Government

2014 Better Than 2013 for Distributed Wind Turbines, But Far Below 2012

Carl Weinschenk

Several factors made 2014 a down year for distributed wind turbines compared to 2012, though it was far superior to 2013. The factors that saw demand sink include relatively low prices for electricity, competition from other sources and high permitting and other nonmaterial costs. The report on the status of the industry was put together by   …Continue Reading


Energy Savings Performance Contracts Unlock Deep Savings

Carl Weinschenk

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) are especially attractive to funding-limited governmental bodies because they are financed via savings on energy and water. RMI and the U.S. General Services Administration has conducted a study of these projects and provided best practices. The best practices include setting aggressive long-term goals; engaging and collaborating with diverse stakeholders; establishing a   …Continue Reading


Bridgewater, MA, Gets $231,000 Efficiency Grant

Carl Weinschenk

The town of Bridgewater, MA, has been awarded a $231,000 Green Communities Grant. The grant will pay for efficiency improvements leading to estimated annual savings of $55,000, according to The Raynham Call. The town is part of the Green Community state program that has a stated goal of reducing energy use by 20 percent over five   …Continue Reading


Washington City Saves, Drives Efficiencies with LED Streetlights

Carl Weinschenk

West Richmond, WA, recently replaced 1,097 streetlights with Autobahn LED luminaries from Acuity Brands, according to Equipment World. The transition enables energy use to be reduced by more than 60 percent and, according to the story, increases illumination and addresses “dark sky” conditions. The city simultaneously installed Acuity’s ROAM wireless monitoring system that enables the   …Continue Reading


Federal Agencies Scramble to Meet Renewables Target

Linda Hardesty

Under a goal established in March by Executive Order 13693, titled “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,” US federal agencies have until 2025 to get at least 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. That trumps the 20 percent target established in a 2009 presidential memorandum. Currently, only 8.8 percent of electricity   …Continue Reading


2 Michigan Energy Agencies Work with Ameresco on Energy Retrofit of Their Tenant Space

Linda Hardesty

Saginaw Plaza signed a $437,000 energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Ameresco to upgrade its facility in Lansing, Michigan. The facility is currently leased to the State and houses two governmental agencies: the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). MAE/MPSC worked closely with the property owner, Saginaw Plaza, and   …Continue Reading


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