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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


GE Provides Software Enhancements for Turbine Operators

Linda Hardesty

General Electric Measurement and Control and Power Generation Services announced performance enhancements for its Mark control system. The OpFlex Software Enhancement Module packages are available for existing Mark VIe controls systems as well as retrofits and migrations. The OpFlex Software Enhancement Modules are designed to improve availability and system reliability, decrease troubleshooting time, improve operator   …Continue Reading


Solar-Friendly Rate for Commercial Customers Adopted in California

Linda Hardesty

The California Public Utilities Commission approved Thursday a solar-friendly rate for medium and large commercial and industrial customers in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Southern California Edison’s service territories. As part of the decision, the CPUC approved the Option R rate, which was proposed and supported by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) lobby   …Continue Reading


CHP Offers Major Benefits to NY Commercial Property Owners

Linda Hardesty

Combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, is a worthwhile investment for mid-size to large commercial property owners in New York, particularly in the five boroughs of New York City where a variety of financial incentives are available, according to a white paper issued by ConEdison Solutions. The energy services company said there has   …Continue Reading


UTC, TERI Open Center to Promote Energy Efficient Buildings in India

Linda Hardesty

United Technologies Corporation and The Energy and Resources Institute launched Wednesday a center to encourage the development of energy efficiency buildings in India. UTC and TERI announced plans for the center in October.   The Centre of Excellence for Energy Efficient Buildings opens as the Indian government introduces the Smart City Programme to address the challenge   …Continue Reading


TransCentra to Save 25K Annually in Utility Bill Redesign

Linda Hardesty

TransCentra, a bill and payment software and services firm based in Georgia, implemented its software for Connexus Energy, which expects to save more than $25,000 annually from the project. TransCentra redesigned the company’s billing to use less paper. The annual savings is in addition to about $30,000 in cost reductions realized from the Minnesota utility’s implementation of a   …Continue Reading