Think Energy Expands in Texas

Cheryl Kaften

Think Energy – a retail electricity provider (REP) that is a subsidiary of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources – announced on November 3 that the company has expanded into Texas. The retail provider, which serves residential and small commercial customers, has been providing electricity in the United States since its launch in 2011. With the addition   …Continue Reading

Careful Planning Key to Successful Energy Upgrades

Carl Weinschenk

Upgrading the energy efficiency of a building can save money, please the people who use the building and help the environment, but careful planning is necessary, according to a feature at Building Operating Management. The complexity of modern buildings means that multiple systems must be dealt with in an upgrade. The upgrades are complex and require   …Continue Reading

School Projects in MA, CO

Carl Weinschenk

A contract with Ameresco Inc. will cut energy use by 8 percent in 11 schools in Haverhill, MA. The $2.5 million Energy Saves Performance Contract will result in annual savings of more than $270,000, according to the Eagle-Tribune. The net savings during the term of the contract will be about $1.5 million. The upgrades will be   …Continue Reading

ARPA-E Issues Grants for Solar Modules

Carl Weinschenk

Lowering costs and dramatically increasing system efficiencies and energy yields of solar modules are the goals of a $2.9 million grant to several organizations from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant was awarded to Semprius, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,   …Continue Reading

Shopping for Circuit Breakers via Schneider Mobile App

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric is providing a Services Modernization Solution Selector, a mobile application to help facility managers who are shopping for replacement designs for low voltage and medium voltage switchgear as well as custom solutions for other critical electrical system components. The solution selector searches an extensive database of direct replacement designs for a number of   …Continue Reading

Microturbine Converts Flare Gas to Useable Energy

Linda Hardesty

Capstone Turbine received an order for a C1000 microturbine to be installed for Kineticor Resource, a Canadian energy services company that provides onsite power for natural gas drilling operations. Kineticor builds, owns and operates power generation equipment that converts associated gas to power. The grid-connect C1000 microturbine will use the flare gas produced by a   …Continue Reading

Walmart, Others Seek to Back Out of Florida Energy-Efficiency Program

Karen Henry

Walmart and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, which represents large electricity users, have submitted a proposal to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) that would allow them to opt out of the state’s 35-year-old conservation program, South Florida’s NMC-2.com reports. The proposal would separate the energy-efficiency payments and the demand-side management programs that are   …Continue Reading

Duke Converts Steam Plant from Coal to Natural Gas

Linda Hardesty

Duke University in Durham, NC, spent $35 million on the conversion of its West Campus Steam Plant to natural gas from a coal plant that burned more than 50,000 tons of coal a year. An article in HPAC Engineering says the plant, which was built in 1928, provides steam for space and process heating for   …Continue Reading

New Energy System Will Save Stanford $420M

Karen Henry

Stanford University is building a new energy system that incorporates solar power with heat recovery. The new system, called the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI), will save the university $420 million in energy costs over 35 years, making Stanford one of the most energy-efficient research universities in the world. The university has also committed to providing   …Continue Reading

Roundy’s Deploys Ecova at 165 Locations

Linda Hardesty

Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets picked Ecova to provide utility expense and data management and Energy Star benchmarking. Ecova will assist the retailer in monitoring and reducing energy use and reporting carbon emissions at about 165 locations. Leveraging the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform and the Ecova Big Data Warehouse, Roundy’s will gain a better understanding   …Continue Reading