Government

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


Portland, ME, Mulls Energy Efficiency Strategies

Carl Weinschenk

Portland, ME, is considering ways to track and reduce energy consumption by residential and commercial users, according to the Portland Press Herald.


New York State Funding Two Efficiency Initiatives

Carl Weinschenk

New York State is investing $36 million in the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, including office towers, universities, hospitals and retail stores.


Ameresco Wins Public Sector Work in the U.K.

Carl Weinschenk

Ameresco UK has gotten a place on four public service “frameworks” in the United Kingdom.


Water, Energy Steps Being Taken at 2 KY Correctional Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

Siemens Government Technologies has been awarded a $38.6 million contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to deploy energy and water conservation platforms at two correctional facilities in eastern Kentucky. The Facility Executive says that they are being carried out at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland and the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, both of   …Continue Reading


Westerly, RI, Making Moves to Improve Municipal Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Westerly, RI, is using $1.6 million in low interest state loans to transition to LED streetlights and make energy efficiency upgrades to the town hall, the police station and department of public works complex. The Westerly Sun reports that the loans are from the Infrastructure Bank Efficient Building Loan Fund. The fund is administered by the Clean Water   …Continue Reading


Bristol, CT, Installing EMS in City Hall

Carl Weinschenk

Bristol (CT) is installing an energy management system (EMS) next month in City Hall, according to The Bristol Press. The story says that the Budderfly system will monitor usage and enable employees to see usage patterns, including spikes and potentially malfunctioning gear. The story says that a lot of the equipment in the building date   …Continue Reading


Trane to Upgrade Historic Buildings in NY Metro

Carl Weinschenk

Trane, which is a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for work at ten facilities in New York City and the surrounding area. The value of the contract potentially could reach $114 million, according to Government Contracting News Wire. The company will update building automation   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Rules Adopted in the Yukon

Carl Weinschenk

The Yukon has adopted energy efficiency rules for new homes and renovations, according to the Yukon News. Section 9.36 of Canada’s National Building Code now requires an EnerGuide efficiency rating of 78 out of 100. The story says that most homes in the territory won’t be impacted since Whitehorse has a bylaw that exceeds that rating   …Continue Reading


New York State Involved in 112K Energy Projects

Carl Weinschenk

Governor Andrew Cuomo said this week that 112,000 homes, hospitals, schools and commercial buildings in New York have started or completed energy efficiency initiatives through state programs. Most of the startups, naturally, are homes. About 90,000 of the projects involve homes. The projects are estimated to save $341 million in annual energy costs and take the   …Continue Reading