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Microgrids Create Safe Alternative Power Option with Energy Storage on Alcatraz

Jennifer Hermes

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

Seattle’s Energy Code Bests National Standard

Jennifer Hermes

Energy codes, the complex regulations that limit the energy consumed by new buildings, vary widely between states and even between cities. Not coincidentally, this distribution bears some resemblance to that familiar red state/blue state map from election season. More conservative regions of the country sometimes provide little or no regulation of building energy use, while   …Continue Reading

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

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