Obama Advances Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

President Obama signed an Executive Order calling for massive reductions in energy and water use in federal buildings and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from federal fleets. Over the next 10 years, the order will save taxpayers an estimated $18 billion in avoided energy costs, says the administration. The Executive Order directs Federal agencies to: Ensure 25 percent   …Continue Reading

Total Energy Subsidies Decline, but Solar Soars

Karen Henry

While the total value of direct federal financial interventions and subsidies in energy markets decreased 23 percent from $38 billion to $29.3 billion between fiscal years 2010 and 2013, solar subsidies skyrocketed from $1.1 billion to $4.5 billion in 2013, according to an updated report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Declining solar costs   …Continue Reading

2 VA Medical Centers Install 7MW of Solar

Linda Hardesty

REC Solar is working with HICAPS, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) construction management firm to build two solar electric systems at US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) medical centers in Salem, Virginia and Las Vegas, Nevada. In total, these systems comprise nearly 7 MW of solar generation capacity across rooftops, carports and   …Continue Reading

Airtron Canada Wins HVAC Service Contract for 600 Government Buildings

Linda Hardesty

Airtron Canada was selected to perform heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and Building Automation Systems (BAS) maintenance services for more than 600 Ontario government buildings. That translates into 21 million square feet of facilities in buildings like laboratories, office buildings, correctional facilities and detention centers. Airtron Canada will provide varying levels of HVAC and   …Continue Reading

Proposed Illinois Budget Cuts Into Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

To help address a state budget shortfall, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a budget that would reallocate $265 million in utility ratepayer funds from energy efficiency projects and programs to the state’s general fund. According to an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) blog post, this reallocation would include Department of Commerce and Economic   …Continue Reading

County Trials Energy Tracking Software Used by Microsoft

Linda Hardesty

King County, Washington, plans to pilot the same energy-tracking software that Microsoft uses to reduce energy consumption at many of its buildings. Seattle-based design firm MacDonald-Miller will install the software at five King County facilities for the two-year pilot project. Iconics developed the software using Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure platform. The energy tracking software will provide   …Continue Reading

SustainCo Wins $550,000 Energy Management Contract

Linda Hardesty

SustainCo Solutions & Services, through its operating group VCI Controls, has substantially completed a series of contracts and work orders worth over $550,000 for Defence Construction Canada. The work included roof replacement, HVAC upgrades, cooling tower maintenance and generator repairs. In addition, SustainCo has a standing offer to provide HVAC Services, BAS controls, electrical services,   …Continue Reading

Federal Bureau of Prisons Selects Constellation for $45M Energy Efficiency, Solar Project

Linda Hardesty

Constellation has been awarded a contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to implement $45 million in water and energy conservation measures and install a 2 MW solar generation project at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Fla. Under the terms of the energy savings performance contract (ESPC), the conservation measures are guaranteed to provide   …Continue Reading

Government Uses Performance Contracting for Lighting Control

Karen Henry

The federal government is increasingly incorporating advanced lighting control systems in its energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) as part of its effort to reduce energy use in federal facilities, reports the Federal Times. Lighting consumes a big chunk of the total electricity used in a commercial building – nearly 38 percent. Lighting control can result   …Continue Reading

ESCO Designated as Certified Energy Efficiency Contractor by State of Massachusetts

Linda Hardesty

ForceField Energy says its ESCO Energy Services subsidiary has been designated as a Prime Certified Energy Efficiency Contractor by the State of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM). As a certified contractor, ESCO can now serve as a lead bidder for projects larger than $100,000. In addition, ESCO will now have direct   …Continue Reading

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