Government

Troubles in Wisconsin for Energy Efficiency, Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

In most people’s eyes, high speed Internet access is a laudable community goal. It is, however, causing a problem in Wisconsin, according to Midwest Energy News. The site says that efforts are underway to increase access in the state, which ranks next to last. However, the story says that clean air advocates Clean Wisconsin and   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency at Heart of FBI HQ Planning

Carl Weinschenk

Energy efficiency is expected to be at the center of planning and construction of the replacement building for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) headquarters. The site of the new facility has not yet been chosen. ConstructionDive says that “the building will likely feature the energy-efficient features for which federal government buildings have become known.”   …Continue Reading


Miramar FAA Location Taps Solar

Carl Weinschenk

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using Independent Energy Solutions’ carport solar system to provide electricity for the vital air traffic control facility at the Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON) in Miramar, CA. The site controls more than 6,000 flights daily. The story at The Coast News says that the air traffic location is   …Continue Reading


USDA Investing More than $300M in Efficiency, Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing more than $300 million in projects aimed at increasing use of renewables and energy efficiency options for small businesses. The press release on the move said that the USDA will spend $237 million in support of 423 small businesses through the Rural Energy for America (REAP) program. In   …Continue Reading


$8M Project to Upgrade Chillicothe (OH) Correctional Institute

Carl Weinschenk

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority this month approved $8 million in financing for an energy efficiency and conservation project at the Chillicothe Correctional Institute. The 30-building campus houses more than 2,700 inmates and has more than 540 employees, according to the Chillicothe Gazette. The campus, which is more than 80 years old, initially was   …Continue Reading


Local, State and the Federal Government Excel at Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

It’s interesting that government at the local, state and federal levels do a better job than private industry of driving energy efficiency. The good news is that both sides continue to up their games.


Massachusetts Aims for Critical Care Resiliency

Carl Weinschenk

Massachusetts is offering $14 million in grants for energy resiliency projects aimed at critical care facilities. The grants are part of the $40 million Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative (CCERI). The overall goal of CCERI is to protect participating entities from service interruption due to severe weather conditions. This is the initiative’s third round of   …Continue Reading


Federal Data Centers, DCOI and DCIM

Carl Weinschenk

The government is demanding big changes to its data center profile – and is mandating the software used to manage the transition.


NORESCO Signs ESPCs for 2 Prisons

Carl Weinschenk

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has selected NORESCO to upgrade the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, NJ and the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia. The work will be done under a $49 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC). It will help fulfill mandates in Executive Order 13693 regarding federal sustainability. The EO was released   …Continue Reading


Slow Progress in Fed Energy, Emissions Efforts

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) reports that the federal government is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and improving its energy efficiency. The improvements did not hit the targets, however. The report by Federal News Radio said that last year the energy intensity reduction was 22.7 percent from a fiscal 2003 baseline. The goal was 30   …Continue Reading