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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


Grocers Pass on Rebates That are Too Complicated

Linda Hardesty

Singh360 offers a service to supermarkets in the United States to help them secure energy-efficiency rebates from utilities. “Some supermarkets want help because the application process can take a lot of time and effort,” said Abtar Singh, CEO of Singh360. According to the company, utilities generally offer two categories of rebates – prescriptive and custom.   …Continue Reading


NY Hotel Saves $124,255 in First Year with LED Retrofit

Karen Henry

LED Source recently completed an LED lighting retrofit project at The Chatwal, located in Manhattan’s Theatre District. The project is part of a larger company initiative to target all hotel properties throughout the greater New York City area that could benefit from an LED lighting upgrade using the company’s Rebates and Incentives Program. The LED   …Continue Reading


ComEd Awards $186,750 Rebate to Building Owner

Linda Hardesty

MB Real Estate received a $186,750 rebate check from ComEd for its participation in the utility’s Smart Ideas Building Performance with Energy Star Commercial Real Estate program. MB Real Estate’s management and engineering teams at its 181 W. Madison property, a 50-story building, recently completed a chiller replacement. The project involved replacing an existing 23-year   …Continue Reading


Hawaiian Electric Companies Propose Demand Response Programs

Karen Henry

The Hawaiian Electric Companies are proposing an Integrated Demand Response Portfolio Plan to provide customers more options for saving on their electric bills while supporting the adoption of more clean energy, reducing the use of more expensive fossil-fueled generation and relieving stress on the electric grid. The plan lays out new and enhanced demand response   …Continue Reading


Leidos Awarded $55M Contract to Manage ActOnEnergy Programs

Karen Henry

Leidos was awarded a contract by Ameren Illinois to implement business and residential energy efficiency programs for Ameren Illinois customers. The contract has a three-year period of performance and a total contract value of $55 million. The agreement covers work Leidos will perform to help business and residential customers save energy through Ameren Illinois’s ActOnEnergy   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Prospects Surge for Minnesota Utilities

Jennifer Hermes

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has rejected a nearly two-fold increase in fixed charges for CenterPoint Energy Resource’s residential customers, and ordered a mechanism – decoupling – for the gas utility that’s aimed at encouraging more energy savings for the state’s homes, businesses and industry. Last week’s ruling sets an important precedent for states striving   …Continue Reading


Energy Savings Maximized with Summer Incentive Programs

Jennifer Hermes

In recent years, some electric utilities have had to institute an array of strategies including incentive programs to forcibly reduce load, including rolling brownouts, to avoid damaging disruptions. Last summer, a heat wave in the Northeast required more than 33,000 megawatts of power a day to cool New York City, a staggering number when you   …Continue Reading


Sample ‘Exam’ for Performance Contracting Certification

Jennifer Hermes

This article is a follow-up to Eric Woodroof’s article from April 30. The new certification on Performance Contracting and Energy Project Funding (“PCF”), has created quite a buzz in the industry.  Due to recent articles about this new level of professional distinction, exam-taking candidates often ask: “What does the test cover?”  Below is a small   …Continue Reading


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