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GM Installs 2.2 MW Solar Array at Factory

Linda Hardesty

General Motors’ new 2.2 MW ground-mounted solar array will be complete by the end of 2014 at its Lordstown, Ohio, complex. When the last of more than 8,500 solar panels are in place, it will be GM’s largest solar installation in the Western Hemisphere. The renewable energy produced by the array is enough to power   …Continue Reading

MA Explores Easier, Cost-Effective Way to Buy Electricity, Natural Gas

Shaun Pandit

The high cost and often-complex process of buying electricity and natural gas is a constant challenge for any industry, but perhaps none more so than manufacturers who deal with energy intensive operations on a daily basis. The best, most affordable market deals aren’t always easy to find, and that’s a large reason why the process   …Continue Reading

DOE Honors 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department recognized 11 companies that have met energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program in which manufacturers commit to improve their energy intensity by 25 percent over ten years. The Department also said that over the last four years, Better Plants Partners have improved the energy intensity of their operations –   …Continue Reading

5 Schneider Factories Earn Superior Energy Performance

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric now has five manufacturing facilities certified in the US Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program and ISO 50001. Two Platinum level facilities – Smyrna, Tenn., and Seneca, SC - improved their energy performance by more than 15 percent. Three Silver level plants – Lincoln, Neb.; Lexington, Ky.; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa –   …Continue Reading

Ford Spends $25M on LEDs at Factories

Linda Hardesty

Ford Motor Company is beginning to install $25 million of LED lighting at its manufacturing facilities across the globe. The 25,000 new LED fixtures will replace traditional high-intensity discharge and fluorescent lights, and are expected to reduce Ford’s energy use at manufacturing facilities by 56 million kWh annually, equating to an up to 70 percent   …Continue Reading

Another ‘GigaFactory’ – This Time in Buffalo, NY

Linda Hardesty

SolarCity will build a 1.2 million square foot GigaFactory, which will manufacture solar panels, in Buffalo, NY. The SolarCity facility will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 1 gigawatt of annual solar capacity when it reaches full production. The SolarCity GigaFactory will be located at the Buffalo High-Tech   …Continue Reading

Chinese Appliance Maker Uses Energy Efficient Insulation Process

Linda Hardesty

China-based Haier will adopt Honeywell’s new Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) to help insulate and increase the energy efficiency of its refrigerators. Blowing agents such as Solstice LBA allow closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation to expand and provide the majority of the foam’s insulating properties. Solstice LBA can help appliance manufacturers achieve an 8-10 percent energy   …Continue Reading

Call for Submissions: 3rd Annual Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards

Jennifer Hermes

Environmental Leader announces the third annual Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards, a program which recognizes excellence in the areas of energy, environmental and sustainability management by awarding Top Product/Project of the Year status to those that receive a top score from a panel of distinguished judges, headed by a coordinator from LNS Research. Last   …Continue Reading

UK Manufacturers Need Long-Term Energy Strategy

Karen Henry

For UK manufacturers who want to remain competitive, a long-term energy strategy is essential, according to an article in The Guardian. When Siemens conducted a survey of 600 energy decision makers at UK manufacturing companies about their energy-management strategies, they found that the majority discuss energy management during high-level board meetings and agree that energy   …Continue Reading

DOE Awards $23M for 12 Projects to Increase Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy announced expansions of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative and a new initiative to support the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. For the goal of doubling energy productivity, the Department announced a partnership with the Council on Competitiveness and the Alliance to Save Energy to launch Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030,   …Continue Reading

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