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Energy Efficiency in Food Service Businesses

Mark Masterson

When you are the owner or manager of a food service business, using less energy for day-to-day operations becomes an important consideration. Food service businesses use almost two-and-a-half times more energy than other businesses. Concerns about sustainability and climate change have helped to turn the focus toward energy efficiency in all businesses, especially food service.   …Continue Reading


Solar Array Generates 15% of Campbell Bakery Energy Needs

Linda Hardesty

Campbell Soup Company says a 1 MW solar array at its Pepperidge Farm bakery in Bloomfield, Connecticut, is generating the equivalent of 15 percent of the bakery’s annual energy demand since the array began operating on Dec. 26, 2014. The ground-mounted, fixed-tilt array comprises 2,720 SunPower solar panels and sits on five acres of land   …Continue Reading


Supermarket Retailer Works with Bluestone Energy

Linda Hardesty

In 2014, supermarket company Ahold USA in partnership with Bluestone Energy completed over 200 energy efficiency projects that saved 65 million kWh. The projects were completed at Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and GIANT/MARTIN’S stores located in seven US states from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. The energy efficiency projects included upgrading all of the interior lighting   …Continue Reading


Free Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores

Linda Hardesty

A free Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores is available via ASHRAE. The guide focuses on grocery stores ranging in size from 25,000 to 65,000 square feet with medium- and low-temperature refrigerated cases and walk-ins. Refrigeration systems consume about half of the total energy consumed by a typical grocery store, and they interact with   …Continue Reading


Plug Power Wins Contract with FreezPak Logistics

Linda Hardesty

FreezPak Logistics has selected Plug Power’s GenKey fuel cell-cell system for lift trucks and hydrogen re-fueling system for its new cold storage distribution center freezer warehouse under construction in Carteret, New Jersey. The GenKey deployment includes 25 GenDrive fuel cells, a GenFuel outdoor hydrogen storage infrastructure with two indoor GenFuel dispensers, and total GenCare service   …Continue Reading


Hardee’s Deploys Energy Management

Karen Henry

Boddie-Noell Enterprises, the largest Hardee’s franchise operator in the United States, has deployed GridPoint’s integrated energy management at a majority of its 334 restaurants, with plans to deploy to the remaining sites in 2015 and beyond. Boddie-Noell’s achieved energy savings by controlling or monitoring building systems and restaurant equipment including ventilation hoods, ovens, coolers and freezers,   …Continue Reading


Earth Source Organics Buys RECs from Arcadia Power

Linda Hardesty

Earth Source Organics, a certified organic food manufacturing company in California, announced that it is now running on 100 percent clean electricity through a partnership with Arcadia Power. As an Arcadia partner, Earth Source Organics now meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership requirements. By partnering with wind and solar projects, Arcadia Power provides homes   …Continue Reading


OSI Expands Energy Management to 5 Facilities

Linda Hardesty

Global meat processing company OSI has hired Cascade Energy to deepen OSI’s energy efficiency efforts and expand its single-facility pilot program into five additional plants. In 2013, Cascade Energy and OSI launched a pilot program at OSI’s Oakland, Iowa, facility that involved: Setting up an energy measurement, tracking, benchmarking, and reporting system. Performing a tune   …Continue Reading


Grocery Store Installs Bloom Energy Fuel Cell

Linda Hardesty

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company plans to install a Bloom Energy fuel cell to power its Mt. Vernon, NY, store. The 250 kW system will generate more than 2 million kWh each year. The project supports the company’s carbon reduction goals and will provide resiliency even through grid outages, like those experienced in the   …Continue Reading


Non-Metal Switch Suits Industrial Applications

Linda Hardesty

Eaton has introduced its new non-metallic motor control disconnect switch that is designed to provide a secondary means of power shut-down for industrial manufacturers and applications in the food and beverage industry. Constructed with industrial strength thermoplastic materials, the non-metallic motor control disconnect switch is built to withstand corrosive and industrial environments and is IP67   …Continue Reading