Government

Cooling System Eliminates Chemicals by ‘Pulsing’ the Water

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry installed a new cooling system at the Chelan County Courthouse in Wenatchee, Washington, which will eliminate chemicals from entering the city’s wastewater. The old cooling system at the courthouse relied on an aging cooling tower that was requiring increasing maintenance costs and was near failure. The County Commissioners authorized McKinstry to proactively replace the   …Continue Reading


Have Federal Buildings Found All Possible Energy Efficiency?

Linda Hardesty

Federal buildings are struggling to keep pace with their energy reduction goals, according to an article in E&E. In March President Obama signed an Executive Order calling for federal agencies to reduce energy use in federal buildings by 2.5 percent per year, from a 2015 baseline, through 2025. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Director Tim Unruh   …Continue Reading


Wind Powers 35% of Washington DC Government

Linda Hardesty

The District of Columbia signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Iberdrola Renewables that will supply 35 percent of the government’s electricity with wind power. Under the PPA, the Department of General Services (DGS), which manages the District’s portfolio of government buildings, will purchase the entire output of Iberdrola’s South Chestnut 46 MW wind   …Continue Reading


California General Services Hires CodeGreen

Linda Hardesty

The State of California selected CodeGreen Solutions to help its government buildings meet the Governor’s Green Executive Order. CodeGreen Solutions won a multi-year contract with the state’s Department of General Services to provide sustainability, energy efficiency, and LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) for over 60 buildings. In response to the State of California’s Executive Order   …Continue Reading


GSA Issues Request to Bring 3 MW of Solar to Federal Buildings in Washington, DC

Linda Hardesty

The United States General Services Administration (GSA) issued a request for proposal for the procurement of electricity produced by solar photovoltaic arrays to be constructed by the selected bidder that will install 3 MW of solar energy across 18 federal buildings in Washington DC. The RFP is part of the Capital Solar Challenge, which was launched   …Continue Reading


Texas Consumer Legislation Update

Josh Kessler

The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP), a group of more than 160 municipalities that jointly purchase competitive electricity supplies for use by public agencies, has commented on five recent bills affecting energy consumers in Texas. These include: House Bill 1101, which will keep $200 million in funds flowing to 530,000 low-income residents (about $380   …Continue Reading


Delaware Systematically Benchmarks Energy in State Buildings

Linda Hardesty

In 2009 Delaware adopted EPA’s Portfolio Manager as its primary mechanism to create an inventory of state buildings and to began tracking their energy performance. With Portfolio Manager the state has a single repository of energy performance data to identify building upgrades with the highest potential for energy savings. Because the state’s building data had   …Continue Reading


Using Big Data to Tackle Building Energy Waste

Karen Henry

Buildings cause $200 billion in energy waste each year. Business Insider reports on two enterprises that are using advanced technologies to fix inefficiencies within their buildings. The General Services Administration (GSA) is using a proprietary algorithm developed by Massachusetts-based FirstFuel to save $13 million a year in energy costs across 180 buildings. After collecting basic   …Continue Reading


Noresco Named Qualified Energy Performance Contractor in New Mexico

Linda Hardesty

The State of New Mexico recently selected Noresco as a qualified provider of energy savings performance contract (ESPC) services to New Mexico government entities. Noresco specializes in the development, design, construction, financing and operation of energy- and environmental-efficiency projects and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies. Selected   …Continue Reading


8 DC Buildings Use BuildingIQ Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

BuildingIQ has been selected by the District of Columbia Department of General Services (DGS) to deploy its cloud-based technology within eight of the District’s public buildings. BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy Optimization platform will automatically create a custom thermal model for each building and predict energy consumption, cost and comfort based on building characteristics, weather forecasts, energy pricing   …Continue Reading