Duke Energy Renewables, Lockheed Martin Sign PPA

Carl Weinschenk

Duke Energy Renewables and security and aerospace firm Lockheed Martin have signed a 17-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for solar generated electricity. The PPA will produce 30 MW – about 72,000 mWh – annually. The electricity will be used across Lockheed Martin’s entire domestic business segments, according to the press release. The solar power will   …Continue Reading

The Smarter the Sensor, the Smarter the Building

Carl Weinschenk

A key reason why the building automation market is growing quickly is that the benefits are broad and all-encompassing. There is far more than a single “killer app.” The key to all this – the most important factor in how smart a building will be — is the sensor. Sensors are, in essence, where the rubber   …Continue Reading

The Many Roads to HVAC Renewal

Carl Weinschenk

HVAC systems must be kept in optimal working order. In addition to controlling the livability of the premise, HVAC systems are key line item expenses. Keeping them running smoothly is a financial, health and even legal necessity. Though the goal is the same – fix aging and underperforming HVAC systems – there are a number   …Continue Reading

Pfizer to Use FuelCell Energy’s CHP Technology

Carl Weinschenk

FuelCell Energy will install a 5.6 MW fuel cell power generation system for Pfizer, according to the company. The fuel cell will be installed at Pfizer’s 160-acre research and development facility in Groton, CT. Under a power purchase agreement, the biopharmaceutical company will buy power and steam from FuelCell for 20 years. The fuel cell   …Continue Reading

Philips NA Moving to 100% Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

Philips North America said that it will use 100 percent renewable energy resources by the end of next year. That, according to the company, is a step towards its goal of being carbon neutral by 2020, which was announced at COP21. Philips will work with EDP Renewables North America and buy 250,000 mWh of electricity   …Continue Reading

Enterprise IoT: How Will It Improve Energy Management? Plus Steps to Moving Forward

Jennifer Hermes

  This article is sponsored by Daintree Networks. Those charged with a facility’s energy management are beginning to hear the phrase “Internet of Things” (IoT) increasingly more often within the industry, and many are asking how to use the concept of the “Enterprise IoT” to leverage the data in their buildings and find opportunities for   …Continue Reading

The Effects of Setbacks and Noise Limits on Successful Wind Project Approval

Al Maiorino

In September, I detailed the reasons why building public support for wind proposals in Lancaster County, Nebraska, should not be a “Plan B.” Just a few short months later, the County Board has adopted tough noise restrictions on wind turbines, reducing the standard noise limit from 50 to 40 decibels of noise during the day.   …Continue Reading

GM Lauded by Solar Energy Industries Association

Carl Weinschenk

The latest Solar Means Business report from the Solar Energy Industries Association ranks General Motors as the top user of solar energy in the automotive industry, according to the car manufacturer. The press release also said that the company is 20th in use of solar of all companies in the United States. The release discusses   …Continue Reading

Intelligence and Automation to Drive Growth of Smart Cities

Peter Feuilherade

Smart buildings can contribute to pollution reduction and waste and water management. As smart commercial buildings become incorporated into the wider energy control networks of smart cities and linked to other aspects such as transport, water and air quality, the increasing intelligence and automation of buildings will play a key role in the smart cities   …Continue Reading

Toyota Plant in Kentucky Rolls Out Bioenergy

Carl Weinschenk

Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, KY, is slated to begin using bioenergy next week, according to IndustryWeek. The story says that the system will rely on methane produced at the Central Kentucky Landfill, which is about six-and-a-half miles away. It will generate 1 MW per hour, which is the energy needed to create about 10,000 vehicles   …Continue Reading