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Small, Medium Size Commercial Building Efficiency Market to Grow

Carl Weinschenk

Navigant Research estimates that the retrofit market for small and medium (size) commercial buildings (SMCBs) – those as large as 100,000 square feet – will grow from $24.1 billion this year to $38.6 billion in 2025.


Drama Aside, Tesla’s Acquisition of SolarCity Makes Sense

Carl Weinschenk

Whether it closes or not, Tesla’s proposed acquisition of SolarCity is a tangible example of how technology crosses industry borders. Musk and Tesla, of course, made their biggest mark in the electric vehicle arena, not building energy management. But a key element of Tesla’s portfolio – advanced batteries – is increasingly important in buildings, which seldom go for a Sunday drive.


Nuclear Giant Exelon Wants to Invest in Wind Energy in Ohio

Ken Silverstein

Exelon Corp is installing wind at a rapid pace, with 47 projects in 10 states — a total of 1,191 megawatts. It’s the 12th largest wind producer in the country, reports the Columbus Business Journal. Nearly 4 percent of its electricity portfolio comes from wind generation, it adds, noting that nuclear makes up two-thirds of it.


Arby’s Reports on Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives

Carl Weinschenk

Arby’s restaurants has released the first report highlighting progress in its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.


GM’s Renewable Efforts Build from the Ground Up

Carl Weinschenk

Improving energy performance is the responsibility of everyone at General Motors — but a particularly important group for managers to tap into are those closest to the products the company makes, according to Mari Kay Scott, the, Executive Director of GM’s Environmental Compliance and Sustainability.


Siemens, Pioneer Working with the Houston Housing Authority

Carl Weinschenk

Pioneering Technology Corp. and the Building Technologies Division of Siemens are working to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs for the Houston Housing Authority.


Electric Vehicles are an Opportunity for Both Utilities and Companies

Ken Silverstein

The Natural Resources Defense Council says that utilities can help facilitate the rollout of all-electric vehicles by deploying rapid charging stations and by creating campaigns to increase public awareness.


Houston Hyatt Maps its Energy Future

Carl Weinschenk

A story at Hospitality Technology traces the approach the Hyatt Hotel in Houston is using to upgrade its energy efficiency.


Walmart and Alabama Power Teaming on Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Walmart and Alabama Power will build a 72 MW solar facility outside of LaFayette, AL.


The Lowest Hanging Fruit: Saving Energy By Finding Easily Fixed Problems

Carl Weinschenk

Organizations interested in the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency go to great lengths to reduce consumption. Some approaches – such as LED retrofits – are relatively easy. Others, such as the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) — are more intensive and carry a steeper price tag. What about just turning off and disconnecting the things that shouldn’t be turned on?