Municipal

Lawrence, KS, Invests in Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Lawrence, KS, has added $11.4 million in energy efficiency upgrades. LJ World reports that the projects include installation of solar panels and LEDs and smart thermostats. The list is comprised of about 40 projects, including work at municipal buildings, parks and other facilities. The projects, the story says, are expected to more or less pay for   …Continue Reading


Solar as an Everyday Tool

Carl Weinschenk

Energy managers must consider solar as a full partner in energy generation, not a niche source or a PR add-on. The next step: Cementing the marriage to storage.


Tulare, CA, to Use FuelCell Technology CHP Technology

Carl Weinschenk

Tulare, CA, will install a 2.8 MW combined heat and power (CHP, or cogeneration) plant under a power purchase agreement (PPA) with FuelCell Energy. The installation will be at the Tulare Waste Water Treatment Facility. The plan is for FuelCell to install, operate and maintain the plant and sell all the power it produces to   …Continue Reading


$5M Available to 5 NY Municipalities for Energy Projects

Carl Weinschenk

The state of New York is offering as much as $5 million in funding for “forward thinking” energy efficiency projects in Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo, according to Westfair Business Publications. The story says that the funding will come from the Five Cities Energy Plans initiative, which was created last year. The goal is to encourage   …Continue Reading


Long Beach, CA, Finishes First Phase of LED Streetlight Project

Carl Weinschenk

Long Beach, CA, has replaced about 1,750 high pressure sodium streetlights with LEDs, according to The Long Beach Post. This marks the completion of the first phase of the retrofit project, the story said. The Port of Long Beach Community Migration Grant of $659,000 paid for the changeover. The second phase of the project will   …Continue Reading


Newton County GA Tabs ABM Building Solutions for Upgrades

Carl Weinschenk

Newton County, GA, has signed two contracts with ABM Building Solutions for upgrades to the Newtown County Detention Center and other county facilities, according to the Newton Citizen. The contracts are worth $14.4 million. They guarantee about $7.3 million for the jail and $7.09 million for other facilities in need of repair. The contracts require   …Continue Reading


Michigan Efficiency Project Enters Final Stretch

Carl Weinschenk

The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) has entered the final six months of a two-year initiative to make the county more energy efficient, according to TV6 in northern Michigan. The project is being sponsored by New Power Tour, which was formed in 2014 to help upper Michigan peninsula residents generate energy efficiency and to try to win   …Continue Reading


Trane Upgrading 125 Buildings in Birmingham, AL

Carl Weinschenk

Trane is partnering with Birmingham, AL, to improve energy savings in 125 city structures. The $61.3 million project is aimed at cutting energy and operational costs 30 percent annually and to save more than $100 million during the next twenty years. The press release says that water upgrades will be made in 119 building; HVAC   …Continue Reading


Local, State and the Federal Government Excel at Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

It’s interesting that government at the local, state and federal levels do a better job than private industry of driving energy efficiency. The good news is that both sides continue to up their games.


CA, MA Tie for ACEEE Top Spot

Carl Weinschenk

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) says that California and Massachusetts are the most energy efficient states. The ACEEE, in its tenth annual scorecard, said that Massachusetts was in the top spot for the sixth year in a row, though this is the first time that it shared the position with another state. The   …Continue Reading