Municipal

The Dark Side of LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

LEDs’ benefits outweigh the potential problems. That doesn’t mean, however, that challenges don’t exist. At this point, the issues are most obvious in street light deployments.


Chattanooga Public Library Getting Energy Upgrade

Carl Weinschenk

The Chattanooga Public Library is getting a $1.5 million upgrade to its lighting and HVAC system, according to The Times Free Press. The project is part of the city’s effort to reduce energy use by 20 percent in its more than 200 municipal buildings during the next ten years. The project at the 40-year-old library building   …Continue Reading


Evanston, IL, Aldermen Vote for Benchmarking

Carl Weinschenk

Large buildings in Evanston, IL, will be required to benchmark energy performance, according to the Daily Northwestern. The newspaper of Northwestern University, which is in Evanston, reported that aldermen voted 7-2 this week to compel buildings of more than 200,00 square feet to benchmark. More than 550 buildings in the city will be impacted, the   …Continue Reading


Newton, IA, Lauds Three for Efficiency Efforts

Carl Weinschenk

Three organizations in Newton, IA, have been honored for energy efficiency. The awards were bestowed by The Hometown Rewards program, which is sponsored by Alliant Energy. The honorees are McCall Monument, Newton Enterprises and Newton Water Pollution Control, according to the Newton Daily News. The program was established last year and, to date, has achieved   …Continue Reading


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