Idaho National Lab Goal Is to Improve U.S. Manufacturing Efficiency by 50 Percent

Cheryl Kaften

The Idaho National Laboratory has announced that it will help operate a new U.S. Department of Energy institute – the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions Institute, or REMADE – which will investigate how to increase manufacturing efficiency, according to a January 5 report by the Idaho Falls Post Register.

Solar’s Next Step: Build It In, Don’t Bolt It On

Carl Weinschenk

The goal of integrating solar power into buildings instead of bolting the technology on afterwards has taken a step forward with the announcement that Tesla and Panasonic have expanded their existing relationship to include manufacture of Tesla’s solar roof products. The work will be done at Tesla’s Buffalo, NY, facility. Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity has   …Continue Reading

Wyoming Refining to Save with New Motors, LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

Wyoming Refining, which is in Newcastle, is lowering its annual electric bill by about $10,600 via installation of energy-efficient lighting and motors, according to The Wyoming Business Report. The company is receiving rebates of $10,250 from Black Hills Energy-Wyoming Electric. The work was done during a plant overall. The story says that 265 LED fixtures were installed.   …Continue Reading

Where’s Oil Headed? Energy Managers Want to Know

Ken Silverstein

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet at the end of November to make a plan on whether to cut production, all in an effort to raise oil prices around the globe.

Better Buildings, Better Plants: 12 Success Stories

Carl Weinschenk

The Department of Energy is encouraging industrial plants to be more energy and water efficient — and industry is listening.

Pre-Preparing for Winter Safety

Michael Wilson

As this is being written, it’s about 90 degrees (F) in most of Alabama and few people are giving any thought to  winter. But it will come. Likely this is why the managers of office buildings are meeting now with their custodial crew and janitorial distributor to discuss which measures they should take now to   …Continue Reading

AEP Ohio Awards CenturyLink

Carl Weinschenk

AEP Ohio presented telecommunications provider CenturyLink with a $133,547 incentive check late last month. The award was made by the company’s Ohio Data Center Program. It provides incentives based upon participants’ annual energy savings. The release says that last year CenturyLink upgraded its datacenter’s mechanical system, which enabled the replacement of the heat rejection equipment with   …Continue Reading

5 CEMEX Plants Lauded by Energy Star

Carl Weinschenk

Five CEMEX USA plants have been certified by The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program. The company says that its facilities in Brooksville and Miami, FL; Clinchfield, GA; Fairborn, OH and Victorville, CA were recognized. The plants had to be among the top 25 percent of similar facilities in order to receive the honor. The   …Continue Reading

Technology Evolves – And So Do Incentive and Grant Programs

Carl Weinschenk

Delaware has upgraded a key energy efficiency grant program. The goals are to increase the sophistication of elements that deal with LEDs and help businesses see the broader energy efficiency landscape.

Caterpillar Focuses on Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar is deeply involved in energy efficiency and related initiatives, according to a post at Justmeans. Caterpillar gets 21.1 percent of its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources, the post says. It has been involved in these efforts for a long time: It set its first energy efficiency target in 1998   …Continue Reading