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GSA Purchases 500,000 MWh of Wind from Tribal Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a competitive power supply contract to a commercial wind developer for the purchase of 140 MW. The energy will come from the Walnut Ridge Wind Farm, which is currently in development in northwest Illinois, and will add more than 500,000 MWh to the power grid annually. The 10-year   …Continue Reading

Arkansas Pre-Qualifies ConEdison Solutions as ESCO

Linda Hardesty

ConEdison Solutions has been pre-qualified as an approved Energy Service Company (ESCO) by the State of Arkansas Energy Office. If selected from the pre-approved list of providers to implement a project, ConEdison Solutions would deliver guaranteed savings by completing energy upgrades in various public buildings throughout Arkansas. Under the terms of the Arkansas Energy Performance   …Continue Reading

Noribachi Completes Lighting Retrofit for TSA

Linda Hardesty

Noribachi completed one of the largest LED retrofit projects of an existing building in the US for the 29-year-old Transportation Security Administration (TSA) headquarters. The TSA project was a three-year, four-phase project focused on its 550,000-sq-foot building and parking garage. The agency is on track to save $550,000 in 2014 electrical expenses, which exceeds forecasts, due   …Continue Reading

Energy Systems Group Wins $34.6M Contract

Linda Hardesty

Energy Systems Group (ESG) signed a $34.6 million contract for professional design, construction and consultant services with the State of Michigan for the implementation of energy conservation measures at the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Ionia Complex. Energy Systems Group will implement energy efficiency and facility upgrades with guaranteed energy savings, based on detailed technical   …Continue Reading

New York Launches Energy Monitoring Hub

Linda Hardesty

New York State launched an energy management network operations center, which will provide public facilities with real-time data on their energy use. Dubbed the NY Energy Manager (NYEM), the center is located at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany. The NYEM is being deployed and managed by the   …Continue Reading

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

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