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Tesla Becoming a Major Player in the Energy Storage Market

Karen Henry

Tesla is quietly but aggressively making inroads into the energy storage market, Bloomberg reports. Tesla accounts for nearly 70 percent of grid-connected Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) storage projects in its home state of California and is on track to receive up to $65 million in SGIP rebates. As part of a pilot program with SolarCity,   …Continue Reading


Jet Manufacturer Saves 90% on Lighting Energy with LED System

Linda Hardesty

Dassault Falcon Jet has deployed the Digital Lumens Intelligent LED Lighting System across its distribution center in Little Ferry, New Jersey, saving 90 percent on lighting-related energy. With the lighting system, Dassault Falcon Jet will reduce the facility’s annual energy consumption from 610,677 kWh to 62,809 kWh, cutting roughly $53,691 from the annual energy bills. It   …Continue Reading


Using Building Energy Management for Factories

Linda Hardesty

While building automation systems are transforming the way energy managers monitor and save energy in buildings, can these same systems help factories even though they face different energy-saving challenges? An article in Automation World says most building automation systems (BAS) reside as software, while various controller types manage equipment and portions of the network, and   …Continue Reading


Tire Plant Earns Superior Energy Performance Gold Certification

Linda Hardesty

The Cooper Tire plant in Texarkana, Arkansas, has been certified as a Superior Energy Performance (SEP) facility at the Gold level by the US Department of Energy. The plant was recognized for implementing International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001, which provides a framework of requirements for organizations to develop policies for more efficient use of   …Continue Reading


Demand Response Signup in PJM (Mid-Atlantic/Midwest)

Josh Kessler

Demand response signup is open until the middle of May in the PJM Interconnection region, an area that covers the Mid-Atlantic and part of the Midwest. According to the Ohio Manufacturing Association, Ohio customers located in the FirstEnergy service territory can receive incentives of $1,000 per 100 kW, while those in the Duke, AEP and   …Continue Reading


Factory Converts Coal-fired Boiler Plant to Gas-fired Boilers

Linda Hardesty

Celanese completed a $150 million conversion of its Narrows, Virginia, operation from coal-fired boilers to natural-gas-fired boilers. The boilers generate the steam needed to run the plant’s electrical generators and processes. The Celanese Narrows plant has been in operation for 75 years and is a producer of cellulose acetate tow, a natural product that is   …Continue Reading


Manufacturer Upgrades to LEDs, Saves Average Daily Usage of 28.76 kWh

Linda Hardesty

Noribachi delivered an upgraded LED highbay lighting system for Hydraflow in order to improve illumination at its 173,000-sq-foot manufacturing floor in Fullerton, California. Noribachi engineered 384 new LED highbay fixtures with occupancy sensors and bi-level dimming to replace the existing 400W metal halides. Hydraflow’s project goal was to increase efficiency and reduce peak-demand as well   …Continue Reading


Better Plants Welcomes 3 New Manufacturers

Linda Hardesty

Three manufacturers recently joined the DOE’s Better Plants Program and Challenge and pledged to reduce theirenergy intensity by 25 percent over 10 years: BD, Lennox International and Lineage Logistics. Lennox International, a manufacturer of climate control products, joins the Better Plants Challenge after meeting its goal as a Program Partner and improving its energy intensity   …Continue Reading


BMW Gets 51% of Electrical Energy Worldwide From Renewables

Linda Hardesty

The BMW Group says that 51 percent of its electricity worldwide is being supplied from renewable sources. BMW Group has a step-by-step plan to transition the company to 100 percent electrical energy supply from renewable sources. The first step is to increasingly improve the efficiency of energy consumption at facilities worldwide. In a second step,   …Continue Reading


IBM Moves Away From RECs, Toward Direct Procurement

Linda Hardesty

IBM announced a new goal to procure electricity from renewable sources for 20 percent of its annual electricity consumption by 2020. To achieve this goal, it plans to contract over 800,000 MWh per year of renewable electricity. “We intend to match our purchased renewable electricity directly to our operations as opposed to purchasing renewable energy   …Continue Reading