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Chevy Crafts Unique Energy Efficiency Funding

Linda Hardesty

Portland State University has been conducing energy efficiency improvements on its campus for more than two years, paying for the improvements with a revolving fund set up at the college. But now, Portland State will receive about $18,000 in extra funds for the efficiency projects from Chevrolet in a unique funding arrangement. Chevrolet worked with   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Program Saves Ohio School District $500K

Karen Henry

The Medina City School District in Ohio has saved more than $500,000 so far this year—or 43 percent over last year—due to its energy conservation program, Cleveland.com reports. The school district took advantage of Ohio House Bill 264, which allows school districts to borrow a limited amount of money for energy efficiency improvements without having   …Continue Reading


Newport-Mesa Uses Prop 39 Funds to Install Solar

Linda Hardesty

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District in California has identified 32 sites to install solar panels. The electricity generated will offset more than 35 percent of each site’s electricity needs, according to the Orange County Register. Newport-Mesa’s board approved the $13 million project, which will generate about 3,239 kW. Borrego Solar Systems has been chosen as   …Continue Reading


Protect School Air Quality During Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Says EPA

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while they conduct energy efficiency upgrades. These renovation and construction activities can create dust, introduce new contaminants and contaminant pathways, create or aggravate moisture problems, and result in inadequate ventilation in occupied spaces. EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health:   …Continue Reading


New Natural Gas Power Plants Help Schools Save Money

Linda Hardesty

Florida’s Sarasota County School District has lowered its electric bills by about $2.4 million since 2009 due to energy efficiency measures and rate reductions, reports the Herald Tribune. Although the school district has added more square footage since 2009, its electricity rate has gone down more than 15 percent, says the newspaper. Florida Power &   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Conducts $10M Energy Efficiency Project for CU-Boulder

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry is conducting an energy efficiency project for the University of Colorado Boulder that will save the university an estimated $573,000 annually. Construction of the project began in September and addresses updates to the MacAllister Building. A technical energy audit performed by McKinstry in early 2014 revealed several opportunities for energy saving measures, including new   …Continue Reading


Energy Management Saves UTA $3.8M in Utility Costs

Linda Hardesty

TDIndustries’ new energy management program and data tracking technology has enabled The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) to save $3.8 million in utility costs over a 34-month period; beginning March 2011 thru December 2013. UTA engaged TDIndustries to prepare a preliminary energy assessment and a utility assessment to present a business case to The University   …Continue Reading


Skidmore College Generates 11% of Energy from Solar

Linda Hardesty

Washington Gas Energy Systems completed a solar project for Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. The 2,085-kW solar array will generate 2.6 million kWh per year over the course of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), enough to meet 11 percent of Skidmore’s energy needs. The solar array consists of 6,950 ground-mounted solar panels spanning   …Continue Reading


Midwestern State University to Add Energy Concentration to MBA

Karen Henry

Midwestern State University in Wicheta Falls, Texas, announced the formation of the Center for Energy Management in the Dillard College of Business Administration. The goal of the center is to train graduates who have business knowledge, skills and competencies to be successful as they enter the exploration, production and acquisition areas of the oil and gas   …Continue Reading


Building 45% More Energy Efficient than if Built to Code

Linda Hardesty

The $295 million Collaborative Life Sciences Building located on Oregon Health & Science University’s Schnitzer Campus in Portland was built from the ground up with energy efficiency as a priority. The building is a joint project of OHSU, Portland State University and Oregon State University. Energy Trust of Oregon provided nearly $500,000 in financial incentives   …Continue Reading


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