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USDA Invests $518M to Improve Rural Electric Systems

Karen Henry

The US Department of Agriculture is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion the USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009. More than $23 million of the funding is targeted for smart   …Continue Reading


BGE Customers Save $2B in Energy

Linda Hardesty

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company says that through its BGE Smart Energy Savers Program, customers have achieved $2 billion in energy savings over the lifecycle of the energy efficiency measures installed. The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program is a suite of offerings to reduce energy usage and demand in support of EmPOWER Maryland’s goal of   …Continue Reading


UK Manufacturers Need Long-Term Energy Strategy

Karen Henry

For UK manufacturers who want to remain competitive, a long-term energy strategy is essential, according to an article in The Guardian. When Siemens conducted a survey of 600 energy decision makers at UK manufacturing companies about their energy-management strategies, they found that the majority discuss energy management during high-level board meetings and agree that energy   …Continue Reading


French Utility Picks Elster for 35 Million Smart Meters

Linda Hardesty

ERDF, the public electricity distribution network for 95 percent of continental France, has hired Elster to provide its customers with new smart meters. The Linky project will create a smart metering and communications network replacing 35 million meters in total. The smart meter project will also include development of a new manufacturing facility in France,   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards $23M for 12 Projects to Increase Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy announced expansions of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative and a new initiative to support the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. For the goal of doubling energy productivity, the Department announced a partnership with the Council on Competitiveness and the Alliance to Save Energy to launch Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030,   …Continue Reading


Veolia Manages College’s Central Cogeneration Plant

Linda Hardesty

Veolia North America was awarded a 5-year contract with the South Orange County Community College District to provide operation and maintenance of its central cogeneration plant at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. Following a competitive bid process, Veolia was selected to operate and maintain the central plant, including power generation equipment, the chilled and   …Continue Reading


Biogas CHP System Powers Brewery

Linda Hardesty

Yuengling Brewery based in Pottsville, Penn., is operating a 2G CENERGY 400ekW/h CHP cogeneration power plant, serving about 20 percent of Yuengling’s total electricity needs at the brewery. Methane gas is generated at the Yuengling Brewery wastewater treatment plant and at an anaerobic digester designed by Environmental Management Group.  2G CENERGY’s system cleans the raw biogas and turns this fuel   …Continue Reading


Utilities Edge Closer to the ‘Clean Trillion’

Karen Henry

Power companies are moving closer to achieving $1 trillion in clean energy investments—the amount that scientists say is necessary to avoid major climate disruption, according to an article in The Christian Science Monitor. Northeast Utilities has helped the Massachusetts Institute of Technology realize $4.4 million in energy cost savings as part of a multiyear strategic   …Continue Reading


Vortisand Helps NOLO’s District Energy Center Clean Up Its Water

Karen Henry

Enwave’s District Energy Center in New Orleans provides more than 33,000 tons of chilled water and air conditioning to more than 12 million square feet of commercial property that encompasses 15 square city blocks, including the New Orleans Regional Medical Center. After Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005, all of Enwave’s cooling water systems   …Continue Reading


‘Snap Together’ Solar System Increases Output from Roofs

Linda Hardesty

SolarCity unveiled a flat roof solar mounting system – ZS Peak – that it says is twice as fast to install and can generate significantly more solar electricity from commercial rooftops. Like SolarCity’s Zep residential solar systems, ZS Peak provides a snap-together system to simplify and accelerate installation. SolarCity estimates that ZS Peak can increase   …Continue Reading


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