Breakthough Construction: Passive Homes Go Prefab

Breakthough Construction: Passive Homes Go Prefab

When Elizabeth Scott ordered a new energy-efficient home for her property in rural Guilderland, New York, a factory in Searsmont, Maine that manufactures passive house components  went to work. Ecocor High Performance Buildings, a construction firm that designs, manufacturers, delivers and assembles passive house parts … Read more…

A School District ‘Marshalls Interest’ in Energy Efficiency, Saving $7M Since 2000

A School District ‘Marshalls Interest’ in Energy Efficiency, Saving $7M Since 2000

Since they began focusing attention on energy efficiency at the turn of the century, the Marshall County Schools have saved more than $7 million through a cost avoidance program targeted at utilities. The green initiative benefits the nearly 4,000 students in the area’s 11 public K-12 academic institutions, according to a March 20 report by the local Wheeling (West Virginia) News-Register.

Energy Efficiency Projects on Iconic Buildings in Pittsburgh, NYC

Energy Efficiency Projects on Iconic Buildings in Pittsburgh, NYC

Upgrading older and especially iconic buildings is difficult. It can be done, however. Indeed, The U.S. Steel Tower in downtown Pittsburgh recently was updated and upgraded to the extent that it received ENERGY STAR certification. Commentary at Facility Executive points out that the 47-year-old, 64-story building … Read more…

Whisker Labs Receives MIPS Grant to Advance Demand Response

Whisker Labs Receives MIPS Grant to Advance Demand Response

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) Program has awarded a joint grant to Whisker Labs, a division of Earth Networks, to study the potential economic benefit of shifting customers’ electricity loads through the use of its Connected Savings energy management platform, the recipient announced on February 22.

California Bill Would Mandate 100% Renewable Energy by 2045

California Bill Would Mandate 100% Renewable Energy by 2045

Businesses in California could face what in some cases would be considerable changes in energy procurement if a bill introduced last week in the legislature becomes law. SB 584, according to UtilityDive, mandates that all of the state’s energy be from renewable sources by 2045. … Read more…

Eneractive to Conduct Energy Audits for Big Apple’s Municipal Buildings

Eneractive to Conduct Energy Audits for Big Apple’s Municipal Buildings

The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has selected Eneractive Solutions to conduct audits and retro-commissioning projects on municipal buildings, the Edison Energy subsidiary announced on February 15.

California Businesses Don’t Benefit from Abundance of Electricity

California Businesses Don’t Benefit from Abundance of Electricity

California likely is the leading state for promoting energy efficient operations and renewable energy generation. It seems logical that this would lead, over time, to lower electric bills for its businesses. It’s logical – but wrong. In fact, ratepayers in the state are paying a … Read more…

Jimmy Carter, POTUS and Peanut Farmer, Leases Land for 1.3-MW Solar Project

Jimmy Carter, POTUS and Peanut Farmer, Leases Land for 1.3-MW Solar Project

Former President Jimmy Carter – who famously started his career as a peanut farmer – has leased a ten-acre site in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, to SolAmerica Energy for development of a 1.3-MW solar project, which will provide over 50 percent of the power needs of the city. A ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by company and city officials, as well as the Carter family, took place at the site on February 8.

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