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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


China Expands Solar Capacity

Carl Weinschenk

China will expand its solar power capacity by a factor of three by 2020, according to Bloomberg. In four years, the site says, China will generate 15 GW to 20 GW of solar power, according to Nur Bekri, who leads the National Energy Administration. The nation generate one quarter of the solar additions with 15.1   …Continue Reading


Virginia Funding More Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Virginia Rural Development office said last week that it has awarded $107,500 in grants to seven rural businesses and one individual in the state. The  Augusta Free Press says that the grants are aimed at helping the recipients purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. The   …Continue Reading


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


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