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Duke Preps for Distributed Solar on Heels of Net Metering Decision

Linda Hardesty

Duke Energy will deliver a distributed solar development plan to the South Carolina public utilities commission in February in response to the net metering agreement reached last week. In December, South Carolina became the 44th state to institute net metering. Net metering allows solar customers to get credit on their utility bills at the retail rate   …Continue Reading

San Francisco Construction Office Uses Daylighting System in Bid to Earn Net-Zero Status

Karen Henry

DPR Construction recently installed 19 Solatube SolaMaster Series 750 DS units in its San Francisco office as part of the company’s effort to achieve the International Living Future Institute’s Net-Zero Energy building (NZEB) designation. If the San Francisco building earns the designation, it will be the first one in the city to do so. Located at   …Continue Reading

IWS Sewage Heat Recovery System Aims to End Waste

Linda Hardesty

International Wastewater Systems has developed a sewage heat recovery system for large residential and commercial buildings that delivers efficiency savings five times the investment. The sewage, once it’s captured and the solids are removed, is put through a heat exchanger  and used to produce 140 degree Fahrenheit water for domestic potable use. The process is 500   …Continue Reading

Commercial BAS Market to Exceed $86B by 2023

Karen Henry

According to a new report from Navigant Research, global revenue for commercial building automation systems (BAS) is expected to grow from $59.3 billion annually in 2013 to $86.7 billion in 2023. At the beginning of 2014, Navigant released a report projecting the BAS market to reach $34 billion by 2021. Growth in the BAS market   …Continue Reading

Branson’s Carbon War Room Merges With Alternative Energy Think Tank

Linda Hardesty

Carbon War Room, the global non-profit organization co-founded by Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson, has merged with alternative energy think tank Rocky Mountain Institute in an effort to combat climate change and accelerate demand and financing for low-carbon solutions that are technically feasible and cost effective today. The merger brings together CWR, a young organization known for   …Continue Reading

UTC, TERI Open Center to Promote Energy Efficient Buildings in India

Linda Hardesty

United Technologies Corporation and The Energy and Resources Institute launched Wednesday a center to encourage the development of energy efficiency buildings in India. UTC and TERI announced plans for the center in October.   The Centre of Excellence for Energy Efficient Buildings opens as the Indian government introduces the Smart City Programme to address the challenge   …Continue Reading

Sempra Energy Snags Top Award for Renewable Energy Production

Linda Hardesty

Sempra US Gas & Power has more than 1,500 megawatts of solar and wind generation in operation and another 308 MW under construction, milestones that helped the company earn the Industry Leadership – Electricity Generation award at the 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards in December. Sempra US Gas & Power has natural gas and renewable   …Continue Reading

TransCentra to Save 25K Annually in Utility Bill Redesign

Linda Hardesty

TransCentra, a bill and payment software and services firm based in Georgia, expects to save more than $25,000 annually through a project implemented by Connexus Energy. Connexus Energy redesigned the company’s billing to use less paper. The annual savings is in addition to about $30,000 in cost reductions realized from the Minnesota utility’s implementation of   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Talent Trends for 2015

Matthew Cohen

What will be the emerging talent and hiring trends in the energy efficiency workplace for 2015? One major trend is that the demand for energy engineers, project developers and managers, sales managers and program directors is on the rise. As an executive recruiter in the Energy Efficiency and Building Technologies space, I see several trends that have   …Continue Reading

ASHRAE Proposes New Climate Zone for 90.1 Standard

Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE/IES are proposing an expansion of climate zones for Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, saying the expanded climate data could make the energy standard more applicable for global use. The proposed addendum closes for review Jan. 19, 2015. The addendum was developed in response to an update of ASHRAE Standard   …Continue Reading

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