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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


Using Waste Heat in Restaurant Kitchens to Heat Water

Linda Hardesty

Next Step Living has acquired MVP Energy, creator of the EcoThermal Filter System, a clean energy technology for commercial kitchens. The EcoThermal Filter System captures waste heat from the cook line to preheat water. The waste heat moves through the grease filters and blows over embedded heat exchangers and the water is preheated. That preheated   …Continue Reading


DOE Announces 20 New Better Buildings Challenge Partners

Karen Henry

More than 20 new Better Buildings Challenge partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next decade, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced. These new partners bring with them more than 70 million square feet of fast-food, restaurant, manufacturing, university and government facilities. The new   …Continue Reading


MillerCoors Uses Onsite Solar, Biogas to Help Meet Energy Needs

Linda Hardesty

MillerCoors completed a 3.2 MW solar installation at its Irwindale, Calif., brewery. The project, which broke ground in October 2014, includes more than 10,000 solar panels installed across 10 acres of the brewery grounds. The brewery also creates biogas from wastewater to power two GE Jenbacher engines. MillerCoors worked with SolarCity on the project.


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