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PECI’s Grocery Energy Efficiency Programs Have Saved 2.5B kWh

Linda Hardesty

The nonprofit group PECI says that from 2002 through 2014, its grocery energy efficiency programs nationwide have cumulatively saved more than 2.5 billion kWh as a result of many individual projects with grocers of all sizes across the country. The grocery market segment is particularly energy intensive and traditionally hard for utility energy efficiency programs   …Continue Reading


Open Case Refrigeration Wastes Tons of Energy

Linda Hardesty

On average, 75 percent of the energy used to operate open case refrigeration is wasted, according to Cool Flow Dynamics; a Sarasota, Fla.-based company that is developing an energy efficiency product for open-case display refrigerators used by food and beverage retailers. The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research finalized a funding agreement with   …Continue Reading


Competition Drives Energy Management in the UK

Linda Hardesty

Sixty-four percent of food and beverage companies in the United Kingdom are considering increasing their investment in energy management in the next 12 months, according to a report by Siemens Industry, “The Future of Energy: The UK Manufacturing Opportunity,” which surveyed 600 senior executives and energy managers at manufacturing companies. Although the food and beverage   …Continue Reading


Scottish Whisky Distillery Gets Heat from $123M CHP Plant

Linda Hardesty

A new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Speyside, Scotland will provide heat in the form of steam for Macallan whisky distillery. The new biomass CHP plant will generate 87.4 GWh per year of electricity and 76.8 GWh per year of heat. The CHP facility will contribute to reducing the cost of energy at   …Continue Reading


Anheuser-Busch Installs Second Turbine at Fairfield Brewery

Karen Henry

Anheuser-Busch is installing a second wind turbine at its Fairfield brewery in Northern California. The nearly 400-foot tall turbine will generate 1.6 MW of electricity and brings the Fairfield brewery’s total alternative energy generation up to 4.1 MW, or 30 percent of the brewery’s electricity needs. Even though the new turbine will be larger than   …Continue Reading


Grocers Pass on Rebates That are Too Complicated

Linda Hardesty

Singh360 offers a service to supermarkets in the United States to help them secure energy-efficiency rebates from utilities. “Some supermarkets want help because the application process can take a lot of time and effort,” said Abtar Singh, CEO of Singh360. According to the company, utilities generally offer two categories of rebates – prescriptive and custom.   …Continue Reading


Cold Storage Importer/Exporter Hires Cascade Energy

Linda Hardesty

New Orleans Cold Storage (NOCS) is going to maximize energy efficiency at multiple sites with Cascade Energy‘s energy management services. Cascade estimates its services will help NOCS reduce its facility energy consumption by 12 percent by the fifth year of the program. NOCS CEO Mark Blanchard was inspired by the results from a pilot project   …Continue Reading


Colorado Beer Brewers Model Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

Colorado craft beer brewers are setting the bar when it comes to sustainability efforts, according to a Rocky Mountain Institute blog post. The post cites New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins and Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont as particularly good examples of what beer brewers, as well as other energy-intensive industries, can do to reduce their   …Continue Reading


Sierra Nevada Brewery Employs Solar

Linda Hardesty

Sundance Power Systems installed 650 kilowatts (DC) of Kyocera solar modules on Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s new Mills River, NC, brewery. The modules will help power the brewery’s energy-intensive processes. Sundance Power Systems designed and installed the 650 kW solar system, which covers nearly two acres on the roof. Other brewers using Kyocera modules include   …Continue Reading


Diageo Purchases Natural Gas Sourced from Landfill

Linda Hardesty

Diageo, a wine, beer and spirits company, expanded its commitment to purchase natural gas in Canada from Bullfrog Power. Diageo extended its existing commitment to purchase natural gas for its Gimli, Manitoba, facility and will also now purchase natural gas for its Valleyfield, Quebec, location. Both facilities are committed through 2016. Sourced from a methane-capture   …Continue Reading


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