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Energy and Water Efficiency for Restaurants

Mark Masterson

Americans, unfortunately, are a wasteful culture. According to the USDA, food waste from stores, restaurants, and homes topped an estimated 133 billion pounds of food, about 30-40% of the entire food supply. That’s not just an environmental problem, it’s a social problem. For restaurateurs, it’s also an economic one. That’s why some restaurants are turning   …Continue Reading


Craft Beer Brewer Offsets Electricity Cost with Solar

Linda Hardesty

The Dark Horse Brewing Company in Marshall, Mich., installed a 40-kilowatt, 140-panel solar system, which “will completely offset the Brewery’s usage of electricity each year,” according to a spokesman for the company. Dark Horse purchased the fixed standing metal roof mounting systems from Patriot Solar Group. The brewer participates in the Green Breweries Project, along   …Continue Reading


Biogas CHP System Powers Brewery

Linda Hardesty

Yuengling Brewery based in Pottsville, Penn., is operating a 2G CENERGY 400ekW/h CHP cogeneration power plant, serving about 20 percent of Yuengling’s total electricity needs at the brewery. Methane gas is generated at the Yuengling Brewery wastewater treatment plant and at an anaerobic digester designed by Environmental Management Group.  2G CENERGY’s system cleans the raw biogas and turns this fuel   …Continue Reading


Grocer Picks Elster EnergyICT for Worldwide Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Supermarket giant Tesco has contracted with Elster EnergyICT to implement Elster’s energy management system across Tesco’s retail and distribution facilities in the UK, Europe and Asia. Tesco has selected Elster EnergyICT’s energy monitoring and management platform Enacto 9.3. The platform reveals hidden patterns in energy consumption helping to reduce energy use. The cloud-based Enacto 9.3   …Continue Reading


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


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