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Chuck E. Cheese’s Picks Ecova for Utility Expense and Data Management

Linda Hardesty

Ecova has been selected by Chuck E. Cheese’s to provide its utility expense and data management services at about 525 locations nationwide. Ecova will leverage its Big Data Warehouse, which contains over 2.5 billion points of energy data from more than 700,000 facilities, to help Chuck E. Cheese’s gain a better understanding of its energy   …Continue Reading


Potato Chip Factory Saves $77,000 per Year after Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

SmartWatt Energy recently completed an energy efficiency project for snack food manufacturer Snyder’s-Lance at its Cape Cod Potato Chip production facility in Hyannis, Mass. The project began with a full building energy audit of all mechanical systems at the 30,000-sq-foot facility. Ultimately, the project included retro-commissioning of the existing energy management system, the integration of   …Continue Reading


Energy Saving Tactics for Restaurants

Mark Masterson

The ice machine is a standard piece of equipment in restaurants, but it can also be a money drain. Bad filters, age, and even the type of machine can be a cause of inefficiency.  Switching your ice machine over to an energy efficient Energy Star machine and adopting energy conscious systems may be a solution   …Continue Reading


Alpine Restaurant Installs Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Metronik Energija has installed two of Imergy Power System‘ ESP4 series vanadium-based flow batteries at Trojane, a restaurant located in the Slovenian Alps. The restaurant has already installed a 49 kW photovoltaic solar system, a 30 kW combined heat and power (CHP) system, and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The energy storage project, sponsored   …Continue Reading


Burger Franchisee Installs Energy Management at 59 Stores

Linda Hardesty

TOMS King, a northern Illinois-based Burger King franchisee, has deployed GridPoint’s energy management at all 59 TOMS King restaurants throughout Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania after a successful six-site pilot. TOMS King installed asset-level submetering to monitor several pieces of equipment and implemented HVAC and lighting controls. TOMS King also gained access to GridPoint’s cloud-based software   …Continue Reading


LEDs Saved Businesses Big Money in 2014

Karen Henry

LED Source’s top three energy saving lighting retrofit projects for 2014 include a painting studio, a beverage distributor and a hotel. LED Source helped Pinot Palette reduce energy consumption at its Naperville, Illinois, location by more than 80 percent. The traditional halogen lamps that were being used to light its Naperville location used a total of   …Continue Reading


Trends that Will Impact Supermarket Retailers in 2015

Karen Henry

Chain Store Age has identified some trends that will impact supermarket retailers in the coming year. 1. Data-Driven Insight Spills Over to Back-of-House Not only are retailers investing in data to cultivate closer customer relationships, they are also using data to reduce energy use and maintenance spending, which in turn has helped some retailers to achieve   …Continue Reading


New Belgium Brewing Adds 50% More Onsite Solar

Linda Hardesty

New Belgium Brewing is once again partnering with Boulder-based Namasté Solar to add an additional 96.525 kW of photovoltaic solar paneling at its Fort Collins facility. The new system will be in addition to 870 panels New Belgium installed in 2009 and will bring total onsite solar production to 4.5 percent of the brewery’s total   …Continue Reading


Burger King Franchise Deploys GridPoint EMS

Karen Henry

Northern Illinois-based Burger King franchisee, TOMS King has deployed GridPoint Energy Manager at all 59 of its restaurants. TOMS King’s installed asset-level submetering as well as HVAC and lighting controls. The quick-serve restaurant gained access to GridPoint’s cloud-based software, GridPoint Energy Manager, which aggregates and presents data collected at each site. The franchisee also subscribed to   …Continue Reading


Nestlé’s Onsite Anaerobic Digestion Uses It’s Own Waste to Supply 8% of Electricity

Linda Hardesty

British company Clearfleau built an onsite anaerobic digestion plant for Nestlé at its confectionery factory near Newcastle, UK. One year after commissioning, the plant is converting 53,000 gallons per day of feedstock into renewable energy. This feedstock includes wash waters from the site and 1,200 tons of residual bi-products and ingredients per annum. The biogas   …Continue Reading