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Cost of Energy Efficiency Is under Half the Cost of Building Coal Power Plants

Merrian Borgeson

After mining the results of energy efficiency programs representing every US region, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers have reported the initial result that the average total cost of saved energy is only  4.4 cents per kilowatt hour. This means that smarter uses of energy can replace dirty coal at a fraction of the cost of building   …Continue Reading


5 Energy Trends Changing the Balance of Power

Dan Upham

We no longer fret over taxes on tea, but there’s another American Revolution forming in our great nation today. Like the colonist uprising 241 years ago, it’s fueled by a need to stand up against an outdated system that threatens our way of life. It’s a battle over the future of American energy and our antiquated   …Continue Reading


Energy and Water Efficiency for Restaurants

Mark Masterson

Americans, unfortunately, are a wasteful culture. According to the USDA, food waste from stores, restaurants, and homes topped an estimated 133 billion pounds of food, about 30-40% of the entire food supply. That’s not just an environmental problem, it’s a social problem. For restaurateurs, it’s also an economic one. That’s why some restaurants are turning   …Continue Reading


Where Urgency Meets Opportunity

Gary Lawrence

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas. I must compliment the organizers. This is one of those meetings that gets better every year as the learnings of the prior year are incorporated into the innovations that will be necessary to see the improvement in human development   …Continue Reading


Biogas Helps Power Limestone Operation

Linda Hardesty

PlanET Biogas UK commissioned its fifth biogas plant. The 1.5 MW plant is situated on Singleton Birch’s mining site in North Lincolnshire in England. Singleton Birch, which processes and delivers limestone, will produce 40 percent of its onsite power from biogas. Singleton Birch says the anaerobic digestion plant will reduce its $16 million annual energy   …Continue Reading


Another ‘GigaFactory’ – This Time in Buffalo, NY

Linda Hardesty

SolarCity will build a 1.2 million square foot GigaFactory, which will manufacture solar panels, in Buffalo, NY. The SolarCity facility will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 1 gigawatt of annual solar capacity when it reaches full production. The SolarCity GigaFactory will be located at the Buffalo High-Tech   …Continue Reading


MC2 and CM3 Deliver Energy Management for Florida Hospital

Linda Hardesty

MC2 and CM3 delivered an energy efficiency system for the Villages Regional Hospital in central Florida. MC2, based in Sanford, Fla., provided and installed the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) energy management system for the 198-bed Villages Regional Hospital. Discussions about establishing an energy baseline and improving energy efficiency began in 2009 and concluded   …Continue Reading


Microgrids Create Safe Alternative Power Option with Energy Storage on Alcatraz

Darren Hammell

Recent events like Hurricane Sandy and others have shown that the electrical grid is not resilient under all circumstances and that electrical power distribution can fail for larger periods of time. It is therefore of vital importance to provide solutions for emergency power generation and power distribution to at least sections of the electrical grid   …Continue Reading


Energy Recovery Ventilator Market to Nearly Double by 2020

Kirsten Korosec

Energy recovery ventilators, HVAC equipment that uses energy from thermally conditioned air that’s exhausted from a building to precondition the incoming air, are one of the fastest-growing segments of the improved indoor air quality management market, according to Navigant Research. Worldwide revenue from ERVs will grow from $1.6 billion in 2014 to $2.8 billion in   …Continue Reading


Vikram Solar Lands Floating Solar Plant Deal

Kirsten Korosec

Indian panel maker Vikram Solar won a contract to build India’s first floating solar power plant. The 15-kilowatt pilot plant, which aims to study whether placing a solar installation above water will boost generation by cooling the panels, will be constructed by December, reported Bloomberg News. The 20,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity generated annually will be   …Continue Reading


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