentive funding by submitting creative   …Continue Reading


Illinois Recognizes Alpha for Energy Saving Projects

Karen Henry

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has recognized Alpha Controls & Services for implementing energy saving projects for public facilities in Northern Illinois. Alpha Controls is a trade ally partner in the Illinois Energy Now Program, an energy-efficiency program that provides millions of dollars in rebates to public facilities that make energy   …Continue Reading


Green Mountain Power Partners with NRG Energy

Karen Henry

Green Mountain Power (GMP) and NRG Energy announced a partnership to deploy a series of new products and services for Vermont businesses and residents. Beginning in early 2015, the partnership plans to bring clean energy products and services to Vermont. Central to the effort will be the development of an advanced distribution grid in Rutland.   …Continue Reading


New York’s Solar Programs Merge under NY-Sun Initiative

Karen Henry

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state’s multiple solar programs are transitioning to the single, statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program. This effort is designed to support the state’s solar economy through the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative. Launched in 2012, NY-Sun is part of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to protect the environment, grow the clean energy   …Continue Reading


Massachusetts Town Reduces Annual Electricity Use by 14%

Karen Henry

Constellation and the Town of Essex, Mass., completed an energy-efficient lighting project designed to reduce the town’s electricity consumption by an estimated 85,266 kWh annually—more than 14 percent of the town’s usage. Energy-efficient lighting was installed in Essex’s town hall, police and fire station, senior center, water filtration plant and department of public works facility.   …Continue Reading


Hospital CHP Plant Generates 13 Million kWh Per Year

Linda Hardesty

The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health Medical Center unveiled its new combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which is located on site at the medical campus in Bel Air, Md. Baltimore Gas and Electric’s (BGE’s) Smart Energy Savers Program is helping the university manage its energy use through BGE’s Combined Heat and Power Program.   …Continue Reading


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