USDA Provides Efficiency Funding for Rural Vermont

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $46 million to the Vermont Energy Investment Corp. (VEIC) to improve energy efficiency and increase use of renewable energy in rural areas of the state. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is quoted in the release as saying that the aid will help spread costs across 20 years for industrial,   …Continue Reading

Massachusetts Communities Get Grants

Carl Weinschenk

Six western Massachusetts communities have gotten state grants for energy efficiency and clean energy projects, according to MassLive. The communities are Adams, West Springfield, Bernardston, Egremont, Stockbridge and Windsor. The site says that they are among 19 cities and towns that have been designated “green communities” by the state’s Department of Energy Resources. This gives   …Continue Reading

Virginia: 8% More Solar in 3 Years

Carl Weinschenk

The Commonwealth of Virginia announced today that it will increase the proportion of renewable energy in its operations by 8 percent during the next three years, according to NBC29. Solar power will be used to achieve the goals of the project, the story said. The announcement was made in conjunction with the release of a   …Continue Reading

DoE Releases Aggressive Commercial AC, Furnace Rules

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday released standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces that it says will reduce carbon emissions by 885 tons and save 167 billion over the course of the lifetime of the products they regulate. The rules are significant, according to Jim Marston, the Environmental Defense Fund’s Vice President for US   …Continue Reading

DoD Leads Significant Federal Energy Use Reduction

Carl Weinschenk

The federal government’s use of energy fell last year to 0.94 quadrillion BTUs, the lowest total since record keeping began 40 years ago. In 1975, almost 1.6 quadrillion BTUs were consumed, according to Today in Energy. The reduction, which was computed by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), was led by declines in jet fuel   …Continue Reading

Connecticut, The Microgrid State

Carl Weinschenk

Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and a number of lower profile emergencies have had a great impact on Connecticut. Instead of just nervously watching The Weather Channel, the state is taking action. The latest example of efforts to ensure that key functions kept operating in emergency – and to give a boost to the traditional grid in the   …Continue Reading

The Department of Energy Seeks to Improve the Better Buildings Challenge

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy has unveiled The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Collaborative. The initiative is a three-year partnership of selected cities and states that will work using a number of different techniques to improve the DOE’s SEED Platform. The platform, according to, is a one of the tools used in the Better   …Continue Reading

Integrated Data Center Is Next Frontier for Intelligent Buildings Market

Karen Henry

The North American integrated data center energy management market is expected to grow from $46.9 million in 2015 to $119.7 million in 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research. This represents a 43 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR). The intelligent building is defined by the integration of software and services to maximize   …Continue Reading

Northern Ireland’s Parliament Installs Photovoltaics

Carl Weinschenk

The capitol of Northern Ireland – the Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast – has installed solar panels that are designed to cut operational costs and create green energy. Business Green says that more than 400 Calyxo panels – both super thin and standard – are being used. The deployment is customized for the cloudy and   …Continue Reading

Energy a Bone of Contention in Michigan Animal Control Building Plan

Carl Weinschenk

The Oakland County, MI, Board of Commissioners’ Finance Committee has approved a plan to issue almost $15 million in bonds to build a 30,000 square-foot animal control facility in Pontiac. Energy considerations are central in the deliberations. One commissioner “pleaded,” according to the story in The Oakland Press, for more attention to be paid to energy   …Continue Reading