Government

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


Minnesota’s Energy Program to Save $10.8M

Karen Henry

Minnesota’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP) is poised to help the state save a projected $10.8 million annually over the next 15 years. Established by the Minnesota State Department of Commerce, GESP is a state-led initiative to deliver technical, financial and contractual assistance to state agencies to support the implementation of Energy Savings Performance Contracting   …Continue Reading


4 Federal Agencies Join to Procure Solar

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Forest Service, the Department of Energy and the General Services Administration are partnering to purchase solar power. The Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Project (or FASPP) is a contract solicitation designed to take advantage of economies of scale in solar installation. Due to contracting challenges and high costs, agencies   …Continue Reading


Orion Energy Systems Wins LED Retrofit with VA

Linda Hardesty

Orion Energy Systems received a contract award of about $700,000 from a Veterans Affairs hospital in Virginia. Orion is upgrading the location’s fluorescent fixtures with its patented LED Troffer Retrofit product. Orion Energy also installed its exterior product, the ISON LED area light. The company says the contract is just the latest from the VA   …Continue Reading


States Use Energy Resource Permanent Funds for Various Purposes

Karen Henry

Eight states have permanent funds primarily funded by oil, coal or natural gas tax revenues, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). These funds are set aside by national, state and local governments for strategic or long-term use. Similar to an endowment, states typically only spend the earnings and investment gains from these funds,   …Continue Reading


EPA Recognizes Austin Federal Building

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the JJ Pickle & Homer Thornberry Federal Building for reducing its environmental impacts as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). The building retrofitted several systems, including the lighting, HVAC, and building automation systems, which resulted in significant energy savings. Changes to water fixtures and irrigation systems saved   …Continue Reading


Solar Installed at USDA Buildings

Linda Hardesty

A 1.6 MW array of SolarWorld solar panels spreads over acreage on the campus of the US Department of Agriculture’s George Washington Carver Center – a four-building office campus. The solar system consists of 315-watt, 72-cell monocrystalline solar panels. The ground-mount system located on 10 acres at the facility in Beltsville, Maryland, is expected to   …Continue Reading


Federal Agencies Must Use eProject Builder for All ESPC Projects

Linda Hardesty

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) says all interested parties in federal energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) should now use eProject Builder (ePB), which is fully active and in production mode. eProject Builder is a free web-based system for entering and tracking ESPC data through the life of a federal project. eProject Builder was developed and   …Continue Reading


Courthouse Replaces Oversized Boiler

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry was named the energy services contractor (ESCO) for Tillamook County, Oregon’s courthouse upgrades. The initial engagement will involve replacement of the county courthouse boiler, which failed in late 2014. During an energy audit analysis conducted following the failure, the 1950s-era boiler was determined to be twice the size needed to efficiently cool and heat   …Continue Reading