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Better Buildings, Better Plants: 12 Success Stories

Carl Weinschenk

The Department of Energy is encouraging industrial plants to be more energy and water efficient — and industry is listening.


Tesla’s Battery Storage Device Put to Use. Time to Exhale?

Ken Silverstein

When Tesla previously unveiled its Gigafactory to produce battery storage devices, a lot of folks held their breath. Now that the company’s products have been put to use in the United Kingdom, it may be time to exhale. Indeed, Camborne Energy Storage is using Tesla’s “Powerpack” to prevents the lights from flickering out for the National Grid there.


Veolia Checks Into the UK’s Tallest Hotel

Carl Weinschenk

Combined heat and power (CHP) is getting quite a boost: When it is finished this autumn, the tallest hotel in the United Kingdom will use CHP to provide heat and hot water. Veolia’s technology will be used at the Novatel London Canary Wharf hotel, which will be 39 stories high and have 313 guest rooms,   …Continue Reading


Massachusetts Aims for Critical Care Resiliency

Carl Weinschenk

Massachusetts is offering $14 million in grants for energy resiliency projects aimed at critical care facilities. The grants are part of the $40 million Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative (CCERI). The overall goal of CCERI is to protect participating entities from service interruption due to severe weather conditions. This is the initiative’s third round of   …Continue Reading


Federal Data Centers, DCOI and DCIM

Carl Weinschenk

The government is demanding big changes to its data center profile – and is mandating the software used to manage the transition.


Vendors, Air Force Researching Remote Power

Carl Weinschenk

Ideal Power, EnerDel, the University of Dayton Research Institute and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory are researching ways to reduce the amount of diesel fuel used by forward operating bases (FOBs). Ideal is a developer of power conversion systems, which are being used in the project. It is being paired with lithium-ion battery manufacturer   …Continue Reading


Reducing Freezer Glass Condensation

Carl Weinschenk

The challenge of reducing fog in grocery store freezers may not sound like a big deal. But the money that can be saved by doing so does.


BoA: Carbon Neutral by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

The Bank of America said that it plans to be carbon neutral by 2020. The company said that it will reduce location-based greenhouse gas emissions by half, energy use by 40 percent and water use by 45 percent in its worldwide operations. The company, in a move similar to one announced last week by General   …Continue Reading


GM to Use All Renewable Energy by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced yesterday that it will get its electricity from renewable sources across all of its 350 worldwide operations by 2050. The company said that it also is joining RE100, which is a global collaborative of businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electric power. GM says that it saves $5 million annually from use of renewable   …Continue Reading


The Next Generation: How Microgrids Are Changing the Business Landscape

Ken Silverstein

College campuses are the epitome of free thinking and where innovation often gets its roots. Burning greener fuel and improving energy management are two sprouting concepts there — ideas that are being facilitated by micro-grids.