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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

Seattle’s Energy Code Bests National Standard

Duane Jonlin

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

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