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Energy Manager Today Introduces New Editorial Advisory Board

Linda Hardesty

Environmental Leader LLC has assembled a group of experts from across the environmental, energy and sustainability industries, including end-users, vendors, consultants and academics, that will advise on the editorial direction of its leading group of environment and energy publications:,, and “The Environmental Leader editors and I look forward to working with this   …Continue Reading

Don’t Do Audits – Yet

Jennifer Hermes

I recently had a conversation with a company that is starting to understand the struggle in selling efficiency projects. At Noesis, we work with those selling energy efficiency, helping them to increase their proposal win rate. I had the pleasure of speaking with the CEO of a midsize firm, who is not only pitching these   …Continue Reading

Walgreens Installs Cree LED Lighting

Kirsten Korosec

Retailer Walgreens has outfitted its 14,820-square-foot store in Goodyear, Ariz., with LED lighting by Cree. The store is equipped with LED downlights, troffers designed to last 100,000 hours and linear luminaries, which are dimmable for additional energy management. The LED lighting LED lighting will be rolled out to all of Walgreens new stores moving forward   …Continue Reading

Energy Executive Moves: Noesis, EnTouch Controls, FirstFuel, McKinstry

Linda Hardesty

Michael ParkNoesis Energy appointed  (pictured) to vice president of project finance. Park heads up a new group that enables Noesis to provide expert assistance for energy project developers as they prescribe efficiency-financing to their customers. Most recently, Park was with the US Department of Energy where he was a senior investment officer in the loan guarantee   …Continue Reading

On-Bill Energy Financing Boasts Low Default Rates

Linda Hardesty

As of January 2014, on-bill energy financing programs are operating or preparing to launch in the United States in at least 25 states, according to a new report “Financing Energy Improvements on Utility Bills: Market Updates and Key Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators.” The report, prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory staff, reviewed   …Continue Reading

Shaheen-Portman Efficiency Bill Dies

Leon Walker

The bipartisan Shaheen-Portman bill aimed at encouraging energy efficiency in buildings died in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill went down in a 55-to-36 vote amid partisan wrangling surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline and President Obama’s plans to issue new climate regulations, The New York Times reports. Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to allow a Republican amendment   …Continue Reading

HVAC Retrofit from Trane Oregon Saves PacWest Center Over $50K/Year

Jennifer Hermes

Trane Oregon leveraged incentive funds to complete a comprehensive HVAC retrofit at the PacWest Center Office Building, which is projected to save the building over $500,000 in the lifetime of the system. Langley Investment Properties, which manages the PacWest Center Building in Portland, Oregon, enlisted the help of Trane Oregon to perform a deep-dive into   …Continue Reading

Daylighting Improves Healthcare Facility Effectiveness

Leon Walker

A growing body of research confirms that optimizing natural daylight and outdoor views in healthcare facilities contributes to improved outcomes and shorter recovery times for patients, according to glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain. Recent research by The Center for Healthcare Design and other organizations finds that natural daylighting and outdoor views benefit healthcare settings in a number of ways,   …Continue Reading

Sample ‘Exam’ for Performance Contracting Certification

Jennifer Hermes

This article is a follow-up to Eric Woodroof’s article from April 30. The new certification on Performance Contracting and Energy Project Funding (“PCF”), has created quite a buzz in the industry.  Due to recent articles about this new level of professional distinction, exam-taking candidates often ask: “What does the test cover?”  Below is a small   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Saves Billions

Jennifer Hermes

Energy efficiency is a proven value. In Ohio alone, energy efficiency programs have saved people a total of $1 billion since 2009. What’s more is that these savings far outweigh the costs to implement Ohio’s energy efficiency programs, which amount to less than half of the total savings. Yet Ohio utilities and large industrial companies want   …Continue Reading

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