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Liquid-Cooled Supercomputer Saves NREL $1M in Energy Costs

Karen Henry

Crunching a quadrillion calculations per second takes a lot of energy, so it’s not surprising that supercomputing data centers generate a lot of heat. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a supercomputer that uses warm water to cool its servers and then reuses that water   …Continue Reading


GBI Says It’s ‘Equal to LEED’

Linda Hardesty

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) hailed the new US Department of Energy ruling, which states that in cases where federal agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must choose a system that verifies enhanced energy and water efficiency within guidelines set out by the new rule.   …Continue Reading


DOE’s Process for Licensing Energy Management Software is ‘Fragmented,’ Says IG

Linda Hardesty

The Inspector General for the Department of Energy says the agency is not adequately managing its software licensing process, including software for energy management, reports FEDWeek. The IG said employees routinely overpaid for software licenses and were not doing a good job of keeping an inventory of purchased software. FEDWeek reports that purchase data on   …Continue Reading


Federal Buildings Must Comply with Green Building Certification Rule

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design. To that end, the DOE is issuing a final rule, which goes into effect on November 13, that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are   …Continue Reading


Connecticut Invests $5M for More Microgrids

Linda Hardesty

Connecticut is building new microgrid projects in Bridgeport and Milford to keep critical buildings and facilities powered even when the grid goes down. Through the second round of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Program, the projects have been awarded a total of $5.1 million. In Bridgeport, the funding will ensure   …Continue Reading


DOE Recognizes Oregon Cities, Public Schools in Better Buildings Challenge

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy recognized the cities of Beaverton and Hillsboro, Ore., as well as the Portland Public School District for reducing their energy use. As Better Buildings Challenge partners, they have committed to reduce the energy use in ten million square feet of building space by 20 percent over the next decade. The   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric ‘Mentors’ Smaller Energy Company

Linda Hardesty

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved an agreement between Schneider Electric and Utility System Solutions (US2) under the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program. Schneider will act as a mentor for US2 on federal projects. US2 is a construction management and energy monitoring company. Federal agencies are required to set aside at least 23 percent of contracts   …Continue Reading


Recreation District Picks Solar Garden for Energy

Linda Hardesty

South Suburban Park and Recreation District, a Colorado special district that provides recreational facilities, has made a purchase in a community-owned solar garden operated by Boulder, Colo.-based Clean Energy Collective. South Suburban Park and Recreation District, serving nearly 140,000 residents, purchased 170 kilowatts, or 725 solar PV panels, in CEC’s Arapahoe County Community Solar Array   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards $5M for Energy Projects at 9 Federal Facilities

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department announced $5 million in funding for nine projects that will advance the development of combined heat and power (CHP) and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities. The cost is shared with industry, making the total investment nearly $120 million. Projects funded under the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program are: National Aeronautics   …Continue Reading


GSA Evaluates BuildingIQ Software at 2 Locations

Linda Hardesty

BuildingIQ says its Predictive Energy Optimization software has been chosen by the US General Services Administration (GSA) for its Green Proving Ground Program, which aims to help government buildings move one step closer to net-zero-energy classification. GSA will implement BuildingIQ’s software, through the Green Proving Ground Program, at its Jacksonville, Fla., and Dayton, Ohio, host   …Continue Reading


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