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Getting Tenants to Share Energy Data

Linda Hardesty

There are a number of reasons why tenants may not want multifamily building owners to have access to their utility data, according to a WegoWise blog posting. This can create a problem for building owners who want to benchmark energy usage. One big reason tenants may not want to share data is privacy. Tenants are   …Continue Reading


CES Replaces Chiller Atop Hilton Hotel

Linda Hardesty

Doubletree Resorts retained Comprehensive Energy Services (CES) to perform an air-cooled chiller replacement at its by Hilton Orlando Sea World resort. The project required installing a 195-ton chiller onto the rooftop of the 16-story resort building. CES partnered with SimsCrane Orlando to provide a 350-ton crane to accomplish the lift. The hotel wanted the chiller   …Continue Reading


Building Energy Secures $300K in Growth Financing

Linda Hardesty

Building Energy, a provider of cloud-hosted software for managing energy efficiency in buildings, has secured $300,000 in growth funding from Seattle-based Lighter Capital. Building Energy will use the funding to expand operations. Portland, Ore.-based Building Energy says it brings together energy data on the 5.6 million commercial buildings in the US. Building Energy will launch   …Continue Reading


Proposed Illinois Budget Cuts Into Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

To help address a state budget shortfall, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a budget that would reallocate $265 million in utility ratepayer funds from energy efficiency projects and programs to the state’s general fund. According to an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) blog post, this reallocation would include Department of Commerce and Economic   …Continue Reading


Ford Dealership Retrofits via Local Energy Fund

Linda Hardesty

The Folsom Lake Ford dealership in Folsom, Calif., will conduct a $1.6 million energy efficiency retrofit and solar power project made available through the city’s green energy financing program, mPOWER Folsom, reports the Sacramento Bee. The mPOWER program utilizes the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing model. The financed amount is amortized and the annual   …Continue Reading


Steel Distributor Reduces Lighting Fixtures 60% with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Kenwal Steel, a flat-rolled steel distributor, has upgraded the lighting in its 100,000-sq-foot steel mill in Dearborn, Michigan, to the Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting System. By replacing its 1000-watt metal halide fixtures with the LED system, the facility is saving more than 93 percent in lighting-related energy, resulting in an investment payback period of   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Wins Contract from Army Corps of Engineers

Karen Henry

The US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, (USACE) has awarded Schneider Electric an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Schneider is one of 13 firms that will share in the estimated $2.5 billion multiple award task order contract. Under the Utility Monitoring and Control System (UMCS) contract, Schneider will provide   …Continue Reading


Car Design Center Saves $26,000 Annually with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Revolution Lighting Technologies was commissioned by West Coast Customs (WCC) to upgrade the lighting system at its new automotive design center and showroom in Burbank, Calif. Revolution Lighting outfitted the entire 60,000-sq-foot facility and parking lot with its energy-efficient LED flat panels, LED tubes and other LED products, reducing WCC’s energy usage by 64 percent   …Continue Reading


Benchmarking Goes Through Growing Pains

Linda Hardesty

There are 10 cities and one county in the United States that require energy benchmarking: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Cambridge, Mass., and Montgomery County, Md. In its first year of private sector benchmarking, New York City had to scrub nearly 25 percent of all property submissions   …Continue Reading


Smart Sensor Could Cut Building Energy Consumption by 30%

Karen Henry

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are developing a low-cost wireless sensor that could make regulating comfort in small commercial buildings more efficient and less expensive. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20–30 percent. Collecting data such   …Continue Reading