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Schneider Electric Acquires Renewable Choice Energy

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric has acquired Renewable Choice Energy, a company that helps businesses transition to renewable energy. Terms of the deal, which closed on Friday, were not disclosed. The consolidation of the two companies makes sense for both, executives told Energy Manager Today. The equation for Schneider Electric is rather simple: The deal more than doubles   …Continue Reading

Easy Efficiency Gain: Make Sure Off Really is Off

Carl Weinschenk

Common sense suggests that when the switch is off on an electronic device, it is no longer using electricity. In this case, common sense is wrong, however. Yesterday, Laura Sanchez at Forester Daily News offered a commentary on idle load consumption. Much of the piece is aimed at the residential sector. However, the situation is   …Continue Reading

The Northport VA Medical Center Handles a Cooling Tower Crisis

Carl Weinschenk

On March 10, 2015, The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center was presented with a big problem: The piping connecting four cooling towers that served two buildings on the large campus ruptured and lost all cooling capacity. The buildings are part of a nearly century old, 200-building, 1.4 million square foot facility on a 253-acre site on the   …Continue Reading

Advice to Energy Managers: Don’t Play with Fire

Carl Weinschenk

The most important job of energy managers and, for that matter, anyone else who works in any capacity in a facility setting is to keep tenants and visitors safe. Other important tasks – saving money and enhancing comfort, for instance – are vital. But they take a back seat to physically protecting people and property.   …Continue Reading

The Hospitality Industry is Upping its Efficiency Game…Mostly

Carl Weinschenk

Energy efficient and green operations have caught on in the hospitality sector, at least in San Francisco. The San Francisco Business Times reports that of the 230 hotels in the Bay area listed at TripAdvisor site, 66 hotels — 27 percent – are in the GreenLeaders program. That percentage easily tops New York City (15   …Continue Reading

Report: States That Offer Clean Energy Choices Attract Corporate Interest

Cheryl Kaften

In 2015, commercial and industrial (C&I) buyers accounted for more than half of all signed wind energy power purchase agreements – even outpacing utilities. Those are among the top findings of a study released on January 10 by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

Net Metering’s Confusing Future

Carl Weinschenk

Rules under which users are rewarded for working solar into their energy plans will have a big impact on investments.

Veterans Administration Using NORESCO for Energy Efficiency Projects in El Paso, Albuquerque

Carl Weinschenk

The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque and the El Paso VA Health Care System in the city of the same name receive almost $22 million in upgrades through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with NORESCO, which is part of a United Technologies Corp. unit. The work will include energy management and   …Continue Reading

Is a New Approach to Renewables Set to Make Waves?

Carl Weinschenk

There is a emerging form of renewable energy with which energy managers should be familiar.

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.