Vermont House Passes Backup Bill on Energy Efficient Appliances

Vermont House Passes Backup Bill on Energy Efficient Appliances

The Vermont House approved a bill (HB-411) on March 22 that would put energy efficiency standards for residential, commercial, and industrial appliances into effect in Vermont if Congress or the White House were to eliminate national Energy Star standards, the Vermont Digger reported.

IKEA Completes 1.21-MW Rooftop Solar Array at Columbus Store

IKEA Completes 1.21-MW Rooftop Solar Array at Columbus Store

Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA announced on March 28 that a 1.21-MW solar array, built with 3,546 panels, has been completed atop its future Columbus store, which will open this coming summer. The retailer claims that the system will be among the largest solar rooftops in Ohio, just as is the Cincinnati-area one.

Granite State Power Link Could Reduce New England Energy Costs by $1B Over 10 Years

Granite State Power Link Could Reduce New England Energy Costs by $1B Over 10 Years

proposed transmission project in New England could decrease energy costs across the region by $1.1 billion over its first 10 years of operation – and would not be paid for by utility customers, according to a March 28 report by Vermont Business Magazine.

AmFam Installs Wisconsin’s ‘Largest’ Solar Rooftop

AmFam Installs Wisconsin’s ‘Largest’ Solar Rooftop

American Family Insurance began installation at its Madison, Wisconsin headquarters on March 24 of what the 90-year-old company claims will be the state’s largest rooftop solar array. Turnkey commercial developer SunPeak, also of Madison, will deploy 4,500 solar panels for the project, which is expected to take about two to three months to complete.

25th US City Commits to 100% Renewables

25th US City Commits to 100% Renewables

Fully 25 U.S. cities now have committed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy, following city council votes on March 21 establishing 100 percent renewable energy goals in Madison, Wisconsin, and in Abita Springs, Louisiana, the environmental advocacy group Sierra Club reported this week.

University of Hawaii Evaluates Energy Storage and Demand-Response in Demo Project with HECO

University of Hawaii Evaluates Energy Storage and Demand-Response in Demo Project with HECO

The University of Hawaii Cancer Center and John A. Burns School of Medicine, adjacent facilities in Honolulu, have joined with Hawaiian Electric on a demand-response demonstration project that uses battery energy storage to deliver power during periods of peak energy use, according to a March 21 report by Pacific Business News.

The Energy Manager’s Rapidly Changing Role: A Q&A with Billy Grayson

The Energy Manager’s Rapidly Changing Role: A Q&A with Billy Grayson

Picture a time when a company’s buildings look less like net energy consumers and more like integrated power plants, suggests William “Billy” Grayson, principal of Bent Branch Strategies and former director of sustainability at Liberty Property Trust. That’s what Grayson believes the future will look like. … Read more…

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