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5 Mistakes Block Your Utility Rebate Check

Jennifer Hermes

Participating in utility energy efficiency programs can be a win-win. Facility owners and managers can get energy conservation equipment installed at drastically reduced costs and contractors have a fantastic opportunity to increase sales and broaden their client bases. BUT getting the final check in your hands at the end of the installation is not as   …Continue Reading


Energy Star’s IT Tips

Leon Walker

Putting computers to sleep at the end of the day and buying efficient IT equipment are just two of the ways the Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign suggests companies can reduce the impact of their computing. Companies can save between $10 and $50 per computer per year simply by putting them to sleep using computer   …Continue Reading


Improved Utility Storm Planning Begins Here

Jennifer Hermes

Hurricane Sandy made it obvious that electric distribution utilities were ill-prepared to prevent large-scale power outages or quickly restore power to businesses and households. After Sandy, many states and industry groups created special commissions and studies that offered prescriptions to harden the energy infrastructure. However, this past winter’s storms, and the lengthy outages that resulted,   …Continue Reading


Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Top Cities for Energy Star Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency released its sixth annual list of the 25 US metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings. Leading the 2013 list are Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Atlanta; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Philadelphia; and Houston. In addition to listing the top cities with the most Energy Star   …Continue Reading


Energy Star Calculator Shows How Pool Pumps Can Save in Yearly Energy Costs

Jennifer Hermes

The Energy Star program run by the EPA is known for promoting energy-saving products including refrigerators, TVs, and air conditioners. In 2013, Energy Star started certifying in-ground pool pumps (limited to pumps between 0.5 and 4 horsepower). Pumps that have earned Energy Star certification can run at set different speeds (i.e., two-speed pumps) or be   …Continue Reading


2014 Green Building Policy Outlook

Jennifer Hermes

With strong progress in 2013 and early accomplishments in 2014, the green building community and Congress are jointly positioned to finally make the improvements needed to advance our nation’s energy efficiency goals and set the policy needed for long term sustainability. When the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC) was first coming together in July of   …Continue Reading


Has Target Made EMS a Target? 3 Ways to Ensure Your EMS Is Not an Open Door

Jennifer Hermes

The recent revelation that the data breach at Target originated with the theft of network credentials from one of their HVAC/R contractors has generated significant, and legitimate, attention to the issue of data security of Energy Management Systems (EMS). If you are a developer or vendor of EMS systems you are undoubtedly hearing from customers   …Continue Reading


Bristol-Myers Squibb Goes Solar

Linda Hardesty

Solis Partners has completed the installation of a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system for Bristol-Myers Squibb biopharmaceutical company based in New York City. The 777.14-kilowatt system consists of 3,172 panels that span the entirety of the 106,500-sq-foot parking structure at the company’s campus in Hopewell Township, NJ. The installation will be owned and operated under a   …Continue Reading


ADR Firm Gains $7M in New Funding

Linda Hardesty

Regen Energy, developer of electrical load management and automated demand response (ADR) technologies, raised $7 million in a Series B investment round. The round was led by an unnamed international energy company and included participation from existing investors NGEN Partners and the BDC Venture Capital Energy/Cleantech Fund. Regen says its partnerships include HVAC OEMs, demand   …Continue Reading


Outrageously Unfair Piece on CleanTech from CBS’s ’60 Minutes’

Jennifer Hermes

I know I’m not the only person who was irritated by CBS’s 60 Minutes broadcast a couple of weeks ago on the cleantech industry.  The producers’ mission?  Convince a gullible audience that cleantech is dying, and that any life that happens to remain at this point comes at the expense of the taxpayers.  Viewers were   …Continue Reading


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