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EPA Undeterred by Supreme Court’s Delay of Clean Power Plan

Ken Silverstein

When the coal states lined up for a final drive to temporarily block the Clean Power Plan at the US Supreme Court, most onlookers thought it an act of desperation. Now that the Supremes have granted their request, the bigger question is what will ultimately happen to the carbon reduction plan. On Tuesday, the High   …Continue Reading


Lux: Google, Amazon Emissions Claims Inaccurate

Carl Weinschenk

Lux Research took a close look at the claims being made about energy usage by owners of big datacenters and found them to be suspect. The problem is that these metrics produce results that allow companies such as Google and Amazon to make claims that do not reflect reality, according to Lux Vice President of   …Continue Reading


FIU Again Tops in Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Florida International University has been the top performing university since the Florida State University System began tracking energy use in 2007. Last month, the SUS Energy Conservation Report said that the school achieved a score of 61.88 kBTU/per square foot during the 2014-15 school year. kBTU is a key performance indicator of efficiency used by   …Continue Reading


Invenergy Selling Wind Power to 3M

Carl Weinschenk

Invenergy says that it and 3M have signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) under which the manufacturer will get 120 MW of wind energy for its North American operations. Included in the agreement is wind energy from the Gunsight Wind Energy Center, which is being constructed in Howard County, Texas. That energy will be trafficked   …Continue Reading


Smart Computer Use Hikes Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The facility manager’s job, of course, is to improve energy efficiency. In most cases, this involves HVAC and other elements relating directly to the operation of the building. But the specific activities going on within the building are vital as well — and the potential source of great gains in efficiency. The advent of the Internet   …Continue Reading


Truman (MO) State: “We’ll Save $1 Million Annually on Energy Upgrade”

Carl Weinschenk

Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, is in the middle of a $10.5 million, 16-month energy efficiency upgrade that will save the school $1 million annually, according to the Kirksville Daily Express. The story says that the payback time is 10 years for the project. The school has contracted with Energy Solutions Professionals. The only   …Continue Reading


Battery Storage Giving Businesses a Break

Ken Silverstein

Battery storage is helping utilities do their jobs. And by extension, it will — in time — help energy managers. Just off the lot: a 8.75 megawatt project that captures and reuses energy created by braking subway cars along two subway lines. It’s now one of the nation’s largest customer-sited battery storage networks that will   …Continue Reading


WGL Extends Energy Management Platform

Carl Weinschenk

Measuring energy usage and cost is one of the primary steps toward improving a facility’s energy efficiency. Without good numbers – very good numbers – the ability to incrementally grow efficiency is impeded. Last week, Washington, D.C.-based WGL Energy Services said that it is extending the capabilities of its energy management platform. The free tool   …Continue Reading


Duke Energy Renewables, Lockheed Martin Sign PPA

Carl Weinschenk

Duke Energy Renewables and security and aerospace firm Lockheed Martin have signed a 17-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for solar generated electricity. The PPA will produce 30 MW – about 72,000 mWh – annually. The electricity will be used across Lockheed Martin’s entire domestic business segments, according to the press release. The solar power will   …Continue Reading


Two Idaho Companies Get Energy Rebates

Carl Weinschenk

Conrad & Bischoff and Idaho Steel received rebates of $52,998 and $39,172, respectively, through Idaho Falls Power’s Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program, according to East Idaho News. The combined total of kWh saved is 606,169 according to the story. That is enough to power almost 50 homes for a year. The Idaho Steel project focused on switching   …Continue Reading