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McKinstry Completes Retrofit of Rural Schools

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry completed a retrofit of the middle school and high school for Salem R80 School District in Salem, Mo. Both schools received safety and security upgrades, new classrooms to eliminate mobile classrooms, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades. The project was made possible by a voter-approved $4.5 million bond issue. Construction and renovations   …Continue Reading


DOE Reports Highlight Strength of US Wind Energy Industry

Karen Henry

The United States ranks second in installed wind energy capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the US Department of Energy (DOE): the “Wind Technologies Market Report” and the “Distributed Wind Market Report.” With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the US wind energy market is helping to   …Continue Reading


Vermont Microgird Combines Solar, Storage

Linda Hardesty

A solar + storage microgrid project in Rutland, Vt. – the Stafford Hills project – is being developed by Green Mountain Power, in collaboration with Dynapower and GroSolar. The energy storage component of the project is co-funded by a federal-state-NGO partnership involving the State of Vermont; the US Department of Energy, Office of Electricity; and   …Continue Reading


OSU Campus Derives More Than 70% of Energy from Wind

Linda Hardesty

Oklahoma State University (OSU), which became an EPA Green Power Partner in November 2012, decided to use green power – wind power in particular – to take advantage of an abundant, local and renewable Oklahoma resource. Another reason OSU decided to use wind power was because of the fluctuation of fossil fuel costs, which play a   …Continue Reading


Harvard Business School to Host Global Energy Seminar

Karen Henry

Harvard Business School (HBS) will host its annual Global Energy Seminar from November 2–5 on the HBS campus. This year’s seminar will focus on cross-border negotiation, navigating business-government relations, the challenges associated with state-controlled markets, the effects of market consolidation and fragmentation, risk management, and technological innovations that are reshaping how energy is being produced and   …Continue Reading


Kent State Chooses Induction Lighting for Campus-Wide Energy Retrofit

Karen Henry

Kent State University has replaced 104 metal halide 400 W light fixtures with EverLast Acrylic High Bay 300 W induction fixtures in its student recreation and fitness center. The retrofit is part of Kent State’s campus wide energy-efficiency program. The light fixtures are 50–70 percent more energy efficient than metal halides and last up to   …Continue Reading


Ice-Based Energy Storage Saves Florida School District $5M per Year

Karen Henry

The St. Lucie School District’s (SLCSD) in Florida is using ice-enhanced cooling as part of its energy cost reduction strategy. Over the past seven years, the district has installed CALMAC’s IceBank energy storage tanks in 15 schools. The school district’s energy management program has created a 30-40 percent reduction in annual energy costs, totaling about $5 million.   …Continue Reading


University of North Carolina System Explores Renewable Energy

Karen Henry

University of North Carolina (UNC) system leaders are exploring the feasibility of taking on a large-scale renewable energy project, the Watauga Democrat reports. Such a project would help the university system meet its goal of reducing energy costs by $1 billion in 20 years and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Last year, the UNC board   …Continue Reading


Missouri College Uses Telkonet Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Telkonet’s EcoSmart energy management system has been installed in Culver-Stockton College’s Johnson Hall in Canton, Mo. The college contracted with Energy Solutions Professionals in November, 2013, to design and install $3.9 million of energy improvements in various buildings on campus that will allow it to save $368,000 annually in utility costs. The improvements include Telkonet‘s   …Continue Reading


ABM Wins Energy Savings Contract with Colquitt County Schools

Linda Hardesty

ABM has been selected by Colquitt County Schools in Moultrie, Ga., to implement district-wide, comprehensive infrastructure improvements through ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions program. ABM will provide energy efficiency upgrades and facility enhancements to all 14 schools within the county. The project, scheduled to be completed in June, 2016, is estimated to save $19 million in energy and   …Continue Reading


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