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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


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


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


Colorado Industries Get Incentives for CHP

Linda Hardesty

In a late December ruling, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved Public Service Company of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, to provide financial incentives to industrial facilities that convert waste heat to power, a type of combined heat and power (CHP). The ruling, a first for the state, places cogeneration technologies alongside better-known renewables like   …Continue Reading


190 Michigan Nonprofits Get Energy Efficiency Benefits

Linda Hardesty

About 190 nonprofit groups throughout Michigan will pay $350,000 less for energy next year after Consumers Energy provides them with energy-efficient upgrades for free. The nonprofits are receiving free installations of energy-saving items such as LED lights and programmable thermostats, financial incentives or free energy assessments to help them reduce their energy usage. Most of the   …Continue Reading


New Prudential Tower Receives $1.3M in Energy Efficiency Incentives

Linda Hardesty

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved energy efficiency incentives totaling over $1.3 million for installation of energy conservation technologies at the New Prudential Tower in Newark, NJ. The measures are expected to result in energy savings of $646,898 annually. Viridian Energy and Environmental used the incentives available through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program   …Continue Reading


Hospital Gets $200,700 Rebate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Dayton Power & Light awarded the Kettering Health Network an energy efficiency rebate of $200,700  for a project that upgraded the air conditioning system at the Kettering Medical Center campus in Kettering, Ohio. The project, which was implemented by Siemens, installed a Demand Flow chilled water plant optimization control system that upgraded the air conditioning   …Continue Reading


Kentucky Utilities Expand Energy-Efficiency Programs

Karen Henry

The Kentucky Public Service Commission approved plans filed by Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities (KU) to expand the following energy efficiency programs. Commercial energy analysis and rebates: Adds an online energy audit tool based on the commercial customer’s actual usage, retires the utilities’ former commercial energy analysis program to offer financial rebates   …Continue Reading


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


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