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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


Hotel Reduces Cooling Costs 44% with Solar Carports

Linda Hardesty

REC Solar completed a 102 kW array for The Hampton Inn & Suites Bakersfield North-Airport in Bakersfield, Calif. The carport-mounted installation will offset 44 percent of the electricity costs for the 94-room hotel, saving up to $8,800 per month. With temperatures regularly reaching 115 degrees, the Bakersfield hotel faces steep cooling costs. The Hampton Inn   …Continue Reading


Winter Polar Vortex’s Biggest Lesson: Supplier Transparency Is Key

Jennifer Hermes

The history-making 2013-2014 Winter Polar Vortex dramatically demonstrated the importance of energy supplier transparency. With both demand and prices reaching record highs, users need to fully understand the energy supply products they are purchasing, and also need to be aware of the way that risk is being shared between customer and supplier. The unexpected extremes   …Continue Reading


Constellation Acquires Integrys Energy Services

Linda Hardesty

Exelon is purchasing Integrys Energy Services, a competitive retail electricity and natural gas subsidiary serving about 1.2 million commercial, industrial, public sector and residential customers across 22 Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states and the District of Columbia. Integrys will become part of Exelon’s Constellation business unit, strengthening Constellation’s retail power and gas business, serving about   …Continue Reading


College Cuts Electricity Costs, Reduces Fatal Bird Collisions

Karen Henry

By installing bird-friendly film over highly reflective, heat-conducting glass, Atlantic Cape Community College’s Cape May County Campus in NJ has reduced its cooling costs and the number of fatal bird collisions at the same time. The dual problems began immediately after the college’s Cape May County Campus was established in 2005. Atlantic Cape decided to   …Continue Reading


3 MW Solar Array Powers BMW Factory

Linda Hardesty

BMW installed 11,500 260kw solar PV panels on top of the firm’s MINI production plant in Oxford, United Kingdom. The 3 MW array, which covers 20,000 square meters, is supplying power to the recently opened body shop production line where more than 1,000 robots are in operation building new MINI hatchback cars. The installation includes   …Continue Reading


Cambridge, Mass., Institutes Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The City Council of Cambridge, Mass., voted unanimously to approve the Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO), requiring the benchmarking and disclosure of building energy performance for large commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings. In passing the ordinance, Cambridge joins its neighbor, Boston, along with eight other major US cities – Austin, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia,   …Continue Reading


Smart Manufacturing Will Transform US Industry

Karen Henry

Smart manufacturing—the integration of all facets of manufacturing through the use of information and communication technologies (ICT)—is set to transform the industrial sector and its use of energy, raw materials and labor over the next 20 years. A new report issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) examines energy savings opportunities in   …Continue Reading


Sierra Nevada Brewery Employs Solar

Linda Hardesty

Sundance Power Systems installed 650 kilowatts (DC) of Kyocera solar modules on Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s new Mills River, NC, brewery. The modules will help power the brewery’s energy-intensive processes. Sundance Power Systems designed and installed the 650 kW solar system, which covers nearly two acres on the roof. Other brewers using Kyocera modules include   …Continue Reading


The CPUC’s Energy Storage Rulemaking: Developing the Bridge to a Renewable Energy Economy

Jennifer Hermes

Energy storage is widely considered to be the missing bridge between today’s electric grid, which is reliant on conventional generation that can be dispatched on demand, and an electric grid reliant on increasing levels intermittent renewable resources such as solar and wind. Unlike water, oil, or natural gas, electric energy on today’s electric grid is   …Continue Reading


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