What We Learned From Starbucks: Putting Behavior Based Energy Efficiency to the Test
With Current, customers can use their energy where it counts most
And we're maximizing solutions to provide the very best to cities, commercial and industrial customers. We're helping them save money so they can put their energy back to where it belongs--investing in their own growth and innovation(more)
AEE to Offer Training & Benefits to Advance Transformer's ESCO Partners
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) announced that it will offer energy service companies (ESCOs) that actively participate in Advance Transformer's EDGE program the opportunity to utilize their points to purchase a variety of AEE reference books, seminars, in-house training, and certification-related programs, as well as trade show participation and marketing programs (i.e. mail list rentals).... (more)
PSEG Power has awarded USFilter a $1.2 million contract for a system to filter reclaimed water for reuse in cooling towers at its Linden Combined Cycle Plant.
PSEG Power has awarded USFilter a $1.2 million contract for a system to filter reclaimed water for reuse in cooling towers at its Linden Combined Cycle Plant.
DANBURY, Conn., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FuelCell Energy, Inc., (Nasdaq: FCEL - News) and its partner, PPL Energy Services, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL - News), will install a 250 kilowatt Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant at Ocean County College in Toms River, New Jersey. The power plant, which will run on natural gas, will be manufactured by FuelCell Energy in Connecticut and will be installed by PPL Energy Services. (more)
Engine Driven Chillers and Rotary Engine Generation Sets Enable PowerCold To Offer Comprehensive HVAC and CHP Systems (more)
Cummins has announced that it has received certification for its medium duty ISB engine from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA approval certifies that the ISB complies with the strict new emission standards that go into effect for these Cummins products October 1, 2002 for medium duty diesel engines in North America.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman today officially launched the newest ENERGY STAR™ performance rating tool for hotels. For the first time, hotels can benchmark their energy performance against others on a nationwide scale of one-to-100. Whitman made the announcement during a speech at the Energy Efficiency Forum at the National Press Club where she highlighted the success of EPA's ENERGY STAR™ program in saving Americans money and energy while protecting the environment.
On Tuesday, as reposted by CNN, crude oil prices spiked to above $30 a barrell on speculation that a war with iraq will disrupt the supply chain
Energy standards from ASHRAE will be included in the first full set of safety codes being developed through a consensus-based process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Interest in Texas' new competitive electric market reached a new milestone recently when the Texas Electric Choice web site, www.powertochoose.org, logged its one-millionth visitor.
The web site was created by Texas Electric Choice, a public education campaign launched by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) to inform Texans of their right to choose the company that provides electricity to their home or business. The campaign also has a toll-free number (866/PWR-4-TEX) to answer customers' questions about electric competition.
To increase awareness in the United States of ways to save energy, the Ad Council recently approved the “National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Campaign,” which was initiated by the Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation in Colorado. (more)
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is currently funding a three-phase initiative to improve military housing. The three phases will include privatization to increase the amount of housing built and maintained by private developers, funding to improve current housing and maintain it at a higher level, and an increase in housing allowances to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for service members. (more)
Four major Northwest research organizations are bringing together industry, processors, growers, universities, and federal laboratories to develop new methods for converting agricultural and food processing residue and wastes into commercially valuable "bio-based" energy and industrial products.
CHICAGO-The City of Chicago has completed a pioneering distributed energy project that allows the police department's backup emergency generators, each producing nearly one megawatt (MW) of power, to be remotely dispatched, monitored, and controlled. In the event of a power shortage, the police department can easily switch from utility-supplied to on-site generated power. That should mean no downtime, no 911 glitches, and no additional costs for expensive peak electricity.
PowerCold Corp. has announced the acquisition of Applied Building Technology (more)
Safe Hydrogen, LLC in the Boston area believes it has solved the critical hydrogen storage problem, long considered a significant roadblock to utilizing hydrogen powered fuel cells (more)
Ballard Power Systems and Ford Power Products, the powertrain sales office of Ford Motor Company, today jointly introduced and demonstrated Ballard's Ecostar hydrogen generator set ("genset"), the world's first hydrogen fueled internal combustion engine driven genset.
AFE members can register for AEE membership by going to AFE membership application. AFE members get a $50 discount to join AEE. In return AEE members get a $50 discount to join AFE.
In preparation for its impending launch, EnergyClear Corporation (ECC) today announced that Dennis M. Earle, formerly of Eurex Clearing AG in Frankfurt and currently a Board Member of EnergyClear has been elected President.
Financial and insurance services – warranty plans, in-home wiring/piping insurance and financing tools – are the most popular and profitable utility offerings among residential customers, according to Chartwell research published in Residential Warranty & Financing Programs, a new report released this month.
The slowdown in deregulation and low success rate of some non-core products led to a revival in some old energy-related standbys, including appliance protection plans, financing and repair, as well as in-home wiring or piping protection plans, which are relatively new to the scene.
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham recently announced the release of six books that complete Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools, a series of publications that will help school districts save millions of dollars on annual utility bills by designing energy-efficient schools compatible with regional climates.
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham recently announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $12,608,524 to 47 states and three territories for 138 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The department is providing the funding through its State Energy Program Special Projects competitive grants.
Online energy electricity trading, which once had companies lining up to get in on the action, now sees companies scrambling to get out of the business in order to convince investors they're not the next Enron. Fast-growing operations and glitzy trading floors are out, and tangible, gritty assets such as pipelines and power plants are in as investors and debt-rating agencies have become increasingly skeptical about the viability of the business.
States must now certify that their building codes meet the requirements in ASHRAE's 1999 energy conservation standard, under a ruling recently issued by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, has been established by the DOE as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes under the federal Energy Conservation and Production Act.
WASHINGTON-Members of Congress are trying to fashion a compromise between two very different energy bills passed by the House and Senate, but with pressing security and appropriations measures demanding attention, it has become increasingly uncertain whether the 107th Congress will pass any energy legislation before its scheduled adjournment in October.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co., a unit of Sempra Energy, says it will impose a surcharge on its electricity transmission lines to raise nearly $700,000 a year for extra security guards and airplane patrols against potential terrorist attacks. (more)
SAN ANTONIO—Users that stand to benefit the most from performance contracting are often unaware of the potential cost-savings, according to an analysis by Frost & Sullivan (more)
Report Says ESCOs Invest $2 Billion Annually in Energy Efficiency
Over the last 20 years, a robust private sector energy-efficiency services industry has emerged in North America, and today over 60 national and regional energy service companies (ESCOs) are actively operating in that market (more)
BRUSSELS—Every time a building anywhere in Europe changes occupants, details of its energy performance must be made available as well as hints on how improvement can be achieved. (more)
WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced today that the Department of Energy has received 36 proposals for projects valued at more than $5 billion in the first round of President Bush's Clean Coal Power Initiative, clearly indicating that the program is "the most striking example yet of industry's willingness to invest in a new generation of clean coal technologies,".
As the estimated $10 million price tag for remediating the Hawaiian Hilton's Kalia and Lagoon Towers attests, mold is a serious threat to commercial properties, with potentially major damages to both current income and asset value. But, effectively managing the risk from mold can preserve and enhance the quality of the properties and protect building owners and managers from the liability. (more)
HOUSTON – Consistent with a plan outlined in May to maximize the value of its core assets, Enron Corp. announced today that it has commenced a formal sales process for its interests in certain major assets. The company is extending invitations to visit electronic data rooms containing information on 12 of Enron’s most valuable businesses to a broad universe of potential bidders with whom the company has executed confidentiality agreements. (more)
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Municipal Electric Utilities Association of New York State (MEUA), whose members serve 500,000 New York electricity consumers, Wednesday announced a cooperative effort to promote the use of electric vehicles in New York State. (more)
GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt announced today that the Company will combine its GE Appliances and GE Lighting businesses into a single business to be called GE Consumer Products.
"GE has a rich heritage of providing customers with essential, inventive home products," Immelt said. "Because Appliances and Lighting have powerful connections with a similar consumer base, we believe they will now be able to grow more successfully together than either would on its own.
Dispelling the notion that electric deregulation is dead, research released today by XENERGY shows a dramatic growth in competitively supplied electricity in the U.S. over the past year. Among the most significant results released today is the finding that load switched to competitively priced electricity this year has more than doubled what was seen last year at this time.
Serving as an environmental leader and trendsetter among universities, colleges and large city institutional utility customers, the University of Southern California (USC), was awarded a $1 million rebate check yesterday, from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) announced the sale and delivery of nine GenSys™5C systems --- the Company’s 5kW, combined heat and power (CHP) grid parallel, natural gas-fueled, proton exchange membrane (PEM), fuel cell systems --- to Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI), under contract to the Navy Renewable Energy Division at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, responding to a power plant transformer explosion and fire that caused blackouts in lower Manhattan, said the city needs more power plants to meet the area’s electricity need. (more)
Southern Co., parent of Georgia Power Co., entered the natural gas business July 19 when the state Public Service Commission approved its acquisition... (more)
TXU Energy of Dallas and Cielo Wind Power of Austin announced an agreement that will result in the construction of a 240-MW wind farm in West Texas. Cielo Wind Power will construct the project and TXU Energy will purchase the power. With the addition of Noelke Hill Wind Ranch project, TXU Energy will have 624 MW of renewable energy, making it the third largest purchaser of wind energy in the United States, the company says. (more)
Silicon Energy, a leader in enterprise energy management, today announced that Los Angeles County, the nation's largest county, has developed its Enterprise Energy Information Management System (EEMIS) for analyzing critical energy information, managing energy use and improving energy efficiency, using Silicon Energy's EEM Suiteä integrated technology.
The Los Angeles Department of Power and Water's Green Power Program
is under fire after an audit released last week by the City
Controller found that the program needs new overall management and
an improved marketing plan. (more)
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) said today that June, July and August set a record for a three-month electricity sendout of 17,491,313 megawatt hours, nearly 4 percent above the prior record of 16,826,355 megawatt hours set during June, July and August, 2001. This is more than the amount of electricity consumed in North Dakota and South Dakota combined for an entire year.
Under Secretary for Energy, Science and Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Robert G. Card today announced an expanded effort to deploy energy efficiency and renewable technologies to developing countries at the World Summit on Sustainable Energy. (more)
Itron announced today that it has reached an agreement with Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities (CMU) to provide the Utility with technology to automate data collection from 30,000... (more)
Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) welcomes Keystone Research Center’s (KRC) call for a comprehensive study of utility restructuring and believes that both the Legislature and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) have vital regulatory responsibilities over the electric industry. Any objective study would document many benefits for...
The federal government recently announced that it has updated its regulations to require the purchase of energy efficient products in all federal acquisitions. According to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which all federal procurement officials must follow, the government's policy is to acquire supplies and services
that promote energy and water efficiency, advance the use of renewable energy products, and help foster markets for emerging technologies. (more)
The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) announced today that it has completed the sale of AES New Energy to Constellation Energy Group (CEG) for approximately $260 million, which reflects approximately $20 million in purchase price adjustments since June 2002.... (more)
In 2001, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority co-funded a combined heat and power project with Allied Converters to cover the cost for labor, equipment, and testing. Allied Converters of New Rochelle, Westchester County, is a plastic wrap assembly and warehousing facility that is undergoing renovation. This project will install and operate a combined heat and power (CHP) system using... (more)
Industrial plants, schools, hospitals and other facilities can both lower fuel usage and cut their emissions, according to a new report released by the Delta Institute. By making simple changes in operations, facility managers can save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year while reducing the release of mercury, cadmium, dioxin and greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide... (more)
The Wachovia Strategic Sourcing Group, in partnership with Corporate Real Estate, is
engaged in the assessment and selection of a vendor or vendors to provide Energy Management Services to Wachovia. Our objectives are to...
Earth Tech has been awarded two separate design/build/finance power transmission contracts from the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s government commission in charge of the generation, distribution and commercialization of electricity in the country. The two projects, known as the Eastern Bajio System and the Associated Network of Rio Bravo have project costs of $73.8 million and $31 million, respectively....
Fifty schools in New York State will sport new solar electric
systems by next spring, thanks to a new $1.8 million state-sponsored
program called "School Power...Naturally." Governor George E. Pataki
announced the new program in late August as part of a package that
includes $6 million for improving energy efficiency in New York
West Virginia Governor Bob Wise recently announced that his
Energy Task Force has produced a 20-year roadmap for developing energy resources within the state while protecting the state's environment and creating jobs. Although the coal state's energy roadmap has an understandable emphasis on fossil fuel resources, it also urges the development of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy resources. (more)
Constellation Energy Group (NYSE: CEG) today announced it has successfully completed the purchase of NewEnergy from The AES Corporation, which was previously announced in June 2002. The newly re-named company, Constellation NewEnergy, markets electricity to commercial and industrial customers throughout the country...
WASHINGTON, DC—Shareholders in leading oil and gas companies could see losses of more than 6% of their investments due to prospective actions to curb climate change and growing constraints on access to energy reserves, warns a report from the World Resources Institute (WRI). The report also finds that companies have made only very limited disclosure to investors on the relevance of these issues for future financial performance.... (more)
The world’s largest automaker announced that it will enter the multi-billion dollar back-up power systems market by 2004 by selling stationary fuel cells to businesses that depend on a reliable supply of energy.... (more)
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Four leading U.S. companies announced clean energy projects on June 11th as part of the Green Power Market Development Group, a commercial and industrial partnership dedicated to building corporate markets for green power.... (more)
ECONnergy Energy Co., Inc., one of the largest deregulated Energy Service Companies ("ESCOs") in the Northeast, announced that it has been granted provisional certification as a Meter Data Service Provider ("MDSP") by the New York Department of Public Service.... (more)
Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has begun generating a significant portion of its own electrical power at its Chicago-area headquarters. The power (2 megawatts) comes from the company’s Distributed Energy Technology Center (DETC). In mid-August, the DETC began operation, and when fully operational will produce up to 2.5 megawatts. In addition, the Center also provides cooling and heating to GTI’s 18-acre campus....
XENERGY Inc., announced today that it has committed to support renewable energy for all 25 of its offices nationwide by purchasing green tags for 50% of its annual energy use. By exceeding the basic commitment level by more than a factor of four, XENERGY joins the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership's Leadership Club, reserved for companies making exceptional commitments to renewable energy....
Clean Air Partners (CAP), a leader in the development and commercialization of high-tech solutions to reduce engine emissions, has acquired HIS Emissions Reduction Systems, a leading manufacturer of catalytic emissions reductions systems.
Since 1977, HIS has sold its Catalytic Silencer products to various industrial markets throughout the world. These products consist of an integrated catalytic converter and exhaust silencer...
DPL Inc. (NYSE: DPL) continues its ongoing effort to provide customers with information about the Ohio Electric Choice program.
Electric Choice began in Ohio on January 1, 2001, giving customers the ability to choose...
Jefferson Health System Awards Sempra Energy Solutions $60 Million Energy Contract
Sempra Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), announced today the company has been awarded a $60 million energy commodity contract by Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia.
The contract will save Philadelphia's largest health system $1.7 million per year. Fourteen Jefferson Health System hospitals, Thomas Jefferson University and affiliate Riddle Memorial Hospital, will benefit from the contract. The agreement covers 19 facilities spanning 12 million square feet of property....
Professionals who support improved transmission access for combined heat and power and other distributed resources are encouraged to contact their members of Congress on important energy legislation....
Congress is continuing to deliberate on a long-awaited energy bill, and it now appears likely that national energy policy legislation will be enacted before the end of the year. While House and Senate actions to date have disappointed efficiency advocates on several major issues, important issues remain to be decided by the House-Senate Conference Committee that is currently working to resolve differences between the two bills.
CH2M HILL has completed one of the most comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) management system audits ever developed. Suncor Energy Inc. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) retained CH2M HILL to evaluate the quality of Suncor’s current GHG measurement and reporting processes and to improve the existing system to meet the most rigorous and highest global standard. CH2M HILL also has been retained to identify and evaluate Suncor’s GHG emission reduction opportunities among key production and distribution operations....
Tecumseh Products Company, a global
manufacturer of compressors, gasoline engines, power train components, and
pumps, announced that it had completed a major energy efficiency
initiative. For the project, Tecumseh retained Orion Lighting & Energy Services of Plymouth, WI. to develop and implement a plan to reduce energy costs through sequencing of air compressors and installation of energy efficient lighting. By doing so, Tecumseh has saved 275 kilowatts, which is the equivalent of providing electricity to 275 homes...
Southern California Edison (SCE) today announced its Express Efficiency Rebate "Fall Sale." The Express Efficiency Rebate program is designed for small- to medium-sized commercial and non-profit customers and offers cash rebates for retrofitting or replacing a variety of equipment with new, energy-efficient technology. Business customers who take advantage of the Express Efficiency program can reap extra dollars during the Fall Sale. "For certain qualified equipment, the Fall Sale will actually double most of the rebates ordinarily provided by the Express Efficiency program,"... (more)
Environmental Power Corporation (OTCBB: POWR), a leading provider of environmental solutions and renewable energy, announced that it has signed letters of intent with six farms in the Green Bay area of Wisconsin to build an anaerobic digester system on each site. The systems, which will provide a profit-generating solution to environmental issues associated with animal waste and provide peak electric power to Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, are expected to be operational by August 2003....
H Power, a leading fuel cell manufacturing and development company, today announced that it has commenced shipments f its direct hydrogen-fueled product lines. The first shipment from the Monroe, North Carolina plant, fulfilled the order placed by H Power's strategic partner, Naps Systems Oy, a subsidiary of Fortum Corporation, a leading solar power system company based in Finland. The order from Naps Systems Oy for five commercial HCore-500 units was publicly announced on August 5th, 2002....
reen Mountain Energy Company, the
nation's largest and fastest growing retail provider of cleaner energy, is now providing 100 percent renewable electricity service to one of America's best known landmarks -- the Liberty Bell Pavilion at Independence National...
Historical Park in Philadelphia. (more)
Select Energy and the Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut (MAC) recently announced their two-year contract renewal for natural gas supply. Select Energy, the competitive energy marketing and services arm of Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), will serve MAC's member companies throughout the state effective November 1. Over 70 members are expected to take advantage of the new agreement's pricing stability and reliability benefits. Select Energy projects two-year revenues of over $8 million.... (more)
Using the latest lighting technology and techniques to reduce energy use is proposed in an addendum to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE) energy conservation standard. The lighting power limits allowed under ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2001, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, would be... (more)
A new national public opinion poll shows that two-thirds of Americans favor the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity in the United States, including record high levels of those who "strongly support" the use of nuclear energy. The most recent national poll... (more)
Florida Power & Light Company today said that residential customer bills will drop slightly beginning January 2003 as a result of proposed decreases in fuel and purchased power adjustment clauses. For comparison, a 1,000 kilowatt-hour monthly electricity bill for a residential customer will drop by... (more)
Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, distribution transformers tend to be a building's "behind the scenes" electrical energy hog. Transformers provide electrical power (at the proper voltage) for all other electrical equipment and plug-in devices found in a building including lighting, office computers and peripherals, air conditioning, appliances, vending machines, and a wide range of specialized equipment. Transformers have no moving parts and typically last 35 years or more... (more)
While Enron's meltdown and the accounting and liquidity problems of energy traders, marketers, and generators have shaken the confidence of American businesses in the energy industry, these customers continue to express a high degree of support for their local utility, according to a new nationwide survey.
Three out of four business energy decision-makers give their local suppliers high marks for honesty, ethics and integrity, according to the survey. Overall favorability of the local utility--expressed on a 0 (Poor) to 10 (Excellent) scale--stands at an impressive 7.9, virtually unchanged from the same measure taken in the November, 2001 survey....
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is pleased to offer energy service companies who actively participate in Advance Transformer’s E.D.G.E program the opportunity to utilize their points to purchase a variety of AEE reference books, seminars, in-house training, and certification-related programs, as well as trade show participation and marketing programs.... (more)
In observance of Energy Awareness Month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting the Solar Decathlon, a college team competition to design and build energy-efficient solar-powered houses on the National Mall in Washington, DC September 26-October 6. On October 4, Rebuild America and EnergySmart Schools are planning a special tour of the solar houses for local schoolchildren. For more information about the Solar Decathlon and solar houses, see the DOE press release and the "Plugged Into the Sun" article in the September 19 edition of The Washington Post.
With companies showing a growing interest in developing new wind energy projects in the West, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
announced a new wind energy policy on Thursday. The new policy
provides guidance on... (more)
Leading utility technology partner Datamatic today announced the formation of Datamatic Energy Systems (DES), a business unit focused on providing utility data management solutions to the electric and natural gas utility market.... (more)
Residents of Los Angeles and businesses located there now have even more reasons to install solar power systems, thanks to an expansion and extension of the solar program offered by the L.A. Department of Water (LADWP).... (more)
Do what you do best and outsource the rest," wrote management guru Tom Peters. Many successful companies live by this tenet day in and day out, outsourcing professional services such as accounting, legal matters, risk management, and more. More recently, an increasing number of visionary companies are embracing the concept of professional facilities management and energy outsourcing. These companies see outsourcing as the answer to the energy question that has, over the past year, become a thorn in the side of many large energy users who have seen the planning they've done regarding energy use, bills, and infrastructure expenditures wasted-even over the short term....
A report released today by XENERGY concludes that California could save billions of dollars and reduce the number of new power plants needed in the state by investing more heavily in energy efficiency. The study, California's Secret Energy Surplus: The Potential for Energy Efficiency, calculates that California can save up to 3,500 megawatts of peak demand and net over $8 billion in savings over the next decade by restoring public efficiency funding to just above 1994 levels -adjusted for inflation... (more)
Lowes Foods has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its energy-saving efforts. Five of its supermarkets have received the Energy Star® label, which recognizes buildings that are among the top 25% in the country in terms of energy performance....
A new partnership among three federal agencies promises to increase
the energy efficiency of affordable housing throughout the United
States. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
signed onto the formal partnership last week along with DOE and the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement commits
the three agencies to working together to improve the energy
efficiency of... (more)
The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium (GHPC) has launched a program to increase the awareness and use of geoexchange technology in Southern California. The program will seek to increase the use of geothermal heat pumps in schools and commercial buildings within Southern California Edison's service territory, which encompasses 4.2 million business and residential customers over a 50,000 square mile area....
Retail grocery chain Kroger Co.asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to cancel wholesale electricity contracts it signed in 2001 with energy trader Dynegy Inc. Kroger joins a host of other parties, including the state of California, in claiming that the state’s power crisis of 2000-2001 distorted electricity prices to the extent that contracts signed amid a “dysfunctional and noncompetitive market” should be canceled or renegotiated.
Duke Energy North America officials confirmed that they have halted construction at two 600 MW power plants, have slowed development at another, and are rethinking whether to proceed with expansions of other facilities. The company was still to determine the fate of the 600 MW Gray Harbor, WA, plant and the 570 MW Deming, NM, facility, both of which are about 40% complete and had been expected to go into commercial operation early next year.
The Arizona Corporation Commission on August 27 altered the course of deregulation in that state, when the commissioners voted to eliminate the obligation of utilities to divest their generating capacity. The changes were put in motion in December 2001 by a request from Commission Chairman Bill Mundell that the commission undertake a full review of electric competition in light of changes in the marketplace.... (more)
San Diego Regional Energy Office presents $75K to the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority for Self-Generation Project
The San Elijo Joint Powers Authority (SEJPA) will receive a rebate check for over $75K from the San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO) for its participation in the California Public Utilities Commission’s Self-Generation Incentive Program. The program, which is administered by SDREO in the San Diego region, provides cash incentives... (more)
A report released by the Delta Institute concluded that industrial plants, schools, hospitals, and other facilities can both lower fuel usage and cut their emissions by making simple changes in operations... (more)
A Northeast energy market proposed by ISO New England and New York ISO would bring significant long-term benefits to the region, said ISO New England Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Gordon van Welie in a speech... (more)
Green Mountain Energy Company and Hometown Connections International, LLC announced today that the two companies have entered into an exclusive partnership to provide a national 100 percent renewable energy program designed specifically for public power utilities.... (more)
Nations Energy Holdings, LLC, has been selected by NOVA Chemicals Inc., a U. S. subsidiary of NOVA Chemicals Corporation, and ATOFINA Petrochemicals, Inc. to construct, own and operate a natural gas fueled, Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Energy Center to supply steam, electricity and related services at their neighboring petrochemical production facilities in Bayport, Texas. Initial operation is targeted for 2004 with capability to produce 80 megawatts of electricity and 750,000 pounds per hour of steam.... (more)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced last week that it is investigating three California wind facilities affiliated with Enron Corporation. At issue is whether the small power
producing companies in charge of those wind plants... (more)
Fuel Cell Publishing Group has launched Fuel Cell Management, a quarterly magazine covering the emerging fuel cell industry. Fuel Cell Management (FCM) will be published quarterly beginning in November 2002.... (more)
New Insight 3.3 Software for Siemens' APOGEE® BMS Makes It Easier to Reduce Operating Costs from Various Systems in Multiple Buildings. Streamlines point database setup and features built-in data conversion tools Insight 3.3, the most powerful, easiest-to-use GUI software yet for Siemens Building Technologies' popular APOGEE building management and control system, delivers the enhanced performance and convenience tools that building managers want. By giving managers better access to... (more)
The Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sold geothermal leases
for 16 tracts of land last week. The leases for 31,094 acres of land
yielded more than $300,000 for the agency. The tracts are located in
three "Known Geothermal Resource Areas" -- areas considered rich in
geothermal energy and prime for energy development... (more)
Rockwell Automation, a world-leading provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help customers meet their manufacturing productivity objectives, announced that it has completed a major energy efficient lighting project in its 89,000 square foot facility. Rockwell Automation expects to save 246,579 kilowatts per year using an award-winning energy efficient lighting fixture called the Illuminator, which is manufactured by... (more)
GE Power Systems today announced the successful completion of a power plant upgrade project at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt has been using steam to generate power for over 15 years with its coal-fired boilers and steam turbines and has recently added two GE5 industrial aeroderivative gas turbines, with heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), to satisfy 30% of the campus load.... (more)
Tecogen's Cogeneration Modules Save Money and Reduce "Greenhouse Gas" Emissions. Tecogen Inc. announced it has received an order for six of its natural gas-driven cogeneration modules from the Motion Picture & elevision Fund Hospital in California. These cogeneration modules will complement a TECOCHILL® natural gas-driven cooling system by Tecogen that was shipped earlier this summer.... (more)
The Texas General Land Office and Reliant Energy Solutions have reached an agreement with the City of Houston that is expected to save its citizens an additional $1 million on electricity costs.... (more)
The New York Power Authority’s program to reduce customer energy usage during times of peak energy demand earned a national award from the Peak Load Management Alliance during ceremonies held today in Annapolis, Maryland....
Weathernews Americas Inc., a subsidiary of Weathernews, Inc., the world's largest, publicly-traded, full-service weather company, today announced the launch of PowerCast, its new weather risk management system. PowerCast was built specifically for energy companies with generation, transmission & distribution assets in the Western Electricity Coordinating... (more)
If you think that summers are getting hotter, you could be right—depending on where you live. Summers are heating up if you live in or near any major U.S. city. But in rural areas, temperatures have remained relatively constant. "What surprised me was the difference in the extreme temperature trends between rural and urban areas," said Arthur T. DeGaetano, Cornell University associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, who reviewed temperature trends from climate-reporting stations across the United States over the past century and examined data from the last 40... (more)
Advanced technology systems from Johnson Controls, Inc. ) will keep passengers comfortable while reducing energy and operations costs at the new American Airlines terminal under construction at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport....
The luxury car market took a leap ahead in technology yesterday, as
DaimlerChrysler announced plans to deploy 60 fuel-cell-powered
Mercedes-Benz A-Class models in the United States, Europe, Japan,
and Singapore next year. The cars will be tested in fleets through
cooperative ventures with companies. DaimlerChrysler will also
supply 30 fuel-cell-powered city buses to public transport companies
in ten major European cities in 2003.... (more)
The states of California and New York took separate actions recently to encourage consumers to generate their own electricity using
renewable energy sources. In California, Governor Gray Davis approved a bill that will extend the state's "net metering" law indefinitely. Net metering laws allow individuals to generate their own power from renewable energy sources and feed excess power into the electrical grid, paying only
for the net electricity they use over the course of a time period...
This winter is expected to bring with it higher heating bills than those seen last winter, according to forecasts released today by the Energy Information Administration in its October Short-Term Energy Outlook. Under normal weather assumptions, winter heating bills for residential consumers could average from $100 to $300 higher than last winter....
Helpful Terms to Help Your Business
Distributed generation is an evolving and promising technology that refers to small generating units -- about 2 to 50,000 kilowatts -- that are sited close to or on a customer's property. Distributed generation is tailored to meet the needs of the customer and can be owned by a utility, third party or the customer.....
Energy companies today must be better prepared to manage crisis communications as a result of important post-September 11 changes in the expectations of their key stakeholders. That and other aspects of "crisis communications" were central topics at an international energy conference held recently in Calgary.... (more)
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International recently released the results of its national survey on terrorism insurance coverage. According to BOMA, the survey documents the significant difficulties many commercial real estate professionals are facing in their attempts to obtain adequate coverage, and reveals the defects in the terrorism policies....
Many of the economic road blocks which have previously served to discourage the implementation of alternative power generation technologies can now be readily overcome through effective energy resource optimization. It is now a fact that solid financial returns can be achieved from combined heating, cooling and power generation projects by integrating energy and cost efficiency goals, and seeking a match between power production and heating/cooling requirements. This book is intended to serve as a road map to those seeking.... (more)
An office building at 200 Market Street in downtown Portland, Ore., literally features a window into the future of clean energy, allowing visitors to see the inner workings of a refrigerator-sized appliance called a "microturbine" that uses natural gas to generate some of the office building's electric power. The 30-kilowatt microturbine, manufactured by Capstone Turbine, generates enough power to run the 18-story building's... (more)
Jim Ogorek, recently retired lighting specialist from the Defense Supply Center of Philadelphia, has formed The Ogorek Group, a consultancy for marketing energy-efficient lighting products to the Federal Government and the US Military. In 2001, sales of privately manufactured lighting products to the Department of Defense and US Military were over $167 million.... (more)
Construction of the Federal Plaza complex in Chicago startedin 1960 and was completed in 1973 with three (3)separatebuildings, the Everett M. Dirksen Federal Building and U.S.Courthouse (EMD), the John C. Kluczynski Federal Building(JCK), and the U.S. Loop Post Office...
The Cogenex division of Alliant Energy Integrated Services and HR Textron are the recipients of a 2002 Energy User News Efficient Building Award for their energy conservation work at HR Textron in Valencia, California. The award was presented in conjunction with the 25th World Energy Engineering Congress (www.energycongress.com) in Atlanta on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002... (more)
IdaTech announced the commercial launch of its FPM 20™ fuel processor module - the first commercial product of its kind incorporating a steam reformer and the company's patented, two-stage purification process into a compact package. The first of a family of fuel processors to be commercially released, the FPM 20™ is designed for simple integration into fuel cell systems or for use as a stand-alone hydrogen generator producing high-purity hydrogen.... (more)
AEE members, in addition to the savings that GEICO policyholders have always enjoyed, may be eligible for a discount off your auto insurance cost in many states when you insure your car with GEICO. This Member Discount (10% in IL) is available to qualified members in 42 states and the District of Columbia.... (more)
EG Energy Controls Energy Savings Center announced the availability of a new, high tech line of lighting control devices. VoltMiser™ Lighting Controllers feature a unique patented technology that operates on the well-proven principle that lamps can meet light output design criteria and consume less electric power....
Vestar, an affiliate of Cinergy, has been selected by the Town of Hamden, Conn., to perform technical reviews on municipal building construction designs and planned renovations. The reviews will assess the energy efficiency of 27 town facilities as well as... (more)
To ensure reliability to its 500,000 customers, DPL has developed a comprehensive program to systematically identify reliability opportunities and target resources. DPL's customer reliability program starts with... (more)
Penn State engineers have developed a terrorist-resistant A/C concept that they estimate costs less to install in new construction, is more energy efficient, and is cheaper to operate than the current industry standard. Dr. Stanley A. Mumma, P.E., professor of architectural engineering and developer of the concept, says, "Currently, if an anthrax-laden letter is opened in an office, a standard, forced air, cooling system can carry the airborne spores to other locations in the building.... (more)
The Shaw Group has announced that its subsidiary, Shaw Infrastructure, Inc., was notified by the U.S. Army Garrison, Alaska that the Army Administrative Appeal Board had cleared the way to award the contract to provide facilities maintenance.... (more)
Contracts worth $5.3 million (US) have been awarded by Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion S.A. to Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business (NYSE:EMR), for process automation systems, equipment and engineering services for what will be one of the world's largest pulp mills.... (more)
Recently a US Marine Corps base in San Diego decided to try out SNS Technology's ADS-600 system in one of their hangars. The installation was part of a complete retrofit of the buiding's lighting system. The project was brought about in order to comply with the Exectutive Order that federal buildings reduce their energy use by 20%.... (more)
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham hosted a "Renewable Energy Roundtable" in South Dakota. The forum addressed the
Bush administration's energy policy and the latest developments in
renewable power production and biofuels. It featured local
representatives from the biofuels industry (more)
The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium (GHPC), which recently launched a program designed to increase the awareness and use of geoexchange technology in Southern California Edison's service territory, is looking for schools that can qualify for immediate installation of a geoexchange system at little or no cost to the school....
The recent 25th World Energy Engineering Congress was a complete success. Several thousand participants descended on Atlanta for the annual meeting. AEE had international delegates from Mexico, Brazil, Kuwait, South Africa, China, Japan, Canada, and Chile just to name a few. AEE has a limited supply of Conference Proceedings (over 600 page reference book with technical papers) available for special online fee....
More than 80 percent of industry and maquiladora executives along the U.S.-Mexico border say energy conservation could help reduce air pollution in the region, according to a recent survey by the Western Governors' Association. Thanks to a new Web_based tool that will be launched today, businesses can easily learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment without hurting the bottom line. (more)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed a sweeping revision to wholesale power markets that could lead to big changes at the retail level. While it may be... (more)
WASHINGTON, DC—The Bush Administration must urgently rethink its energy policy if it is to succeed in the war on terrorism, former CIA director James Woolsey said September 11. Speaking on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon at the independent energy and environmental research center, Resources for the Future, Woolsey called on the president to reduce U.S. dependence on Middle East oil by... (more)
California businesses, state and local government and environmental groups joined forces today to launch a major new effort to manage and reduce emissions that contribute to global warming. A broad cross-section of organizations announced plans to voluntarily measure and publicly report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as charter members of the California Climate Action Registry (Registry). The charter members include some of the state's largest companies such as BP, PG&E Corp. and QUALCOMM, California's largest city, Los Angeles, and one of the country's most influential environmental groups, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) -- rounding out a total of 23 diverse Charter participants.... (more)
RealEnergy, Inc., one of the fastest-growing on-site energy generation companies in the U.S., today announced that the third quarter of 2002 has been its most successful quarter to date. During the quarter, the company signed seven new contracts to install combined heat and power (CHP), on-site generation systems in California buildings ranging from San Diego to San Francisco.... (more)
Clarus Energy today announced it has implemented an onsite power generation solution for BD Biosciences that is expected to reduce energy costs by more than 20%.... (more)
Capstone Turbine Corp. (Nasdaq:CPST) and United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) through its UTC Power division announced today they have entered into a strategic alliance. The strategic alliance between UTC and Capstone is a long-term agreement to integrate, sell and service microturbine-based combined heat and power (CHP) solutions for commercial buildings. UTC and Capstone intend to build... (more)
Recently a US Marine Corps base in San Diego decided to try out So-Luminaire Technology's ADS-600 system in one of their hangars. The installation was part of a complete retrofit of the buiding's lighting system. The project was brought about in order to comply with the Exectutive Order that federal buildings reduce their energy use by 20%. The hangar, which previously had been used in filming the movie "Top Gun",... (more)
Pentadyne Power Corp., developer of flywheel power systems for power quality, distributed power and power recycling applications, announces the recent move of its operations to a new location in Chatsworth, Calif. The new 26,000 square foot facility will house Pentadyne's corporate offices, engineering and manufacturing, and marks a significant step forward in the company's product and market development strategy. Pentadyne's advanced flywheel technology... (more)
DPL today filed a proposal with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to freeze its rates for an additional two years, through the end of 2005. DPL's rates have not changed since 1994. This action was prompted in part by the uncertainty surrounding the effect of deregulation on electric rates and proposals advanced by various parties. With the deregulation of Ohio's electric markets, DPL's generation rates could become (more)
Cristopia Thermal Energy Storage, Inc. is the US subsidiary of Cristopia Energy Systems, Vence, France. We are seeking manufacturer's representatives in major metropolitan areas.... (more)
Electric power technology professionals needing to analyze the quality of their incoming and internal power now have a powerful, new tool in a small, easy to use package. The newest member of the PowerSight family of power analyzers, the model PS4000 Power Quality Analyzer from Summit Technology, Inc. is the answer for engineers needing in-depth power quality information. This exciting product offers... (more)
The 2002 Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy
Management were presented on October 24th to five U.S. federal
agencies that demonstrated leadership in energy conservation and
saved more than $100 million. The five agencies -- the Department of
Commerce, the General Services Administration, and the Department of
Defense's Pentagon Renovation Office, Navy Shipboard Energy
Conservation Team, and Fort Detrick U.S. Army Base -- collectively
prevented the emission of roughly 240,000 metric tons of carbon
A fast-track project with a Colorado energy technology company will overhaul a 3.6 megawatt on-site generating plant for one of the East Coast’s largest natural gas suppliers. Encorp Inc. of Windsor, Colo., will replace obsolete equipment with advanced software, monitoring systems and digital paralleling switchgear at Washington Gas Co., provider of natural gas to 930,000 customers... (more)
The first fuel cell in New Jersey installed under the Board of Public Utilities' (BPU) statewide initiative to promote the use of clean and renewable energy technologies was formally dedicated at the Merck & Co., facility here today. BPU President Jeanne M. Fox and NUI Elizabethtown Gas President Victor A. Fortkiewicz presented a $710,000 rebate check... (more)
NWP Services (NWP) today announced the formation of Specialized Energy Services (SES), a new energy billing, management, procurement and information services division which expands the company's service offering for real estate property owners and managers. Working in conjunction with National Water & Power, NWP's water, sewer and trash billing services division, SES will handle electrical submetering, procurement and information services for multi-resident property owners nationally.... (more)
Give Oregonians new options in choosing renewable energy and they'll rush to buy them. Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power announced today that customer sign-ups for renewable power products have more than tripled in just nine months, after they began offering their customers 99 percent pollution-free electricity supplied by Green Mountain Energy Company in January. Oregon's two largest electric utilities also announced they will soon launch new... (more)
A New Beneficial Role for Waste
It is a man-made mountain, decades of layered trash graded over with dirt. The Lopez Canyon landfill is like thousands of others, an urban necessity. But its usefulness could only last so long. Filled to capacity, Lopez Canyon was closed in 1996, still discharging methane and toxic gases as the garbage decomposed. The gases are flared, but that results in many tons of NOx and other emissions being released to the atmosphere. The legacy of Lopez Canyon was to be a source of pollution, constantly monitored and minimized for years to come. But a change at the landfill’s summit gave the site a new purpose, deploying a technology that turns a source of pollution into a wellspring of clean, renewable power....
WaterFurnace International has a breakthrough heating and cooling system that can replace noisy, outdoor air conditioners and heat pumps seen in back yards across North America. This revolutionary technology is much quieter and much more efficient. Affectionately known as “The Rock,” the unit is housed in... (more)
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 4th to mark the
building of a zero energy home in Tucson, Arizona. The project,
supported in part by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(NREL), will combine energy-efficient construction with active and
passive solar energy systems, allowing the house to return as much
energy to the electrical grid over the course of a year as it uses.... (more)
Geothermal power development is moving ahead in Nevada, thanks
largely to the efforts of a Reno-based company called Advanced
Thermal Systems, Inc. (ATS). The company announced last week that it
signed an agreement with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to develop
geothermal resources on the tribe's reservation, located north of
Itron announced today that it has reached an agreement to provide the City of Ft. Wayne with technology to automate data collection from 75,000 water meters in northeastern Indiana. ABB Water Meters of Ocala, Florida, has been selected as the lead contractor for the automation project and will provide 65,000 new ABB absolute encoder water meters equipped with Itron automatic meter reading (AMR) modules, as well as project management services, to the City of Ft. Wayne. United Metering of Herrington Park, N.J., will install 55,000 of the new AMR-equipped meters, and the City of Ft. Wayne will install the remaining 10,000 new ABB meters and upgrade an additional 10,000 ABB meters already in the field with Itron AMR technology. The majority of the meters will be automated over a period of one year. Once the system is deployed, Ft. Wayne meter readers will use vehicles equipped with Itron computers and radio frequency (RF) transceivers to collect meter data accurately and efficiently simply by... (more)
Navy Region Southwest announced today that it has deployed the largest federal solar photovoltaic system in the nation. This system is a unique solar electric carport at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego, which makes innovative use of existing parking space. The installation is comprised of two contiguous solar arrays, covering a half-mile long parking structure that serves US Navy personnel. In addition to providing shade for parked cars, the system generates the equivalent energy during the day to power over 935 homes. This 750 kW solar electric... (more)
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) and H Power Corp. (NASDAQ: HPOWD) announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Plug Power would acquire H Power in a stock-for-stock exchange valued at approximately $50.7 million. The two companies believe that the combination of these two leaders in the PEM fuel cell industry will create a stronger company that is better positioned to achieve long term commercial and financial success in this promising new industry... (more)
DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) demonstrated interesting timing when it updated its "Country Analysis Briefs" for Iraq and Afghanistan last month. The EIA briefs examine the general situation in each country and then focus in on its energy picture....
Melink Corporation, a provider of HVAC niche products and services for national accounts, today reported a 28% sales increase over the previous year.... (more)
Curtailing Energy Use Encouraged During Periods of Heavy Use...Customers of PJM Interconnection, operator of North America’s largest electric power grid, have an option for potential electricity cost savings while helping to reduce demands on the transmission grid. Through the company’s demand response program, customers with self-generating capabilities can opt to reduce their electricity needs from the grid by supplying their own power.... (more)
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
released its strategic plan on November 7th. According to David
Garman, DOE Assistant Secretary for EERE, the strategic plan highlights the office's role in addressing the National Energy Policy and describes how EERE is incorporating the President's Management Agenda and... (more)
GE Power Systems’ F technology has been selected by SK Engineering and Construction of Seoul, Korea, for a new combined-cycle power plant in the Republic of Korea. GE will supply four Frame 7FA gas turbine-generators, spare parts, technical services and training for the new plant, which will be owned and operated by SK Power of Seoul and is the company’s first independent power project.... (more)
Borden Chemical, Inc. announced today that it will install a combined heat and power (CHP) system to capture waste process steam, and use it to generate an estimated $100,000 worth of electricity per year. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will share the $506,000 engineering... (more)
Strategies in Optimizing Condensate Return by D. Bloom, Sr. Consultant--
Optimizing condensate return for reuse as boiler feedwater is often a viable means of reducing fuel costs and improving boiler system efficiency. Condensate that is contaminated with corrosion products or process chemicals, however, is ill fit for reuse; and steam or condensate that leaks from piping, valves, traps and connections cannot be recovered. A recent document published by the US Department of Energy estimated that for all pulp and paper, chemical manufacturing, and petroleum refining industry plants1, approximately:
• 66% could realize typical fuel savings of 3 to 7% with an effective steam trap management program
• 6.5% could realize typical fuel savings of 2.9% by minimizing vented steam
• 24% could realize typical fuel savings of 2% by optimizing condensate return
• 16% could realize typical fuel savings of 1.4% by repairing steam leaks
• 7.8% could realize typical fuel savings of 0.9% by isolating steam from unused lines
PowerCold announced today that it has received contracts from four major restaurant chains to install advanced heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in new and remodeled restaurants. The orders were placed with the Applied Building Technologies (ABT) Division of PowerCold's wholly owned subsidiary Ultimate Comfort Systems (USC). Upon continuous successful installations, the chains plan to install over 150 new and remodeled HVAC systems during 2003 that would generate over $5 million in sales for PowerCold.... (more)
More than 3,800 fuel cell systems have been installed and operated worldwide, according to a new report by online resource, Fuel Cell Today (www.fuelcelltoday.com). The first such systems were introduced in the 1950s and the improvement in performance and increase in the number of units since then has been impressive.... (more)
The 200 Market Street Building in Portland, OR, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and awards presentation marking the installation of a new mircroturbine — a first for an Oregon office building. Building owner John Russell received... (more)
PSEG Energy Resources & Trade, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, will supply eight New Jersey municipalities with energy, capacity, and related services under wholesale contracts announced today by the company and the Public Power Association of New Jersey (PPANJ). The power supply agreements are with... (more)
A six-page brochure is now available which describes how McQuay’s new GeneSys(TM) air-cooled screw compressor chiller, designed for quiet, reliable, and efficient operation, can improve comfort levels and reduce operating costs in schools, hospitals, offices and other buildings....
Esscor, an operating unit of Invensys plc, and GE Industrial Systems today announced the signing of an agreement for the development of a dynamic simulation solution for turbine-generator processes and controls that GE supplies and services... (more)
Schools and HVAC/R systems go hand in hand. Having grown up in New Jersey and attended public schools during the 60’s and 70’s, you learned how not to get along without air conditioning. As far as heating, you learned what a boiler did not heat quite as fast as expected so you kept you coat on all day in school.... (more)
Researchers studying the effects of lightning on transmission lines at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have developed information that may help save millions of dollars annually by reducing lightning-caused outages and improving transmission line design.... (more)
EUN publisher Peter Moran named DuPont's Joe A.M. Hendricks EUN's Energy Manager of the Year at the Energy Efficient Buildings awards breakfast. EUN also recognized 14 energy-efficiency projects at the ceremony, which was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, in conjunction with the Association of Energy Engineers World Energy Efficiency Congress. The University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus, was named project of the year at the same ceremony.... (more)
Kawasaki Gas Turbines-Americas, a division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., announced the world's first commercial operation of a new low emissions technology from Kawasaki and Catalytica Energy Systems. Kawasaki has successfully initiated online operation of a retrofitted gas turbine co-generation facility at the Sonoma Developmental Center in Eldridge, Calif. The core of the system is a 1.4 megawatt... (more)
Four large energy companies announced last week their plan to
contribute up to $225 million over the next ten years to support a
new energy research project managed by Stanford University. The new
Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) will develop innovative
technologies to meet the world's growing energy needs while reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.... (more)
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) new report, "State Opportunities for Action: Review of Combined Heat and Power State Activities," reviews current activities regarding combined heat and power (CHP), including interconnection standards, emissions regulations, and financial incentives.... (more)
The City of San Francisco awarded the first contract under its
voter-approved solar bond initiative last week. PowerLight
Corporation will install a 675-kilowatt solar power system on the
roof of the city's Moscone Center, a convention center, to generate
about 825 megawatt-hours of electricity each year.... (more)
Charles River Associates Incorporated (Nasdaq: CRAI), an internationally known leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced that CRA and GE Power Systems Energy Consulting (GE) have completed their collaboration on a report titled, The Benefits and Costs of Regional Transmission Organizations and Standard Market Design in the Southeast, prepared for and released by the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC)....
This comprehensive, best-selling reference provides the fundamental information you'll need to understand both the operation and proper application of all types of gas turbines. The full spectrum of gas turbine hardware, as well as typical application scenarios are fully explored, along with operating parameters, controls, inlet treatments, inspection, troubleshooting, and more.... (more)
The U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service gave
their approval yesterday for the development of a 48-megawatt
geothermal power plant in Siskiyou County, California, near the
state's northern border. Calpine Corporation will develop the plant,
to be located at... (more)
The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Baldwinsville, New York, will install
new heat recovery equipment that should save the company more than
$550,000 each year in energy costs, thanks to state incentives. The
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
is providing a $250,000 cash incentive to the brewery in support of
its $1 million project.... (more)
The City of Los Angeles today took delivery of the nation's first fuel cell car, the Honda FCX. The Honda FCX being leased by the City will be used in normal, everyday use and... (more)
Energy Visions Inc. announced today that it will demonstrate its proprietary, all electric, Hybrid Power system in the Spring of 2003. This demonstration Hybrid power system, under construction at EVI's Calgary Fuel Cell laboratory, will be a pre-commercial prototype using EVI's proprietary 'flowing electrolyte' Direct Methanol Fuel Cell ("DMFC") and rechargeable Nickel Zinc ("NiZn") or Alkaline batteries. This demonstration is for the purpose of identifying first generation customers and beginning the process of custom design for their particular applications....
Massachusetts Electric Company today filed a proposal with the Department of Telecommunications and Energy (DTE) to change its rates effective January 1, 2003. Massachusetts Electric is proposing the changes as part of its required annual filing to reconcile and adjust various components of its rates....
When the San Antonio Spurs took to the court for its first preseason game this fall, it was in their brand-new, state-of-the-art arena. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Southwestern Bell Corporation (SBC) Center took place in August 2000, and this fast-track project was ready for the Spurs' first preseason game on October 18, 2002. The SBC Center was designed to be a multipurpose sports and entertainment complex and is the home for the Spurs as well as the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. The complex can seat 18,365 people for basketball games and about 17,000 for the rodeo. The 800,000-sq-ft facility can also host hockey games, ice shows, concerts, and numerous other events. As can be imagined, a complex BAS is required for a structure housing these many diverse functions. With owners demanding a flexible and easy-to-use BAS, engineers pulled out all the stops to give them what they wanted in a very short time....
Six energy-efficient, solar-powered homes are about to be built in Atlantic City, New Jersey, thanks primarily to gambling revenues.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority... (more)
Wolverine Tube Inc. is introducing new products for the HVACR market that it says use new and enhanced technologies to provide improved heat transfer performance and energy efficiency.... (more)
Metretek, Incorporated, a Florida-based subsidiary of Metretek Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:MTEK), announced immediate availability of a new line of wireless, Internet-enabled, remote data-collection and reporting products....
Wisconsin company has discovered a resourceful way to recycle cooking oil and grease after the last french fry is cooked. Burbank Grease Services, a part of the Anamax Group, collects these used materials and derives a product called “Yellow Grease” - an alternative fuel source used for firing industrial boilers. This product not only preserves the environment by burning cleaner than oil, but also saves money.... (more)
BC Hydro announced today that Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, British Columbia have been recognized as one of the first Power Smart Certified customers in British Columbia. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in BC have accumulated over $700,000 in total electricity savings since 1999 and have committed to an aggressive target of a further 20 per cent reduction over the next five years.... (more)
One of Portland's best-loved landmarks isn't getting older, it's getting wiser. In fact, at nearly 90 years old, Portland's Pittock Mansion is again making history - this time for the smart use of resources and energy. Portland's most famous residence has undergone a complete energy efficiency make-over, estimated to save the Mansion several thousand dollars in operating costs annually.... (more)
A report released in late November by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) shows that Americans have achieved
significant energy and environmental benefits through the Energy
Star program and other voluntary programs. Last year alone,
Americans saved more than 80 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity
and avoided using 10,000 megawatts of peak power... (more)
The latest projections for U.S. energy use from DOE's Energy
Information Administration (EIA) present a much more favorable
projection of renewable energy use than last year's report. EIA now
predicts that electricity production from renewable energy sources
will grow 2.1 percent per year... (more)
The Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC), Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG), Xcel Energy, Inc. (NYSE: XEL) and the City and County of Denver announced the installation of a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell system at Denver's Washington Park Fire Station....
Energy Efficiency Efforts Resulted in 142 Megawatts of Peak Energy Savings; Water Savings From Ultra Low Flush Toilets Have Amounted to 41 Million Gallons Annually Among Large Customers...
AEE has teamed up with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Professional Development Department to offer this new Fundamentals of Lighting Efficiency realtime interactive online seminar program. You can participate in the program from your office, home, or anywhere you have access to the internet and a phone. You'll have opportunities to interact with your instructor and colleagues in realtime during the six live teleconferencing sessions, as well as in the time between sessions.... (more)
Wärtsilä North America, Inc., a subsidiary of Helsinki, Finland-based Wärtsilä Corp., announced today that it has formed a strategic partnership with Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc. to capitalize on marketing and sales efforts. Stewart & Stevenson's Distributed Energy Solutions Division (DES) is a leading provider of a complete value chain of distributed generation services to the electric power industry.... (more)
The San Diego City Council approved contracts to provide San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) with renewable energy from city-owned biomass facilities, as part of the utility’s push to add more renewable resources to its customers’ power-supply mix. SDG&E has signed contracts with 11 suppliers, including the City of San Diego, for 15 renewable energy projects that will produce nearly... (more)
Encorp has expanded its distributed-energy services with the introduction of the Energy Management Center, a monitoring, alarming and reporting service that ensures gensets, engines and other distributed energy assets used for standby, peak shaving or co-generation applications run at peak efficiency.... (more)
Fox Army Health Center provides the latest in health care, while meeting the challenges of providing facility equipment updates and generating energy savings. The Fox Army Health Center is a 127,000-square-foot facility located in the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Alabama.... (more)
Ever since the Energy Policy Act of 1992 gave Federal agencies authority and encouragement to partner with utility companies, the level of investment for energy efficiency projects has continued to grow. During the past decade, 60 electric and gas utilities have implemented efficiency projects and upgrades at Federal facilities, investing more than $700 million through utility energy service contracts (UESCs). When coupled with $400 million of Congressional appropriations leveraged by utility-financed investment, the total is now more than $1.1 billion.... (more)
The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced that two of its facilities in New York State—the Binghamton Federal Building and the Pirnie Federal Building—are now powered entirely by wind-generated electricity from the Fenner Wind Farm in New York. GSA purchased 1,100 megawatthours of wind energy annually for 3 years from... (more)
DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, in collaboration with DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has developed the Biomass and Alternative Methane Fuels (BAMF) resource assessment and database for FEMP. With the BAMF resource assessment, the project team has matched more than 1,000 large Federal facilities with more than 3,500 sources of renewable biomass and alternative methane fuels located nearby. The proximity of these resources make them likely candidates for economically replacing conventional fuels at the identified facilities.... (more)
Combined heat and power (CHP) installations are gaining attention as a technology that can improve the quality, reliability, and security of power systems at Federal facilities while also helping to meet Federal energy efficiency goals. FEMP’s market assessment indicates that CHP.... (more)
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Quad Graphics, the world’s largest privately-held commercial printer, has begun an energy efficient lighting project for its printing facilities nationwide, which, once completed, will save the company an expected 35 million kilowatts hours (kWh) annually. As a result, the Wisconsin-based printer will take almost three megawatts of power off the electrical grid... (more)
Bayview Technology Group is proud to announce their participation in a statewide energy conservation program with the state of Wisconsin through the use of energy saving devices for coin-operated soda pop machines. On average it costs approximately $300 a year to operate a cold drink vending machine depending on individual electric rates. However, the VendingMiser immediately reduces power consumption by... (more)
Puget Sound Energy is doubling its energy-conservation efforts as the utility looks to meet steadily growing customer demand for electricity and natural gas. PSE, a subsidiary of Puget Energy (NYSE: PSD), said its expanded conservation services should produce twice as much energy savings as the utility's prior conservation program.... (more)
Inspired by a booming economy and new spending power, the people of China want the advantages that their Western counterparts have: more living space, more comfort and more amenities. Studies by MIT researchers working with colleagues from Chinese universities and development companies suggest that those dreams can be fulfilled without necessarily adopting the energy-intensive practices of the West.
Because of China's rapid economic growth, energy consumption is also rising sharply. By 2020, energy consumed for residential and commercial buildings could rise to fully a third... (more)
GE Power Systems has secured a contract to supply two gas turbine-generators and associated equipment for a new, state-of-the art sewage treatment plant in Singapore. Two GE Frame 6B gas turbines will be supplied to Dayen Environmental of Singapore, and will be used for standby power for the Changi Water Reclamation Plant Project, in case of power grid failure.... (more)
The Invensys Foxboro CFT50 Digital Coriolis Flowmeter has been selected by the editors of Control Engineering as one of the most significant industrial control innovations of 2002. The CFT50 received the Editors' Choice Award in the Instrumentation and Process Sensors category of the 16th annual awards program because of its unique capability to continue operating during two-phase flow.... (more)
More than 54,000 megawatts of new US power generation were completed in 2002, a record year for construction despite the ongoing financial problems at many energy companies, according to Energy Argus. The 54,019MW is about three-quarters of the plants expected to... (more)
Xcel Energy plans to bring in the New Year with an aggressive voluntary emissions reduction program for its Denver-area, coal-fired power plants. The $211 million program, first announced in 1997, should reduce by 18,000 tons per year the amount of SO2 emissions from the three plants involved. Combined with earlier investments, Xcel Energy expects to reduce annual SO2 emissions by 70 percent from uncontrolled levels. In terms of NOx, Xcel Energy expects to reduce those emissions by 2,200 tons per year.... (more)
California voters recently approved a major school bond, including funding and incentives for equipment to improve energy use patterns and to shift peak electrical demand. The school bond is historic for it's first-ever inclusion of funding for energy efficiency and energy cost reduction components. The legislature finds and declares: "Reducing peak load of, and implementing load control for residential and commercial air-conditioning systems by the state's electrical corporations can achieve a significant reduction of California's peak electricity demand in a cost-effective manner." SB 1790, 2002....
Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo has been chosen as the site for northeastern Minnesota's first Rebuild Minnesota renewable energy demonstration project. It's designed to improve energy and environmental performance at the zoo while demonstrating the benefits to a large, diverse audience. Rebuild Minnesota is a new program through the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Partners in this project include Minnesota Power, City of Duluth's Lake Superior Zoo and Public Works & Utilities, Rebuild Minnesota Institute, Johnson Controls, and LHB Architects and Engineers....
ExxonMobil, General Electric, and Schlumberger are among participants in a recently announced multi-million-dollar collaboration based at Stanford University that will research and develop energy technologies intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The announcement has caused a stir because the $225 million to be devoted to the research is equal to the total of all the corporate-sponsored research at Stanford over the past 10 years (more)
In order to better serve the energy needs of 7 million natural gas customers in the Northeast region, The New England Gas Association (NEGA) and the New York Gas Group (NYGAS) will merge to become the Northeast Gas Association (NGA), effective January 1, 2003. The new organization will represent the local distribution companies, interstate pipeline companies, LNG importers, and associate companies involved in supporting the natural gas industry in the seven-state region of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.... (more)
Trade News International, Inc. (TNI), publisher and owner of Western HVACR News, is combining its 22-year old flagship regional publication into the January launch of the national HVACR News. Copies of the inaugural issue will be available at the annual AHR Expo in Chicago, at the Western HVACR News booth # 4041.... (more)
Peoples Energy Resources Corp., a subsidiary of Peoples Energy, announced today a multi-year agreement under which the company will provide power supply systems at customer sites. Hess Microgen was chosen to supply the company with packaged distributed generation and cogeneration systems in a move that will give Peoples Energy an alternative way to effectively market electricity to commercial businesses in the Chicago region.... (more)
General Motors Corporation (GM) introduced last week a fuel-
efficient pickup truck for use by the U.S. Army. Based on the
Chevrolet Silverado, the military vehicle is powered by a hybrid
electric drive that features a diesel V8 engine. The truck also
features a 5-kilowatt regenerative fuel cell, manufactured by
Hydrogenics Corporation, that serves as an auxiliary power unit
(APU) for powering equipment in the field. The fuel cell APU
produces hydrogen while the truck is running, then converts the
hydrogen into electricity... (more)
The U.S. dependence on oil imports will grow over the next 22 years,
according to DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Currently, the United States relies on imports to meet 55 percent of
its petroleum needs, but by 2025, the EIA projects that percentage
will grow to at least 65 percent and perhaps as high as 70 percent.... (more)
New York Governor George E. Pataki proposed last week a requirement
for the state to generate 25 percent of its electricity from
renewable energy sources within ten years. Governor Pataki announced
during his annual State of the State Address that he was directing
the Public Service Commission to implement the requirement... (more)
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), the world's most respected safety testing and certification organization, announced that the Coleman Powermate AirGen fuel cell generator has been determined to comply with UL 1778, "Standard for Uninterruptible Power Supply Equipment" and UL's Outline of Investigation for Portable Fuel Cell Power Plants, subject 2262.
Using the UL-Recognized Ballard Power Systems Nexa fuel cell power module as a major component, the AirGen generator converts hydrogen and oxygen into electricity and allows the generator to be used as a movable power source and backup power system.... (more)
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham today announced the first eight projects chosen by the Department of Energy in the initial phase of President Bush's Clean Coal Power Initiative. The projects, valued at more than $1.3 billion, are expected to help pioneer a new generation of innovative power plant technologies that could help meet the President's Clear Skies and Climate Change initiatives.... (more)
GE Energy Rentals kicks off the New Year as the power distribution supplier for the NFL Experience, a week-long series of football events in San Diego, California leading up to the 2003 Super Bowl on January 26. Immediately following the NFL Experience, GE Energy Rentals will provide power and air conditioning for the Dubai International Jazz Festival in Dubai Media City. January 29-31. This unique event brings together a diverse group of preeminent jazz musicians from throughout the world to play for an international audience of jazz lovers....
Hess Microgen, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amerada Hess, announced today a multi-year agreement under which the company will supply packaged distributed generation and cogeneration systems to Peoples Energy Resources Corp., a subsidiary of Peoples Energy. The move gives Peoples Energy an alternative way to effectively market electricity to commercial businesses... (more)
PowerCold Corporation (OTCBB: PWCL) announced today a collaboration with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company to test new materials for air conditioning units. The two companies have begun testing the use of new plastic heat exchangers in desiccant air conditioners in high salt and high humidity environments in controlling moisture levels for outside air to furnish required ventilation for building occupants.... (more)
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
(NYSERDA) has been busily promoting industrial energy efficiency
throughout the state in recent weeks. NYSERDA provided nearly
$735,000 to install high-efficiency chillers at IBM's East Fishkill
facility, cutting energy use for cooling by 15 percent.... (more)
Fourteen organizations, including several large corporations, have
entered into a legally binding agreement to cut their greenhouse gas
emissions by 4 percent within the next four years. The 14 entities
announced last week that they are forming the Chicago Climate
Exchange, a voluntary cap-and-trade program for reducing greenhouse
gas emissions. The program will allow entities that exceed their
emissions goal to sell carbon credits to organizations that are
falling short. Trading will begin in spring,... (more)
Cinergy Solutions, Inc., an affiliate of Cinergy, has signed a 20-year agreement with The Procter & Gamble Company as part of an overall outsourcing initiative at the St. Bernard, Ohio plant. This initiative is part of P&G's effort to concentrate on its core areas of expertise -- research & development and product marketing. Under the agreement, Cinergy Solutions will take over the operation and maintenance (O&M) of a combined steam and electric power plant, electric infrastructure, water, sewer and steam distribution system.... (more)
Itron, a leading technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries, announced today that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Silicon Energy for a total consideration of $71.2 million. The transaction is expected to close by the end of February 2003. Silicon Energy, privately-held and based in Alameda, Calif., provides enterprise energy management solutions that enable utilities, energy service providers, governments, and commercial and industrial energy users to efficiently manage and apply energy consumption data, optimize the delivery and use of energy, mitigate risk, control energy... (more)
he Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) and thirty one diverse organizations has sent the following letter to Congress, key Administration officials and state Governors urging them to take action to stem the national energy crisis. The high cost of natural gas is having a devastating impact on manufacturing competitiveness and jobs.... (more)
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is accepting applications between now and February 17, 2003 for grants to install energy efficient lighting during calendar year 2003 in existing public and private K-12 schools throughout Illinois. The Foundation awarded $3.5 million in such grants this year to upgrade lighting systems in 140 Illinois elementary and high schools in 26 counties....
As winter pelts the Eastern U.S. with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, utilities across the region, including those in usually balmy southern Florida, are reporting record winter peaks and urging customers to conserve, conserve, conserve. Gas companies like KeySpan are also reporting record gas deliveries as power generators try to secure supply to meet demand and as consumers turn up the thermostats on their gas heaters. And in a timely release, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced... (more)
Companies interested in learning more about opportunities through a large-scale market development program for geoexchange technology should make plans to attend a meeting on February 11, 2003 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Edison Customer Technology Application Center in Irwindale, CA....
Based on the first Capstone microturbine on the North Sea, operating on Clyde Petroleum`s Q8A offshore platform, Geveke Oil & Gas received follow-up orders for offshore power generation solutions using the Capstone microturbine. To Clyde Petroleum, since Nov. 2002 part of Wintershall, Geveke Oil & Gas will supply a complete power generation solution based on four Capstone60 units and one Caterpillar D3406 diesel genset for Clyde`s new offshore platform Q4C.... (more)
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Building Control Solutions’ revolutionary “HVAC Service Assistant” today was awarded a 2003 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Exposition Innovation Award for the most innovative new product in its category. A tool that service technicians can use to diagnose and improve the performance of cooling systems, the HVAC Service Assistant delivers... (more)
Dave Farwell, an HVAC specialist with the Oregon School District, is bathed in the bright -- and energy-saving -- light from Orion Lighting and Energy Services in the Oregon High School gymnasium. Dave Farwell never stops looking for ways to save energy for the Oregon School District. But the HVAC specialist admits he was skeptical when he got a cold call from Orion Lighting and Energy Services last spring. (more)
Pepco Energy Services (PES), a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) and a leader in renewable electricity initiatives, in partnership with Commonwealth Green Energy, LLC and Fauquier County landfill owners, announced today that it will transform the aging Warrenton, Va. landfill into a source of green energy for local residents. For years, methane gas -the most damaging of the greenhouse gases - has been escaping into the atmosphere from the rural landfill... (more)
Maine Renewable Energy, an affiliate of Competitive Energy Services,
LLC, launched a new green power service for the state last week.
Sold at a premium of about 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, the power
will come mainly from small hydroelectric plants (less than
30 megawatts in capacity) as well as wood-fired biomass power
plants. The company will use 10 percent of its profits to fund new
zero-emission energy projects in the state.... (more)
GE Power Systems will supply two LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbines and a SAC4 auto extraction steam turbine for a combined-cycle plant that will provide 150 MW of power. The plant, to be built on the University of Wisconsin - Madison (UW-Madison) campus, also will produce a steam load of 500,000 lbs per hour and a chilled water capacity of 20,000 tons. Owned by an affiliate of Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), the project will supply enough electricity for up to 45,000 homes while also providing... (more)
Kanawha County Schools have recently seen facility and operational improvements as a result of entering a performance contract with Johnson Controls, Inc. This project has resulted in more than $2 million in savings over six years, including $1.6 million in energy savings, and a reduction of more than 18,000 tons of harmful emissions.... (more)
Two new combined heat and power (CHP) projects, in New York and New
Jersey, were announced in January. In New York, Calpine Corporation
and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) announced a new contract
last week to expand a CHP facility at the State University of New
York at Stony Brook. Calpine will upgrade its existing 45-megawatt
facility to 80 megawatts over the next year and a half. On a smaller
scale, South Jersey Industries, Inc. signed an agreement in
mid-January to build a 6-megawatt CHP plant, capable of producing
10,000 pounds of steam per hour, at a Johnson Matthey plant in... (more)
The winners of the inaugural AHR Expo Innovation Awards have received their awards at the Expo’s International Media Breakfast and Innovation Awards Presentation. The awards for product excellence are jointly sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), and International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the Expo. The 2003 winners, selected from products submitted by exhibitors in seven categories, are... (more)
The objectives of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies are to engage efficiently, responsibly and profitably in the oil, gas, power, chemicals, renewables and other selected businesses and to participate in the research and development of other sources of energy. Shell companies are committed to contribute to sustainable development, both through the intellectual aspect of developing possible futures to optimize current businesses, gain new business and provide for ground-breaking advances in business and through the financial and physical use of resources more efficiently to minimize environmental impact.... (more)
KEMA Consulting and XENERGY Inc. have decided to formally begin uniting our subsidiaries into one fully integrated corporation under the name KEMA Inc. to ensure that our divisions grow and provide the highest level of services to our clients.... (more)
The nation will soon commemorate the anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. When the United States paid France $15 million nearly two centuries ago for this 828,000 square mile tract of land west of the Mississippi River, it was described as the greatest real estate deal in history. Nearly two centuries later, the heart of this purchase, America's wetland, is being lost. America's wetland is one of the largest and most productive expanses of coastal wetlands in North America. This valuable landscape extending along Louisiana's coast is disappearing at a rate of 35 square miles per year.... (more)
Ballard Power Systems’ and EBARA Corporation’s jointly owned company EBARA BALLARD unveiled the first generation of its pre-commercial 1kW stationary combined heat and power proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell generator for the Japanese residential market, building upon the second generation engineering prototype fuel cell generator unveiled... (more)
The Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management honored five agencies whose leadership efforts with energy conservation have saved more than $100 million and prevented approximately 240,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the earth's atmosphere.
A report released in December by Jerry Associates, Durham, NC, suggests that distributed generation could help the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) meet the five objectives outlined in its draft energy plan. President Jerry Jackson notes that Long Island is in the throes of a severe power crisis... (more)
A progressive California natural-food processor that manufactures tons of rice-based ingredients and products each year, will use a new on-site power system to reduce its massive electric bill by 20 percent and incorporate the power system’s excess heat into its manufacturing process.
Due for completion in February, the new combined-heat-and-power system at California Natural Products in Lathrop, Calif., which features technology provided by Encorp Inc., will be more efficient than conventional on-site power systems..... (more)
Leading Edge Telemetry announced today that it has been awarded a contract, through its affiliate in Texas, LASS-TX, to supply the Texas Department of Transportation with products to supervise and control streetlights and collect power, energy, and leakage current information using the company's ResilientTM multi-application low voltage network monitoring and control telemetry system....
You are sitting in a wide-body aircraft on a hot, humid afternoon at Miami International Airport. You are shoulder to shoulder with a couple hundred people and the doors of the plane are open as the ground crew loads up the soft drinks and peanuts for the flight. Even though the plane is on time, you know it may be a while. Fortunately, that little nozzle above your head is blasting out cold air. How do they do that???? (more)
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
released its "Budget-in-Brief" providing a summary of
the proposed EERE budget for fiscal year (FY) 2004. The budget
increases only slightly compared to last year's proposed budget, now
totaling $1.32 billion. It includes the President's Hydrogen Fuel
Initiative and expands the FreedomCAR program, while also providing
increased funds for solid state lighting, the Weatherization
Assistance Program, and the President's National Climate Change
Technology Initiative.... (more)
The nuclear power industry has long been dormant in the United
States, but industry advocates predict significant growth over the
next decade. A combination of capacity upgrades, productivity gains,
and the planned restart of the Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama
could increase nuclear generating capacity by 10,000 megawatts by
2012, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). U.S. nuclear
plants set a new production record.... (more)
Wärtsilä North America, a subsidiary of Helsinki, Finland-based Wärtsilä Corp., announced today that it has received its first federal facility contract for a Wärtsilä 5.8 MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine generating set, with dual fuel capability that augments energy efficiency and reliability. One 18V32DF engine will be used in an energy services agreement for the Federal Research Center in White Oak, MD, for building heat.... (more)
Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (NASDAQ: ENER) was one of 22 companies asked to exhibit its unique hydrogen solutions last week for President George W. Bush, Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Christine Todd Whitman, members of the U.S. Congress, and distinguished guests. Further, ECD was one of the few companies selected to directly showcase and explain its solutions to the President.... (more)
As a corporate energy manager, your primary energy service provider just filed for bankruptcy, your local utility provider is failing to make earnings projections and several of your traditional energy suppliers are exiting the trading business. Your job is on the line to continue to minimize energy costs and consumption. What can you do to overcome the potentially career-limiting energy challenges about to overwhelm you? The answer is Energy Solutions Outsourcing (ESO).... (more)
ALSTOM recently won a $15 million contract to supply its STATCOM technology to Northeast Utilities Service Company (NU) to solve voltage disturbance problems in... (more)
The question “Why should I buy a fuel cell?” is discussed by experts at nearly all weekly Fuel Cell (FC) conferences worldwide. This question is also spinning in the heads of some highly relevant target groups: politicians, governmental administrators, the media, the general public and most importantly, our future generation. Compared to the development of the fuel cell principle by Sir William Grove in 1839.... (more)
Rather than having its I.D. checked at the door, it’s being welcomed as a full-fledged contributor to helping operate facilities more efficiently and reducing the percentage of energy as a component of a building’s overall cost per square foot. Energy information has always been with us and it goes to the heart of the axiom that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. That’s why we take readings on everything from feed and chill water and steam to electricity and gas. But the problem is that the readings, or raw data, more often than not have been logged and filed away, leaving little opportunity to manage the information. That’s changing... (more)
RMT, Inc., an environmental engineering, consulting, and construction
management firm, recently entered into a contract with the Antioch Community High School Board of Education to turn landfill gas produced by a nearby closed landfill into energy for use by Antioch High School, located approximately one-half mile from the landfill. RMT is currently leading the design and construction of this landfill gas-to-energy project, which includes a 360 kW microturbine... (more)
The need to promote increased energy efficiency, environmental preservation and responsible energy resource development is more important than ever, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE) new Energy Position Document.... (more)
Global Energy Group, Inc. (“Global Energy”) announced that it has been awarded the contract to provide new air conditioning equipment for 10 additional United States Post Offices in Florida. The U.S. Postal Service has a strong program to reduce energy consumption and this contract is part of a longer-term program between the Postal Service and TECO Solutions, a unit of TECO Energy (NYSE:TE), to improve the energy efficiency of postal facilities....
Westinghouse Lighting Corporation, a major supplier of light bulbs, lighting fixtures, ceiling fans and specialty home products for 57 years, has now made it easier for builders and electrical contractors to specify complete lighting packages for their jobs by using the internet. (more)
FRIGAID is Moletec Corporation’s Ultra Premium refrigerant system cleaning agent to restore lost heat transfer in all types of AC/R systems 3+ years in age. Its patented molecular formula is added to the existing refrigerant charge where it displaces entrained compressor oil from the interior surfaces. Once released into circulation the oils can be... (more)
The third annual Business Communications Co. (BCC) conference FUEL CELLS 2003 will be held March 31-April 1, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Select, Stamford, CT, USA. This conference will focus on the nitty gritty issues in technical, economic, planning and marketing aspects of fuel cells necessary to apply the technology to applications systems and effectively achieve commercialization.... (more)
Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services Director David C. Hollister announced today that the CIS Energy Office has awarded more than $54,000 in grants to the City of Ann Arbor and five Michigan school districts to demonstrate the use and benefits of biodiesel fuel locally... (more)
The ability of companies and other organizations to reduce their
environmental impact and support the development of renewable energy
through green power purchases has a growing appeal to a wide range
of organizations, as demonstrated by last week's green power
purchases by a U.S. Air Force Base, Kinko's Inc., and the World
FuelCell Energy, Inc. (NasdaqNM: FCEL) announced that it has received notice from the California Energy Commission (CEC) that its DFC300A Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) power plant is certified for grid interconnection under California's "Rule 21" standard. This makes the DFC300A the largest fuel cell power plant to receive such certification by the CEC.... (more)
Recognizing an emerging market for distributed generation, Kohler Power Systems is offering the 80kW microturbine with CHP (combined heat & power) to deliver high-efficiency, low-emission microturbine power generation systems to the Americas. The 80kW KOHLER microturbine is a compact clean-burning power generation system that combines extremely high-quality electrical wave-form with thermal output to compete with traditional energy supplies.... (more)
RealEnergy Inc., one of the fastest growing onsite energy companies in the U.S., announced it has signed a contract to install a 1125 Kilowatt (kW) onsite generation system for Park 80 West, a 488,000 sq. ft., two building office complex in Saddle Brook, NJ. The onsite system will provide approximately half of the electricity for the office complex, an option to provide an increased level of security for tenants, and additional resources for heating and cooling the property.... (more)
The UK Government has unveiled plans for a switch towards cleaner forms of energy, and away from fossil fuels and nuclear power. The long-awaited Energy White Paper, published on Monday, spells out plans for radically cutting the pollution blamed for global warming. It proposes reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere to 60% of 1990 levels by about 2050.... (more)
Alternative energy, the depletion of fossil fuels and the escalating cost of crude oil has energized the United States to conserve oil imports. Too many people, however, are not taking steps to personally decrease oil consumption. As in the 1970s, when solar energy was the upcoming technology, everyone is interested but too few wish to change their lifestyles in order to decrease the use of oil. There are companies, however, that offer energy conservation, enormous savings and reduced dependency on foreign oil without impacting personal freedoms. Indeed, there is a proven technology which can offer the individual and the corporation huge savings on oil purchases and waste oil disposal - bypass oil filtration.... (more)
Clarus Energy has implemented an onsite power generation solution for BD Biosciences that is expected to reduce energy costs by more than 20%. The solution supplies approximately 90% of the energy needs to one of BD Biosciences’ major facilities in San Diego, a 43,000 square foot facility with 500 kW of electricity consumption.... (more)
Electric City (AMEX: ELC) announced that Reckitt Benckiser Inc. has achieved a 28 percent reduction in electrical consumption based on its initial EnergySaver installation at its Arizona Distribution Center. Reckitt Benckiser Inc., a subsidiary of U.K.-based Reckitt Benckiser PLC manufactures, markets and sells household cleaning and specialty food products in North America and has 24 facilities located across the U.S.... (more)
DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released its annual
ranking of utility-sponsored green power programs, noting
that more than 300 utilities in 32 states now offer such programs. To
date, more than 425 megawatts of renewable generating capacity have
been installed or are planned as a result of these programs. The
utility-sponsored programs, referred to as "green pricing" programs,
are just one aspect of the green power market, which has resulted... (more)
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has two online news publications about... (more)
The University of Nevada, Reno announced that it will use geothermal energy to supply all the energy needs for its new Redfield Campus in Reno. Advanced Thermal Systems, Inc. (ATS) will build and operate an 11-megawatt geothermal power plant adjacent to the campus.... (more)
HVAC specialists The Jucker Group and Italian gas and energy experts Goal have come together in a joint venture to be the agent for Bowman Power Systems in Italy. The new company, Jucker Energia will be working on the new energy markets created by ongoing liberalisation of the sector within the European Union.... (more)
For 20 years Therm-O-Lite has focused on energy savings. We effectively converted single glazed windows into insulated units often incorporating between glass blinds. We recently installed 4,872 units in the Celebrezze Federal Building with a documented payback of $204,000 over the first year. (more)
In an alarming trend that threatens the future of the efficient use and clean production of energy, some states may raid special funds designated to promote energy efficiency and renewable fuels in order to balance their budgets. The most recent of these proposals is currently on the table in Massachusetts, while others are expected in Wisconsin and Connecticut. Against a backdrop of growing state budget deficits, such raids seem likely to tempt other balance-minded states as well....
President Bush's budget plan for 2004 proposes a 5.9% increase for the Department of Energy, with the largest increases earmarked for nuclear power and weapons priorities. Clean coal technology and hydrogen fuel cells, both prominently featured in President Bush's State of the Union message, are duly recognized in the budget, but renewable energy and energy efficiency would see little new money or would face cuts.
Environmental funding, likewise, does not fare well. (more)
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky announced that the United States plans to take the lead in forming an ambitious new international effort to advance carbon capture and storage technology as a way to reduce greenhouse emissions. Speaking at the Energy Department, Abraham said the United States will lead a $1 billion, public-private effort to construct the world's first fossil fuel, pollution-free power plant.... (more)
Hess Microgen, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amerada Hess Corporation (NYSE: AHC), announced a multi-year agreement under which the company will supply packaged distributed generation and cogeneration systems to Peoples Energy Resources Corp., a subsidiary of Peoples Energy (NYSE: PGL).... (more)
Many people involved in industry are potential beneficiaries of energy efficiency, but don’t know it yet. The spin-off benefits of energy efficiency accrue to some very different agendas, from corporate leaders down to plant floor staff. This edition of Steaming Ahead provides a survey of these stakeholders and the unexpected benefits they can enjoy.
First, keep this fact in mind: you can’t manage what you don’t measure. The actions which provide energy efficiency are training, proper technology selection, adequate maintenance, and disciplined monitoring of fuel and other system inputs. Data provides a window on system... (more)
The waste heat recovery unit by Sidel Systems is designed to transfer the waste heat from the forced draft heating unit into usable heat. The waste flue gases from the heating unit are redirected to the recovery unit, which is placed beside the heating unit or alongside the unit's chimney. The recovery unit cools the flue gases to the point where sensible as well as latent heat is recovered.... (more)
Life safety and property protection are the two major reasons to provide fire protection features in any building. Depending on the construction type or contents of the building and the occupancy type and number of occupants, fire protection features should provide life safety and property protection or a combination of both....
Capstone Turbine (Nasdaq: CPST), a leading producer of low-emission microturbine energy systems, announced that its C60 product is the only mechanical power generation product now state-certified to meet California’s stringent new distributed generation emissions standards that went into effect January 1, 2003... (more)
With the collapse of the large and power trading companies, one thing has been lost or, perhaps, swept under the rug. That one thing is the state of deregulation for consumers. I think that we can agree that large industrial consumers of gas and electricity have fared well under deregulation and saved millions of dollars in energy costs. On the other hand, small commercial and residential customers have not done so well. Why? Let’s explore that. (more)
Novar plc of the United Kingdom has announced that it plans to acquire the trade and assets of Alerton Technologies, Inc. of Redmond, WA. Alerton is a leading designer and manufacturer of building automation and control systems HVAC applications....
SMALL-SCALE COGENERATION HANDBOOK, Second Edition
By Bernard F. Kolanowski: As the technologies for small-scale cogeneration have advanced over the last decade, a greater number of commercial, institutional, governmental and industrial energy users are seeing the advantages offered by these highly efficient systems. Cogeneration can now turn up to 90% of the fuel burned into usable energy — compared to just 52% of the fuel typically burned in the local power plant... (more)
The Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority (HEFA) and Select Energy recently signed an agreement to offer retail electricity supply contracts to nonprofit institutions, cities, and towns that are members of HEFA’s PowerOptions energy buying program. PowerOptions currently represents 25 percent of the entire competitive retail market for electricity in Massachusetts. The group has a combined peak demand of about (more)
GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc., an affiliate of GE Industrial Systems, announced the release of iHistorian® 2.0 – which provides increased data management, information sharing and efficiency-enhancing capabilities. iHistorian 2.0, the latest version of the company’s award-winning, plant-wide data historian software, adds two powerful new data collectors. These innovative data collectors accelerate the transformation of raw production data into actionable business information and enable users to share that information throughout their business and its extended supply chain.... (more)
As a global manufacturer of automotive parts, costs associated with
energy usage were significant to the bottom line. With this in mind,
the company launched a major program to cut energy expenditures
worldwide. Their mission was to reduce total energy consumption
by adopting the following philosophy; “You cannot control what you
cannot measure.” This corporate philosophy was not limited to only
electrical consumption, but applied to all utilities, including water,
air, gas, electric, and steam (better known as WAGES).... (more)
Noble High School is one of Maine's largest public schools, designed not only to educate 1,500 students, but also to serve as the community center of three small towns. Besides 85 classrooms and related support spaces, the 270,000-sq-ft building has a community health care clinic, a day care center, an adult education center, a restaurant, and one of the largest performing arts centers in the region. The diverse uses mandated special consideration in the design of the HVAC systems. And with Maine's long, cold winters, energy efficiency and comfort took on even more importance than they might in other regions.... (more)
Glenn English, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, recently voiced concern about the Congressional leadership’s timing and content of national legislation to restructure the electric industry. “Congress should pass energy legislation that contributes to our nation’s security but Congress should take a time-out on electricity,” English said. “They should take time to review the failed deregulation schemes of recent years and adopt a new approach, one that brings reliability and stability to an industry under fire—reliability and stability for investors and consumers.... (more)
Stewart & Stevenson’s Distributed Energy Solutions (DES) recently introduced a new family of EnGen-Therm Power Modules. The EnGen-Therm Power Module is a natural gas reciprocating engine generator that is designed for easy integration of a heat recovery unit (HRU) or absorption chiller system... (more)
As a global manufacturer of automotive parts, costs associated with
energy usage were significant to the bottom line. With this in mind,
the company launched a major program to cut energy expenditures
worldwide. Their mission was to reduce total energy consumption
by adopting the following philosophy; “You cannot control what you
cannot measure.” This corporate philosophy was not limited to only
electrical consumption, but applied to all utilities, including water,
air, gas, electric, and steam (better known as WAGES).... (more)
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities this week granted Reliant Energy Solutions East, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliant Resources, a license to provide electric service to large commercial, industrial and institutional clients in the state. (more)
Hess Microgen recently received a preferred supplier contract from Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide to supply distributed generation systems and services. Under the contract, Hess Microgen will supply packaged cogeneration systems for onsite power energy delivery with preferred status at individual Starwood properties both in the U.S. and abroad.... (more)
PowerCold Corporation (OTCBB: PWCL) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Ultimate Comfort Systems, Inc. (UCS), will be installing new heating, ventilating and air condition (HVAC) projects valued over... (more)
Engage Energy America has signed an agreement to provide electricity at a fixed price through June 2004 to the University of Michigan. Engage, an indirect subsidiary of Duke Energy, will provide 180 million kilowatt-hours per year to the university on a firm, non-curtailable basis. This is an extension of an agreement already held by Engage... (more)
Shell Solar is involved in one of the largest solar electric installations at a public university in the USA. The installation of more than 3,000 solar panels at California State University Northridge (CSUN) is expected to save the university more than $50,000 annually in energy costs while at the same time contributing to a cleaner environment, through the use of clean, renewable energy such as solar electricity... (more)
Austin Independent School District (AISD) was the nation's first school district to install GeoExchange (geothermal) heating and cooling systems on a large scale. According to Maintenance Supervisor Paul Tutt, "Thirty of the schools can be considered fully converted to GeoExchange while the other 24 are at various stages of partial completion." Since 1989 virtually all heating systems and cooling installations in new and existing schools have been GeoExchange.... (more)
Alberta Infrastructure (“Infrastructure”) will purchase approximately 45% of its required power from the new Grande Prairie EcoPower™ Centre. Canadian Hydro was one of two successful bidders in Infrastructure’s Request for Proposals for the Supply of Green Electricity. This amount of electricity purchased from Canadian Hydro is equal to the annual power required for approximately 15,000 households...
DOE announced it will provide more than $3 million to five new research and development (R&D) projects that aim to improve the energy efficiency of the U.S. mining industry.... (more)
As part of its expanding efforts to provide up-to-the-minute information for the Energy, Power, Utility and End User industry, EnergyPromotion.net has announced a new section of its web site offering access to over 60 reports. According to Barbara Drazga, President of EnergyPromotion.net the vision is to “provide a one-stop clearinghouse of knowledge and reference materials to not only help professionals enhance their company’s day-to-day operations, but to develop long range strategic planning for an ever changing industry. The site contains a wealth of free... (more)
Onsite Energy Corporation ("Onsite") (OTC Bulletin Board: ONSE - News) announced today that it has executed the Fourth Amendment to its Master Energy Efficiency Services Agreement with the City of San Diego (the "City") to proceed with a comprehensive $3.6 million energy project (the "Project") at the City's Police Department Headquarters building. The Project will incorporate both energy efficiency measures designed to reduce consumption and solar photovoltaic and combined heat and power ("CHP") systems that are expected to produce over 60 percent of the electricity that the building currently consumes.... (more)
The State of Wisconsin’s energy office and stakeholder teams from the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) used innovative approaches to promote energy saving behaviors among employees at Federal workplaces and find strategies that can be effective in other workplaces. FPL is a 275-employee facility of 430,000 square feet, one-third of which are laboratories and the remainder is office space. VAMC is an 850-employee three-shift facility of 600,000 square feet with 80 patient beds, research laboratories, clinics, and administrative areas. The FPL and VAMC included markedly different types of facility space, organizational cultures, and functions that allowed testing of a variety of approaches.... (more)
Reliable Power Company, Inc., a provider of back-up and off-grid power solutions, announced that is has been named a sales representative for Global Thermoelectric Inc., of Calgary, Alberta. Reliable Power Company will service the northwestern United States, bringing Global’s line of thermoelectric generators to customers needing highly reliable power in remote locations.... (more)
FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCEL) CEO Jerry Leitman joined Los Angeles Mayor Jim Hahn and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) officials in a dedication of the company's DFC300A fuel cell power plant now operating at LADWP headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. The John Ferraro Building (JFB) Fuel Cell Power Plant provides 250 kilowatts of environmentally clean electricity. The power plant, which sends electricity to the City's power grid... (more)
Florida Power and Light (FPL) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently announced the completion of a $3.1 million utility energy services contract (UESC) with NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in east central Florida. The Space Center, with more than 700 facilities on site, is the primary NASA center for the launch of manned space vehicles, probes, and satellites. KSC also maintains and launches the Space Shuttle Orbiter Vehicles, supplies cryogenic propellants, and maintains payloads for joint missions... (more)
The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded an Energy Star® label for buildings to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Blackfeet Indian Health Service (IHS) Hospital in Browning, Montana. An Energy Star® label for buildings is awarded for demonstrated energy performance in the top 25 percent among similar facilities nationwide (a rating of 75 or greater merits the Energy Star® label). The Blackfeet Hospital earned this honor by maintaining indoor environment requirements for air quality, thermal comfort, and lighting, and has the distinction of being the first HHS building to receive the Energy Star® label, “the mark of excellence in energy performance.” (more)
The Department of Energy (DOE) today opened the Texas Technology Showcase –the first in its series of activities designed to support the President's bold climate initiative announced last month. DOE joins the Texas Industries of the Future and seven leading industrial facilities in the Houston-Galveston area in hosting the three-day showcase at the Radisson Astrodome in Houston.... (more)
Tecogen Inc. announced that it has been selected by the group purchasing arm of Premier Inc. as a preferred supplier of natural-gas powered chillers and cogeneration modules. Tecogen’s products run on clean-burning natural gas and provide a lower cost alternative to electric cooling, especially during the summer months when electric rates are high.... (more)
AmericanDG has agreed to supply low-cost energy to Holliswood Care Center, a 314-bed nursing home located in Queens County, New York. Under the terms of the agreement, Holliswood will soon receive a substantial portion of its electricity and hot water directly from an on-site, 150-KW cogeneration facility that will be installed and operated by AmericanDG.... (more)
SatCon Technology, a leader in power and energy management products, today announced that it has been authorized to start work on its largest Fixed Frequency Power Converter order to date. The program will extend over approximately a 30-month period with a total value of the purchase order in excess of $2.5 million. This project will support key mission critical aircraft systems within a major government program....
Is cogeneration right for your facility? This newly revised edition of the best selling Small Scale Cogeneration series will show you how onsite cogeneration can be used to increase your fuel efficiency, lower fuel usage, and maximize savings.
As the technologies for small-scale cogeneration have advanced over the last decade, a greater number of commercial, institutional, governmental and industrial energy users are seeing the advantages offered by these highly efficient systems. Cogeneration can now turn up to 90% of the fuel burned into usable energy...
A developer of properties and a town in Pennsylvania are two of the most recent purchasers of green power -- electricity produced from renewable energy sources. Their purchases demonstrate the diversity of U.S. companies and government entities that are buying green power. The Tower Companies, a commercial and residential building developer,announced last week that it will buy 24 million kilowatt-hours of green power over 18 months, meeting between 25 and 50 percent of the electricity needs for its buildings in the Washington, D.C. area.... (more)
Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) announced today they have entered into an agreement with Innovative Energy Partners, LLC (IEP) to provide comprehensive energy management services. Through this energy partnership, IEP will manage all aspects of utility bill payment, tracking and analysis of utility data, commodity procurement and evaluation and implementation of energy infrastructure improvements for all of CCA’s facilities located throughout the United States. (more)
Vermont has selected Northern Power Systems to engineer, build and install a $245,000 on-site power system that will burn methane gas produced by wastewater processing to generate electricity and heat for the facility. The new cogeneration system will produce over 400,000 kWh of electrical output per year, equivalent to 41% of the facility’s current annual demand. At the same time, the system will reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by over 500,000 pounds—the equivalent of eliminating 42 cars from the road per year. As part of its commitment to removing financing obstacles to such environmentally sound systems, Efficiency Vermont, Vermont's energy efficiency utility, committed $40,000 toward the cost of the cogeneration project and provided extensive assistance to Essex Junction to help move the project forward by leveraging additional resources and offering technical recommendations... (more)
Optimal Technologies International Inc., leading provider of end-to-end power grid optimization technologies and services, announced the official
kickoff of a distributed energy resource (DER) strategic planning project in Silicon Valley that will utilize its unique technology. “This project, the first of its kind in the world, will showcase Optimal’s breakthrough power grid optimization technology, called AEMPFAST™,” said Roland Schoettle, founder and CEO, Optimal Technologies. “For the first time since Thomas Edison introduced the idea of an interactive power grid, it is now possible to truly understand how it can be achieved because of the
new capabilities AEMPFAST provides. Using AEMPFAST, Optimal will optimize a combined transmission and distribution (T&D) network... (more)
DTE Energy Technologies and Tezman Holding announced today the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement. DTE Energy Technologies will provide its broad portfolio of energy|now™ on-site energy systems and energy|now Systems Operation Center (SOC) expertise. The energy|now product portfolio includes electric-only and cogeneration packaged systems from 75 kilowatt to over 1 megawatt, using advanced internal combustion engines, "Stirling" engines and miniturbines fueled by natural gas, as well as renewable fuels. The SOC is a remote monitoring and control system that ensures continuous reliability and efficiency.... (more)
As part of its Utility Operations Load Management program, Alliant Energy offers an optional electric interruptible tariff for its large commercial and industrial customers. Customers on this special tariff receive reduced rates throughout the year in exchange for agreeing to curtail energy use in periods of high electricity demand. When this tariff was introduced, Alliant Energy alerted customers to imminent interruptions by utilizing four to six members of its sales systems support group along with proprietary light panel technology. In the states where panels were absent and outbound phone calls were necessary, the process took up to four hours and offered no guarantee that customers were being reached in a time frame to affect change and alleviate unnecessary fines. Recognizing a need to automate the curtailment notification process, collapse the cycle, ensure message delivery, and improve customer satisfaction, Alliant Energy evaluated and selected an automated notification solution.... (more)
Starting today, following the onset of hostilities in Iraq and consequent heightened interest in oil markets, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) will be producing daily (Monday-Friday) updates of the world energy situation.... (more)
A couple of years ago if your résumé said "combined cycle" you were in demand. Recruiters were calling and companies had openings. Chances are you were too busy to respond. There were new power projects being developed, constructed and commissioned. OEM's could not keep up with demand for everything from inlet air chillers to exhaust silencers. Then Enron made the news, the economy softened, power prices fell, gas prices rose and the balance sheet scrutiny began. The recruiters are not calling much anymore. That figures, because now is when you want to hear from them.... (more)
Bexar County in Texas, the 24th largest county in the United States, serves more than 1.4 million people and employs more than 4,000. San Antonio and 24 other municipalities are in the county, which covers an area more than 1,240 square miles. When Texas Senate Bill 5, which requires selected counties including Bexar to implement all cost effective energy measures to reduce electrical consumption, was passed, the mandated task represented a huge effort. How does a county this size create a framework that will enable it to meet its obligation to reduce energy consumption by such a significant amount? (more)
The U.S. Department of Energy Philadelphia Regional Office (PRO) recently moved shop to an energy-efficient workspace in an historic building, demonstrating its commitment to clean energy and renewable building materials. The new office is located in the Wanamaker Building in downtown Philadelphia, a 12- story structure built in 1911, and redeveloped in the early 1990’s. Department store retailer Lord & Taylor’s occupies the first three floors. (more)
Looking for a new and innovative way to provide safety and save Energy? With glow in the dark Find-A-Light faceplates, you’ll never fumble in the dark for a light switch again – the glow safely Find-A-Light shows you where to go! No electricity is needed, and more importantly, it conserves energy. The Find-A-Light is made of a high tech, safe material that absorbs light and glows all through the night, and can be easily installed.... (more)
Significant energy and cost reductions were in store when Eastern Illinois University launched a large-scale upgrade of its HVAC, lighting, and water systems in October 2001. Situated on 325 acres in Charleston, Illinois and comprised of 70 buildings covering a total of 3 million square feet, EIU is attended by nearly 11,000 students, 6,000 of whom are housed on the premises.... (more)
Provide heating for an Olympic-sized pool and domestic hot water while reducing energy costs, lowering emissions and upholding an educational commitment to innovative technology.... (more)
Executive Summary: Fuel Cells and Micro Turbines are new technology alternatives for power generation for data centers and network rooms. This paper discusses the various modes of operation of these systems and examines benefits and drawbacks of the technologies when contrasted with conventional alternatives such as standby generators.
Power generation is a key component of a high availability power system for data centers and network rooms. Information Technology systems may operate for minutes or even a few hours on battery or flywheel power, but local power generation capability is required to achieve “five-nines” availability. In locations with poor power, power generation may be needed to achieve 99.99% or even 99.9% availability. Standby diesel or gas-fired generators are the conventional solution to this problem, when combined with a UPS. In high availability installations, an N+1 array of such standby generators is used. Fuel cells and Micro Turbines have been suggested as an appropriate alternative for power generation for
network rooms and data centers. Such systems can be utilized continuously to power the network room or data center, they can be used to generate excess electric power which can be used for other loads or to
backfeed the utility grid, or they can be used as standby generation. The system availability and the Total Cost of Ownership are greatly affected by how the systems are used, as described in the following sections....
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers are studying the energy savings of a new energy-efficient lighting control system to be installed at a DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento, under an agreement just signed by Berkeley Lab, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), DoubleTree Hotels, and The Watt Stopper, Inc. The system was based on research performed by Berkeley Lab scientists on improving hotel room energy efficiency, in collaboration with product development engineers at Watt Stopper.... (more)
Power Monitoring – or Sub-Metering, as it is sometimes called - is a rapidly growing industry, which, to the uninitiated, can appear to be overwhelmingly complex. Just a few years ago, little information about energy usage and power quality was available without using very expensive lab-grade analysis equipment. Recently, however, the adoption of utility deregulation combined with volatile energy costs has driven energy consumers to find methods to actively manage their power systems. Today, with product choices ranging from basic ‘stand-alone’ energy (kWh) meters to extremely powerful, networked power management systems, there are solutions available to suit the needs of almost every energy consumer.... (more)
Reduces Energy Consumption, Costs
HP (NYSE:HPQ) announced a "smart" cooling solution for the design of data centers that could dramatically reduce energy use and save enterprise users millions of dollars annually. Created in HP Labs, the solution uses computational fluid dynamics -- like that used to improve airplane design -- to create a 3D model of temperature distribution throughout a data center. It then recommends strategic placement of computing resources and air conditioning equipment to optimize energy use for cooling. (more)
Many states across the country have enacted restructuring legislation to allow retail energy competition, and some are still unaware of the benefits a competitive market can bring to customers. But ask Koppers Inc., and they will tell you retail competition is working really well for them throughout the country. (more)
The Denver Business Journal at its 9th Annual Event, selected Air Strata, Inc's StratoJet as Colorado's Most Innovative New Product in the Industrial Category. The StratoJet product line is designed to destratify the air in a building. In non-technical terms, the StratoJets mix the hot air that naturally rises to the ceiling with the colder air that sits near the floor.... (more)
A new Centium® electronic ballast from Advance Transformer Co., Rosemont, Illinois, is designed for the operation of one or two 35, 28, 21 or 14-watt T5 fluorescent lamps. The ballast, catalog number ICN-2S28, features Advance’s IntelliVolt® technology, which allows 120 through 277V operation at either 50 or 60 Hz. This feature helps ensure shipment of correct voltage ballasts and fixtures for all applications.... (more)
PS Energy Group has initiated the next phase of a three-year agreement with Lockheed Martin to provide Fuel Management Services at Lockheed Martin locations across the Country. Build out for the initial phase of the fuel management program is now complete at the Lockheed Martin Marietta facility. Under the three year contract PSEG is responsible for purchase, dispatch, and delivery of bulk fuel for Lockheed Martin and the gradual installation of a full service fuel management program at specific sites within the Lockheed Martin Corporation.... (more)
Public school systems from the Northwest to the Midwest adopt an innovative software tool that cuts energy waste in their PC networks and demonstrably saves money... (more)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Lennox Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII), as an Energy Star Manufacturer of the Year for Lennox’ outstanding contribution to making and promoting energy-efficient products. It is the first time a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) manufacturer has been chosen for the annual EPA award.... (more)
Comverge, a leading company in the Energy Intelligence industry announced today the completion of its previously announced private equity financing in the amount of $13 million. The syndicate of investors includes leading venture capital firms from the United States and Europe. The financing round was led by Nth Power and includes E.ON Venture Partners GmbH, an affiliate of E.ON AG , EnerTech Capital, Shell Internet Ventures, an affiliate of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies and Easton Hunt Capital Partners, L.P. in the syndicate as new shareholders.... (more)
Chino Valley Medical Center, a forward-thinking 126-bed hospital in Chino, Calif., east of Los Angeles, expects to save thousands of dollars each month in energy costs with a new on-site power system that will supply 75 percent of the hospital’s electrical and thermal energy.... (more)
The United States should have enough natural gas to meet its needs in 2003, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA), but the surplus capacity presents a "relatively narrow margin" to respond to any sudden demand increase or drop in production... (more)
What could the "World's Foremost Outfitter" do that would be the equivalent of saving 743 acres of trees, removing 574 cars from the road each year, or saving 368,251 gallons of gasoline? The answer is remarkably straightforward: Cabela's could install innovative environmentally friendly lighting fixtures called The Illuminator from Orion Energy Systems of Plymouth, Wisconsin. In fact, Cabela's has recently completed a 1 million square foot energy efficient lighting project in Prairie du Chien, which yields 36% more light while using 70% less energy....
Clarus Energy Partners, L.P., an energy provider using on-site generation, applauded the approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) of its decision to aggressively support customer-based generation using clean and ultra-clean technologies, such as cogeneration, to enhance the state’s generation resources. The CPUC’s approved decision provides certain exemptions from additional power surcharges or “Departing Load Fees” that would have affected many small renewable and self-generation customers.... (more)
The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) announced last week its
funding of seven solar electric projects throughout the state. The
CCEF will provide $2.3 million for the seven projects, which are
expected to cost about $3.6 million. The systems will be installed at
such diverse locations as... (more)
The waste-to-energy industry is finding itself confronted with growing
opposition from environmental pressure groups and objections raised by
Nimbys - those campaigners who proclaim Not In My Back Yard ? against the
siting and development of major waste facilities, especially thermal
treatment plants.... (more)
The nation's retail chains today named Entergy Corporation as one of two electric companies in the nation who offered the best overall customer service in 2002. Entergy shared the top honor with Southern Company during the sixth annual Customer Service Awards program at Edison Electric Institute's Spring National Accounts Workshop... (more)
Green Mountain Energy Company (http://www.greenmountain.com ), the nation’s largest and fastest growing retail provider of cleaner electricity, announced today that it has purchased virtually all of the environmental attributes associated with the wind output from PG&E National Energy Group’s Madison Windpower facility near Hamilton in Madison County, NY. The wind generation from the facility will be used to help meet the demand for customers purchasing Green Mountain Energy® electricity through the Niagara Mohawk Renewable Energy Program.... (more)
A high-capacity superconducting energy pipeline, or SuperGrid, could deliver electricity and hydrogen fuel across the nation and help meet future energy needs while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels, said experts who recently assessed the scientific feasibility of the idea. Two years ago, the idea of a continental SuperGrid was proposed by Chauncey Starr, founder and president emeritus of the Electric Power Research Institute.... (more)
Jenbacher Ltd is providing over 30 MW of power generation facilities on six landfill sites in the greater Houston metropolitan to Reliant Energy - a major Texas Retail Electric Provider. The contract called for Jenbacher to assume the prime contractual position to construct and install power generation and associated equipment together with the operating and maintenance contract for the initial 8 years.... (more)
Jennings Hall consists of two buildings, the East and West buildings, which were built in 1920 and 1982 respectively. The East Building is 9 stories high and the West building is 7 stories high. The buildings provide 160,000 square feet of residential space, consisting of 18 studios, 125 one-bedroom and 7 two-bedroom units, for a total of 150 units....
DOE announced that Deputy Secretary of Energy Kyle McSlarrow
joined with Deputy Minister Oleg Gordeev from the Russian Federation's
Ministry of Energy to sign a new Protocol on Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy. The protocol was signed during a meeting of the
U.S./Russia Energy Working Group (EWG), which was established by
President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin... (more)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $44 million in grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The grants were authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill and will be awarded by USDA in collaboration with DOE. See the USDA... (more)
Stevenson Towers consists of two buildings, situated such that they appear to be one building. Access from Building A to Building B is only possible on the first floor. Built in 1972, Stevenson Towers is a 104,177 square foot, 6-story residential building consisting of 10 Studio apartments, 68 one-bedroom apartments, and 44 two-bedroom apartments, for a total of 122 units....
Thermal Energy International has announced that it has secured and signed a contract with Johnson Controls L.P. to implement a Standard FLU-ACE Energy Recovery Solution as a part of a larger infrastructure and energy retrofit project being provided by Johnson for one of their important Ontario-based manufacturing clients.... (more)
Energy efficiency for industrial boilers is a highly boiler specific characteristic. No two boilers are alike. There are two identically designed, constructed side by side, stoker fired boilers in Indiana burning the same fuel that have very different performance characteristics. Like twin teenagers, they are not the same. Consideration of energy efficiency for industrial boilers, more often than not, is simplified and categorized to a one-size-fits-all approach. Just as when considering teenagers, this does not work. While everyone would like to believe their teenager is gifted and talented and in the 80th percentile of the population, we know that is not necessarily the case. We also know, as for boilers, the average teenager is not representative of a widely diversified population. If you think it is, ask any parent with teenagers or an industrial boiler operator. While the variables associated with energy efficiency are more limited than those associated with a teenager, they are in no way any less complicated....
The California Public Utilities Commission (‘CPUC’) approved a decision effectively extending the waiver of the “Stand-By Charge Fee” for customers that self-generate. These surcharges could have significantly affected many small renewable and self-generation customers by adding... (more)
Eastman Kodak Company said today that it has received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the 2003 ENERGY STAR Corporate Commitment Award, the highest award for "excellence and voluntary leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through strategic energy management...." (more)
To meet its goal of replacing its costly electric heating system with a renewable energy source while also enhancing its forest products technology curriculum, Mount Wachusett Community College selected NORESCO to implement a cutting edge, low emission advanced biomass boiler plant and other conservation measures. The centerpiece of a $4.3 million energy and water conservation effort, the new biomass plant will utilize wood chips, a byproduct of the more than 80 sawmills across Massachusetts, to provide heat to the college’s 400,000 square feet of space as well as for a 12,000 square foot planned addition. This new heating system will also feature a state-of-the-art core separator that will clean 95% of the particulate matter from the exhaust to ensure that the plant meets all State and federal clean air requirements....
Environmentally conscious yogurt producer Stonyfield Farm has become the first for-profit corporation to register its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with the State of New Hampshire's voluntary registry. In recognition of Stonyfield Farm's environmental stewardship, the Department of Environmental Services (DES) will present the company with its Energy Leadership Award at the New England Center on the University of New Hampshire campus during the 2003 Pollution Prevention conference.
"Registering greenhouse gas emissions is a critical step that all businesses can take to begin the process to reduce emissions, reverse global warming and make a difference in the environment," said Gary Hirshberg, President and CEO, Stonyfield Farm.... (more)
With deregulation of the retail electric utility industry a distant memory for all but a few states, it appears to be a good time to return to basics for regulation of the utility sector. This means that the U.S Government along with the 50 states, their legislators, and their Public Service Commissions should revisit the original purpose for creating portfolio standards for energy policy. Essentially, the standards were created to serve as a guide and score card to measure results in the highly regulated marketplace for electricity.... (more)
The Department of Energy (DOE) designated the New York City (NYC) Clean Cities Coalition as the newest member of its Clean Cities Program which promotes the use of alternative fuels. In an Earth Day ceremony held at City Hall Park, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Garman joined New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman and New York City officials to recognize the coalition for its commitment to increase the use of vehicles powered by alternative fuels.... (more)
At Harbec Plastics, the waste produced at each step becomes the input for the
next step. Even the scraps swept off the floor become raw material used to
create fresh new products. Electric power keeps Harbec moving, but a power
interruption can create disaster, ruining raw materials and work in-process.
Complex CNC processes drop offline, resulting in extensive downtime. A grid outage, spike, sag or frequency variation of minutes or even a split-second can translate into long recovery times and huge economic losses.
continuous process manufacturer....
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) announced that it has
doubled its purchase of wind-generated power. Penn will now buy
40 million kilowatt-hours of wind power annually from Community Energy
Inc. -- the largest retail purchase of green power in the nation.... (more)
The nearly 120 year-old Statue of Liberty—one of America's most enduring and heart-warming monuments—and the Ellis Island Reception Center in New York Harbor have themselves begun new energy-efficient lives as a result of energy-related upgrades recently conducted. Encouraged by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials and the National Park Service, the Superintendent of the Monument pursued reduction of the site's $1 million annual electricity bill through the installation of more energy-efficient lighting and HVAC equipment. A request for proposal ultimately led to energy service company Sempra Energy Solutions (with offices near Albany, New York) taking on the job of upgrading the monuments’ lighting and HVAC systems. Following a detailed audit of the facility space, the job went forward according to an energy savings performance contract, which guaranteed that the cost of the project would be paid for out of the utility bill savings resulting from the successful upgrade. (more)
When the Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) on Coronado Island, California, found itself looking for a way to decrease its electrical costs and increase energy efficiency, administrators called in the troops for assistance. This time, however, the troops consisted of the engineering team, public utility, electrical subcontractor and lighting equipment manufacturer.... (more)
The Anitgua Condominiums are a beachfront community located on the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. A fourteen-story landmark building in Ocean City, Maryland is now home to 104 condominiums that are heated and cooled with GeoExchangeSM systems. The Antigua Condominiums are the first all-GeoExchange condo of its size on the East Coast.... (more)
The environmental benefits of the new TURBOCOR oil-free compressor technology are being highlighted at the 2003 Earth Technology Forum here in Washington, D.C. This revolutionary range of centrifugal air-conditioning compressors in January won the coveted 2003 ASHRAE Energy Innovation Award. In March, it won the 2003 Canadian Energy Efficiency Award – Equipment category. For owners and operators of large commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, the TURBOCOR innovation in energy efficiency boils down to major savings in lifetime operating costs. (more)
The MATCH School of Boston, Massachusetts was recognized as one of the Northeast's most innovative, efficient, and resource-smart new architectural gems at the recent Northeast Green Building Awards in Boston. The MATCH School (Media and Technology Charter High School) won first prize in the solar electric buildings competition. The school's 21.6 kilowatt solar electric rooftop system was furnished by PowerLight Corporation. Shell Solar supplied the state-of-the-art solar electric modules, and the structure was designed by HMFH Architects... (more)
Kinko’s, Inc. and Strategic Energy announced that 57 Kinko’s® locations in Texas switched to Strategic Energy, a leading competitive retail supplier of electricity, in a “green power” deal that enables the stores to purchase a portion of their electricity needs from renewable resources and to deliver cost savings to the company. This agreement represents the first time Kinko’s has signed a multi-market green power agreement to power their stores with renewable resources.
“Caring for our communities and the environment is one of Kinko’s core values. Our new relationship with Strategic Energy helps us fulfill that promise by increasing our green power... (more)
This three-day, international multifamily buildings conference has been designed to attract multifamily building champions with wide-ranging experience and shared commitment to promoting and maintaining healthy, durable, and energy efficient multifamily buildings. The conference will serve as a networking and information-sharing opportunity for these building professionals from all regions of the Country and Canada, and will attract a diverse
audience of participants. Industry leaders will showcase cutting-edge technologies, discuss barriers, and demonstrate innovative solutions in the multifamily energy efficiency field. All types of multifamily buildings in all climate regions of North America will be addressed,
including low-rise affordable new construction, flat roof row houses, garden apartment complexes, and large high rises, in rural, suburban and urban settings. In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the conference will offer...
The number of large solar power installations in the United States
continued to grow in recent weeks, including two new projects in the
half-megawatt range in California and New Jersey. New Jersey was actually graced with two new solar power installations: a 500-kilowatt system, installed on the roof of Janssen Pharmaceutica in Titusville, and a 275-kilowatt system installed by BP in Paulsboro.... (more)
The University of Miami Facilities Administration Department, recipient of APPA’s 2001 Award for Excellence in Facilities Management and the 2002 Innovative Practices Award, is seeking an Associate Director to join its team of innovative leaders. The candidate will operate in a state-of-the-art environment. Our Facilities Administration Department monitors electrical consumption in real-time via the Internet. We also measure all aspects of chilled water production and consumption. Our building automation system is CSI/TAC, with over 10,000 monitoring points. New intelligent agent software is learning building energy usage patterns and automatically finding ways to save energy...
DOE announced its award of $1.3 million to eight Native American tribes to develop renewable energy projects on their lands. The funds will go toward feasibility studies on tribal lands located in Alaska, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. Although four of the tribes will investigate renewable energy resources in general, the other four tribes will explore the potential of specific renewable energy technologies, including... (more)
You’re Invited to Attend an On-line Training May 8th or May 20th, 2003
Learn how design choices can affect the energy performance of your facility during this free Internet presentation. Participants will use the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest on-line ENERGY STAR tool for designing and maintaining award winning hospitals.
This 60-minute training session is for healthcare engineers, architects and designers, and provides attendees with an overview of EPA’s national energy performance rating system, a live demonstration of how to access and use the tool, and a brief discussion on how to incorporate the results of the tool into the hospital design process.
Cinergy Solutions, an affiliate of Cinergy, has reached an agreement to supply utility services to Celanese Acetate manufacturing facilities in Virginia and South Carolina. Cinergy Solutions will acquire the utility facilities at Celanese's Narrows, Virginia, and Rock Hill, South Carolina, sites and provide steam, compressed air, and treated water, among other services, under a 20-year agreement. Cinergy Solutions is an Ohio-based company specializing in energy outsourcing and cogeneration for large industrial customers. Specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed....
Aromat Corporation debuted a family of products at the nation’s largest conference on lighting, including miniaturized, lightweight electronic ballasts for the rapidly growing low wattage metal halide market....
Managing energy at one facility is difficult. Managing energy at multiple facilities nationwide can seem impossible. Energy managers at businesses such as retail chains, grocery stores, and real estate investment trusts nationwide face an enormous challenge..... (more)
DTE Energy Technologies and European Power Systems (EPS) announced the signing of a distribution agreement. This is the third DTE Energy Technologies European distributor agreement in the last thirty days, as the company expands its international presence.... (more)
Power Systems Mfg., LLC (PSM), a wholly owned subsidiary of one of North America's leading power companies, Calpine Corporation, today announced that it has set a new standard for dry low Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions control in natural gas-fired industrial turbines.
When the 1920s era building at Montgomery Park in Baltimore, MD, was recently overhauled and outfitted with the most modern and energy-efficient electrical systems and furnishings, it seemed only fitting that the first tenant to move in would be the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).
Eagle Broadband (AMEX:EAG), a leading supplier of broadband products, services and content, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Media Fusion, a leading developer of Hybrid Powerline Communications (HPLC) technology, to combine their two technologies with the objective of driving the next-wave of broadband communications into homes and businesses across the United States. (more)
The hydrogen economy has just been turbo-charged. Dow Chemical Co. and General Motors Corp. have allied to foster the development of fuel cells. Under the agreement, GM will supply fuel cells to power one Dow plant, although the deal could lead to the buying or leasing of 500 more units by the end of the decade. That's the type of arrangement that the Bush administration hoped would form to help enable the so-called hydrogen economy—something that the president has promoted since his State of the Union address in January and something that the U.S. government will fund to the tune of $1.2 billion over five years.... (more)
Farmers in Delaware are looking hopefully toward biodiesel as a way to expand the market for their soybeans. A $60,000 federal grant is being used to study the feasibility of building a biodiesel production plant in Delaware, where soybeans, the most common ingredient in biodiesel, are the top agricultural crop....
FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCEL - News) announced that its sub-megawatt Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant is now state-certified to meet the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) stringent new distributed generation emissions standards for 2007. By meeting this standard, the Company's sub-megawatt DFC power plant is categorized as an 'ultra-clean' technology, exempting it from air pollution control or air quality district permitting requirements by CARB (www.arb.ca.gov). In addition, this certification qualifies the Company's products for preferential rate... (more)
Waterleaf Communities, Inc., which normally uses metal halide for landscape lighting, chose to try a different tactic for its Ruskin, Florida Sun City Welcome Center. With energy, and installation costs on the rise, the landscape department decided to try Magnaray® fluorescent small wattage floods instead. They found that Magnaray®'s #W1PL18 (10-inch, 20-watt) flood, in powder coat bronze would visually replace 35-watt metal halide units. And they could double the number of fixtures connected to each circuit.... (more)
Energy Engineering Journal, Cogeneration & Competitive Power Journal, as well as Stratgic Planning for Energy & the Environment Journal celebrate the publication of the 300th technical article to be added to the system. Now until May 23, 2003, we invite you to test drive the system, view full article accesss, search key words, and explore past issues. Go to http://www.aeecenter.org/journalsonline and select "Test Drive the System." You may then opt to subscribe for a nominal fee. (more)
Following a few simple rules when designing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems for humid climates can help avoid the catastrophic failures seen in such buildings as Florida’s Martin and Polk County courthouses in the early 1990s. These buildings suffered through rampant mold growth, complaining occupants, and escalating remediation costs, all because the HVAC system designers did not understand what is required to produce a successful building in a humid climate. Ultimately, designers and contractors of these buildings were held liable for millions of dollars in remediation costs, which exceeded the original construction costs of the buildings....
In the biggest sign yet that America may finally be ready to free itself from foreign sources of energy -- two giant industrial leaders, Dow Chemical and General Motors have completed the largest ever hydrogen fuel cell deal....
What is the value of increased sales, increased employee productivity, and retention, and less complaints to the hospitality industry (hotels, motels, bars, restaurants, and casinos)? Are you willing to lose almost $4 on every square foot of space? Would you be willing to invest if you received 80% of that investment back each year for the rest of time? (more)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that its Region 2 office in New York City is switching to100 percent wind power. For the next year, the EPA office is buying
6.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from the Fenner Wind Power
Project in New York's Madison County. That's the largest federal
purchase of wind power in New York State. Nationally, 10 percent of
the electricity used by EPA comes from renewable sources..... (more)
Energy Efficient Stingray Dual Reflector Fixture Replacements Reduces Lighting and Chiller Load
Hynes Convention Center facilities are located in Boston, MA is a local convention center and banquet facility. Overall, the facility comprises of 360,000 square feet of handicap accessible area including The John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center offers visitors a high-tech, leading edge facility with a flexible floor plan that can accommodate events of all types and sizes. Located in the heart of Boston's dynamic Back Bay, the Hynes is in close proximity to Boston's most popular hotels, historical sites, and tourist attractions....
Village East Towers comprises three buildings, 25 stories, 21 stories and 10 stories, for a total of 436,435 square foot of residential space as well as private covered garage. The 394 apartments consist of 39 Studio, 185 One-Bedroom, 152 Two-Bedroom apartments, and 18 Three-Bedroom units.
Common areas at Village East include a management office, swimming pool area, laundry room, lobby, compactor room, and utility room. Three elevators serve the building residents. Windows are single-pane, aluminum pane. The building envelope is constructed of... (more)
Atlanta, Georgia - Enercom, Inc. announces the launch of Weather Depot, the premiere desktop weather display software that opens an entirely new communications and marketing channel with customers. Developed in partnership with Madison, Wisconsin-based Weather Connections Corporation, the application’s personalized “weather center” services, precision forecasts, and television-quality weather maps and animations keep customers “tuned-in”. Weather Depot’s customer segmentation and messaging features allow energy companies to cost effectively deliver real time text messages, graphic banners/ads and even video clips by customer segment.....
Minneapolis, MN—The new Skyline™ Outdoor Air Handler from McQuay features a custom-modular platform and Variable Dimensioning™ design, giving engineers the flexibility to meet project requirements for indoor air quality, operating efficiency, and low cost installation and maintenance. Units can be specified from 900 to 25,000 cfm (3 to 50 ft² of coil face area). (more)
Green Mountain Energy Company Will Donate Enough Texas Wind Energy Tags To Make Electricity Use at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER 2003 Conference in Austin, Texas 100 Percent Pollution-Free
Shell Solar, a global producer and marketer of photovoltaic cells, panels and systems, today announced that it has supplied the photovoltaic panels for one of the largest commercial solar power installations in the US. The 3,575 panels are incorporated into the recently completed "green building" headquarters in Torrance, California, of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. They cover an area of 4,924 square meters.... (more)
Advance Transformer Company (based in Rosemont, IL) recently partnered with Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Ed), the City of New York Parks and Recreation Department, and outdoor lighting manufacturer Sentry Electric Corp. to re-power the famed Eternal Light in New York City's historic Madison Square Park in time for November 2002 Veteran’s Day celebrations. Advance donated a number of its exclusive new Xitaniumä 40-watt LED drivers to help re-light and re-dedicate the intricate, star-shaped Eternal Light, which was erected in 1918 to honor military heroes of World War I. The monument was first lit in 1923....... (more)
DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) awarded a
subcontract on May 8th to Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) for
the development of new solar cell manufacturing technology. The
research project will concentrate on developing online diagnostic
systems, closed-loop control, and continuous online optimization of a
solar cell manufacturing line large enough to produce 30 megawatts of
solar cells each year..... (more)
A growing number of landfills and waste treatment plants are
recovering their methane emissions for use as an energy source, as
demonstrated by new waste-to-energy projects at a National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA) facility in Maryland, a BMW plant in
South Carolina, three landfills in Kentucky, and a wastewater plant in
Brooklyn, New York....
DOE announced a $150-million solicitation for a five-year
project to demonstrate and validate hydrogen vehicles and
infrastructure. DOE seeks proposals from industry teams -- ideally
consisting of an automobile manufacturer and an energy company in
combination with hydrogen fuel cell manufacturers, small businesses,
universities, and state or local governments -- that will split the
cost of the project with DOE. The projects might include building a
fleet of hydrogen vehicles or installing hydrogen fueling stations.
Proposals are due by August 14th. See the DOE press release at:
BOURNE, Mass., May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL - News) subsidiary has completed the installation of a clean, reliable fuel cell energy system at one of the largest U.S. Coast Guard air stations on the East Coast, the company announced today.... (more)
Bonneville Power Administration is testing THE DEMAND EXCHANGE peak load reduction program to help lighten the load on its transmission system. This action is part of a pilot program by BPA to explore non-construction alternatives to alleviating transmission congestion.......
Control systems are integral to the operation of the nation's critical
infrastructures of electric power, fuels, water, chemicals, and other vital
services. Control systems include Distributed Control Systems (DCS),
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Supervisory Control and Data
Acquisition (SCADA), Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), and Intelligent
Electronic Devices (IEDs). These systems were designed to be highly reliable and interoperable and are used throughout the electric power industry... (more)
Energy Efficient Lighting Improvements: Reduce Energy Consumption & Improves Comfort
Ice Time, Inc. facilities are located in Newburgh; NY is a local sports facility and skating rink. The largest electric loads at the facility include a chiller for making ice at the two skating rinks, overhead metal halide lighting and domestic hot water for showers and the ice grooming equipment. The year round operating facility... (more)
Integrated facilities management services are gaining popularity in North America as clients seek to outsource non-core activities to third parties. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (www.BuildingTechnologies.frost.com), North American Integrated Facilities Management Services Markets, reveals that revenues in this industry totaled $12.39 billion in 2002 and are projected to reach $21.89 billion by 2009....
PowerCold Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: PWCL - News) announced today that the company now offers two innovative energy saving HVAC (heating, ventilating and air condition) technologies: the BreezeMaster(TM), which utilizes an evaporative cooler for advanced efficient cooling in hot dry areas, and the DesertMaster(TM), which utilizes a desiccant system to control humidity in high moisture areas.... (more)
The market study -- “Fuel Cells for Portable Power: Markets, Manufacture and Cost” – was released at the 5th Annual Small Fuel Cells 2003 conference in New Orleans. The results are being presented by USFCC Technical Director Robert Wichert.... (more)
Most of the United States should have adequate supplies of electricity this summer, according to the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), which released its 2003 Summer Assessment...
WINDSOR, COLO.--Encorp, which develops and markets services, software and hardware technology solutions for the communication, control and networking of distributed energy, has achieved registration to the ISO 9001:2000 standard....
The installed capacity of wind generators in the United States is
expected to grow by about 25 percent in 2003, according to the
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The industry group expects
from 1,100 to 1,400 megawatts of new wind turbines to be installed
this year, a lower number than the 1,500 to 1,800 megawatts projected
by the association back in January. AWEA says financing difficulties
that are plaguing the entire electrical generating market are also
creating roadblocks for some wind energy projects.... (more)
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a new $5-million initiative to fund renewable
energy projects throughout the state. A DOE grant helped kick off the
new initiative, called "Pennsylvania Energy Harvest," which will
provide funds for wind installations, small-scale solar power systems,
and biomass projects. The initiative was unveiled at the Rocky Knoll
Farm, a 4,500-head hog farm that uses an anaerobic digester to
generate power from hog manure. The farm earns about $3,500 per month
from its manure-to-energy facility... (more)
St. Paul, Minnesota, is now drawing on wood waste to heat and cool
most of its downtown buildings while also generating electricity,
thanks to a new facility owned and operated by St. Paul Cogeneration,
LLC. The new combined heat and power (CHP) plant is projected to burn
280,000 tons of wood waste each year, feeding 25 megawatts (MW) of
power into the Minnesota power grid. (more)
ONSE announced that it has signed a contract with Pacific Coast Producers ("PCP") to install condensate return for steam in production areas and to add insulation to the rotary cookers and peeler caustic piping and caustic heat exchangers at PCP’s tomato processing facility in Woodland, California, northeast of Sacramento....... (more)
Onset Computer Corporation, the leader in reliable, battery-powered data loggers, introduces the HOBO® Pro Series, a family of weatherproof data loggers for measuring and recording indoor and outdoor climate data, which can later be analyzed on a PC. The HOBO Pro Series address the need among many HVAC contractors, facilities and energy managers, and maintenance technicians for a portable monitoring device that can withstand harsh indoor environments as well as condensing outdoor conditions....
HOUSTON, TX, – Wärtsilä North America, Inc., a subsidiary of Helsinki, Finland-based Wärtsilä Corp., announced today that it has been certified as a full participant in the U.S. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.... (more)
Random Lake, WI – How could Times Printing save enough electricity on a sustainable basis to be the environmental equivalent of saving 3,411 acres of trees, removing 2,633 cars from the road, or saving 1,690,218 gallons of gasoline over the life of the Orion fixtures??????
ATLANTA, /PRNewswire/ -- Although mold remains a critical indoor air quality (IAQ) issue, it is not the only pressing IAQ challenge facing building occupants, planners, designers, owners, facility managers, investors and medical professionals. Poor IAQ costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars each year. (more)
Baldor, a national motor and drives manufacturer, is currently offering a $1 per horsepower rebate for "NEMA premium motors" that are 20 horsepower and above through the end of 2003. (more)
Using Orion’s Illuminator, Cabela’s will Save 81 Million Kilowatt Hours....
PITTSBURGH, PA, – When natural gas prices rise, electricity prices usually follow. Many big-box retailers are deciding now is a good time to enter into a long-term agreement with a reliable electricity supplier across the nation, including Office Depot, the large office supply products retailer...... (more)
New Mexico electric utility PNM (www.pnm.com) announced that the Hilton of Santa Fe (www.hiltonofsantafe.com) is currently using a Capstone C30 microturbine to supplement the hotel's power needs and to heat the largest outdoor swimming pool in all of Santa Fe...... (more)
The company is rapidly expanding to keep up with demand for its Surveyor Network Energy Manager after an initial two years of building, testing, and proving the software with a select group of public-sector organizations. According to Sperry, "Changing the company's name to Verdiem represents a company-wide commitment -- from shareholders to employees -- to expand our customer base beyond public-sector organizations and to reach those large enterprise customers that are committed to improving their earnings through lower energy costs in their IT infrastructure."
Annual state-by-state rankings by the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration (EIA) show Kentucky with the lowest electric costs in the U.S. It is the second consecutive year that Kentucky has been found to have the lowest industrial average cost of electricity, as measured by revenue per kilowatthour. Kentucky's cost was 3.04 cents per kwh - about 40% below the national average of 5.04 cents. The second-lowest electric rates were in Wyoming, followed by Utah, Idaho and West Virginia....
Vancouver, Canada – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP;TSX:BLD) has named MGE UPS Systems ("MGE") as a worldwide (excluding Japan) distributor and authorized service provider for Ballard’s AirGen™ fuel cell generator....
Exelon Power announced that Unit 9 at Mystic Generating Station is on-line and available to provide clean electricity to the greater Boston area..... (more)
CHICAGO, IL, - The Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) announced today that they have reached an important and ground-breaking agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board(ARB) that will produce significant real-world improvements in air quality and engine technologies.... (more)
With today's cost of energy, just paying the electric bill for an average home can cause sticker shock. Imagine, then, how the operators of the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC)--a seven-city-block long, 2.6 million square-foot (ft2) state-of-the art complex--must feel. The perennially high cost of California energy is only one of the factors that drove the need to lower operational costs in this sprawling conglomeration of public exhibit halls, conference rooms, offices, underground parking areas, and more. The recently completed $216-million expansion project has also added significantly to the convention center"s electrical load.... (more)
ATLANTA, GA- A market survey conducted by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) produced a detailed list of proposals to ease U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources. The AEE, a non-profit organization, developed the proposals based on responses obtained from a survey of its more than 9000 members. Other survey topics include identification of market trends, income and salary data, and a comprehensive survey of electric, gas, and energy services programs.... (more)
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) introduced the GenCoreTM5T, the Company's new 5-kilowatt fuel cell system, designed to provide extended run back-up power specifically for the telecommunications industry in the demanding outside plant (OSP) market. GenCoreTM5T is Plug Power's first direct hydrogen product based on a proprietary, modular, scaleable, architected GenCore fuel cell platform. Future products from this platform, ranging from 2-12 kilowatts, will be marketed to the cable broadband and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) industries.... (more)
MGE UPS SYSTEMS' Facility Solutions Alliance (FSA), which supports mission-critical networks and facility operations with bundled power, environmental control and monitoring solutions, announced that Power Cabling, a leader in power distribution cable assemblies, has joined the FSA. Since its formation in 2001, the FSA continues to receive wide market acceptance, having posted millions of dollars in FSA partner product shipments during fiscal year 2002.... (more)
Company Shows History of Real, Working Solutions to Regional Energy Issues.....
New market provides additional value to renewable generators; encourages development of new, "green" energy sources...
$40 Million Long-term Contract Signed with PacifiCorp....... (more)
Renewable energy is now helping to provide a reliable flow of oil to
California, thanks to a new 500-kilowatt solar power installation at a
ChevronTexaco oil field near Bakersfield. United Solar Systems
Corporation (Uni-Solar) provided 4,800 amorphous-silicon solar panels
for the project, which covers six acres and helps to power oil-well
pumps and processing plants in ChevronTexaco's Midway-Sunset oil
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative Promotes Dairyland Power Partnership With ONYX Waste Services to Power 2,600 Homes With Renewable Energy....
WINDSOR, COLO.-Encorp today signed an agreement with an influential
group of Mexico City businessmen to provide power technology software and
equipment for an $80 million entertainment complex in the capital city.
When completed in early 2005, the complex will be among the largest in Latin
America supported by a combined-heat-and-power plant.
The agreement signals Encorp's foray into Latin America, a market
ripe for the services, software and hardware Encorp provides that allow
customers to reap financial savings and ensure clean, reliable energy from
In biogas news, a sewage treatment facility is supplying its own power from methane generated during the sewage treatment process..... (more)
Ohio Governor Bob Taft awarded a total of $20 million to two
educational institutions over the past week in support of fuel cell
research and development. An $18 million grant went to Case Western
Reserve University (CWRU) to establish the "Power Partnership for
Ohio," which will support the research, development, and
commercialization of fuel cells.... (more)
Spokane, Wash.: Avista Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA), has completed the installation of a 3kW fuel cell system for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The fuel cell will provide critical backup power for a radio transmitter receiver (RTR) site located at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash. An April 17, 2003 commissioning ceremony initiated a one-year, intensive field test of the fuel cell’s capabilities.....
Dramatic improvements in performance, as well as government incentives, have resulted in reduced costs that are quickly making renewable energy technologies competitive with traditional forms of electricity generation, according to a study released today by Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI).... (more)
CARLSBAD, Calif.,/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Onsite Energy Corporation ("Onsite") (OTC Bulletin Board: ONSE - News) announced today that it has signed contracts totaling approximately $575,000 with two cold storage and food processing facilities to implement projects that focus on energy cost reductions and electricity demand reductions and energy.... (more)
The new Pentadyne Voltage Support Solution TM flywheel power system provides a stable, reliable, low maintenance, extended-life DC voltage source to condition or completely replace batteries in UPS systems. As a battery conditioner, the Model VSS-120 minimizes the battery discharge “whiplash” effects commonly experienced with each use, thus improving battery reliability and preserving battery capacity for occasions that demand a longer back-up time. In addition, the VSS-120 can completely eliminate the need for UPS batteries in many applications by providing sufficient ride-through for an orderly system shutdown or until a standby engine-generator can come on-line.... (more)
Ziphany, LLC, a provider of energy monitoring/verification and internet communications systems, again demonstrated the ability to meet the strict reliability goals set for 1st and 2nd quarters of this fiscal year. Upon the recent completion of the six-month continuous improvement audits, it was determined that the reliability of the Ziphany system (hardware and software) provided 99.999% uptime for both website accessibility and for “missed reads” to the system. This figure excludes the scheduled downtime for Ziphany system maintenance....
President of Pacific Gas & Electric Visits Salinas to Award Rebate Check for Largest Solar Structure on Any U.S. Medical Facility.....
The group of eight leaders of large industrialized countries, known simply as the G8, recently set forth plans to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy development around the world. The G8 Summit, which brought together the leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, and France, resulted in a document that noted "the need ... (more)
Despite the recent downturn in the rate at which utilities offer non-commodity products and services, several offerings have real growth potential, according to Chartwell research. Residential customers continue to show interest in green power, surge protection and outdoor lighting, and although many utilities already offer these products, more are planning to launch them this year or considering launching them within two years. For large commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, utilities are adding green power, outage notification and power quality services....
The Massachusetts Technology Cooperative (MTC) launched in early June
a new $30 million project to encourage renewable energy projects
within the state. The project, called the Massachusetts Green Power
Partnership, will begin with a competition for $20 million in price
supports for renewable power projects, with the intent of helping such
projects obtain financing.... (more)
Santa Clara, CA – The Watt Stopper, Inc. announced that it has collaborated with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) and Marriott Hotels in the Western Region to develop an energy-saving occupancy sensor for hotel guest bathrooms. (more)
It’s been called the Oscar of government awards. The Innovations in American Government Award is granted to just five recipients each year, by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Today, Efficiency Vermont received the award, for its pioneering approach to energy efficiency services. Selected from a nationwide field of 1,200 nominees, Efficiency Vermont received recognition for its impact on Vermont’s environment, economy and on energy policies as the nation’s first statewide energy efficiency utility... (more)
Improving the efficiency of end-use energy technologies has been an essential driver of economic progress, environmental protection, and the strategic goals of electric utilities
and the nation for decades. But R&D in this vital area has diminished in recent years. Is the time right to revitalize collaborative research and development in energy efficiency? And how can investors benefit by participating? EPRI is exploring these issues with utilities, manufacturers, federal and state government agencies, and non-profit groups — the organizations that could create a coalition to rekindle
end-use technology R&D. R&D sponsors can expect to shape projects, gain a unique eye to the future, and influence regulations to encourage energy efficient electric technologies. Read the Full PDF Here...
The guide is part of the company’s broader application-specific Best Practices Program helping customers
receive lighting control solutions that are ideal for their facility type...
DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy Co. (NYSE:DTE) has begun deliveries of the ENI 75, a combined heat and power on-site energy system, rated at 75 kW. As an addition to the energy|now™ line, it can reduce energy costs while increasing energy independence and reliability for commercial and industrial customers... (more)
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, announced today that it has won a $16 million contract to modernize the Ataka Thermal Power Station in the Suez region of Egypt using its PlantWeb digital plant architecture....
Historic preservation and energy efficiency came together in the renovation of a bank building in Cleveland to transform it into a showcase housing the Cleveland Environmental Center...
Clean Air Partners, a leader in advanced emissions reduction technologies announced today that it has launched a strategic initiative to further penetrate global markets with its innovative emissions reduction solutions and services. Once known primarily for its advanced research and development and as a regional supplier of engine components, today Clean Air Partners’ fuel solutions are in use in over 1, 700 heavy-duty truck and power generation diesel engines operating around the world in various applications. Passing stringent emissions tests in California, the U.K., and Japan, Clean Air Partners’ patented Dual-Fuel™ technology is quickly becoming the preferred choice for reducing emissions as environmental agencies in the United States and abroad demand ever-stricter regulations... (more)
One process, performing three functions, can inform most O&M and investment decisions. The essence of asset management is obtaining the knowledge needed to optimize tradeoffs among financial performance, operational performance, and risk exposure... (more)
Coolidge, AZ, is a small town of 7,700 residents, but it completed a big lighting retrofit that will save energy dollars...
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) Board of Governors today approved a revised comprehensive market design that will make the ISO wholesale energy markets more efficient, more reliable and less vulnerable to gaming and manipulation.
DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy Co. (NYSE:DTE) will remotely monitor and control Plug Power fuel cell systems via the company’s proprietary energy|now System Operations Center™ (SOC)... (more)
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA), in conjunction with program partners INNCOM International, Inc. and the Environmental Protection Agency, received $393,750 in funding from the California Energy Commission to implement CH&LA's Energy Savings Program to assist the California lodging industry with energy conservation. The funding allows CH&LA to offer their member properties the opportunity to participate in a twelve month program valued at $6,000 for only a one-time $795 fee to participating properties....
Tucked away behind the Idaho state capitol building in Boise is a small shed with a well and other equipment. It is a heat source for the building, drawing on heat rising through the geologic layers below.
The Idaho state capitol actually has been heated by geothermal energy for about 100 years, says Karl Gawell, executive director of the Geothermal Energy Association...
Santa Clara, CA ? June 2003 ? The Watt Stopper, Inc. announces the
publication of Lighting Controls for Hotels, a quick guide to lighting
control for hotels and hospitality facilities. The 12-page publication
suggests control solutions for common facility spaces such as guest and
meeting rooms, service areas, and public access spaces...
After initial setbacks during its installation, a wave energy power plant is now generating power for a local electrical grid in Denmark.... (more)
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham remains concerned about natural gas supplies in the United States, and he expressed those concerns at the recent Natural Gas Summit, held in Washington, D.C..... (more)
Columbia and Sauk counties are home to two cutting-edge initiatives to generate power
without trashing the planet.... (more)
ENSR International, a worldwide environmental consulting firm with offices across California, has been approved by the California Energy Commission as a Certifier for the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR). CCAR certification qualifies ENSR to assist companies that are working aggressively to improve energy efficiency, reduce GHG emissions and lessen potential contributions to global warming. With certification, ENSR will audit and approve calculated Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions of companies with facilities in California... (more)
Every organization makes decisions that affect the environment. From everyday purchases to long-range planning decisions, these choices can build an organization’s reputation as an environmental leader. When the choice involves energy efficiency, the environmental option can also be the best financial decision. EPA’s ENERGY STAR offers a suite of Internet-based training sessions at no cost that show how to incorporate energy efficiency into an organization’s planning process. (more)
Combines Innovative Technologies to Create Energy Efficiency and Customer Comfort
McKenzie Bay International Ltd. (OTC: MKBY.PK) today announced its DERMOND, INC subsidiary has begun marketing its first two commercial products: WindStorsm,, a renewable electricity generation and storage system, and the DERMOND Wind Turbine "DWT" for building rooftop and off-grid, remote access, markets... (more)
Judging by the numbers and types of indoor air quality (IAQ) related bills passed during this year's state legislative sessions, indoor mold still reigns as the IAQ issue of most concern to U.S. state legislators; in particular regulating the licensing of people involved in mold assessment and remediation. Bills that targeted school IAQ did not fare as well, however... (more)
U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels increased
by 1.3 percent in 2002, according to preliminary estimates by DOE's
Energy Information Administration (EIA)... (more)
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that the deadline for participating in LIPA’s summer 2003 “Keep Cool” room air conditioner bounty program has been extended from June 15th, 2003 to July 31, 2003...
Adjustable Speed Drives can be money well spent
The National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) has recognized Johnson Controls, Inc.(JCI), a global leader in facility management and controls, as an Energy Service Provider (ESP). Johnson Controls is one of only 10 companies to earn NAESCO's highest accreditation level... (more)
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham called on Americans to conserve energy in their homes and businesses to help ease pressure on the nation’s supply of natural gas while on a Smart Energy Campaign Tour stop at the South Philadelphia Home Depot today...
It seems odd that a defining moment of the century should occur in the first year. But when history recalls the 21st century, 9/11/01 will clearly be the first among the significant dates. Since then, homeland security has become part of our everyday vocabulary. Homeland security is also a huge market opportunity for automation technology....
Zilka Renewable Energy, LLC proposed a new 165-megawatt wind power
plant for Washington State last week, while the New York Power
Authority (NYPA) is negotiating to bring as much as 151 megawatts of
wind power to upstate New York...
Strategic Energy, already supplying competitive electricity in seven other deregulated states, is introducing its services and expertise to New Jersey customers. The company sees a need for its expertise, because on August 1, 2003, the largest customers in the state will be switched from fixed pricing to hourly market-based rates. As a result, these 1,700 customers grouped under Commercial and Industrial Energy Pricing (CIEP) will face price volatility they never experienced as fixed-price customers...
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a research consortium
for the energy industry, announced two advancements last week that
will make it easier for homeowners and businesses to connect power
sources to their local electrical power grid. EPRI licensed GenerLink,
an interconnection device for portable generators, to Global Power
Products of Georgia... (more)
Leading Edge Telemetry, LLC, developer
and manufacturer of equipment to remotely monitor and control electrical
assets, and Strategic Technology Innovations, Inc., (Reading, PA) a
technology solutions provider, today announced that they have teamed to
develop next generation enterprise and stand-alone telemetry applications...
Headwaters Incorporated has announced formation of a fuel cell technology development and commercialization joint venture with the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics ("DICP") of the Peoples Republic of China...
A major expansion to a leading convention facility meant facing a major investment in new chiller plant infrastructure. However, a creative commercial and technical approach, outsourced district cooling (DC) service using chilled water TES, provided the necessary capacity - with added economy, performance, and 15 MW of demand-side management - for the convention center and other chilled water customers. The use of TES saved the DC developer over $5 million in net capital cost and over $500,000/year in energy costs... (more)
The "largest solar electric system at any university in the world"-and one of the largest solar energy systems in the nation, according to PowerLight Corp. president Dan Shugar-will be installed at California State University, Hayward, (CSUH) this summer... (more)
The McKnight Foundation, a private philanthropic organization,
announced in late June that it will devote $8.1 million over the next
three years to promote renewable energy development in seven Upper
Midwest states: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and
North and South Dakota.... (more)
Trees can significantly cool urban areas that generate heat and clean the air by absorbing pollution, according to two studies sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The studies examined so-called "urban heat islands" surrounding the cities of Newark and Camden and explored various measures to mitigate their adverse effects...
U.S. industries that use steam systems can easily lessen the impact of the natural gas shortage and escalating prices with simple, low-cost measures that will cut their energy use by at least 10 percent. Even better, virtually all of the efficiency gain comes from techniques with a financial payback of two years or less. Each year, U.S. industry consumes approximately 17.9 quadrillion Btu (quads) of fuel, including 4.03 quads of natural gas for powerhouses that generate steam and electricity...
Chisholm Middle School in Chisholm,
Minnesota has installed The Watt Stopper's LightSaver dimming controls as
the centerpiece of its campus-wide energy efficiency program. In addition
to daylighting controls in classrooms throughout its 26,000 sq. ft. campus,
the school employs occupancy sensors for automatic lighting shut-off...
A collaborative that aims to coordinate state and federal energy
research and projects is offering $2.6 million for energy efficiency
projects proposed by qualified state entities.... (more)
More than 10 billion square feet of this country's commercial and industrial buildings are non-owner-occupied. In general, these income-producing properties are less energy-efficient than owner-occupied facilities. Successfully motivating this sector to be more efficient could save tremendous amounts of energy and have a profound impact on the markets for energy-related products and services....
While calling for Americans to save energy, Secretary of Energy
Spencer Abraham has also called for a second natural gas summit, this
time focusing on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Global
Liquefied Natural Gas Summit, to be held in the United States later
this year, will explore global natural gas resources, proposed
LNG supply projects, and export and import terminals...
Industrial Consumers say "The Good News Is…The Natural Gas Inventory Has Increased; The Bad News Is…It Increased Because Of Destruction Of Manufacturing Demand!”
Save electricity this summer and help stash away natural gas for the winter, urges the California Energy Commission.
"Power plants consume nearly 40 percent of natural gas used in California," says Energy Commissioner James D. Boyd. "By using electricity efficiently this summer, Californians will have more natural gas available for the coming winter's heating season." Boyd stressed that consuming more natural gas as power plant fuel in the summer means having less gas available in the winter, which could mean higher prices for consumers...
A method to rate the energy efficiency of building designs that exceed the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2001 has been proposed in an addendum by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)... (more)
Itron, has announced that it has executed an agreement to acquire Schlumberger's Electricity Metering business ("SEM") for a purchase price of $255 million. The acquisition combines industry leaders in automatic meter reading technology ("AMR") and electricity metering and expands Itron's business into the North American and international electricity metering markets. Itron's acquisition of SEM is expected to close in the third or fourth quarter of 2003, as soon as Hart-Scott-Rodino approval is obtained and other customary closing conditions have been satisfied. Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. acted as financial advisor to Itron and is providing committed financing for the acquisition...
GE Oil & Gas has shipped a 56-megawatt steam turbine-generator for use in a waste-to-energy (WTE) project located at the municipal waste incineration plant of Bilbao, Spain. The WTE project consists of a combined-cycle system which includes the GE steam turbine and a GE LM6000PD gas turbine, plus an incinerator... (more)
California Power Plant Spending Could Reach $14 Billion in Generating Unit Construction Through 2008, According to Industrialinfo.com.....
Australian telecommunications operator Telstra chose GE Network Solutions' Smallworld Network Inventory™ portfolio of products for its upgraded network planning and engineering system. In a multi-million dollar contract, Telstra will upgrade its incumbent Cable Plant Records (CPR) system to use the Physical Network Inventory™ product as a platform to plan, design, construct and manage its wireline network...
LADWP To Install New Solar Power Systems At Five City Facilities; Agreement Between LADWP And City Will Result In Clean Solar Energy To Help Power Library Buildings....
U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham traveled to Atlanta on July 18th for DOE's first regional natural gas forum, held at Atlanta's Southface Energy Institute. The forum brought together representatives from consumer groups, industry and government for an open discussion on short-term solutions to the natural gas problem...
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham today announced the release of two solicitations for research and development in hydrogen production, delivery and storage technologies. These solicitations will provide funding of up to $200 million over four to five years to support the President’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. These solicitations allow our universities and national labs to work with industry to solve the problems of hydrogen production, delivery, and storage,” Secretary Abraham said. “We must solve the infrastructure challenges to develop a hydrogen-based delivery, storage, and refueling infrastructure like the petroleum-based one we have today....
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recognizing
Encorp technologies that facilitate the efficient production of clean
on-site power and thermal energy, has added Encorp to its innovative
Combined Heat and Power Partnership...
FuelCell Energy announced today that its one megawatt Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant, the DFC1500, has been certified to meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) products safety standards for stationary fuel cell systems, ANSI Z21.83, making it the largest power plant to be certified under this standard. This certification will significantly reduce the time and cost for installation of the Company's DFC products and enhances the product's eligibility for incentive funding throughout the U.S....
In order to accommodate an expanding business, the Houston office will be relocating to the North side of Houston, close to the Intercontinental Airport. The new office has over 14,000 square feet of sales and sales support space for Wärtsilä’s three Power Divisions: Marine, Power and Service. Centralized functions such as management and accounting will also be represented in the new space. The new facilities include an additional 69,000 square feet of warehouse space for spare parts and reconditioning work, to service all three divisions’ products. The service area will focus especially on serving Marine Division’s two-stroke engine business, as it is located so close to the Houston port - the largest ship entry port in the western hemisphere. The office will accommodate 50 employees. (more)
A "Zero Energy Home" in Livermore
California is demonstrating several innovative energy efficient features,
including occupancy sensors from The Watt Stopper that ensure occupants
receive hot water on demand....
Photochemical Process in Lab Removes Mercury from Flue Gas
Caterpillar Inc. and Eaton Corporation has announced a joint venture to provide a total systems approach to integrated, reliable electric power solutions for customer needs. The joint venture combines the global resources and expertise of Caterpillar, the Caterpillar dealer network, and Eaton's Cutler-Hammer Group. Eaton will own 51% of the joint venture, with Caterpillar owning the remaining 49%...
The rate at which ozone is being destroyed in the upper stratosphere is slowing, and the levels of ozone-destroying chlorine in that layer of the atmosphere have peaked and are going down -- the first clear evidence that a worldwide reduction in chlorofluorocarbon pollution is having the desired effect, according to a new study...
Capstone International Corporation (OTC/BB: CILC-CITC) ("Capstone") today announced that in furtherance of its power generation and utilities industry business development plan, Capstone has signed a definitive agreement with Alvin Snaper, one of the World's premier inventors, and a leader in the International market for green energy power conservation and reduced electricity costs. Mr. Snaper will Chair the CITC Advisory Board and lead the Capstones GREEN ENERGY POWER GENERATION program.... (more)
Electric City has announced that it has entered into agreements with several Chicago suburbs regarding their participation in the Company's development of a $25 million, 50-Megawatt Power Curtailment system for Commonwealth Edison ("ComEd"), a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. A sampling of those suburbs includes Leyden Township, Franklin Park and River Grove...
Conservation was the recurrent theme at the National Petroleum Council's (NPC) June 25 Natural Gas Summit, attended by industry executives, government officials, and consumer advocates... (more)
Power Engineering reported that New York State's Public Service Commission (PSC) has ordered the state's major natural gas utilities to file special delivery rates for nonresidential customers who operate their own gas-fired distributed generation units... (more)
Atlanta-based indoor air quality company, Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS), now offers a new analysis to test for Stachybotrys chartarum, often referred to as toxic mold, in a fungal sample. AQS is now proposing the use of Stachybotrys Selective Agar (SSA) to better detect the presence of this toxic mold in samples taken by building investigators... (more)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) set new standards for
connecting electrical generators to the power grid in late July.
Although the new standards apply to generators larger than
20 megawatts in capacity, FERC also proposed expedited grid-connection
procedures for smaller generators, which would include small- to
medium-sized wind projects, solar power systems, microturbines, fuel
cells, and other small generators... (more)
Thermal Energy International Inc. has announced the signing of a substantial engineering contract under the recent cooperation agreement with Johnson Controls LP.
Comverge, Inc., announced today the planned
upgrade of approximately 6,400 Maingate® C&I digital cellular Automated Meter Reading (AMR) gateways to next generation CDMA 1xRTT technology for PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL). The system provides metering data for some of PPL Electric Utilities’ largest Commercial & Industrial (C&I) customers, who receive electric
service at 480 volts or higher. Comverge’s innovative packet-based PowerCAMP™ Metering software seamlessly enables the upgrade to replace existing wireless technology with state-of-the-
art CDMA 1xRTT digital cellular technology, for real-time C&I AMR. (more)
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has partnered with RealWinWin, Inc., a Philadelphia-based energy-efficiency consulting practice whose team helped the EPA develop and implement Energy Star for Commercial Real Estate, to offer three programs that help building owners and managers create value with energy efficiency. Rebate Administration™, NOI Builder, and Building Triage are designed to help building owners and managers assess their energy efficiencies and determine appropriate strategies for maximizing them...
The Northeast BLACKOUT Highlights the Need for a National Energy Plan - AEE's recently published statement urging passage of a viable National Energy Plan is available free of charge (PDF format) by clicking on headline link or going to www.aeecenter.org. Sample report excerpt below:
....The current domestic energy situation and our increasing dependence on foreign oil makes the United States more vulnerable, economically and from a national security perspective, than at any time in our history. A National Energy Plan is required that recognizes the urgent need for both Energy Efficiency and Supply Strategies.
The objective of the National Energy Plan is to reduce dependence on foreign oil, minimize future oil price shocks, and foster a reliable power generation and transmission system....
IBM, Media Fusion, EMC, LTX, National Semiconductor, Network Appliance and Texas Instruments Join HyperTransport Technology Consortium...
Promotes Smart Energy Use at St. Paul Forum
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $17,390,442 for 187 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in 48 states, the District of Columbia and one territory. Funding is being provided through DOE’s State Energy Program Special Projects competitive grants...
The Regional Transportation Center (RTC), the world's first, most advanced and most comprehensive showcase of alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them, has opened in San Diego at 4001 El Cajon Blvd., at the intersection of El Cajon Blvd. and the I-15, according to Mike Lewis, general manager of the RTC... (more)
Our nation must take a closer, more serious look, at distributed-generation
systems. Our reliance on a vulnerable national power grid and remote power
utility stations can, and has, failed us... (more)
Parts of the Northeast, the Midwest and Canada went black yesterday and left an estimated 50 million people without power. While the exact cause is unknown, many believe the issues that created the problem have been crystal clear: The transmission capacity has been insufficient to support the increased demand while the infrastructure that carries the electrons is outdated...
Vermont-based analyst Jack Bryar, suggested that a massive failure in the East Coast power grid had been widely predicted, and that technology to prevent it, or at least minimize it, has been available for some time...
Clean Air Partners, a leader in advanced emissions reduction technologies, today announced it will provide a power module equipped with the company's low emission Dual-Fuel(tm) technology to Columbus Circle Power Systems LLC for the US Open Tennis Tournament being held August 25 through September 7 in Flushing Meadows, NY. The Dual-Fuel power module will power the US Open's communications systems during the two-week tennis match, which is the highest attended sporting event in the world and televised to 165 countries with over a 100 million viewers...
The Chiller System Optimization and Energy Efficiency Workshop will provide technical information and opportunities to achieve energy savings in process and space cooling applications. Major technology vendors will provide state of the art technology solutions for chilling applications and utilities and service programs will help you implement improvements....
In the wake of the largest power outage in North American history, DTE Energy Technologies customers kept their power on and businesses running thanks to their energy|nowTM on-site energy systems.
One such customer was the Botsford Health System Kidney Center in Detroit. The center had installed a 75-kilowatt (kW) energy|now on-site energy system that worked throughout the outage. Despite the fact the center had no water service, it did remain open the day after the outage for critical assessments and again the next day for patients.... (more)
ICF Consulting released an issue paper titled "Cascading Blackout: Why Wasn't the Power Outage Contained?" This paper outlines the competitive pressures on existing transmission grid operations. The sometimes conflicting goals of providing reliability, moderating power prices, deferring transmission investments, and avoiding the economic liabilities associated with third-party power transactions can cause transmission operators to take greater risks with the grid than they have in the past... (more)
Cinergy Solutions Corp, Vestar, Inc. Help Two Businesses Stay Isolated; Remain Unaffected
Two companies have realized the value of cogeneration during the recent blackout that crippled the nation’s northeast last week. Cinergy Solutions' Ashtabula Station, which serves customers in northeast Ohio, and Kodak Park in Rochester, N.Y., remained isolated from the faulty power grid and continued to sell electricity without interruption. Cinergy Solutions was able to quickly notify the Ashtabula plant that in turn began operating in island mode, allowing Millennium Chemical to bring its plant down in a controlled and safe manner, avoiding damage to its system. On the East Coast, Cinergy Solutions' operations facility at Kodak Park in Rochester, N.Y., also continued to supply power without interruption due to the emerging trend known as cogeneration.... (more)
On Thursday, August 14, a massive power outage overtook several major population centers throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada. An estimated 50 million people were left in the dark...
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is pleased to offer Energy Service Companies (ESCO’s) who are actively participating in Advance Transformer’s E.D.G.E program to utilize their points to purchase a variety of AEE reference books, seminars, in-house training, Certification, as well as trade show participation and marketing programs (i.e. mail list rentals). (more)
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) Service division, Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) and Badger Meter, Inc. (AMEX: BMI) today announced that they will provide the City of Augusta, Georgia, with a comprehensive water meter upgrade solution. Honeywell is the primary contractor for the project, which will install 7,000 Badger water meters equipped with Itron wireless technology. The automatic meter reading (AMR) solution will increase measurement accuracy for the city's progressive utility service. The 10-month project began in July 2003.
Honeywell's services for the project include installation management and ongoing system maintenance. Honeywell also devised the self-funding financing model for the upgrade...
Electrical Power Quality changes hourly, these changes affect nearly every system’s reliability in your facility and the bottom line of your business.
While most are concerned about “the other” electrical service issue, Power Reliability (e.g. power outage), the occurrence of such an event is infrequent as compared to Power Quality changes. An outage does have an extended negative effect on your bottom line however, one that is beyond the loss of productivity during the period of the outage. This extended negative effect has to do with the damage to computer, network, building automation, process control and many other systems. This type of damage can be immediate but often is not; it appears in the hours and days after a power outage event but can be prevented... (more)
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Houston Airport System (HAS) invites the submission of proposals from interested and qualified parties for the privatization of the operation and maintenance of the Central Plant and related facilities at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas. The goals and objectives for this procurement are provided in the Request For Proposals (RFP) document.
Interested parties may obtain copies of the RFP by contacting...
Although the easing of the power crisis in California and other changing marketplace dynamics have dissipated some of the hype surrounding distributed generation (DG), a growing number of energy users can reap the benefits of this point-of-use power approach to significantly cut costs and gain much greater reliability.... (more)
Power Systems announced today that it will engineer,
build, and operate a custom-designed, utility connected
energy generation, storage and distribution
network within the area known as Mad River
Park in Waitsfield,Vermont. This first-of-its-kind
MicroGrid® power network will operate in parallel
with the bulk utility generation and distribution system
and will provide dramatically increased power
quality and reliability to residences and businesses
(including Northern's newly constructed headquarters
facility) located in the park.
MicroGrid is a natural evolution of Northern's ongoing
work in on-site power systems that incorporate
combined heat and power (CHP) and deliver critical
load support for individual customers. MicroGrid
power networks represent a practical new strategy
to ensure continuous power, providing security and
protection regardless of utility outages and other
electrical grid anomalies. As a fundamental power
architecture, MicroGrid power networks have wide
application at many levels in the energy market, from
commercial and industrial complexes and residential
developments, to universities and medical campuses,
and even substation scale systems....
Root Enterprises processes 150,000 credit transactions daily. Its banking customers are dependent on a continual flow of information. That's why the Four Corners, Mont.-based company implemented distributed generation technologies that provide power to its 155,000 square foot facility that is independent of the local power company. The total value of its fuel cell project is $3.8 million, with $1.4 million provided in the form of a grant from U.S. Department of Energy.....
The Institute of Environmental
Sciences and Technology (IEST) has issued Contamination Control Recommended
Practice IEST-RP-CC003.3, Garment System Considerations for Cleanrooms and
Other Controlled Environments. The product of a far-reaching effort by
Working Group CC003, the new document represents a substantive revision of
IEST-RP-CC003.2, which since its release 10 years ago has been the only
globally accepted document dealing with cleanroom garments in a generic
New York Governor George E. Pataki announced the award of $14.5 million to support 36 distributed generation and combined heat
and power (CHP) projects. The New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority (NYSERDA) selected the projects, which total
$90.5 million in investments when all funding sources are included...
Advance Transformer Company announces that it has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rebuild America program as a Business Partner. In this role, Advance will join 100+ select companies in supporting state and community partnerships and in helping to drive the training and educational efforts that will improve energy efficiency throughout the nation’s buildings and communities... (more)
Nine new projects to develop energy-saving inventions and ideas will
receive a total of more than $1.5 million in funds from DOE's
Inventions and Innovation Program. The program announced the
selections last week following a competitive solicitation that had
yielded 252 proposals... (more)
A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
(ACEEE) and Energy and Environmental Analysis, Inc. finds that
aggressive programs to encourage energy efficiency and renewable
energy could reduce the demand for natural gas enough to cause a 10 to
20 percent drop in wholesale natural gas prices... (more)
Southern California Edison (SCE) drew on renewable energy resources
for 23 percent of its power in June and 22 percent of its power in
May, achieving the state's 20-percent renewable energy requirement
14 years early.... (more)
The proceedings of the Innovative Energy Systems Workshop held in Honolulu,
Hawaii from March 19-21, 2003 are now available....
As of August 14th, 2003, Americans with short memories or no memory at all about previous blackouts received a vivid illustration of the potential damage caused by electrical outages. While the headlines screamed “third-world electrical infrastructure” and “$100 billion needed to up-date U.S. electrical grid,” the United States Congress is now preparing to debate a national energy policy, including the various proposed solutions for the U.S. electrical grid...
The Blackout of 2003 that affected 50 million Americans did not affect energy|now customers Whitsons and The American Physical Society, two Long Island-based organizations that had on-site energy systems powering their facilities even after the lights went out across the region.... (more)
The Neshaminy School District, located in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County, serves students from six boroughs and townships. The county has a rich history – once home to the Lenape Indians and part of William Penn’s colony – and a rural character defined by small, residential communities. As the region transitions to the 21st century, the area is balancing its rural character with advances in technology and increased energy requirements.
Active Power, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACPW), a leading manufacturer of battery-free power quality products, announces two important milestones: the initial order of the international version of its new high power Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), a 1000 kVA unit; and the shipment of its first 1200 kVA system. The flywheel-based UPS 1000, which will ensure quality power is delivered to critical medical equipment, will be delivered to a hospital in Belgium later this year. The 1200 kVA unit shipped to a customer in Illinois, and will be used to protect data center operations. Both systems were sold in conjunction with Active Power’s strategic partner, Caterpillar®.... (more)
DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy Co. (NYSE:DTE), will utilize its proprietary energy|now System Operations CenterTM (SOC) to participate in a project recently funded by the U.S. Department of Energy..... (more)
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Automation and
Control Solutions (ACS) Service, Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) and Badger Meter,
Inc. (AMEX: BMI) today announced that they will provide the City of Akron,
Ohio, with a comprehensive water meter upgrade solution. The installation
will begin in October 2003 and is expected to be complete within two years...
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) along with a "who's who" line-up of sponsors and presenters have teamed up to create one of the most respected programs in the industry. The latest conference program with 11 targeted tracks and 200 speakers covers a cross-section of energy efficiency, facilities management, power, and operational issues. the program may be view at:
When the Radisson Inn franchise here was searching for ways to lower its energy costs, it turned to DTE Energy Technologies.
The current state of energy in the U.S., especially after the California Energy Crisis and the Blackout of 2003, is undergoing a paradigm shift. There was a time when the major power for change in the electricity industry resided with the utilities, the federal government and individual state public service commissions, the environmental component of each decision made by those parties was either ignored in earlier times, or lately, was debated by the warring factions. On one side was the utility including the business community and on the other side was government and the various environmental groups....
Advance Transformer Company announces the availability of a new Mark 7Ô 0-10V Electronic Dimming Ballast that supports 8 different compact fluorescent lamp/ballast combinations including 13-Watt and 18-Watt applications. Packaged in an even lower-profile housing than previous models and dimmable down to a new low of 3%, the versatile ballast also fully supports sustainable design as measured by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating SystemÔ performance standards.... (more)
McKenzie Bay International, Ltd. (MKBY:OTC.PK) reports that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Corporate Funding, Inc located in Grand Rapids, Michigan to finance McKenzie Bay’s leases of WindStor Renewable Energy Generation and Management Systems. Corporate Funding will evaluate each financing request on a standalone basis and all transactions will be subject to credit underwriting and review with mutually satisfactory documentation at closing... (more)
Westinghouse Lighting Corporation announces the finalization of a contract with PolyBrite International, a Goeken Group Company, providing for joint distribution, marketing, and development of LED lighting technologies for general illumination...
DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy Co. (NYSE:DTE) will install standby power systems to more than 50 new condominiums built by Windmill Homes LLC of Michigan... (more)
During Italy's nationwide blackout last Sunday, a 60-kW Capstone MicroTurbine kept an "auto-grill" restaurant on a major thoroughfare in Verona up and running... (more)
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of World Energy Investment Outlook, due for release on 4 November 2003. This follow-up to the highly acclaimed World Energy Outlook 2002 is, to our knowledge, the first major attempt to take a detailed look at the global energy investment challenge over the next 30 years... (more)
The Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) today announced an awards program for the best demand response programs offered in the past year. Nominations must be submitted by November 30, 2003. The award winners will be announced by January 31, 2004....
MGE UPS SYSTEMS INC. the technology
leader in providing unsurpassed power protection solutions to computer data
centers, telecommunications and industrial operations, and Ballard Power
Systems, the world leader in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell
technology celebrated the official launch of field trials for MGE's
Evolution Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) powered by Ballard's Nexa® RM
Series fuel cell modules... (more)
The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 13 projects to make America’s commercial and residential buildings more energy efficient. DOE’s investment of $20.4 million will be combined with over $10 million being contributed by industry partners... (more)
ALSTOM’s T&D Sector, a leading supplier of energy and information technology and solutions, has launched a new version of its communications software to prevent unauthorized intrusions into communications between utility control centers. The software, called E-terracomm v2.3, is designed to reinforce grid security by supporting secure ICCP-TASE.2 (Inter-control Center Communications Protocol), an internationally accepted standard for the exchange of real-time data between utility control centers... (more)
The EUR 415.1 million European electricity meters market is in the midst of a dramatic, structural transformation. Electronic meters are poised to expand their share of overall market revenues from current estimates of 57 percent to 76 percent by 2010, further marginalising the established electromechanical meters segment. Applications in the high volume residential sector, the traditional preserve of electromechanical meters, will constitute a key battleground where electronic meters are ultimately expected to prevail...
We received a wake-up call Aug. 14, but many people have not paid heed to it. The massive blackout that spread through the U.S. Northeast, Midwest and Ontario has yet to trigger an appropriate degree of discussion on the value of energy efficiency. In response to that plunge into the dark, there has been discussion and argument over building new transmission lines and power grid modernization. Certainly this deserves attention and should contribute to the shaping of federal energy legislation and... (more)
DOE announced last week its award of $20.4 million to 13 projects that
will advance energy efficiency in buildings. Industry partners will
contribute more than $10 million to the projects, bringing the total
investment to more than $30 million. The three-year projects will aim
to develop advanced technologies for lighting systems, windows, water
heaters, and air conditioning systems...
Thought you may be interested in this great new installation of four Capstone C60 microturbines supplying clean, economic power and heat (daily and standby) at a Kaiser-Permanente medical office building in Sacramento, CA.... (more)
The first major wind power plant in Oklahoma went online bringing 102 megawatts of wind power to the state... (more)
A new technology known as an Oil Acid & Moisture-Purger for existing chiller applications can save 4.3 Billion Dollars per year in North America. There are an estimated 180,000 Low Pressure Centrifugal, High Pressure Centrifugal and High Pressure Screw Chillers located throughout North America. The patent pending OAM-Purger can save approximately $24,000 per year per Chiller. Multiplying the conservative estimate of $24,000 per year times the estimated 180,000 applicable chillers and the result is obvious. If every existing Chiller in North America had an OAM-Purger installed, the energy savings to North America as a whole would be a phenomenal 4.3 billion dollars per year... (more)
A team of researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada
announced Monday that they have discovered a new method of generating
electricity. The researchers forced water through a filter made of
porous glass, causing an electrical charge to build up on the filter
via the electrokinetic effect -- the physical separation of charges
within a liquid, such as water, due to its interaction with a solid
surface, such as glass.... (more)
Project Saves 3.55 Million Kilowatts (kWh), Equivalent to Planting 651 Acres of Trees
What could SKF Precision Technologies do that would be the equivalent of planting 651 acres of trees, removing 502 cars from the road, or saving 322,504 gallons of gasoline?
The answer is remarkably straightforward: Install the award-winning, environmentally friendly lighting fixtures called The Illuminator from Orion Energy Systems of Plymouth, Wisconsin....
New Agreement Provides Canadian Hotel and Lodging Markets Rapid Access and
Support for Cost Saving Wireless Technology..... (more)
1st Impression Communications, promoter of premier energy industry reports, launches EnergyPromotion.net. This new site provides energy industry professionals with information about unique reports in the energy industry...
Won Award for Saving over 4.2 Million Kilowatt Hours
The new digital Zero Voltage Closing (ZVC) control is now available from Joslyn Hi-Voltage of Cleveland, Ohio.
The U.S. Department of Energy today honored employees from federal agencies for creating efficiency improvements and saving energy at federal facilities around the country as well as in Europe and Japan. The 2003 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize 37 individuals and organizations. The efforts of the honorees resulted in the federal government saving more than $62 million in energy costs in one year...
Southern California Hotels First to Implement New Lower Cost, Higher Efficiency Energy System
Customers will benefit from combined expertise and specialization
MGE UPS SYSTEMS INC. the technology
leader in providing unsurpassed power protection solutions to computer data
centers, telecommunications and industrial operations, and Opdex, a global
software company that helps corporations optimize existing technology
investments, have joined forces to offer Opdex Powersafe(tm), an
enterprise-class power management solution. Powersafe enables users to
increase the availability and uptime of mission-critical systems by
providing pro-active management capabilities for all uninterruptible power
supplies (UPSs) throughout the enterprise directly from their existing CA
Unicenter or HP OpenView consoles or in stand-alone mode...
Lighting controls from The Watt Stopper
contributed to the recent "Gold" LEED rating achieved by The Capitol East
End Complex (CAEEC) in Sacramento, California. The complex, which features
numerous energy efficient building technologies, is the largest "Gold"
rated LEED project in the nation to date...
Active Power (NASDAQ:ACPW), a leading
developer of battery-free power quality products, has responded to growing
market requirements for continuous power solutions by enhancing their
popular CleanSource DC line of battery-free energy storage systems to
include expanded power levels and incorporate several changes in the
evolving product line. Based on Active Power's proven flywheel technology,
the new models provide tightly regulated, adjustable DC voltage to replace or augment batteries configured with uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
systems backing up critical applications in the 100kW to 2000kW power
In an effort to offer maximum flexibility to the HID fixture manufacturing community, Advance announces its introduction of an innovative new line of compact ballasts for high-wattage metal halide applications... (more)
New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), the principal subsidiary of New Jersey Resources (NYSE:NJR announced two initiatives to support the state's clean energy goals. NJNG has installed a photovoltaic (PV) cell system at its William L. Maude Service Center in Wall, New Jersey that will use solar energy to produce approximately 9 percent of the facility's electricity. NJNG also will be the first energy utility in the state to implement a new option allowing customers to make voluntary contributions to the New Jersey Clean Energy Program through their bill... (more)
GEA Consulting has joined the U.S. Green Building Council, one of the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work....
Continuing its tradition of developing facilities to demonstrate products, services and new technology, the Alliance of American Light-Design Electric – Facility Solutions Group (FSG) -- recently unveiled a new state-of-the-art lighting showroom – the first of its kind in the Southwest.
The 9,000 square-foot showroom facility, with an adjacent 21,000 square-foot warehouse, will serve as a dedicated demonstration space for new technology, incorporating a 60-seat conference area. An innovative design center, complete with two Internet-facilitated work stations, a complete catalog of the nation’s leading manufacturers and a lighting library invites interior designers, lighting designers, architects and their customers.... (more)
The Watt Stopper's new energy code initiative, offers a wide range of resources for professionals looking to comply with energy code lighting controls provisions, such as ASHRAE 90.1 1999 and California's Title 24.
The initiative includes an energy code web site,
www.wattstopper.com/codesmart.html, featuring downloadable publications, code-compliant applications, and the latest information on code adoptions. (more)
DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE), signed a $5.4 million contract with NextEnergy to develop, construct, operate and maintain a state-of-the-art Microgrid in the Power Pavilion on the NextEnergy site in Detroit... (more)
McQuay Digital Ready controls give building owners flexibility in choosing their temperature controls contractor, and allow contractors to easily integrate their programmable unit controllers with McQuay Vision air handlers. Digital Ready controls include end devices such as sensors, limit switches and actuators that are optimally located, factory mounted and factory wired to a junction box located on the outside of each unit section... (more)
Energy Efficient Project Will Save Racine County Company 6.6 Million Kilowatt Hours
A metal recycler in Phoenix, AZ, is installing an S&C Electric Company PureWave AVC Adaptive VAR Compensator to eliminate voltage flicker resulting from the very large current surges caused by their car shredding operation. The recycler plans to add a new 6,000-HP shredder to their operation and has been working with the local utility to solve the voltage flicker problem and reduce the possibility of power factor penalties. The utility approved S&C's AVC to provide the necessary reactive power compensation...
Consistently closing blinds, changing lights and lowering thermostats have saved Terrebonne Parish schools even more than promised, says the contractor hired to cut energy costs...
DOE recently issued its fiscal year 2004 solicitation for its Small
Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology
Transfer (SBTT) programs... (more)
Santa Monica may now be home to one of the "greenest" buildings in the
nation with the opening last week of the new Southern California
office of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)... (more)
Itron reported that MidAmerican Energy has successfully completed demand response events recently to reduce the peak demand of their electric system by 3 1/2 percent. MidAmerican Energy is an electricity and natural gas provider to more than 1.3 million customers in four Midwestern states.... (more)
Smart Systems International (SSI), a leading innovator of intelligent energy-saving management systems for the hotel industry, today announced that its Canadian distributor, Smart Energy Systems Canada Inc (SESC) has signed its first major contract for use of Smart Systems’ wireless energy saving systems in Canada with Venstar Inc., a developer and owner of hotels in Canada...
MGE UPS SYSTEMS INC. the technology leader in providing unsurpassed power protection solutions to computer data centers, telecommunications and industrial operations, has enhanced its best-selling Pulsar ellipse line of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) with new universal communication interfaces and beefed up surge protection. At the same time MGE has announced price reductions ranging from 5 to 10 percent, depending on the model...
DynaMotive Energy Systems Corporation (OTCBB:DYMTF - News), Magellan Aerospace Orenda division (Orenda) and Freymond Lumber Ltd. announced today their intention to develop a 2.5 Megawatt electric (MWe) combined heat and power project in Bancroft, Ontario, Canada. The integrated plant is to utilize wood residue from Freymond Lumber's operations and will be comprised of wood drying and conditioning equipment, pyrolysis plant and power island. Pyrolysis and generation equipment are to be provided by DynaMotive and Orenda respectively (more)
Microturbine power systems manufacturer Capstone Turbine (www.microturbine.com; Nasdaq:CPST - News) confirmed that the installed fleet of its Capstone MicroTurbine(TM) energy systems today is expected to cross the 5-million-hour mark in documented operation. Capstone Turbine CEO John Tucker said, "I am pleased to report this significant new milestone in microturbine achievement. Accumulating an aggregate total of 5 million hours of documented operation in just 5 years is a testament to Capstone's leadership in this technology." (more)
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, a global leader of solid-state LED devices, today announced that it has received a $4.65 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to demonstrate the potential of white Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) to save energy in commercial and residential applications. The project, to be completed within three years, supports the US Government's National Energy Plan to introduce new technologies that will reduce costs, lower emissions and save energy... (more)
ESTECH 2004, the 50th annual meeting and exposition of IEST, will be held April 25-28, 2004 at the Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Two Certificate of Completion Programs on Contamination Control are offered: 1) Filtration and Environmental Control, and 2) Operations and Consumables. The tutorials are based on IEST recommended practices used worldwide.
In addition to tutorials, the ESTECH 2004 annual meeting features technical sessions and IEST Working Group meetings...
One of the largest solar power systems in the country is now online at
a U.S. Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, California. The Marine
Corp base installed a 1.1-megawatt photovoltaic system, which will
provide about 10 percent of the base's electrical needs. The project
earned a $4.5 million incentive award from the state's Self Generation
Incentive Program... (more)
This comprehensive reference brings you in a single volume a comprehensive resource covering the very latest technological developments for sustainable buildings, facilities and industries. You'll benefit from the expertise contributed by more than 90 noted authorities, with detailed coverage of subjects including "green building" design and operation, power & distributed generation issues, renewable energy technologies, building commissioning, methodologies for improving both the energy performance, energy management, combined heat & power projects and much more. You'll find reports on the very latest developments in day-lighting, combined heat and power, distributed generation, HVAC optimization, power quality, efficient lighting, solar thermal energy, solar heating and air conditioning, energy load profiling and management, project financing opportunities, and more, including a wealth of case studies....
With all the new solar power installations cropping up in California, it may come as no surprise that the California Energy Commission (CEC) sees a great potential to boost the state's use of renewable energy. In fact, a report adopted by the CEC last week says that although the state currently draws on renewable energy for 11 percent of its electricity, the state could produce about 10 times more electricity from renewable energy than it does today....
Puget Sound Energy (PSE), the utility serving the Seattle area, issued a request for proposals for... (more)
Environmental leaders from across North Carolina gathered to dedicate an Alternative Fuels Vehicle demonstration facility and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the NC Solar Center. The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association was also recognized for 25 years of service in renewable energies... (more)
Environmental leaders from across North Carolina gathered to dedicate an Alternative Fuels Vehicle demonstration facility and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the NC Solar Center. The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association was also recognized for 25 years of service in renewable energies...
Net electricity generation in the United States resumed its historical
path of almost continual growth in 2002, reaching 3,859 billion
kilowatthours, 3.3 percent higher than in 2001, according to information
released today by the Energy Information Administration in the Electric
Power Annual 2002. This contrasts with a decline in generation of 1.7
percent in 2001, only the second time in the past 50 years that net
Environmental leaders from across North Carolina gathered to dedicate an Alternative Fuels Vehicle demonstration facility and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the NC Solar Center. The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association was also recognized for 25 years of service in renewable energies... (more)
Boulder Community Foothills Hospital (BCFH) is the first hospital in the nation to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification distinguishes buildings that meet the highest performance standards through environmentally conscious design, energy efficiency, resource conservation and dedication to indoor air quality...
EnFlex Corp. announced today that Costco Wholesale Corporation has deployed EnFlex’s eWebConnect enterprise facility monitoring and control software at their corporate facility in Issaquah, Washington. Plans call for continued connection of warehouse systems to the central monitoring system throughout the next 24 months. Costco’s new facility management infrastructure provides real-time energy information, web based management of existing control systems, and central alarm management with a low total cost of ownership due to the open architecture of the EnFlex software... (more)
Surgeons at a central-Missouri hospital concerned about frequent weather-related power outages demanded a higher degree of power quality than possible from the facility’s existing backup generator. The hospital’s consultant chose an S&C PureWave UPS™ System to maintain uninterruptible power to the surgical suites. The 625-kVA / 500-kW PureWave UPS System will... (more)
Sun Power & Geothermal Energy, Inc. announced today the award of an $8.4 million contract to design and build a one-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the Butte County Center in Oroville, Calif., the county seat. When it is commissioned in June 2004, the Butte County solar system will be one of the top-ten largest solar energy systems in the U.S. (more)
ISO New England Inc., operator of the region's bulk electric power system and wholesale power markets, submitted its formal comments to the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force on the group's interim report investigating the August 2003 blackout. In a letter to the Task Force from ISO New England's President and CEO, Gordon van Welie, ISO New England supports the preliminary findings, which capture the immediate causes of the blackout...
Advance Transformer Company has expanded its popular family of Optanium high-efficiency electronic ballasts for T8 fluorescent lighting systems to include new Optanium Programmed-Start (PS) models featuring IntelliVolt® multiple-voltage technology. Optanium PS ballasts will operate one or two 17-watt (2-foot), 25-watt (3-foot), and 4-foot 28-watt, 30-watt, or 32-watt T8 fluorescent lamps. Successfully combining the high-efficiency performance of instant-start ballasts with the extended lamp life enabled by programmed-start ignition, Optanium PS ballasts deliver maximum energy savings while providing optimal lighting design flexibility.... (more)
Honeywell today announced it has been selected to negotiate a $10 million project co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop wireless and sensor technologies that can meet plant floor operational control challenges and help U.S. industry reduce annual operating costs by up to $1 billion...
Georgia Tech demonstrated their commitment to indoor air quality (IAQ) and sustainable building design in their state-of-the-art Technology Square campus expansion. The cornerstone building for the project, the DuPree College of Management, achieved the prestigious LEED(TM) Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® office furniture and wallcoverings were specified as part of the overall goal to provide a superior learning and working experience for students and faculty through improved air quality.... (more)
Texas A&M University’s main campus is about a mile square, serving 44,500 students, a population larger than many American towns. With 15 million square feet of building space, the university has enormous energy requirements. To contain energy costs, Texas A&M invested in building control upgrades and utility plant retrofits. Additionally, the university implemented a commissioning program that has achieved Texas-sized savings by optimizing the operation of campus utility plants and building energy systems...
Installation of Solar Electric System, Microturbines Marks First Step Toward Improved Energy Efficiency, Sustainability...
California's energy crisis in 2000 brought some nerve-wracking weeks to the management of the Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport. Like millions of utility customers, this comfortable 200-room property faced a daily roulette game of rolling blackouts; meanwhile, the power utilities seemed to reap jackpots from skyrocketing invoices, some of them doubling and even tripling in a few months...
Preso Flow Metering Equipment is proud to introduce ThermoTrack™, a non-invasive HVACR energy flow monitoring system for commercial and industrial buildings. The rising cost of energy is making precision flow management a critical part of operations and ThermoTrack™ provides a cost-effective solution for those tasked with measuring energy efficiency...
The California Commercial End-Use Survey (CEUS) involves on-site surveys of a representative sample of commercial establishments throughout the state. Data is being collected relating to building characteristics, equipment operation, and energy consumption and will primarily be used to support the design and planning of energy efficiency programs
and the Commission’s demand forecasts. The full-scale data collection is underway and should be completed by March 2004. Preliminary results are expected by July 2004. This summary provides an overview of the sample design, the data to be collected, the project timeline, and DrCEUS.
It’s budget time once again for
real-estate investors across the country deciding how to allocate their precious capital for next year. Knowing whether an upgrade makes sense,
who should pay for it, and who might benefit is usually much more
complicated for income-property owners than for owner-occupants.
In the latter case, the party that pays for the upgrade captures all of
the savings. Income properties face additional challenges, including:
Encorp, which develops and markets services and products for the communication, control and networking of distributed energy, will provide utility interconnect and digital-paralleling switchgear, controls and communication software for two on-site, combined-heat-and-power projects in San Francisco and New Jersey...
Promotion is Part of National Marketing and Communication Strategy... (more)
For many rural families, the cost of extending a power line to a home or other facility can be time consuming and costly. By using alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass, farmers, ranchers, business owners and homeowners can reduce their utility bills, stabilize electricity supplies and help reduce America's dependence on foreign energy supplies...
Tridium, Inc., a leader in Internet-based energy technologies, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, today announce the planned installation of Tridium's innovative Vykon Energy Suite to monitor and control energy costs throughout the Commonwealth. The project, which will be implemented in many major state universities, prisons, and administrative buildings, is the largest energy-monitoring project to date within Virginia...
DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy Co. (NYSE:DTE), has launched a new line of ultra low-emission, high-efficiency, on-site energy systems using cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) engine technology... (more)
Following the installation of energy
management systems (EMS) at multiple sites, the effective and simultaneous monitoring and control of campuses and individual facilities
presents additional opportunities to benefit from an enterprise’s networking capabilities. Reaping these benefits, however, requires careful consideration, planning and a vision into the future of facility
operations. This document describes the goals that guided two
years of software development by EnFlex Corp. as well as some of the requirements that surfaced in cooperation with Costco Wholesale during the
implementation of their unique Enterprise Facility Information System (EFIS).
New York officials unveiled plans for the Freedom Tower -- the
centerpiece of new construction at the World Trade Center site -- including plans to incorporate wind turbines that will generate 20 percent of the building's electrical power needs...
Evergreen Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ESLR - News), a developer, marketer, and manufacturer of photovoltaic (solar electric) products for the worldwide market, today announced the Company has manufactured and shipped its 50,000th solar panel incorporating its proprietary String Ribbon(TM) technology... (more)
The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) released its Annual Verification Report for the Green-e Renewable Energy Certification Program revealing positive growth in certified renewable energy retail sales, supply, and pollution benefits in 2002. The report shows over 1.9 million MWh of certified renewable resources procured in 2002 --a two-fold increase over 2001. Green-e certified products sold in 2002 resulted in a pollution benefit of over 1.2 million tons of avoided carbon dioxide (CO2), a major contributor to global warming.... (more)
Richards-Zeta recently released its Web Express tools and technology, allowing users to create custom web-pages with live, real-time data, instantaneously. Web Express is a single browser-based interface for facility systems and equipment. Simplifying equipment management and lowering costs....
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program to facilitate the deployment of innovative or improved environmental technologies through performance verification and dissemination of information. The goal of the ETV program is to further environmental protection by accelerating the acceptance and use of improved and cost-effective technologies. ETV seeks to achieve this goal by providing high-quality, peer-reviewed data on technology performance to those involved in the purchase, design, distribution, financing, permitting, and use of environmental technologies....
CPFilms, a leading manufacturer of energy-control window films for buildings and homes, announced completion of a Measurement and Verification (M&V) study in which the energy savings from window film installation was measured using IPMVP methods. In the year-long study, CPFilms utilized a DOE-2 calibrated simulation to estimate energy savings from installing their LLumar® Low-E Solar-Control and Insulating window film in a mid-size office building near Chicago. An independent assessment by a leading national ESCO confirmed the CPFilms’ results using utility bill analysis for the twelve months following film installation. Both methods determined the savings to be in excess of 8% of the building’s total annual electricity consumption with a payback in less than 3 years....
Advance Transformer announces its introduction of ROVR™, a new series of digital addressable controllable fluorescent lamp ballasts that are fully compatible with the DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) protocol. The DALI protocol is an industry standard through which control systems can carry on two-way communications directly with individual lighting fixtures equipped with DALI-compliant ballasts. Featuring Advance’s exclusive IntelliVolt® multiple-voltage technology and currently available in models for compact fluorescent, T5HO, and 4-lamp T8 fluorescent lamps, Advance’s revolutionary new ROVR ballasts will provide an unprecedented degree of flexibility to DALI utilization, opening many new possibilities for the automation of lighting control systems and enabling sustainable design... (more)
Chabot College in Hayward, California has just completed the installation of a 300 kilowatt cogeneration system that will provide 100% of the energy required to heat their Olympic sized outdoor pool and provide 38% of the campuses electricity. Designed and installed by ACC Environmental Consultants (ACC) of Oakland, California, the system has an operating efficiency of 76%, much higher than the efficiency of typical utility gas fired power plants, which are about 35% efficient....
With the results in from Monday's Iowa caucuses, the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls has been narrowed down to four or five potentially viable candidates. Going on to New Hampshire to challenge Gen. Wesley K. Clark and Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, are Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who won the Iowa caucuses, and Senator John Edwards of North Carolina and Howard Dean, who came in second and third... (more)
Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution (PT&D) announced today that they were selected by California Independent System Operator (California ISO), to provide an Energy Market Management system and services for the Day-Ahead Integrated Forward Market and Real-Time Market Operations. The order was awarded to Siemens PT&D's Energy Management & Information Systems Division (EMIS) in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The California ISO decision to implement the Siemens solution is a result of a thorough evaluation of the Energy Market Management (EMM) technology and Siemens' capability to provide a superior solution for the implementation of California ISO Market Design 2002 project....
DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy Co., has launched a new line of ultra low-emission, high-efficiency, on-site energy systems using cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) engine technology... (more)
Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, has credited an energy-savings program from Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., for helping it win this year's Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management. “Both the Federal Energy and Water Management Award we won in 2002 and 2003 and this year's Presidential Award are due to the task orders we've performed with Siemens,” said Tom Denslow, Dyess Air Force Base energy manager. “Siemens has been proactive, upfront and helpful. It's really no longer a contractor-supplier relationship. We're a team with the same goals.”
Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., was recently accredited by the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) as an Energy Service Provider. NAESCO is a national trade association comprised of energy service companies, utilities, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, financial institutions and other organizations. The association provides leadership in the energy services companies industry by examining economic factors, new policies and legislation, cutting-edge technologies, as well as the growth and development of the energy services industry as a whole....
A new temperature control system reduced energy costs for Harrah Schools of Central Oklahoma. The school district had been using a system which provided basic start-stop operation and low temperature override for a monthly fee. The cost of the system and lack of ability to easily change or amend programs led Dr. Dan Foreman, Superintendent, to look for alternatives to fit the budget and allow for internal control and programming. Kevin Spaeth, President of Spaeth, Inc., the installing contractor, provided the solution: TCS/Basys Controls' SZ1020 Series thermostats and software.... (more)
Wood chips will soon be responsible for cutting the Council School District´s heating bills in half. By next winter Council will become the first Idaho school district to use a new biomass heating system that is fueled by wood chips. A $386,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service´s “Fuels for Schools” program will help cover a portion of the cost of installing the new heating system. The district also is asking its voters to approve a $1.5 million bond issue to cover the remaining costs and to upgrade energy efficiency at the district´s three aging school buildings.... (more)
VECTOR CoGen announced today the release of its electrical co-generator for small businesses. Co-generators are natural gas- or propane-powered systems that produce on-site electricity for 20%-50% less than the utility company. In addition, co-generators use the heat created during generation to provide the user with "free" hot water and/or thermal heat--hence the term "co-generator".... (more)
The Energy Solutions Center and the US Department of Energy, in conjunction with Southern Natural Gas, Atlanta Gas Light, and the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, will present a NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGIES SEMINAR on Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at the Doubletree Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. The focus of this workshop is Distributed Generation Technologies and Thermally Activated Technologies - Commercial Desiccants and Water Heating Systems. We invite you to attend this FREE educational workshop. Space is limited. Please complete the following registration form and fax back to the Energy Solutions Center...
Green Mountain Energy Company today announced it is working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program to eligible commercial customers in Texas. (more)
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and Georgia Interfaith Power &
Light (GIPL) are seeking a qualified energy services professional or firm to
recommend to several churches in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area interested in
hiring someone to do an energy audit of their church. SACE is a nonprofit
sustainable energy advocacy organization with several offices in the
Southeast, including Atlanta. GIPL is a nonprofit organization that seeks
to engage communities of faith as stewards of God's Creation by promoting
energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and related
The California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research
Environmental Area (PIER-EA) Program is requesting proposals for
research projects through its Environmental Exploratory Grant Program (EEGP)...
Grumblings in the Russian energy sector are being heard around the world. The chairman of Russia's largest oil company says that higher taxes and more scrutiny are coming but that the changes would not harm investors in the sector there. In a speech to an international trade group, Simon Kukes also says that Russia will eventually surpass Saudi Arabia as the number one producer of crude oil... (more)
For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have selected Lennox Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Lennox International Inc., as an Energy Star® Manufacturer of the Year for the company’s contribution to developing, manufacturing, and promoting energy-efficient products... (more)
The DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento, CA, expects to save $8,000 annually in energy costs from use of the The Watt Stopper's WN-100 Motion Sensor Nightlight Switch in guest bathrooms. In addition to energy savings, the hotel realized unexpected benefits such as an initial eight percent reduction in replaced bulbs, which is expected to go as high as 25-30%...
Marquip Ward United, a Division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., manufacturers of high-speed corrugating, sheeting, and finishing machinery, has announced the completion of an energy-efficient lighting project in its 285,000 square feet manufacturing facilities in Phillips, WI. MarquipWardUnited expects to save 1.18 million kilowatts hours (kWh) annually and 23.7 million kWh over the sustainable lifetime of the lighting fixtures. The project is being managed and supplied by Orion Energy Systems of Plymouth, Wisconsin...
TAC, a world leader in Open Systems for Building IT®, security systems and energy solutions, has been awarded a $9 million performance contract with the City of Dallas to design and construct energy conservation-related projects at six city facilities. The projects will be financed through $9 million in loans from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) and then repaid with the realized energy savings on an annual basis... (more)
Electric City Corp. has announced it was recently selected by Xcel Energy to provide permanent and variable load reduction solutions in and around Denver, Colorado under Xcel's Custom Efficiency Demand-Side Management (DSM) Program. Xcel's energy avoidance program, designed to reduce electric demand during peak periods, is expected to reach 18.5 MW by the summer of 2005...
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have completed the first successful test to evaluate automated demand response at five large building facilities. "This is the first test of fully automated demand response in multiple large buildings to reduce electricity consumption with two-way internet-based communications," said principal investigator Mary Ann Piette of Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division.... (more)
E-MON, L.P., an industry leader in energy submetering equipment, introduced the Energy TranslatorTM, an intelligent hardware interface that translates energy data from multiple meters, sensors and other inputs into a single output format that is compatible with popular industry-standard energy management and distributed generation systems. The result allows a comprehensive snapshot of energy data from the E-MON D-MON and other E-MONÒ kWh meters, digital inputs from third-party water, gas and electrical meters, and temperature, humidity and other analog sensor inputs.... (more)
In response to a growing student population and a need to accommodate today’s technology in support of the teaching curriculum, North Andover Public Schools (NAPS) in Massachusetts has been expanding and upgrading their educational facilities, including the addition of a new high school. The new 294,000-sq-ft North Andover High School (NAHS) contains more than 70 classrooms, administrative offices, and an 800-seat-plus auditorium/performance center, full cafeteria with a snack bar and canteen area, distance learning labs, television, and radio studios. It has some of the most technologically advanced systems of any public building in the town of North Andover, including.... (more)
The certification marks the first time a hospital facility has been recognized with this designation, according to one of the architectural firms involved in the project. Specifically, the hospital was awarded a v2 Silver rating.... (more)
With the prospect of the nation facing future natural gas shortages, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) this week asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to adopt policies and rules to provide California consumers with increased access to new and diverse sources of natural gas. Among other things, SDG&E's filing is intended to maximize downward pressure on prices, maximize reliability, and meet expected future gas demand at a reasonable cost for consumers.
Global Solar Energy has built a large area solar module that converts 10.7 percent of the energy in captured sunlight into electricity, staking its claim to the most efficient flexible thin film module ever built on a production line... (more)
The new product conditions bio-gas for use in the Ingersoll-Rand microturbine. It is designed to be more efficient, have longer maintenance intervals and cost less to operate than competitive products. The Ingersoll-Rand fuel conditioner is designed around a new, deep-chilling technology that removes 99 percent of unwanted contaminants that would otherwise foul turbine components. According to Product Manager Richard Dishman, this patented sub-zero technology also eliminates the need for the desiccant replacement and continuous monitoring required with existing technologies...
Progress Energy Florida, Lakewood High School and the Florida Department Environmental Protection (DEP) today unveiled a new photovoltaic (PV) project at the Pinellas County school... (more)
McKenzie Bay International Ltd. (OTC:MKBY.PK) has agreed to evaluate a fourth site on the roof of a municipal building in a large Detroit suburb for a full WindStor system configuration. The others include McLaren Hospital in Flint, Michigan (rooftop), a suburban Detroit HUD apartment building (rooftop) and Sierra Vista High School (ground) in Las Vegas, Nevada...
The Watt Stopper, Inc. announces a collaboration with Green Suites International to market and distribute an energy-saving motion sensor nightlight switch for hotel guest bathrooms.
For several years Austin Energy has been involved in distributed generation on the local, state, and national levels for the purpose of seeking out the benefits of this emerging technology for the utility, customers, and the environment. Austin Energy and the city of Austin is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and “green energy” programs. The utility provides one of the most comprehensive energy efficiency programs in the nation with 20,000 customers annually making home energy efficiency improvements. It’s green building program was the first in the nation and is credited for development of the first “green” rating system for both residential and commercial construction. This paper details the REBEKAH BAINES JOHNSON HEALTH CENTER Fuel Cell Project....
Cinergy Solutions, Inc., the combined heat and power production affiliate of Cinergy Corp., has been selected by Children's Hospital and Health Center -- San Diego to construct and operate a new energy system for its growing campus under an energy services agreement. Under the agreement, Children's existing 23-year-old cogeneration plant will be replaced with a new central plant, nearly doubling... (more)
Many commercial buildings such as restaurants, drugstores, convenience stores, and theatres are suffering from humidity related problems. While conventional air conditioning systems can reduce humidity, they are not designed to control it. Most commercial building owners are unfamiliar or lack the knowledge to know that by controlling the humidity you can reduce operating and maintenance costs. Dehumidification systems offer the building owners an opportunity to control humidity and reduce energy cost.... (more)
Advance Transformer announces the launch of its newly-enhanced “Powered by Advance” program, an unprecedented co-branding marketing initiative in the lighting industry that is designed to deliver optimal value to channel members and end users by leveraging Advance’s brand equity with that of its partnering lighting manufacturers... (more)
Westar Energy Inc., the largest electric utility in Kansas, announced on February 12th that it is seeking to buy power from new renewable energy power plants totaling as much as 200 megawatts in capacity. Westar wants to buy power from power plants that draw on wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, or hydroelectric energy sources. The utility prefers to buy the power from facilities at least 50 megawatts in capacity. See full RFP...
RefTec’s introduces a complete package to generate Heating, Cooling & Electricity for light commercial & residential systems. The 15kW COGENERATION systems are a great way to expand your business (i.e. HVAC Contractors / ESCOs) in the new construction or replacement market.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Christopher O. Ward and New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and CEO Eugene W. Zeltmann announced an innovative pollution abatement program at the City’s wastewater treatment plants that uses fuel cells to convert waste gas into energy to help power the facilities. The program reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and helps eliminate the release of noxious gas into the air.... (more)
Magnetek, Inc. (NYSE:MAG - News) has designed, built and delivered its first 300-kilowatt (kW) power conditioner to FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:FCEL - News). Magnetek power conditioners invert the direct current (dc) generated by fuel cells into precise, reliable alternating current (ac) required to run most electrical equipment, and they enable the fuel cells to operate in grid-tied mode or stand-alone if utility power fails.... (more)
The Watt Stopper's TS-400 series digital time switches automatically turn lights off after a preset, user-selectable time out setting. The switches, available in both line and low voltage models, feature terminal style wiring for easy installation and offer users convenient push-button control without the nuisance of twist timers...
Sempra Energy Solutions, the retail energy marketing arm of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), today announced the company has been awarded 80 megawatts (MW) in new energy service provider contracts as part of the open enrollment period held late last year for Portland General Electric (PGE) direct- access customers in Oregon... (more)
Energy Eye(T) officials met with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Senior Program Managers Phil Ondler, Rocky Harmstead and Jeff Alexander to discuss our inclusion in the 2004 Standard Performance Contract (SPC) rebate programs for our customers. Energy Eye(T) customers are qualified for the Measured Savings Approach to the SPC rebate programs which offers up to 50% of the product cost as a rebate based on the systems performance! The rebate will be based on a one year monitoring of in-room power usage using the Energy Eye(T) System vs. baseline test rooms. The Rebate calls for a flat $0.14/KWh saved up to 50% of the project cost....
SunPower Corp., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., announced that its A-300 silicon solar cell had been measured at 21.5 percent efficiency by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. This efficiency result is a world record for large-area (five-inch) silicon solar cells. SunPower’s A-300 solar cell was manufactured in the company’s Round Rock, Texas pilot line. SunPower’s revolutionary... (more)
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual ranking of leading utility "green pricing" programs. Under green pricing, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as solar and wind. More than 500 utilities in 33 states now offer these programs...
Many owners of commercial and industrial facilities use sub-meters from companies such as EMON and Veris Industries to measure energy usage and allocate costs for tenants, departments or processes. These meters typically provide local displays for manual reading, but also provide pulse outputs for connection to auxiliary panels for remote reading. Obvius LLC has introduced a new ultra low cost data acquisition server to its AcquiSuite line that allows owners to eliminate the need for manual meter reading, which is typically neither cost effective nor accurate.... (more)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Architectural Energy Corporation with a Technical Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by enabling new homes to earn the ENERGY STAR. Architectural Energy Corporation’s accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. Architectural Energy Corporation is being honored for its REM/Rate™ and REM/Design™ residential energy analysis, code compliance and rating software tools that are assisting home builders and home energy raters throughout the country design and rate ENERGY STAR qualified homes which meet EPA’s strict guidelines for energyefficiency.... (more)
Issaquah School District joins the growing list of Northwest institutions partnering with their utilities to add energy-saving software to their networks and reap cost savings.... (more)
Strategic Alliance Will Help Customers Expand Wireless Capabilities in Their Buildings
Doing its bit to aid the worldwide Dark Skies initiative, LEDtronics introduces direct incandescent replacement M400 CobraHead-Styled LED Streetlights. These new streetlights eliminate the unwanted glare, light trespass, energy waste and sky glow that accompany traditional incandescent streetlamps. An estimated 30% of outdoor light generated in the U.S. goes into space, flooding the skies and creating electric haze that reduces stargazing. LED Streetlights shine light in the direction where it is needed – at ground level – reducing the amount of light that is lost to the sky and improving overall nighttime viewing. The LED Streetlights meet IES street lighting standards... (more)
Carrier Corporation has reaffirmed its commitment to environmental leadership and withdrew its support to a legal challenge in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court in Virginia to the 13 SEER national minimum efficiency standard for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. "A 13 SEER standard is the right environmental choice," said Geraud Darnis, president of Carrier Corporation. "It provides significant energy savings for the country while reducing energy bills for homeowners." .... (more)
A joint venture between window insulating panel manufacturer Windo-Therm® of Pittstown, N.Y. and NSTAR Gas of Boston, MA is warming residents of a New Bedford, MA apartment building and saving their landlord money. Owners of the Dawson Building were having a difficult time maintaining a comfortable temperature in the 32 unit converted industrial building on Purchase St. in New Bedford. They were unable to raise the internal temperature of some of the apartments above 65 degrees due to... (more)
Power Measurement, a global provider of enterprise energy management systems, today announced it has acquired ABB’s Retail Energy business, formerly Energy Interactive Inc. in Oakland, California. Under this arrangement, ABB’s staff, services and products will be integrated into Power Measurement’s worldwide organization. ABB’s Retail Energy products -- including the Energy Profiler®, Energy Profiler Online™, Energy BOSS® and E-VEE™ applications -- will be offered alongside Power Measurement’s own portfolio of ION® enterprise energy management products and services under the Power Measurement name. According to Bradford Forth, Power Measurement president and CEO, the acquisition complements Power Measurement’s offerings by providing a valuable interface between the electric utility and its customers...
The Defense Department’s Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) is a facility with complex environmental control system requirements. When it came time to upgrade and integrate old systems including chillers, boilers, AHU’s, CRAC’s, generators, UPS, and power distribution monitors, building management chose Systems Performance Engineering Corporation (SPEC), a KMC authorized installation contractor.
DECC provides data availability... (more)
The university was spending over $1.7 million per year in water and sewer charges. The over 200 million gallons it used each year made it one of the largest users of water in the City of Cambridge. With a new sewage treatment plant being constructed, saving water would not only mean saving a substantial amount of money, but would also lessen the burden on the city’s infrastructure. Aqualine completed an engineering study and determined that... (more)
Terry Jester, senior director of engineering and operations for Shell Solar was recently honored with the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Merit Award from the San Fernando Valley Engineers Council....
TAC, a world leader in Open Systems for Building IT®, security systems and energy solutions, has been awarded a $1.2 million performance contract with the City of Harlingen, Texas, to design and construct energy conservation-related projects at 19 city facilities as well as implement street and traffic light improvements citywide. The project will be funded through the resulting energy savings and utility company rebates.....
Philips Lighting Company, the U.S. - based lighting company affiliated with Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), unveiled an updated version of its sustainable lighting index calculator, an online tool that helps end-users, such as facility managers, determine the mercury content, rated average life and design lumens in their lamp operations in order to reduce the environmental impact of their buildings.... (more)
Onset Computer Corporation, a leader in reliable, battery-powered data loggers, today announced that it has added two new models to its line of HOBO U12 high-resolution, direct-USB data loggers. The new loggers, which include the HOBO U12-006 4-channel indoor, and HOBO U12-008 4-channel outdoor/industrial, accept up to four external sensors for measuring AC current, 4-20mA, DC voltage, temperature, and Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This enables HVAC contractors, facilities and energy managers, and maintenance technicians to easily and affordably solve a broad range of... (more)
RWE SCHOTT Solar, Inc. (RSS), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality solar modules and systems, announced its SunRoof ™ FS free-standing rooftop solar electric system, specially designed for flat-roof commercial and public buildings, is up and producing power for the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE... (more)
Today, in the early years of the 21st Century, the globalization of energy is not a new concept for us. What is new is that a dynamic world marketplace is now developing for natural gas in much the same way that it developed for crude oil over half a century ago. While the United States still has large reserves of natural gas, domestic production of natural gas has peaked and demand is starting to outstrip supply. Even with extensive imports of Canadian gas, we will soon be unable to produce as much as we consume.... (more)
H2Gen Innovations, Inc. of Alexandria, VA has achieved significant milestones in the development of its HGM onsite hydrogen generation systems. The company’s HGM-2000 is a fully integrated appliance capable of producing 2000scfh of 99.999% H2 at 200psig pressure. HGM units have been designed for mass production as skid-mounted appliance systems having only a 7ft by 9ft-6in base.... (more)
"Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Baja California (TMMBC) will be the first industrial facility to utilize natural gas in all the coastal region of Baja California, outside of Mexicali," said David Lozano, Gasoducto Bajanorte Transportation Manager at a dedication event in the Toyota plant in Tijuana. The Industrial Economic Development Council of Tijuana (DEITAC) coordinated and co-hosted an event at the Toyota plant in Tijuana to inaugurate the first delivery of natural gas in Tijuana to a manufacturing firm.... (more)
Split Rock Energy, the power marketing affiliate of Great River Energy, a generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Elk River, Minn., issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking future power supply resources.... (more)
FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCEL), a leading manufacturer of stationary fuel cell power plants for distributed generation, has signed an agreement with Arizona-based Salt River Project (SRP) to provide and service a 250-kilowatt Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) power plant. The DFC300A power plant will be owned and operated by SRP and will be located at the Arizona State University East Campus in Mesa, Ariz. The unit will feed the electricity output into SRP's local grid. Delivery is expected in late 2004 or early 2005. Financial terms were not disclosed... (more)
In September of 2003, Glendale Water & Power (GWP) along with the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity helped fulfill the dreams of three low-income Glendale families by helping them construct and move into new high tech energy efficient homes.... (more)
Earth Day, April 22nd, 2004 is the deadline for applications for the
Sixth Annual ENERGY STAR for Small Business Awards. These *national*
awards honor small businesses for exemplary pollution prevention via
energy efficiency, recognizing small businesses that effectively reduce
their own costs by increasing the efficiency of their business. Small
businesses may nominate themselves; and organizations that conduct or
finance energy efficient upgrades may nominate their small business
customers. Winners receive a special plaque, placement on our Web site,
and national and local media outreach...
Energy efficiency can offset many of the competitive challenges that U.S. manufacturers face today, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. In the wake of plant closures and layoffs claiming 2.6 million U.S. manufacturing jobs between the fourth quarter of 2000 and the third quarter of 2003, the manufacturing community cites cost control, regulatory compliance, research and development, and adequate labor training as among its most pressing needs. Manufacturing in America, a new report by the U.S. Department of Commerce, tackles these issues, summarizes responses recommended at public roundtables, and analyzes the economic trends that characterize U.S. manufacturing performance (http://www.commerce.gov/DOC_MFG_Report_Complete.pdf). But the report's sole recommendation for federal government assistance to the manufacturing community is the appointment of an assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing and services - a position that remained unfilled as of March 2004...
More than 1,300 Illinois communities are receiving a mailing this week that could save them thousands of dollars in energy costs, make their traffic intersections safer and help the environment through an energy efficient investment. With this mailing, the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation launches its new LED Traffic Signal Upgrade Grant Program. The grants will support Illinois municipalities as they upgrade their traffic signals currently operating on standard incandescent lamps to begin using low-energy consuming LED bulbs...
TAC, a world leader in Open Systems for Building IT®, security systems and energy solutions, announces the availability of TAC Vista® 4.20, an enhanced version of its LONWORKS® network-based building management software. Offering the benefits of an open architecture, TAC Vista 4.20 gives building owners and managers even more flexibility - and freedom - in their ability to choose, install and operate a variety of building management systems...
GE Energy will supply two gas turbine-generator sets and additional equipment for a 150-megawatt cogeneration plant to be built near the city of Limerick, Ireland. The gas-fired plant will provide power and process steam for a large aluminum refining facility owned by Aughinish Alumina Limited of Ireland, as well as power for the Irish grid.... (more)
Gamesa Energia has inaugurated in Illinois State its first wind farm in USA, constructed in a record time by its American subsidiary Mendota Hills LLC.
The wind farm "Mendota Hills" is equipped with 63 Wind Turbine Generator G52, of 800 kW unitary power, this means a total name-plate capacity of 50,4 MW. The first Wind Turbine Generators of this facility were connected to the transmission network on November 23, 2003...
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C. (J&JPRD) today officially dedicated the installation and operation of a new environmentally responsible combined heat and power (CHP) cogeneration system, as part of a major research and development (R&D) expansion at its La Jolla facility... (more)
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) praised as "historic" New Jersey's initiatives that could help it overtake California as the nation's leading solar market. New Jersey finalized the nation's best renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) for solar power, which calls for 90 megawatts of solar by 2008....
MGE UPS SYSTEMS INC.,the technology leader in providing unsurpassed power protection solutions to computer data centers, telecommunications and industrial operations has announced the new PowerSentinel™ service that gives users access to their UPS systems’ power status via a secure web site that is also monitored continuously by MGE’s Customer Care Center staff. Not only does this offer users a real-time view of their critical power from any remote location with web access, it also assures that status is viewed at a diagnostic level by the same people that directly dispatch factory service engineers from 170 service centers worldwide...
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has announced that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released ISO/FDIS 14644-7, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments - Part 7: Separative devices (clean air hoods, gloveboxes, isolators and minienvironments). IEST serves as Secretariat for ISO Technical Committee 209, which developed the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) as part of a series of documents to serve the needs of the global contamination control community...
The Los Angeles City Council approved an agreement today that allows the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to purchase 40 megawatts of new renewable energy -- enough to serve up to 40,000 homes -- from a biogas power plant that will use recycled green material to generate electricity... (more)
GE Energy announced it has completed its acquisition of substantially all of the U.S. business assets of AstroPower, Inc., a leading manufacturer of solar electric power products. With this agreement, GE Energy adds solar power to its growing family of renewable energy options....
LEDtronics introduces the PNL-1145 Series LED Lamps that are direct incandescent replacements for discontinued GE ET5/6 incandescent high-voltage panel indictor lamps that are found in control rooms of power plants, substations and utilities... (more)
The University of Chicago has many diverse facilities on its main campus, including medical facilities and specialized buildings for biological and physical sciences. Because energy usage levels vary greatly from department to department, the University’s Building Automation Systems (BAS) group needed to find a way to accurately track usage and allocate costs to individual departments... (more)
This summer, gasoline prices are expected to average a record high of
$1.76 per gallon, according to forecasts released today by the Energy
Information Administration in its April "Short-Term Energy Outlook".
High crude oil costs, strong gasoline demand, low gasoline inventories,
and more stringent gasoline specifications this year have increased
gasoline supply costs and retail prices to high levels well before the
peak driving season. It is also important to note that the domestic
gasoline supply system is vulnerable to severe price shocks if major
refinery or pipeline outages occur. ... (more)
U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham joined forces with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Orange County Public Schools and Walt Disney World Co., to launch a new energy-savings initiative that helps schools reduce utility bills and save millions of dollars. Secretary Abraham unveiled the nation’s first on-line “Utility Report Card” at Citrus Elementary School in Ocoee...
Officials with Datamatic, Ltd.®, have introduced CommSTAR MDx™, a new Commercial and Industrial data collection system that supports all major brands of commercial and industrial meters. The scaleable and flexible system is part of an advanced AMR system that will support not only multi-meter protocols but also existing and emerging communication technologies. Datamatic has been a leading supplier of enterprise meter reading solutions for gas, water and electric utilities worldwide since 1977...
The squeeze is on for schools. Pressure to boost student test scores is up. Budgets have been slashed. Energy prices have gone through the roof. Many facilities are aging and overcrowded. More than ever before, school administrators are facing tough choices in order to provide the best learning environment for students. The strategic use of natural lighting techniques – known as “daylighting” – has become a key component of school modernization projects. More than just the latest design fad, effective daylighting allows school districts to achieve significant energy savings, increase student attendance and test scores, be environmentally responsible, and provide better overall facilities for students to learn and educators to work. There are now a variety of programs in place to make it more affordable for school districts to reap the benefits of daylighting. Additionally, the entire process can become a great environmental lesson for kids about the importance of saving energy...
This important reference has been put together specifically to prepare energy managers to understand the basic concepts and principles of information technology (IT), so that they can successfully apply this knowledge in their facility – and have the understanding necessary to supervise the IT work of a consultant or vendor. You’ll find all of the critical information needed to effectively purchase, install and operate complex web-based energy information and control systems. Comprehensive in scope, this reference addresses all of the most significant energy and facility-relevant IT concepts and principles you’ll typically need to take your operations to the “next level,” with emphasis on networking, use of facility operation databases, and sharing data using the web and the TCP/IP communications protocol... (more)
StrionAir, Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance, low-operating-cost, germicidally active air filtration technology began showing its patented, breakthrough air-filtration technology that is setting The New Standard in Air Filtration...
Deadline: April 27th, 2004
Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) is a real estate investment trust headquartered in Denver, Colorado owning and operating a geographically diversified portfolio of apartment communities through 19 regional operating centers. AIMCO, through its subsidiaries, operates 1,629 properties, including approximately 288,000 apartment units, and serves approximately one million residents each year. Aimco's properties are located in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. AIMCO is included in the S&P 500. Aimco’s energy management initiative includes the assurance that we use energy as efficiently as possible. With this in mind, AIMCO is in the process of improving energy efficiency in our subsidized and market rate portfolios and are seeking certified and reputable regional or national energy auditors to conduct energy audits and possibly contract to implement the recommended measures.... (more)
DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE), has introduced the ENX 55, an external combustion engine utilizing Stirling Engine technology, rated at 55 kilowatts... (more)
Dairyland Power Cooperative and Eau Claire Energy Cooperative announce the operation of the ONYX Seven Mile Creek Landfill gas-to-energy facility in Eau Claire. The three unit, 3 megawatt renewable energy facility is now operational, with the ability to provide electricity to over 2,600 homes.... (more)
MGE UPS SYSTEMS INC.the technology leader in providing unsurpassed power protection solutions to computer data centers, telecommunications and industrial operations, today introduced its Pulsar EX RT online Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) featuring an extended runtime option using Ballard Power Systems’ Nexa® RM Series fuel cell modules. Based on MGE’s proven double-conversion online technology, the new rack systems offer power protection optimized for maximum reliability and long backup times for high-density IT applications and servers. The 3200VA fuel cell powered UPS models can provide virtually unlimited backup time as long as hydrogen fuel is supplied. This innovative power protection solution will be on display during Networld+Interop in Las Vegas, May 11 – 13 in MGE’s booth number 1958...
Philips Lighting Company, the U.S.-based lighting company affiliated with Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), introduced the 25-watt ALTO® Energy Advantage, a 4-foot T8 fluorescent lamp that uses less energy than any other four-foot T8 on the market without sacrificing light quality.... (more)
Distributed Generation Partners, LLC, a company jointly owned by Pepco Energy Services and CRM Energy Technologies, has signed an agreement with Laundry Capital Company, LLC to design and build small-scale combined heat and power systems in Laundry Capital's coin-operated laundries. The combined heat and power systems will incorporate microturbine technology provided by Elliott Energy Systems, Stuart, Florida and will be fueled by safe, reliable natural gas.... (more)
New from the K-Tronik IQ-SeriesTM of intelligent lighting products is their
E-PlugTM Residential Emergency Lighting Module. With proper placement
the E-PlugTM can enable safe mobility throughout the entire home during power interruptions. E-PlugTM utilizes the latest in LED lighting technology providing an efficient portable light source. Utilizing K-Tronik IQ-Series™ intelligence you’re E-PlugTM module will automatically provide auxiliary lighting when power is temporarily interrupted for up to 48 house of continuous illumination.... (more)
This is Mike Nowlan’s assessment of a major, district-wide school building renovation project. Nowlan is Director of Buildings and Grounds for the East Maine School District No. 63 in northeastern Illinois, about 10 miles northeast of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The school district recently completed a major upgrade of windows, lighting, and mechanical systems at its seven schools. The results have pleased parents, teachers, and students.... (more)
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is pleased to announce that Baxter Healthcare Corporation has selected the 2004 World Energy Engineering Congress as their location to hold the Baxter Energy Engineering Conference. The Baxter Energy Engineering Conference is held every two years and is a global conference. Previously they have had over seventy people representing 41 facilities from over twenty different countries. All of the Baxter's facilities are requested to send at least one representative.... (more)
To help build its new state-of-the-art postal automation headquarters in the United States, Siemens Dematic relied on the high-tech expertise of four sister companies. Located on the northwest side of Arlington Ballpark, the 233,000-square-foot headquarters includes a three-story office building and adjoining R&D facility. Siemens expects the new facility to help it expand its leadership position as the primary technology provider to the U.S. Postal Service, to which it has been a major supplier for more than 30 years.... (more)
Göteborgs stadsarkiv, the Gothenburg City Archive, is home to some important documents from the city’s past, confidential documents and much more besides. Of course, this makes stringent demands of the indoor climate and relative humidity. In Gothenburg, this issue has been dealt with by working together with Fuktbehandling to install a Flexisorb dehumidifier.... (more)
New Fire Alarm Panel from Siemens Provides Large-System Capabilities
at Small-System Costs. Developed for small to mid-sized facilities
The Fire Safety division of Siemens Building Technologies, nc. has introduced the FS-250, an intelligent fire alarm panel developed to meet customer requirements for schools, healthcare facilities, strip malls, motels and ofice buildings. The new fire alarm panel offers large-system capabilities at small-system cost.... (more)
The United States Postal Service was recognized for its commitment to energy efficiency in its New York metro facilities. In an event at the Morgan Processing and Distribution Center, Lieutenant Governor Mary Donohue; John Mitchell, Vice President of ConEdison Solutions, and Judge Vincent DeIorio, Chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), presented a $339,427 check to Frank LoScalzo, Finance Manager of the U.S. Postal Service, New York Metro Area, for work completed at the Morgan Processing and Distribution Center facility.... (more)
Shell Solar and one of its solar contractors, Third Sun Solar and Wind Power, announced today that they have completed installation of 20 photovoltaic (solar) panels at the Athens City- County Health Department in Ohio. The installation of the solar panels will provide critical backup power to the health department during emergency situations, thus helping to ensure the safety of vaccines stored at controlled temperatures during potential power outages.... (more)
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today received the 2004 Environmental Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for LADWP's Fuel Cell Demonstration Program.
Over the past decade, LADWP, the nation's largest municipal utility, has taken a leadership role in developing an internationally recognized distributed generation program, which demonstrates the operation of new, clean, and efficient methods of reliable on-site electric power generation.... (more)
Companies that have struggled to control energy costs will now be able to reduce their electricity costs. Thanks to a natural gas absorption chiller like the one recently installed at the new South Jersey Healthcare facility in Vineland, companies now have the flexibility of choosing which type of energy they use and when. South Jersey Gas (www.sjindustries.com) officials along with officials of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Office of Clean Energy, will present New Jersey Clean Energy Program rebate checks totaling $259,933 to SJH in ceremonies on April 22 at the new regional medical center in Vineland. A $157,333 NJ Clean Energy rebate check will be presented to SJH as a result of the hospital administration's decision to install an 850-ton steam absorption chiller at the new facility. The hybrid chiller plant has both natural gas and traditional electric chiller equipment for greater flexibility in reduction of operating costs.... (more)
Retro-Tech Systems, Inc. completed a campus wide lighting upgrade encompassing 6,000,000 sq. feet in over 100 buildings. The project included the replacement, conversion, or retrofit of over 55,000 fixtures. The majority of existing fixture types were slimline strip fixtures. In classrooms, labs and offices the fixtures were replaced with new surface mount wraparound fixtures with standard power ballast and high lumen long life T8 lamps....
Aggreko plc, global leader in providing multi-megawatt temporary power projects, today announced it has commissioned a 10 MW / 69kV baseload power plant located on Panay Island, Philippines. The package is installed at the Panit-an substation in the Capiz Province of Panay Island, and will assist in restoring reliable electricity supply to the island residents.
Frost & Sullivan has awarded Power Measurement - a global provider of enterprise energy management systems - the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation. Frost & Sullivan’s market research identifies companies in the North American electrical utility meter market that achieve significant milestones in terms of technology innovation, product innovation, and new product development. The award - Power Measurement’s third from Frost & Sullivan - identifies Power Measurement’s line of ION® energy-management software and metering products as key elements in helping utilities and large electricity consumers control the cost, quality and reliability of their power. According to Roberta Gamble, Energy Markets Industry Manager, Frost & Sullivan, the 2004 award honors Power Measurement for its initiative and success toward product innovation in the North American electrical utility meter market...
GeoPraxis, an architectural, engineering and construction software company, today announced the release of Green Building Studio web service, enabling early stage building design teams to integrate whole building energy analysis into their architectural practice. Green Building Studio (GBS) provides early stage energy analysis using DOE-2 and EnergyPlus while identifying appropriate product information to building design teams. Users of Autodesk, Graphisoft, and Bentley 3D-CAD and building information modeling (BIM) tools can use the Green Building Studio at no charge. GBS can be used to share data with your engineers using other complex engineering analysis and sales tools, opening the doors to design teams working to qualify their early stage building designs for LEED programs, as well as local codes and utility efficiency programs... (more)
Easylight Lighting Systems -- an innovative lighting systems designer and manufacturer in Boulder, CO – announced today the development of a BACnet compatible gateway. This gateway will enable integration with BACnet compliant protocols for building management and control... (more)
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ: BLDP) today introduced its 75 kW Ecostar™ power converter specifically designed for photovoltaic (“PV”) applications. The only 75 kW grid-tie utility interactive power inverter available to PV customers, the Ecostar™ power converter combines superior inverter and transformer efficiency with ease of installation and use. Based on proven, state-of-the art technology, the Ecostar™ power converter offers customers improved reliability and a reduced payback period for their product investment when compared to incumbent technologies... (more)
Orion Energy Systems-- an energy efficient lighting manufacturer to the industrial, agricultural, educational, and hospitality markets-- has been chosen by Dr. Karen Hayes to provide lighting for her “perfect stall.” Released by Ironhorse Publishing of Hayden Lake, Idaho earlier this year, “The Perfect Stall” was written by Dr. Hayes to help horse owners with creating a “comfortable, safe, healthy, but not necessarily expensive” abode...
State and national parks are some of the most precious environmental treasures in the United States. Add luxurious resorts, spas and shopping, and these parks are vacation destinations for millions of tourists each year. With heavy pedestrian traffic, managing the parks and resorts is daily challenge with the goal of preserving the natural beauty of the surrounding area in a cost-efficient manner, while still offering the best modern conveniences to guests. (more)
Solar Integrated Technologies (SIT), an innovator in solar electric roofing technology, and Sarnafil Inc., a worldwide leading manufacturer of high quality thermoplastic roofing and waterproofing systems, announce the completion of a North American supply agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Sarnafil Inc. will supply SIT with its high quality thermoplastic roofing membrane on an exclusive basis for the North American market. In addition, the two companies will cooperate in marketing the SIT SR2001 Solar Electric Roofing System.... (more)
Leading microturbine power systems manufacturer Capstone Turbine (Nasdaq: CPST) Friday shipped the first beta unit C200 to the University of California, Irvine. It is planned to be fully installed and running 24x7 in mid-May. Developed in conjunction with the US Department of Energy’s Advanced MicroTurbine System program, commercial plans for the new system will be announced later in the year.... (more)
McKenzie Bay International Ltd. (“MKBY”) (OTC:MKBY.PK) has assembled a world class Team to complete development and the intended commercialization and operation of its WindStor(SM) system, a renewable energy generation, storage and distribution system for “urban” and “remote” locations, and its DERMOND’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbine “DWTSM”. Integration of the breadth of expertise and depth of experience of Team members and their commitment to renewable energy make the Team uniquely qualified to lead WindStor(SM) and DERMOND wind turbines to new, innovative, wind energy markets.... (more)
USIEnergy, the first company to provide customized energy management services to multifamily property owners, has invested more than $500,000 in Datacap’s advanced invoice processing software Taskmaster. The software, now in production, significantly expands USIEnergy’s ability to recover utility costs and identify opportunities for future savings on behalf of multifamily properties nationwide.... (more)
A Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) project co-sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) and Alliant Energy is now capturing methane biogas produced by the wastewater treatment process and cleanly burning the gas to generate electricity and heat. Micro turbines ideal for wastewater treatment. The heat that is generated from the gas is used to help maintain the proper temperature in the waste digester and the electricity is used to power the wastewater treatment facility's equipment. The facility has four 30 kW Capstone MicroTurbines™ that can produce... (more)
The West Coast Energy Management Congress which is hosted by AEE is scheduled in the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on June 16 and 17, 2004. The conference will teach Energy Engineers and Energy Managers the latest information about energy management, including the opportunity to speak with an expert in the Thermal Energy Storage industry and to visit the CALMAC Manufacturing Corporation display at Booth 221. Mark MacCracken, P.E., and CEO of CALMAC Manufacturing Corporation, is one of the scheduled speakers and will speak in the Energy Management in Demand Response Track, on the subject of “Major Peak Load Reductions and LEEDTM Gold Rating with Thermal Energy Storage”.... (more)
Johnson Controls, Inc., a global leader in facility management and control, announced that Agilent Technologies has awarded the company a contract for the facilities management of its entire global real estate portfolio. Under the five-year agreement, Johnson Controls will provide more than 70 services across Agilent's 17 million sq. ft. of owned and leased properties in 30 countries across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Services include mechanical, electrical... (more)
Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Automated Logic Corporation, a technology leader in building automation systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. Automated Logic Corporation and its subsidiaries will continue operating under their current names, and its headquarters will remain in Kennesaw, Georgia. Carrier Corporation, the acquiring subsidiary... (more)
GE Jenbacher, a division of GE Energy, has received a multi-million dollar contract to provide 22 complete gas engine cogeneration systems for a Ukrainian coal mine gas-to-energy project. Each system will include the cooling system, silencer, control system and heat recovery unit. Upon completion, the project will be the largest of its kind in the world in terms of total power output.... (more)
Orion Energy Systems announced the hiring of Mike Pavlovich as Vice President of National Sales. Mr. Pavlovich has been in the lighting business for 18 years, all of which were spent with Osram Sylvania as a senior sales representative. Mr. Pavlovich was a Hall of Fame Award winner while with Osram Sylvania...
ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region's electrical grid, took an unusual step in late April by contracting for energy efficiency services in order to improve the reliability of its power grid in southwest Connecticut. Under the new contract... (more)
LEDtronics® introduced today John Henckel as their new sales representative for Northern Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria). Mr. Henckel brings 35 years of experience in electronics, manufacturing and sales to the solid-state lighting arena. His practical understanding of LEDs makes it possible for him to showcase LED solutions in complex lighting applications, while his ingenuity enables him to conceptualize how LED technology can be used to solve unique or unusual problems. Recently, Mr. Henckel took the lead in developing LED lamps for use in the examination areas of medical evacuation helicopters, which had been plagued by the heat generation and failure of halogen bulbs... (more)
LEDtronics introduces the Series BL630 and BXL630 R12-Styled LED Lamps that are direct replacements for incandescent #1383 R12-styled lamps found in elevator cabs, cabinets and recessed lighting applications. These energy-efficient and long-lived illuminators have a 15mm single-contact bayonet base, draw just 2.4 Watts, and feature 30 incandescent white LEDs. Series Bx630 R12 lamps are available in two lengths: (1) BL630 is 2.58”L (65.6mm) and (2) the BXL630 is 3.58”L (90.4mm). Series BL630/BXL630 LED lamps are 12/14VDC standard; other voltages are available as a special order. With factory-approval, Series BL630/BXL630 LED lamps may be ordered in other colors and shades of white. Lamps carry a 3-year limited warranty. Elevator manufacturers, industrial designers and maintenance departments will find these lights to be excellent solutions for maintenance-intensive and low-voltage applications....
RWE SCHOTT Solar Inc. (RSS), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality solar modules and systems, announced that its flat-roof photovoltaic system on the West End Hotel in Culver City, CA is up and producing power for this historical building. Although not an overly large system by industry standards at 20kW (AC), the installation bears interest in the challenges overcome, including meeting city regulations for buildings with an historical designation, while also meeting the fire department's strict safety code for buildings of this type.
Built in 1923, this "E" shaped hotel was designated an historical building in the early 1980s. While the designation gives the building some marketing cachet, it also carries with it several restrictions as to what can or cannot be done to the building's exterior, particularly what can be visible on the roof. In addition, because of the building's age, the fire department has special safety regulations for this type of structure, specifically that there can be no devices blocking roof access or blocking penetration points should a fire fighter need to break through the roof. (more)
Encorp, a leader in the distributed energy market, has completed a
transaction with Envenergy and closed on $7.11 million in new funding.
In the transaction, Encorp and Envenergy formed a new holding company, and
each firm merged with wholly-owned subsidiaries of the holding company. (more)
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) announces the release of the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) of ISO 14644-5, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments - Part 5: Operations by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). IEST serves as Secretariat for ISO Technical Committee 209, which developed the Standard as part of a series of documents to serve the needs of the global contamination control community.
When Bainbridge Island School District in western Washington undertook a major addition and update of its 133,000-square-foot-high school, comfort, air quality and teacher satisfaction were top priorities. School officials looked to commissioning to reach those goals. What is commissioning (more)
Energy and Power Solutions, Inc. (EPS) today announced that its first two Rebate XChange(TM) clients have already recovered over $1m in project rebates as a result of using the service. Rebate XChange is the premier outsourced service to find, qualify, maximize and deliver available rebates and incentives for client's capital projects. (more)
ORMAT completed construction and final acceptance testing of a 4.5 MW rated ORMAT® Energy Converter (OEC) installed on a turnkey basis by ORMAT at Enterprise Products L.P Neptune Gas Processing Plant. This project, the first of many similar recovered heat projects expected to come on line, utilizes previously wasted hot exhaust from two gas turbines driving gas recompression units to generate clean electricity with near zero emissions.
Fastenal, one of the fastest growing full-line industrial distributors and one of the largest fastener distributors in the nation, has completed an energy efficient lighting project in Atlanta that would be the equivalent of saving 1,238 acres of trees, removing 956 cars from the road, or saving 613,335 gallons of gasoline over the life of the fixtures. Fastenal is installing approximately 200 innovative and environmentally friendly lighting fixtures called The Illuminator from Orion Energy Systems of Plymouth, Wisconsin... (more)
GreenSense, The Watt Stopper's new
sustainability program, offers a wide range of resources for
professionals looking to enhance green design practices through the use of lighting controls.
Governor Mitt Romney unveiled the state’s comprehensive Climate Protection Plan, taking action to reduce pollution, cut energy demands and nurture job growth in the Commonwealth. “Economic success and environmental protection go hand in hand,” said Romney. “The steps we are taking today will ensure a cleaner environment and a brighter future for generations to come.” Romney said the climate plan is one of the nation’s strongest to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and represents a commitment to implementing the regional climate change plan adopted by the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in August 2001. (more)
The Comcast Center, University of Maryland’s 470,000 ft2 basketball arena, features a 2,100 TR chiller plant with one electric-drive centrifugal chiller and one steam-turbine-drive centrifugal chiller, both supplied by YORK, with each chiller using R-134a refrigerant and sized at 1,050 TR.
“The ability to use electricity or steam gives me flexibility to manage energy costs. I can change the operating parameters of my chillers based on my real energy costs,” notes John I. Vucci, Assistant Director – HVAC Systems, in the university’s Facilities Management division.
Brookfield Properties - one of North America’s largest real estate companies - has chosen an enterprise energy management (“EEM”) system from Power Measurement to control energy costs, automate tenant billing, and improve operational efficiencies throughout its nationwide portfolio of Canadian commercial office properties.
DTE Energy today announced it will partner with DaimlerChrysler, BP America and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on a demonstration project that will focus on the co-development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and a supporting hydrogen infrastructure.
One of five projects awarded by the DOE this year, the “Hydrogen to the Highways” project is part of a larger, $240 million DOE initiative to conduct demonstrations that emphasize co-developing hydrogen infrastructure in parallel with hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles. The project will test at least 20 DaimlerChrysler fuel cell vehicles and develop corresponding hydrogen re-fueling infrastructures in several geographic areas – including Michigan and California.
Electric City(R) (Amex: ELC) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Heinz North America to participate in the Company's development of a 50-Megawatt Power Curtailment system for ComEd in Northern Illinois. The agreement initially covers their 500,000 square foot Seasoning and Soup Products manufacturing facility in Northbrook, Illinois. Heinz is a global family of leading brands and one of the world's leading producers and marketers of branded food, including ketchup, condiments, sauces, meals, soups, seafood, snacks and infant foods.
The Glendale City Council approved the Glendale Water & Power -Glendale Community College Green Energy Partnership at a recent meeting. The college will begin construction of a split-level parking structure this year and the partnership will involve the installation of a 400 kW solar photovoltaic carport on the open fourth and sixth floors of the new parking structure at a cost $2.8 million. The solar system is expected to generate an average 580,000 kWh a year for 30 years or more, which is enough to power approximately 250 homes or 10% of the power needed by the College Campus on Verdugo Road.
Newark Housing Authority, a Rebuild America partnership, is saving energy dollars thanks to a comprehensive lighting retrofit in which thousands of inefficient lights were replaced with compact fluorescent lights (CFL) at no cost to the organization. The housing authority is responsible for 7,600 low-income housing units, and spends $4 million each year for electricity. To stay within budget, the housing authority turned to energy efficiency as a way to keep utility costs manageable. (more)
Interbrew Belgium has chosen an enterprise energy management system from Power Measurement to help control costs and improve power quality at its Leuven, Belgium-based brewery, one of the oldest breweries in the Interbrew group. The Internet-based system uses a network of ION® intelligent energy meters and software to help Interbrew monitor energy usage, verify billing and allocate costs by individual processes. According to Jan Van de Bergh, Interbrew energy manager at the Leuven plant, the ability to track and control energy costs was a key factor in the decision to invest in an enterprise energy management system.
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the development of a new “composite” drill pipe that is lighter, stronger and more flexible than steel, which could significantly alter the ability to drain substantially more oil and gas from rock than traditional vertical wells.
“This is another example of the technology breakthroughs in the arena of domestic energy production being carried out by our Office of Fossil Energy,” said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. “To reach and recover untapped domestic oil and gas reserves, we must have the ability to inexpensively drill highly deviated or horizontal holes.”
In a new report, Stationary Fuel Cells: Future Promise, Current Hype, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presents the benefits and disadvantages of a variety of stationary fuel cell technologies, and discusses the current and future market situation. The ACEEE suggests that fuel cells will be the next technological leap in the area of power production. (more)
Tecogen Inc., a pioneer in the development of cost-effective, reliable, and environmentally friendly systems for the generation of on-site power, heating, and cooling, announced that it was one of four recipients awarded funds by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program to develop a next-generation cogeneration system that improves the efficiency, reliability, and environmental performance of electric-generation technologies. Tecogen is a subsidiary of American Distributed Generation Inc. (more)
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced the availability of approximately $23 million in grants that will support President Bush’s energy plan to develop renewable energy systems and promote energy efficiency improvements. (more)
The Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon, Michigan, is the first commercial project in the world to integrate fuel-cell technology, a heat-recovery system for heating and air-conditioning, solar photovoltaics, and a nickel-hydride battery storage system. The innovative 26,600-square-foot research center is the result of a partnership among the City of Muskegon, the Michigan Public Service Commission and Grand Valley State University (GVSU), the fastest growing university in Michigan. (more)
A 30-kilowatt Capstone microturbine fueled by natural gas is now producing electricity and heating an eight-lane swimming pool at Lewis & Clark College. Perched on a roof adjacent to the Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion, the tiny power plant is a quiet "workhorse" that runs 8,760 hours a year (24 hours x 365 days) to help power the building and efficiently heat the pool’s water, said Chris Galati, NW Natural’s Director of Conservation and Technology.
Energy efficient manufacturing practices that protect the bottom line can take the sting out of complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new smog rules, the Alliance to Save Energy said today. Under new classifications recently issued by EPA and set to become effective June 15, a large number of states and communities will be required to take measures to reduce ground-level ozone (smog). (more)
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) selects recipients annually for outstanding achievements in the technical community. The 2004 honorees were recognized during the Keynote Address and Awards Recognition event on April 27 at ESTECH 2004, the IEST 50th annual technical meeting and exposition, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more)
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation today awarded a $1.2 million grant to the Museum of Broadcast Communications to support construction of a pacesetting energy efficient "green building" as the Museum's new 50,000 square-foot home. An additional $100,000 for the Museum's green building education efforts was also awarded by the Foundation. The $1.3 million grant is the third largest grant awarded by the Foundation since its inception. (more)
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) released its Clean Energy Initiative (CEI) Annual Report, which includes a summary of the CEI’s achievements from 1999 through December of 2003. The report shows that the CEI, through its various conservation and load reduction programs has produced 624,449 megawatt hours (MWh) of total energy savings and has reduced Long Island’s peak demand by 110.5 megawatts (MW). That is enough electricity to power 67,391 average –sized Long Island homes. The CEI also includes LIPA’s Peak Reduction Program, which contributed approximately 145 megawatts of additional capacity relief in the summer of 2003. (more)
Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan today announced that the County has signed a contract with Washington Gas Energy Services and their wind energy supplier, Community Energy, Inc., to purchase five percent of a multi-jurisdictional group’s electricity as wind energy. Montgomery County represented a buying group of six County agencies, 11 municipalities, and Prince George’s County. This is the largest purchase of wind energy by a local government in the nation, the largest retail purchase in Maryland, and the fifth largest retail purchase in the country. (more)
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has launched a new website feature, Code Alerts, that provides up-to-date information on the status of the nation’s electrical code. The web page features National Electrical Code® activity, and provides timely information on state and local adoption of the NEC® and other codes of interest to NEMA members. It will also be of interest to those concerned about public safety and an effective electrical infrastructure. Code Alerts automatically sends an email to subscribers when new code developments occur. As updated code alerts are added, older alerts are removed and archived. To access the field representative program homepage, please visit www.nema.org/fieldreps/. (more)
The “Premium” Bulb Eater™ system not only crushes spent fluorescent lamps of any length into 100% recyclable material, but also captures over 99.99% of the vapors released! The system, which is mounted to a 55-gallon container, can hold up to 1350 4’ fluorescent lamps. A three-stage filtering process removes hazardous particulates and gases. (more)
Vernon Smith, 2002 Nobel Prize winner in Economics, told a joint meeting of the U.S. Combined Heat & Power Association (USCHPA), the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy, and the CHP Partners of the Environmental Protection Agency that distributed energy offers critical resources to allow electricity markets to work in a competitive manner. Awarded the Nobel Prize for his seminal work on experimental economics, he indicated his experiments have shown that by allowing as little as 16% of the buyers' side of the market to respond to power market conditions - quite possibly through distributed generation - the sellers' side is unable to demand monopoly prices or to manipulate the market.
$800,000 Contract Provides Energy Improvements for Eight District Schools. TAC, a world leader in Open Systems for Building IT®, energy solutions and security systems, is implementing an $800,000 performance contract for the Connally Independent School District in Waco, Texas. TAC will design and construct energy conservation-related projects at eight school facilities. The project will be funded through the resulting energy savings and utility company rebates.
The blackout of August 14, 2003 was a sharp reminder of the essential nature of electricity and just how dependent we are on its very existence. Quoting the Electric Power Research Institute EPRI), “electricity is the nation’s indispensable engine of prosperity and quality of life.” The blackout proved that point, as in NYC alone, estimated revenue loss stemming from the event topped $1 billion. (more)
More than three dozen US power plants are installing multi-million dollar emissions-control devices this year known as selective catalytic reduction units (SCRs), as new rules aimed at cutting output of nitrogen oxides take effect in the Midwest and Southeast. The projects follow last year's record pace for building NOx-cutting selective catalytic reduction systems, according to the latest SCR Report from Argus Air Daily. The report, in its third year, has been expanded and now includes more in-depth analysis, a complete list of all coal-fired units with SCRs as well as data on plants running natural gas. (more)
Global Solar Energy has designed and installed a photovoltaic (PV) canopy that generates power while shielding up to 20 buses from the hot desert sun. Global Solar completed the canopy in March 2004 for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, which provides bus service in the high desert communities of Antelope Valley, Calif. The system will generate 190,000 kilowatt hours of power a year, reducing the authority's electric bills while providing valuable shade in an environment where summer temperatures routinely exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (more)
HyRadix Inc. recently announced that their 100 Nm3/h Adéo™ hydrogen fuel generator has passed acceptance testing at SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, California, exceeding the warranty in both capacity and purity. The Adéo hydrogen generator uses proprietary high pressure auto-thermal reforming technology developed by HyRadix to convert natural gas or propane into high purity, ultra-low CO hydrogen for the refueling of hydrogen vehicles. The Adéo unit forms the core of the first reformer-based hydrogen refueling station operating in the State of California. (more)
Teletrol Systems Inc., an industry leader in building automation technology, announced the immediate availability of Panorama Version 8.0, the latest release of Teletrol's powerful and scalable graphical user interface for monitoring and controlling building automation systems . Now featuring the web integration of PanoWeb Server, Panorama 8.0 allows facility managers and owners greater access to their systems via remote devices such as laptops and PC workstations.
Pepco Energy Services (PES) has signed 47 apartment and office buildings in the Nation's Capital and Maryland through the AOBA Alliance, part of the Apartment & Office Building Assn.
Owners signed individual contracts totaling 1.2 million mwh/year at prices guaranteed for one to three years after caps come off standard offer service prices in June for Maryland and next February in the District.
Schneider Electric announces today the acquisition of US-based Andover Controls Corporation, a Balfour Beatty (LSE: BBY) company. Andover Controls is of a highly successful player in Building Automation and Security, with sales of $169 million in 2003. (more)
With no end in sight to rising gasoline prices, supporters of the state's air quality campaign say there are plenty of simple things drivers can do to save money at the pump and help reduce air pollution at the same time.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), who sponsor the two-year-old Drive Clean Across Texas initiative, say little things can add up to big savings when it comes to gasoline consumption.
Anthony J. Pansini, E.E., P.E brings to this timely new publication more than 50 years of engineering and management experience in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of electrical transmission and distribution systems. He holds several patents and has authored numerous articles for journals as Transmission & Distribution, Electrical World, and Electrical Engineering. He has authored other best selling books including Power Transmission & Distribution, Electrical Transformers & Power Equipment, as well as Engineering Economic Analysis Guidebook.
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) announces the release of the Draft International Standard (DIS) of ISO 14644-8, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments - Part 8: Classification of airborne molecular contamination by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). IEST serves as Secretariat for ISO Technical Committee 209, which developed the Standard as part of a series of documents to serve the needs of the global contamination control community.
DTE Energy Services and Regency Affiliates Inc. have completed the purchase of Mobile Energy Services Co., LLC (MESC). MESC is an on-site energy facility that supplies steam and electricity to a Kimberly-Clark tissue mill in Mobile, Ala. DTE Energy Services is a subsidiary of DTE Energy Co. and Regency Affiliates is the parent company of several diversified businesses. The acquisition was accomplished through special purpose subsidiaries of DTE Energy Services and Regency Affiliates. DTE Energy Services and Regency Affiliates each own and control 50 percent of MESC. DTE Energy Services will provide management support and provide for the operation and maintenance of the energy facility. (more)
DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) announced today that it sold, through its wholly owned subsidiary DTE Energy Ventures Inc., 3.5 million shares of the stock it owns in Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a fuel-cell development and manufacturing company. (more)
Sierra Instruments, Inc. of Monterey, California has announced the release of its new Innova-Mass Model 240 Energy Monitoring System (EMS) multivariable vortex mass flow meter for energy monitoring applications. This flow meter calculates energy consumption, delivers a real time output signal of the energy consumed within the facility (e.g., BTU or Joules) over a period of time, and is suitable for water and steam heating and cooling applications. (more)
Passengers arriving at Ottawa International Airport’s new 600,000 square- foot passenger terminal are greeted by high, open spaces designed to be reminiscent of an airplane hanger. Exposed structural steel, a three-story atrium, and a full length 40-foot window give clear views of runways and easy access to check-in, gates, and baggage claim. The architects(YOW Consultants, an alliance between Brisbin Brook Beynon Architectural, Ottawa, and Architecture Planning Interiors Inc., Vancouver) wanted to create a seamless blend of architectural innovation and first-class comfort. (more)
Combining the power of the sun and the wind might be cheaper and more reliable than using just solar energy alone, or, in some cases than connecting to a utility grid.
Researchers with NREL's PV (photovoltaics) International Program currently are testing and collecting data on hybrid power systems, including a small hybrid solar and wind energy system at the Laboratory's Outdoor Test Facility (OTF), to show how these systems can power remote households and villages as effectively as solar, wind, diesel or battery power alone.
The Norfolk-Western northbound 110 car freight train rounding a bend strikes a boulder pushed on the tracks by several high school students. The boulder forces the engine to derail taking nine cars with it down an embankment splitting open two chlorine tank cars. A green cloud moving close to the ground is blown towards a 3,000 resident neighborhood. The emergency services director orders an immediate evacuation of the area. Such a call or one of a similar nature is repeated on a regular basis throughout the US almost weekly. These emergencies tax the capabilities and resources of most emergency management departments. Something often overlooked are the resources available in local school districts. Such resources can prove to be invaluable in crisis situations.
In a project that demonstrates the benefit of working in partnership, Yosemite National Park with the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) of the US. Army Corps of Engineers is studying the feasibility of fuel cell uses in the park. Yosemite National Park has installed a 5-kilowatt fuel cell at the National Park Service Administration Building in Yosemite Valley. The fuel cell uses propane to start the process that creates both electricity and heat that will supplement the building's normal power and heat supply. (more)
Brookfield Properties — one of North America’s largest real estate companies — has chosen an enterprise energy management (“EEM”) system from Power Measurement to control energy costs, automate tenant billing, and improve operational efficiencies throughout its nationwide portfolio of Canadian commercial office properties. (more)
The City of Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) recently completed a pilot project utilizing the latest in wireless handheld technologies from EnerPath®, a Redlands, California based software company. EnerPath® couples energy auditing software loaded on a wireless PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) device with a dedicated web portal that processes the data and allows the wireless users to generate reports in real-time in the field. The technology makes it possible to perform a one-stop energy audit and to instantly produce an analysis of energy consuming assets for small businesses. (more)
Whether it is a concert, symposium, expo or conference, Washington, DC plays host to a multitude of events for its residents and visitors. Because the nation's capital serves as one of the country's focal points for large gatherings, there was an urgent need for a new exhibition facility that could accommodate the increasing demand for these functions. (more)
Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) and a leader in energy savings performance contracting, announced today that it has been chosen by the State of Maryland Department of General Services to provide comprehensive energy efficiency and guaranteed savings programs for Maryland state agencies, universities, K-12 schools, local government, and county facilities. (more)
Power Innovations International(TM), a leading developer of next generation solutions that generate, store and manage perfect quality AC power, announced the Power II(TM), a custom, mobile emergency power solution that provides reliable backup power in virtually any environment.
Individually built to accommodate specific customer needs, the Power II is a truck or similarly large vehicle that is outfitted with scalable power outputs, hot-swappable battery modules, rapid power chargers and emergency lights. Initially commissioned for use at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics, the original Power II is a one-ton GMC diesel truck with a heavy-duty Allison transmission capable of easily pulling a separate generator trailer.
Against the backdrop of a 115-foot fiberglass wind turbine blade and the city skyline, representatives from PECO Energy, wind energy supplier Community Energy, environmental groups, and business and residential customers launched PECO WIND, Pennsylvania's first utility offered wind energy product, today outside The Philadelphia Museum of Art. (more)
Amtech Lighting Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABM Industries Incorporated (NYSE:ABM), has been awarded multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts with the City of Dallas and City of Arlington, Texas. Amtech Lighting will provide a traffic signal retrofit at over 1,100-metered intersections throughout Dallas and will replace over 22,000 incandescent traffic lamps with energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) units.
Calpine Corporation (NYSE: CPN - News), one of North America's leading power companies, has been selected to help meet future energy needs on Long Island under a comprehensive energy resource plan announced yesterday by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). LIPA announced that it intends to enter into a 20-year, 79.9-megawatt power contract with Calpine for capacity and related energy and ancillary services beginning in June 2005.
Deputey Secretary of Energy Kyle McSlarrow and Congressional leaders will kick-off celebration and showcase for the High Temperature Superconducting (HTS)Cable projects, a national effort to introduce new technology into the power delivery infrastructure at the Russell Senate Office Building. (more)
FirstEnergy Solutions Corp., a subsidiary of Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE - News), announced that it has been selected to supply electricity to Westinghouse Electric Company's international headquarters, The Energy Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. The agreement is an integral part of Westinghouse's ongoing efforts to reduce energy costs at its facility. (more)
Flex Your Power today announced the winners of its Flex Your Power Energy Efficiency Awards. The 20 awards were given to recognize businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and extraordinary contributions to advance energy efficiency in California. (more)
Unless crude oil prices stabilize at substantially lower prices, US hospitals could see further erosion in their operating margins due to large price increases for many products, warns Joe Colonna, CEO of Seattle-based SIH (Strategic Initiatives In Healthcare, LLC), a firm specializing in non-labor hospital expense management.
Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. unveiled a power project at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in upstate New York that makes the college energy independent, partially by converting methane gas from a local landfill into electricity. The project is expected to save HVCC, Troy, NY, more than $1.3 million in energy costs while paying for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the plant over a 15-year period. (more)
ICF Consulting, Inc. recently completed a major study of transmission adequacy in the U.S. which forecasts the optimal amount of new electric transmission capacity builds and the investments needed to ensure continued grid reliability. This nationwide study was sponsored by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company (KKR). It shows that strategic investments of just over $8 billion (net present value) over the next 26 years could lower the wholesale cost of power by approximately $12.5 billion (net present value). (more)
Liberty Power Corporation, a fast growing independent power provider in the U.S., announced today that the Company had been approved to sell electricity in Maryland. Presently, Liberty is the power provider of choice for national companies that include New York Life, Lowe's, Circuit City, and Linens 'n Things, as well as government entities and thousands of small- and mid-sized businesses.
Orion Energy Systems announced that it has completed the purchase of 30 acres of land and a large distribution center in Manitowoc, WI, previously used by Newell Rubbermaid for its Mirro division. Orion expects to use the distribution center to continue the rapid expansion of its energy efficient lighting business and to offer new products and services in the national energy marketplace. (more)
LEDtronics® announces price reductions for its sunlight-visible AUT-1157/1156 15mm Bayonet Based and AUT-3157/3156 Wedge Based LED automotive bulbs. LEDtronics' automotive LED Lamps are designed to be plug-compatible replacements for incandescent 1157/1156 and 3157/3156 bulbs in brake/turn/tail and backup lights in most cars, motorcycles, forklifts, ATVs and trailers. Price reductions range from 15% - 40% depending on the model.
"Nowadays, everyone is talking about energy – how to save it, how to produce it more cleanly and how to manage it. People are looking for a place to connect and that’s where Talk Energy comes in. We’ve created a community that bridges the gap between those who desire a sustainable future and those with ideas of how to achieve it. It’s a place where people can learn, teach, build real relationships, create solutions and share a passion for how we use energy," explains Mitchell, Talk Energy’s President.
WFI Industries announced that it has formed a Cooperative Production Agreement with its distributor in China, Ningbo Shenglong Group Co., Ltd. The new venture will be called WFI Shenglong and will occupy a 200,000-square-foot portion of Shenglong's existing manufacturing and headquarters complex in Ningbo, China.
DuPont and Tate & Lyle PLC today announced a joint venture to create products from renewable resources such as corn for numerous applications including clothing, interiors, engineered polymers and textile fibers. (more)
Florida-based electric utility JEA has incorporated advanced energy management technology from Power Measurement and OmniVerter to help a key industrial customer overcome persistent power-quality challenges. The combined solution detects and mitigates voltage sags as they occur, and reports each incident directly to the utility to help monitor and verify the results.
The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) today announced a comprehensive portfolio of new energy resources that will add over 1,000 megawatts (MW) of new energy to LIPA’s portfolio over the next eight to ten years. LIPA’s plan is the most resource-diverse energy supply plan in Long Island’s history, and is designed to help meet the region’s growing demand for electricity in the most cost efficient way possible.
Complementing their environmentally-oriented research and attitudes, Canada's Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS) located in Sidney, British Columbia, installed a solar electric system on their research facility to provide clean, renewable energy to the facility. (more)
Tractebel Energy Services Inc., the retail energy business unit of Tractebel Electricity & Gas International (EGI), a business division of SUEZ, announced today it had received approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission to supply retail electricity to Maryland customers. Tractebel Energy Services provides risk-managed retail electricity to commercial and industrial (C&I) customers, offering them products and services to help control their energy budgets. (more)
To reduce the air pollution caused by commercial building energy use, EPA is expanding the ENERGY STAR program to include new commercial buildings by encouraging the design of energy efficient buildings. Architecture firms will now be able to distinguish buildings that have been designed to be among the most efficient buildings in the country as "Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR." (more)
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) (NYSE:ED) is investing more than $700 million this year to upgrade and reinforce its electric delivery system for the 9 million people it serves in New York City and Westchester County. The investments include the construction of new substations to meet growing electric demand, the installation of miles of new transmission and distribution cables, and ongoing work for the replacement of equipment damaged or destroyed on September 11, 2001. (more)
Several months after 9-11, we received a phone call from the chief engineer of a 40-story office building with a problem. The building had been designed with the outside supply air on the ground floor at street level in front of the building. All it would take is a canister f XYZ gas opened on the sidewalk and thousands of his tenant's key personnelcould be dead or dying within minutes. (more)
.“Green” buildings are increasingly popular in the United States, a trend that means greater energy savings and a cleaner environment. A green building is defined as one that uses key resources such as energy, water, building materials and land more efficiently than other buildings. Green buildings tend to create healthier work, learning and living environments with more natural light and better air quality. They also protect and enhance the environment instead of damaging it. (more)
GE Energy has been awarded a contract by Wolverine Power Cooperative of Cadillac, Mich. for an XA/21 energy management system upgrade. GE Energy’s XA/21 system provides energy management (EMS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) capabilities combined with an open systems architecture featuring Web-based full graphics, advanced power system applications, historical information storage and retrieval and relational database technology. (more)
State Agriculture Commissioner today recognized the successful installation and benefits of fuel cell technology on dairy farms in New York State. An on-site liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fueled fuel cell was provided by Plug Power Inc. for Wagner Farms, a 300-cow dairy farm in Eagle Mills, Rensselaer County. (more)
Sempra Energy LNG today announced plans to develop and construct a new $600 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal near Port Arthur, Texas, capable of processing 1.5 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per day. The facility would be constructed on part of a 3,000-acre parcel of land along the Port Arthur Ship Canal. The parcel has been owned by Sempra Energy since 1989. (more)
SunPower Corporation, a Cypress subsidiary, today announced the debut of its new solar-power product line, the first mass-produced photovoltaic (PV) modules utilizing SunPower's breakthrough all-back-contact solar cells. With conversion efficiencies approaching 17 percent, SunPower's new modules provide exceptional power density, along with an optional "all-black" design that enhances the appearance of roof-mounted PV arrays. This combination of performance and aesthetics is expected to strengthen SunPower's position in the $2.5 billion PV module market. (more)
As part of its commitment to environmental leadership, Trane, a business of American Standard Companies, is taking its industry-leading centrifugal chiller performance to a new level. At today’s Earth Technology Forum, Trane announced it will offer a leak-tight warranty on its complete line of HCFC-123 centrifugal chillers, the heart of air conditioning systems in large buildings. Under the warranty, an industry first, Trane centrifugal chillers will emit 0.5 percent or less of HCFC-123 refrigerant annually, which is only a fraction of federal allowable limits, or Trane will replace the refrigerant for free. (more)
Work has begun on the fifth phase of a multi-year program to improve energy efficiency in Washoe County schools. The Washoe County School District recently reached agreement on a $1.76 million contract with Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy services company, to complete the fifth phase of the program. (more)
With oil and gas prices soaring amid deepening instability in the Middle East, renewable energy is emerging as a bright spot in the global energy economy—and is poised for a worldwide takeoff. According to a new study from the Worldwatch Institute, solar power generation has more than tripled globally in the past five years, and wind power generation has nearly quadrupled. (more)
Lighting equipment manufacturers across North America are increasingly shifting their production facilities to less expensive overseas locations due to immense pricing pressure from the members of distribution chain and customers. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.BuildingTechnologies.frost.com), "North American Lighting Equipment Market," reveals that this market generated revenues worth $10.27 billion in 2003 and is likely to reach $10.95 billion by 2010. (more)
Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), to supply electricity to several government agencies in Maryland, including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Navy Intelligence Command. The 17 month contract calls for Pepco Energy Services to supply 107 megawatts of electricity, beginning this month. Awarded by DESC, the contract is valued at $34 million and will provide the government with electricity savings of $8 million. (more)
Office Depot (NYSE:ODP - News), an industry leader in environmental stewardship, announced that 12 of its California locations have purchased renewable energy from Strategic Energy, a leading supplier of retail electricity in competitive markets. Effective last month, the "green power" agreement enables the Office Depot stores and warehouses to source their electricity needs from renewable resources for a period of two years. (more)
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Active Power, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACPW) today announced that it successfully completed the second of five milestones for its new battery-free energy storage system by operating a prototype at 80 kilowatts (kW) for 15 minutes. The new prototype delivers double the energy of the previous unit and has achieved the desired output power for the first version of the product. (more)
Catalytica Energy Systems, Inc. (NasdaqNM:CESI - News) announced today that it has been awarded a $480,000 contract by the Electricity Innovation Institute (E2I), an affiliate of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), for the development of a greater than 90% NOx reduction system for stationary diesel engines. The Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program of the California Energy Commission is providing the majority of the funding to support this effort, with additional funding committed by Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO). E2I will be responsible for overall management of the project, with Catalytica Energy Systems leading the technology development effort. (more)
Charter Steel of Saukville, Wis. announced that it has receive the Environmental Stewardship Award for an energy efficient lighting project that is expected to result in environmental savings of roughly 6,972 acres of trees, removing 5,382 cars from the road, or saving 3.45 million gallons of gasoline over the life of the installed lighting. Charter hired Orion Energy Systems of Plymouth, Wis. to install more than 1,000 "Illuminator" lighting fixtures. (more)
The Department of Energy (DOE) is excited to unveil its latest effort to diversify the nation's power supply at the dedication ceremony here for a revolutionary Cooling-Heating-Power (CHP) facility. CHP is a form of distributed energy that recycles valuable waste heat produced in electrical generation. The 4.5 MW unit has a new technological approach -- it recycles the waste heat from the natural gas-fired generator, and this waste heat is the only fuel source for the chiller that provides air conditioning and heating. (more)
An effort to improve the energy efficiency of the London State Office Building and the Madisonville State Office Building, the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet's Department for Facilities Management is teaming up with Vestar, Inc., an affiliate of Cinergy Corp. (NYSE:CIN - News) specializing in facility and infrastructure solutions. Upon completion of the anticipated improvements and retrofits at these two facilities, it is estimated that the Commonwealth will save more than $15,000 annually over a 10-year period. (more)
The $9 billion Schneider Electric Company, which owns Square D, has launched a business that’s helping facilities trim operating costs with an economical remote monitoring system that tracks utilities, temperature and other parameters. The business is Obvius, Inc., and its remote monitoring system is Web-enabled AcquiSuite™ data acquisition. The executive team has a proven track record in remote data monitoring. Jim Lewis, founder of Veris, a leader in Modbus meters, is Chairman and CEO. Joe Polaski, former President of MMSI, a data monitoring service, is President. (more)
Ameresco was awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency one of its highest awards for achievement in the landfill gas industry, Industry Partner of the Year. Ameresco also accepted the Project of the Year Award on behalf of the BMW Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project, which Ameresco developed. These highly competitive awards were publicly bestowed by the US EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) during their annual conference. (more)
CB&I (NYSE:CBI) has been awarded a lump-sum turnkey contract valued in excess of US$55 million for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal expansion project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. Owned and operated by Trunkline LNG Company, a subsidiary of Southern Union Company (NYSE:SUG), the expanded Lake Charles terminal is North America's largest operating LNG terminal. (more)
The DOE announced that it will conduct separate competitions for the managment of Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory beyond its current September 30,2005, expiration date in order to separate the two competitions. (more)
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded the Bush Administration for installing the first-ever solar electric system on the grounds of the White House. The National Park Service, which manages the White House complex, installed a 9 kW solar electric (also known as “PV” or “photovoltaic”) system, as well as two solar thermal systems that heat water used on the premises. (more)
Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd. (FCT) announced that Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation's Stationary Fuel Cells Division (SFC) has purchased two FCT 5 kW power systems. The two systems will be comprised of FCT's balance of plant assembly and SFC's new enhanced generator components and module. The two units will be tested under a broad range of system conditions in order to facilitate enhanced testing for SFC's larger size 100 kW class systems. (more)
M.L. Chan. Ph.D. and Yi Hu, Ph.D. recently joined KEMA as consultants with KEMA. The highly experienced engineers will support transmission and distribution clients in enhancing service reliability.
KEMA is continuing to actively expand its T&D consulting practice in the North American market to meet the growing utility industry demand for T&D technical and management support services. (more)
With several states, including California, facing possible power supply shortages this summer, Calpine Corporation's (NYSE:CPN) fleet of energy-efficient and renewable power plants stands ready to meet the high power demand period. Since its founding in San Jose, Calif., 20 years ago tomorrow, Calpine has grown from a small energy services provider to the nation's largest independent power company, capable of generating more than 25,000 megawatts of electricity. This represents enough power to supply 25 million U.S. households. In California alone, Calpine's portfolio of plants in operation, under construction and in development, meet 15 percent of the state's capacity for electricity. Calpine also produces 10 percent of California's natural gas needs. (more)
Enel SpA, the largest electric utility in Italy, has signed an agreement with GE Energy to purchase 71 of GE's 1.5-megawatt wind turbines during 2004 and 2005. (more)
RWE SCHOTT Solar Inc. (RSS), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality solar modules and systems, announced today the promotion of Marc Roper to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. (more)
Sierra Instruments Inc. of Monterey, California has announced the addition of MODBUS communications and HART Full Device Description to its line of Innova-Mass® Multivariable Vortex Mass Flow Meters. The integration of MODBUS Communication offers higher accuracy, greater flexibility, reliable performance, and cost savings on installation. The easy-to-use interface features direct import of the following variables: Meter Serial Number; Totalized flow plus units; Mass and Volumetric flow plus units; Velocity and Reynold’s number of the flowing fluid; Pressure and Temperature of the flowing fluid; and Fluid properties including density and viscosity. Full implementation of HART Protocol provides access to all measured variables and programming menus and permits field-configuration without disruption of the existing measurement signal. The flow meter can be configured directly from the control panel or workstation, or with the HART 275 Communicator. (more)
The Watt Stopper's new LightSaver LS-301
Dimming Photosensor offers an advance in daylight-responsive dimming with
set-up, commissioning and user adjustments performed via handheld remote. (more)
DTE Energy today broke ground on its Hydrogen Technology Park, a pilot project that will model a complete, multi-use hydrogen energy system. DTE Energy was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as its partner to develop, build and operate the project that will create hydrogen gas from tap water and use that gas in fuel cell generators and to refuel fuel cell vehicles. (more)
Tecogen Inc. announced today that four of its 75-kilowatt cogeneration systems have been successfully installed at Chabot College in Hayward, California. (more)
Johnson Controls, Inc., a global leader in facility management and control, has successfully completed a project with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Chinese government. The collaboration proved effective in providing energy-efficient headquarters for the Ministry of Science and Technology in Beijing. It is China's first "green building". This project is a pilot to show the effectiveness of U.S. energy-saving technology. (more)
Leading microturbine energy systems manufacturer Capstone Turbine (Nasdaq: CPST) announced that its first beta C200 system surpassed a 1,000-hour operating milestone this morning. The beta unit was installed and commissioned May 3 at the National Fuel Cell Research Center and Combustion Lab at the University of California, Irvine. Continuous, full-load operation began two days later.The 200-kilowatt system was developed in conjunction with the US Department of Energy's Advanced MicroTurbine System program. During an industry viewing Wednesday of the C200 in conjunction with the West Coast Energy Management Congress trade show in nearby Anaheim, Capstone CEO John Tucker said. “We’re very pleased with what we’ve experienced to date. This system has been providing an average of 207 kilowatts with an average electrical efficiency of 33.5%.” (more)
Power Measurement today announced the next
generation of web-based enterprise energy management software: ION(R) EEM.
The ION EEM software is designed to help large energy consumers reduce
energy-related business risks by controlling energy and operations costs,
enabling better procurement strategies, and maintaining reliability.
Optimized for commercial office and retail property applications, ION EEM
offers key performance indicators, plus benchmarking, forecasting, and
control capabilities that can also benefit universities, industrial and
research facilities, health centers, and utilities seeking to boost profits
and productivity. (more)
The Renewable Northwest Project (RNP) today announced the Tualatin Valley Water District's (TVWD) purchase of Green Tags in support of clean renewable energy. The purchase represents the environmental benefits associated with electricity produced from wind energy resources located within the Pacific Northwest. (more)
The Watt Stopper's new Education Series
offers regional training seminars for industry professionals on the use of
lighting controls. The program focuses on how lighting controls pertain to
energy code compliance, green building initiatives, and sustainable design. (more)
Western Governors agreed unanimously today to explore opportunities to develop "a clean, secure and diversified energy system for the West and to capitalize on the region's immense energy resources."
Western Governors adopted a resolution at their Annual Meeting that will launch the initiative, spearheaded by Govs. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Arnold Schwarzenegger of California. (more)
Against the backdrop of a 115-foot fiberglass wind power turbine blade, Community Energy, the nation's leading marketer of wind-generated electricity, today brought Rhode Island businesses, government officials and non-profit organizations together to honor Rhode Island wind power customers instrumental in bringing new wind energy to the state and region., and to celebrate the availability of clean, emission-free wind power to all Narragansett Electric Customers. (more)
City Public Service in San Antonio is currently using wireless data technology provided by Profile Systems for automated meter reading (AMR) of the solar panel installed at the North Side customer service center. With access to any internet enabled device, CPS can retrieve kW, kWh readings on demand. Nine additional data points are also being read including Reactive Power, Apparent Power, Power Factor, Voltage Line to Line, Voltage Line to Natural, Current, Average Demand, Minimum Demand and Maximum Demand. Historical data is stored and presented in either graphic format for trending or data point format which can be exported to spreadsheet software for further analysis. (more)
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has announced that two of its Recommended Practices (RPs)—IEST-RP-CC002.2 Unidirectional Flow Clean-Air Devices and IEST-RP-029.1 Contamination Control Considerations for Paint-Spray Applications—have been subjected to review by their respective Working Groups, and validated for use without change. (more)
Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Building Solutions announced the award of a five-year, $26.6 million contract from Miami International Airport (MIA). (more)
Green Lights lighting specialist Damon Wood takes you step by step through upgrading a lighting system, in either a retrofit or a complete redesign scenario, for the purpose of increasing both energy efficiency and productivity. Extremely well-organized and comprehensive in scope, this fully illustrated desk reference provides a virtual "crash course" on all aspects of lighting in the workplace. Going beyond the fundamental principles of quality lighting, the author also fully addresses light's impact on conservation, productivity and occupant safety. Topics examined in detail include lighting quality, upgrade strategies, lighting applications, current technologies, lighting economics, effective maintenance, lighting project implementation, and strategies for assessing energy and cost saving opportunities....
Everybody loves a good David and Goliath story. “Saul looked at Goliath and thought he was too big to defeat. David saw a target that was too big to miss.” Now that little saying is inspirational! It inspires a sense of hope for the little guy, but what happens to our story–our sense of hope for the little guy, when, SpLaT!!! Goliath just crushes David underneath his sandal? Not much hope left, right? This same enthusiasm and desire to win inspired Chicago-Edison Corporation to open its doors in 1986. The opportunity was so great for a company like CEC. CEC is a lighting management company that specializes in lighting management and cost reduction.... (more)
FuelCell Energy, Inc. (NasdaqNM:FCEL), a leading manufacturer of stationary fuel cell power plants for distributed generation, today announced that it will be providing a 250-kilowatt Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant as part of a temporary distributed generation micro-grid for the Democratic National Convention to be held at the Fleet Center in Boston July 26-29, 2004. (more)
GeoPraxis, an architectural, engineering and construction software company, today announced that leading heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) manufacturers have adopted and are deploying gbXML, streamlining building design and providing interoperability for architects and building design teams. (more)
Last night, Neal Verfuerth, President of Orion Energy Systems, received one of Wisconsin’s most prestigious awards, Ernst & Young’s Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year, at the Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Previous state and national winners from Wisconsin were Herbert Kohler of the Kohler Company, Samuel Johnson of the SC Johnson Company,Ralph Stayer of the Johnsonville Sausage, and Harry Quadracci of Quad Graphics. (more)
LEDtronics announces the newest and most powerful addition to their popular line of LED FlashLEDs — the FlashLED FLT-5001 — that surpasses the light output of all its predecessors and rivals incandescent flashlights of equal power. Press the switch and a dazzling 1800 foot-candles of white light erupts from the three 1-Watt Luxeon(tm) LEDs. (Luxeon LEDs are the brightest solid-state light source commercially available.) Each LED features an onboard collimator that focuses the light into tight beam for an intensity of 75 lumens each. (more)
USA Technologies (OTC Bulletin Board: USTT - News) announced today that Farrell Vending, a Canteen Franchise, based in Burlington, Vermont, had become one of the first full service vending companies to adopt its energy management solution, VendingMiser®, and to participate in Project Get Green. "Our traditional customers largely have been owners and operators of beverage vending machines, but Farrell vends everything from soda, juices and sports drinks, candy and snacks, to fresh and frozen foods, coffee, milk and ice cream," said Tim Wygant, Director of Sales, USA Technologies, Inc. "USA Technologies is delighted that vending owners and operators are beginning to recognize the enormous benefits that come with energy management, and word is spreading. (more)
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has chosen an enterprise energy management (“EEM”) system from Power Measurement to help cut energy-related costs and improve power reliability across a number of its properties in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Initiated by GSA's Energy Center of Expertise, the pilot project uses ION® intelligent energy meters and software connected over the agency’s internal Ethernet network to arm each GSA building manager with the customized information needed to drive best energy practices and comply with federal energy conservation mandates. (more)
The rolling blackouts that occurred throughout California in 2002 had a devastating effect on businesses that rely on uninterrupted power. One such firm, located in northern California, is a world leader in storage area networks. Because data reliability is critical to their operation, this company performs long-term system tests that require continuous high-quality power for periods of up to several months. Power interruptions of even a few cycles require that the tests be repeated. (more)
The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) recently honored James R. Shields, chairman emeritus and founder of WFI Industries, with the organization’s Ambassador Award for his contributions to the geothermal heat pump industry. (more)
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ: BLDP) today introduced its 30kW Ecostar™ power converter specifically designed for photovoltaic (“PV”) applications. The 30kW grid-tie utility interactive power converter combines superior inverter and transformer efficiency with ease of installation. Based on proven, state-of-the-art technology, Ballard’s 30kW product offers customers improved reliability and up-time while reducing the payback period for the product investment. The 30kW product joins Ballard’s recently announced 75kW grid-tie inverter. (more)
LEDtronics® announces Concave Cylindrical 5mm (T1-3/4) Discrete LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) that emit light that is as bright at its edges as it is in the center. Concave lenses improve the quality of the light beam by spreading out the collimated beam of light that LEDs typically emit. These high-intensity LEDs produce illumination that is bright even in direct sunlight, making them excellent sources of illumination for applications such as backlighting, medical equipment and illuminating channel letters. Sturdy leads are provided for wire wrap applications. Select from six sunlight-visible colors: Green (525nm and 568nm), Cool White (8000K), Blue (461nm), Yellow (596nm and 585nm), Red (655nm, 660nm and 630nm) and Orange (606nm). (more)
A number of our consulting clients have lamented about the dearth of readily available general information about the rate structures of various utilities in the US. What data is available through SEC filings is in many cases too thin. Data available through research organizations, albeit highly detailed, is in many cases just too expensive. (more)
AmericanDG has agreed to supply low-cost
energy to The Westfield Area Y, Westfield, New Jersey - a full-service
fitness facility featuring two indoor swimming pools and state-of-the-art
exercise equipment. Under the terms of the agreement, The Westfield Area Y
is now receiving a substantial portion of its electricity and hot water
directly from an on-site, 150-KW cogeneration facility operated by
Some of the most influential technologies of the past century have been developed at or in the shadow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Yet when most people think of the famed technology Institute, it is not large-scale industrial systems that first come to mind. (more)
Prevalent Power, one of California's fastest
growing providers of large-scale solar power systems, today announced that
it had secured contracts to supply and install 180 kilowatts (kW) of solar
photovoltaic (PV) power systems for six California public schools. (more)
Advance Transformer announces the enhancement of its popular line of Mark 5 Programmed Start Electronic Ballasts for the operation of one, two, and three 17-watt, 25-watt, and 32-watt T8 fluorescent lamps. Enhancements include the availability of Small Can models for maximum versatility and design flexibility as well as their inclusion of Advance’s exclusive IntelliVolt® multiple-voltage technology, enabling the ballasts’ operation at any input voltage from 120 to 277 volts, 50/60Hz. (more)
When it comes to attractive city halls, Auburn, New York, can boast of a Colonial Revival beauty on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed in 1930, the building features a masonry exterior over a steel frame, a columned porch, pediments, pilasters, and fine interior details that create an aura of civic order that officials wanted to preserve. (more)
Commissioner Connie O. Hughes, who has served on the New Jersey Board of
Public Utilities (NJBPU) for nearly three years, is the first state utility
commissioner in the United States to install a solar electric generation
system or renewable and energy efficient system for her home. Together with
her husband, Dr. James W. Hughes, Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of
Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, the Commissioner recently
completed a 9.9 kW solar electric system installation on their home in
Hunterdon County, New Jersey. (more)
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has issued Contamination Control Recommended Practice IEST-RP-CC026.2, Cleanroom Operations.This updated edition of the document includes a new section on considerations in planning and preparation for ancillary operations.In addition, the section on high-illuminance oblique white light inspection has been revised and expanded. (more)
Onset Computer Corporation, a leader in reliable, battery-powered data loggers and weather stations, today announced that it has expanded its line of HOBO® Weather Station Sensor Adapters with a new Pulse Input Adapter. The new Adapter makes it fast and simple to connect tipping-bucket rain gauges, flow meters, anemometers, power meters, gas meters, and other pulse-output sensors to HOBO Weather Station products. This includes the 15-channel HOBO Weather Station and 4-channel HOBO Micro Station. (more)
The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) has released a new set of information resources designed to enable local elected officials, metropolitan planners, architects, engineers, and healthier communities through the sustainable use of energy resources across all municipal applications. (more)
Teletrol Systems, an industry leader in building automation technology, announces the release of its new SimpleSTAT integrated rooftop unit controller and thermostat, fully integrated with both Teletrol's eBuilding and Integrator families of building automation systems. (more)
McKenzie Bay International Ltd. (OTC:MKBY.PK - News) has signed an Agreement with Mack Trucks, Inc to perform a wind resource evaluation for a WindStor(SM) configuration at Mack's Middletown PA Remanufacturing Center that could include one or more DERMOND Wind Turbines. (more)
RWE SCHOTT Solar Inc. (RSS), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality solar modules and systems and Permacity Corporation, one of Southern California’s premier environmental energy solutions companies, announced today that their customer, Earth Island Natural Foods, is now being powered entirely by the sun. Using the RSS non-penetrating SunRoof FS™ flat roof photovoltaic (PV) mounting system, RSS and Permacity designed a 113 kW solar electric system for the Chatsworth, California-based company that is dedicated to producing all natural vegetarian foods. (more)
Tecogen Inc., a subsidiary of American
Distributed Generation Inc., announced that Kaiser Permanente has purchased
two high-efficiency water-cooled TECOCHILL® systems to replace an aging
chiller plant at its Woodland Hills Medical Center in southern California. (more)
California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages the flow of electricity along 75% of the state's transmission lines, reported that on July 20 California set a new record for peak demand of 44,330 megawatts (MW), surpassing the previous day's record-breaking demand. (more)
Tecogen Inc., a subsidiary of American Distributed Generation Inc., announced that the City of Escondido in southern California has recently purchased three gas engine-driven chillers
to replace an unreliable chiller plant at the California Center for the
Arts, Escondido. (more)
The Montgomery County Geriatric & Rehabilitation Center is undergoing extensive energy efficiency improvements, as part of a comprehensive Facility Renewal Program developed by Cinergy Solutions, an energy service company specializing in facilities and infrastructures solutions and Phoenix Mechanical, Inc., a full service mechanical contractor. (more)
S&C is pleased to announce two further enhancements to Vista Underground Distribution Switchgear and System VI Switchgear — optional 900-ampere continuous current load-interrupters and fault interrupters, plus optional 1200-ampere main bus. These options are both available in ratings of 15.5, 29, and 38 kV. (more)
Chillers are the single largest energy-using component in most facilities, and can typically consume up to 50% of the facility’s electrical usage. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that chillers expend up to 30% in additional energy through inefficiency, which may further result in decreased equipment reliability and shortened lifespan. There are over 100,000 chillers in the United States, costing industry billions of dollars in energy costs annually through chiller inefficiency. (more)
Power Measurement, a global provider of
enterprise energy management systems, today announced the appointment of
Control Logic of Brisbane as an authorized distributor of the company’s ION® web-ready software and intelligent energy meters for Australia. Power
Measurement products help electricity suppliers and consumers in more than
80 countries control the cost, quality and reliability of their power. (more)
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) filed late Friday thefirst annual update to its long-term resource plan to continue supplying safe and reliable power to its customers. The plan calls for accelerated purchases of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, a new transmission line in the 2010 time frame, and additional generating plants in subsequent years. (more)
STEWART & STEVENSON SERVICES, INC. (NYSE: SVC), a leading manufacturer, distributor and provider of service for industrial and energy related equipment, and a manufacturer of medium tactical vehicles for the U.S. Army, announced that the company’s Distributed Energy Solutions Division in Houston has successfully completed production and testing on four high voltage emergency generator sets for the U.S. Navy’s next nuclear aircraft carrier. Delivery of the first pair was made in May of 2003 and the second pair is more than a year ahead of schedule. (more)
S&C is pleased to announce two further enhancements to Vista Underground Distribution Switchgear and System VI Switchgear — optional 900-ampere continuous current load-interrupters and fault interrupters, plus optional 1200-ampere main bus. These options are both available in ratings of 15.5, 29, and 38 kV. (more)
Automated Energy, Inc. has announced the signing of a contract with Devon Energy Corporation designed to assist the oil and gas concern with all aspects of its energy data collection and presentation for both gas and electric consumption. (more)
The Boston Carbon Corporation, (BCC), a leading consulting company advising clients on profitable environmental remediation techniques, is donating 27,000 Greenhouse Gas Certified Trading Credits (CTCs) to the Democratic National Convention. The credits will offset the estimated 27,000 tons of CO2 emissions that will be generated by delegates, media, staff and others as they travel to and from Boston during the week of the convention. (more)
Energy Efficiency is finally being recognized as an important component to America's energy future. In particular, states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have begun discussion about including Energy Efficiency into what many states call Renewable portfolios and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). The whole idea being that combining Energy Efficiency and renewables will allow the practicality of Energy Efficiency to enhance the economic viability of a program, which still depends on tax breaks and state subsidy. Pennsylvania calls their proposed plan an "Advanced Energy Technology Portfolio". (more)
FuelCell Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of stationary fuel cell power plants, has begun generating electricity with a 250-kilowatt Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plant at the site of the Democratic National Convention in Boston. (more)
Plug Power Inc. was recently awarded a $1.8 million contract by the U.S. Department of Defense for the Common Core Power Production Program. The U.S. Air Force is seeking long-term acquisition of modular, deployable power generation and distribution systems, which include fuel cells. (more)
Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water Company has been awarded the Silver Rating from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. This marks the first food manufacturing facility in the United States to earn this level of recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council. (more)
Advance Transformer announces the expansion of its popular line of signPRO drivers for LED lighting systems to include two new damp location-rated drivers for Luxeon-branded LEDs in each of two input voltages (120v and 230v). Specially designed for Luxeon products (offered by LumiLeds Lighting, the joint venture between Philips Lighting Company and Agilent Technologies), the new sign drivers are available in both 350mA models (for up to 7 or 8 Luxeons) as well as 700 mA models (for up to 12 Luxeons, 1 Luxeon line or ring, 5 Luxeon III models, or 3 Luxeon V models). Previously offered in versions for dry locations only, Advance’s new damp location-rated drivers are ideal in sign settings where moisture could be a concern, such as applications involving self-contained channel letters or raceway installation. (more)
Comverge, Inc. announced today the roll out of CoolSentry™, its free service offered to businesses and residents in Connecticut’s Fairfield and New Haven counties. Participation reduces electricity consumption during peak demand periods through remote conservation cycling of central air conditioning units. CoolSentry™ is a locally deployed program to help forestall summer power emergencies, while offering the positive environmental benefit of reducing greenhouse gases. CoolSentry™ is Comverge’s new consumer brand for its decades-proven technology and implementation of residential and small commercial load control programs. (more)
Citing recent success in alternative power, GE Energy, a subsidiary of General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE - News; NYSE:GE - News) is hoping to boost its solar energy sales to $1 billion annually by the end of the decade, the head of GEs solar business said. (more)
Two policy approaches are currently proving popular for developing renewable energy supplies in the United States: green power markets, which use a free-market approach to allow consumers and businesses to buy renewable energy; and state renewable energy requirements and goals, which set specific amounts of renewable energy per year, usually imposed upon utilities within each state. According to recent reports, as of the end of 2003, the two policy options have resulted in about 3,650 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity. (more)
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), has announced the release of Astec Power's newest 75 Watt, single inline package (SIP) footprint point-of-load (POL) DC/DC converters featuring efficiency as high as 92 percent.With input voltage ranging from 10V to 14V, the flexible new APA18 series can deliver 18 Amps (A) with adjustable output voltages from 0.75V to 5.5V. At only 2 inches by 0.5 inches by 0.4 inches (50.8mm x12.7mm x 9.98mm) with a choice of vertical or horizontal mounting pins, the devices are sized for use in applications with the most restrictive space requirements. (more)
Encorp, Inc. announced nearly $1.5 million in new orders
for June, continuing its trend of selling software, hardware and services to companies installing on-site combined-heat-and-power systems (CHP) that
supplement or replace utility power. (more)
GE announced today that it has signed its first North American order for the new LMS100(TM), the world's most efficient simple-cycle gas turbine, with Basin Electric Power Cooperative of Bismarck, N.D. Introduced in December 2003, the LMS100 is the most extensive collaboration of design and manufacturing in GE's history, with four GE business units and three other companies participating in the development program. (more)
Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI), a world-leading manufacturer of engineered materials, has contracted with Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, Inc., for facility management services and energy management at PGI’s Benson, N.C. plant. The contract with Johnson Controls, a global leader in facility management and controls, will help PGI improve facility management and utility costs, as well as help focus the company’s resources on product manufacturing. (more)
The Center for Resource Solutions announced today that the 2004 Democratic National Convention will be "green powered" by Green-e certified renewable electricity. Constellation NewEnergy, a top national provider of certified electricity generated from renewable resources, will supply Boston's FleetCenter and the media work stations with Green-e certified renewable electricity during the four days of the Convention. (more)
U.S. researchers have found a way to harness the power of decomposing plankton into a fuel cell that can provide low levels of electricity for months. Scientists at Oregon State University have found a way to use the decomposition activity as a fuel source for mobile instruments that would glide through the water and scoop up plankton to convert it into electricity. (more)
The National Weather Service issued a heat alert for most of Arizona, with a predicted high temperature of 114 degrees. Tom Hansen, of course, was delighted. "Some states have oil. Some have coal. Here in Arizona, we've got sun," said Hansen, a vice president of Tucson Electric Power, as he squinted through heavy-duty sunglasses. "And now we're using that resource to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels." (more)
The City of Syracuse has improved traffic signals at 299 intersections with energy-efficient Light-Emitting-Diode (LED) traffic lights. The new LED lamps, installed in 10,044 traffic lights, will aid in protecting both vehicular and pedestrian traffic while saving the City over $225,000 annually. The City partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) which contributed $537,240 to the project. Conservation Station, Inc. was the energy service company overseeing the project. (more)
Back-up power users such as manufacturers and utility providers are reluctant to move to advanced energy storage technologies from traditional lead-acid batteries. Unfamiliarity with new technologies and higher initial costs hold them back in spite of the significant advantages - including greater reliability and efficiency - that the emerging technologies can offer in the long run. (more)
Neumin Production Company, a division of Formosa
Plastics Corporation, U.S.A., is getting ready to introduce Formosa Utility Venture, Ltd. in Point Comfort, TX to a whole new level of service and savings as a result of selecting Intelsys Corporation’s solution for EDI transaction processing management. (more)
The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, welcomes attendees to the World Energy Engineering Congress 2004 in Austin, Texas. This year's event will be held on September 22-24 (Expo: 22-23) at the Austin Convention Center. For more information or to register, please visit www.energycongress.com.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a clear vision for the 21st Century: Healthy People in a Healthy World--Through Prevention. The CDC, within the Department of Health and Human Services, is demonstrating its commitment to this vision in many ways, including redesigning its buildings and campuses to help improve its own employees' health. (more)
New hydropower turbine technology designed to increase the survival rate of migrating juvenile salmon will be installed at a hydropower project on the Columbia River in Washington state. The turbine technology was designed through a multi-year research and development program funded by the hydropower industry and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). (more)
The Carrizo Plain is the largest remaining remnant of the original San Joaquin habitat, and is one of the largest undeveloped grassland areas in Central California. Photovoltaics have been a fixture of the Carrizo Plain area for more than 20 years. For example, Atlantic Richfield Oil Company (ARCO) installed a 5.2-megawatt grid-connected system in the Carrizo Plain in 1983. But the plant operated until 1994 at a loss of 6 to 8 cents per kilowatt hour and was dismantled in the late 1990s. Many of the plant's modules were resold throughout the world. (more)
Onset Computer Corporation, the leader in reliable, battery-powered data loggers and weather stations, today introduced the HOBO U12 Outdoor/Industrial Data Logger, a high-accuracy, four-channel logger for monitoring temperature and other parameters in outdoor environments. (more)
The number of federal agencies purchasing renewable power continues to grow rapidly, helping the federal government move closer to the federal renewable goal of 1,384 gigawatthours (million kilowatt-hours) by 2005. This is the equivalent of 2.5 percent of federal electricity use. (more)
Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN - News) and Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI - News) today announced a supplier agreement to offer Variable Speed AC Drive technologies, systems and services to the HVAC and pumping industries. The combination of Johnson Controls expertise in building automation and Eaton electrical technologies will provide customers with a complete controls solution that will lead to significant energy savings. (more)
Enerwise Global Technologies, Inc. and IMServ North America announced that they have signed an agreement to co-market and sell combined services throughout North America. This agreement allows Philadelphia-based Enerwise, a leader in enterprise energy management, to offer its customers billing quality data. IMServ, headquartered in Morrisville, NC and a leader in the delivery of billing and settlement quality data, gains the ability to offer the Enerwise Energy Manager 3.0 application to its customers in a seamless manner.
Governor Schwarzenegger today held a meeting at the state Capitol, promoting energy conservation efforts by the public and private sector and individual citizens throughout California. During the meeting, the Governor announced that the state would lead by example in the effort to conserve and signed an executive order (attached) which requires all state agencies to reduce energy use during the peak summer season. In addition, Governor Schwarzenegger held discussions with members the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and business leaders to encourage the use of Demand Response Programs. (more)
The Solaire at 20 River Terrace, New York City, is a showcase for how new technologies and thoughtful design can work together to create an efficient, earth-friendly building that is comfortable to live in. Dedicated in September 2003, the nation’s first “green” residential building in lower Manhattan attracts tenants for its indoor air quality, natural light and stunning views of the Hudson River. The building received a gold rating in April 2004 from the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. (more)
Orion Energy Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of energy efficient lighting systems and controls for industrial, commercial and retail environments, has retained KCSA Worldwide to establish a national profile and to help educate the U.S. manufacturing community about the role energy efficient lighting can play in significantly benefiting their bottom line, improving their productivity in the workplace and still safeguarding the environment. (more)
According to Albert Thumann, PE, CEM, executive director of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), "The 10,000 energy engineers and managers who are members of AEE indicated in a recent survey that Congress needs to enact a Comprehensive Balanced National Energy Plan. This nation needs direction and requires a National Energy Plan which minimizes the risk of global warming, enhances energy security, and promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies." (more)
California released its final plan Friday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks by about 30 percent by requiring hundreds of dollars in technology to control air pollution in new cars. The plan is the first of its kind among U.S. states. It has been closely tracked by car makers as California accounts for nearly 13 percent of the U.S. auto market and because other states may adopt similar rules. (more)
Advance Transformer announces a new high ballast factor addition to its popular family of Mark 7 0-10V Electronic Dimming Ballasts for T8 Fluorescent lamps. Offering high light output through a ballast factor of 1.18 and packaged within a low-profile housing, the new 277V ballast will operate four 32-watt T8 fluorescent lamps and is specially designed for big box retail, warehouse, and commercial applications. (more)
AMRONTM Technologies, Inc. today announced a formal pilot program for utilities to deploy M5™, AMRON's advanced metering platform. M5 helps utilities "close the loop" of five functions-metering, monitoring, measuring, managing and maximizing-by turning meter data at key demand points into actionable information for load-control, real-time pricing and many other crucial management decisions. (more)
AREVA's joint subsidiary with Siemens, Framatome ANP Inc., last week held a grand opening ceremony for a new 70,000-square-foot pump and motor* service center at its Lynchburg, Va., facility. State and local officials, nuclear power industry representatives, community leaders and news media were invited to tour the state-of-the-art facility. The $12 million service center is part of Framatome ANP's overall $32 million expansion plan announced last year, which is expected to create about 300 new jobs at the company's three facilities in Lynchburg and Campbell County over a three-year period. (more)
The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (Midwest ISO) cleared a major hurdle toward launch of Real-Time and Day-Ahead Energy Markets when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) conditionally approved its Midwest Energy Markets Tariff. (more)
GE Energy has purchased an Intergraph Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) to enhance the quality and accuracy of images for geospatial applications. GE Energy provides photogrammetric mapping and GIS products and services for geospatial data management and analysis to customers including private sector civil and environmental engineering firms, utilities, pipeline operators, and government agencies. (more)
SN World Foundation will supply to countries and developing regions the technology and necessary support for production in series of Mini-plants in mobile containers (40-foot). The Mini-plant system is designed in such a way that all the production machinery is fixed on the platform of the container, with all wiring, piping, and installation parts; that is, they are fully equipped... and the Mini-plant is ready for production. (more)
Three leading institutional energy brokerage companies have made the decision to offer a post-execution straight-through processing (STP) confirmation service to their clients. The service will operate as a joint-venture under the name ConfirmHub LLC. Amerex Energy, ICAP Energy and Prebon Energy intend to finalize their plans and set a launch date for the service by the end of this month. (more)
U.S. Wind Farming, America's only publicly traded wind farming company, has selected its first 15 agricultural sites to install the 1.5 MW (mega watt) and 2.5 MW GE Wind Turbines. GE Wind Energy, Vaisala Group and Rosendin Electric will be commissioned to evaluate these sites for renewable energy development. USWF is anticipating that these sites will produce in excess of 225-MW of power with over $12 million in revenues during the upcoming year. (more)
It has been one year since the largest transmission grid failure in history left 50 million North Americans without electricity. As industry experts in the United States and Canada set out to investigate the causes of the Northeast blackout of 2003, ComEd initiated its own critical assessment of the company's transmission operating and vegetation management practices with the intention of learning and applying the valuable lessons that this historic event could offer. (more)
Ancient mariners boiled seawater to extract drinkable water – that process, distillation, is still used today. Newer technologies include reverse osmosis, but both RO and distillation require lots of power, and that makes them expensive. A Phoenix inventor has a new way to economically take salt out of water – and it depends on a readily available resource – hot water. (more)
Intelsys has successfully signed on a majority of energy marketers in Texas, making Intelsys the most widely used outsourced EDI transaction management processing solution in that market. These Texas energy marketers range from mass market REPs looking to enroll hundreds of thousands of customers in the first year, and marketers serving large commercial and industrial accounts. Intelsys’ success in the Texas market, in addition to their numerous other customers around the country, is no surprise given Intelsys’ approach to setting the standard for excellence providing outsourcing services for EDI transactions. It is also no surprise that competitive and economic forces are driving companies to consider outsourcing their EDI transaction management more than ever before. (more)
Lakehead University, home to more than 7,300 students in Thunder Bay, Ontario, recently announced a comprehensive infrastructure renewal program designed to significantly enhance classroom and research environments. These improvements, delivered through a strategic business agreement with Johnson Controls, L.P., ensures that Lakehead University saves $15 million (CDN) in energy costs and addresses $12.3 million (CDN) in deferred maintenance issues over a 19-year period. Financially, the program combines energy cost savings and avoided maintenance costs to generate excess funds over the long-term. (more)
The new McQuay RoofPak evaporative condenser rooftop system, sized from 75 to 150 tons, can save as much as 40 percent on energy costs compared to conventional air-cooled rooftop systems. The McQuay evaporative condenser uses the cooling effects of evaporation to save energy. Lowering the condensing temperature reduces compressor work, resulting in lower electrical demand and consumption. While water-cooled condensers reject heat to the ambient dry bulb temperature (typically 95 F), evaporative condensers use a water spray that evaporates and cools the condenser tubes down toward the ambient wet bulb (typically less than 75F). In addition, the electrical service to the unit can be sized for lower amps to reduce installed costs. (more)
NASA's Solar Sail Propulsion Team and industry partners have successfully deployed two 10-meter solar sails in a vacuum environment — a critical milestone in development of the unique propulsion technology that could enable future deep space missions. Solar sail propulsion uses the Sun's energy to travel through space. The work is led by the In-Space Propulsion Technology Projects Office at the Marshall Center. (more)
The International Codes Council (ICC) recently approved sweeping changes to the residential chapters of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the national model code that is the basis for many state energy codes. The revised residential energy code replaces chapters three through six of the previous code. It shrinks the IECC codebook by more than half, resulting is a code that will be easier to read, understand, use and enforce. (more)
Universal Lighting Technologies, a leading manufacturer of electronic and magnetic ballasts, recently introduced new literature for the Multi-5 Uni-Pak Ballast & Lamp Replacement Kit. The Multi-5 Uni-Pak offers many advanced benefits not offered by any other HID replacement kit. The kit includes five taps in one: 120, 208, 240, 277, and 480 volts. It also packages the correct ballast and lamp together to ensure system compatibility. (more)
McKenzie Bay International Ltd. (OTC:MKBY.PK) has signed an Agreement with M.T.C.C. 815, “The Savoy”, to perform a wind resource evaluation for a WindStorSM System configuration employing one 200 kW rooftop mounted DERMOND Wind Turbine. The Savoy is a twenty-two story, 210 unit, condominium located at 10 Torresdale Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
WindStor Power Co., a wholly owned McKenzie Bay subsidiary, is proposing to sell electricity to The Savoy at a fixed rate under a long-term supply arrangement employing WindStor equipment to reduce existing electricity costs while minimizing the impact of future rate increases for grid-supplied electricity.... (more)
Poway Unified and Oceanside Unified School Districts join the growing ranks of educational organizations adding energy-saving software to their PC networks... (more)
“We initially investigated a lighting upgrade for Hobby Lobby in order to increase light levels and streamline our warehousing,” confides Hobby Lobby Energy Manager, CEM, CEP Ray Chambers. The rest is history for Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma City, OK-based retail chain offering creative crafts including arts and crafts supplies, fabrics, silk flowers, baskets, seasonal merchandise, and more. Boasting over 300 stores in 26 states within the nation’s mid-section, the chain’s retail stores and warehouses suffered from outdated, inefficient lighting, low light levels, and non-standardized lighting systems, which resulted in excessive product stocking requirements. (more)
Cooper Power Systems and Cargill Industrial Oils and Lubricants announced an alliance that can help electric utilities improve the reliability of the nation's electrical distribution system. The agreement involves the production, marketing and distribution of Envirotemp® FR3(TM) fluid, a revolutionary insulating product that is safe for the environment and the public. Envirotemp FR3 fluid recently received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Technologies Verification, which confirmed its environmental attributes. Envirotemp FR3 fluid also enhances the performance and life of a utility's transformer assets. (more)
ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced it has won a $7 million order to supply a turnkey indoor substation for the City of Columbus to help it meet increased energy demand. The project, scheduled for completion August 2005, will be the first GIS substation in the city of Columbus and includes the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the substation and associated equipment.The main component, a 138kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), will supply power to a new Italian-style shopping and recreational development near downtown Columbus. (more)
The UK Government recently announced its latest £2 million funding programme to add 650kWp of solar power throughout the UK, with BP Solar involved in half of the initiatives to install 313kWp of additional capacity. Through a diverse range of innovative and sustainable projects that include houses,schools, public buildings and a children's hospice, solar electricity will be showcased as practical, efficient and available. (more)
The North American blackout has compelled the utility industry, government regulators and general public to ask the same question: “How did this happen?” While finding the root cause of a specific event like this offers some benefit in preventing a recurrence, the electric industry should take this opportunity to step back and look at the big picture of how power system design flaws, regulatory lapses and market changes created the current environment where wide-area blackouts can strike quickly and easily. (more)
The Bush administration has long advocated a business-oriented approach to maintaining a clean and healthy environment. This week, three companies are partnering to provide the Republican National Convention (RNC) with a practical demonstration of the popular premise that what's good for the environment is also good for business. (more)
MGE UPS SYSTEMS INC. the technology leader in providing unsurpassed power protection solutions to computer data centers, telecommunications and industrial operations, has introduced the new Pulsar family of power distribution units (PDUs) that offer flexible mounting options, numerous input plug/output receptacle choices and configurations that include a convenient maintenance bypass switch. Designed for MGE’s popular Pulsar line of uninterruptible power systems (UPS) with power ratings from 500VA to 3200VA, the new PDUs are also fully compatible with any UPS sporting an appropriate output receptacle. (more)
In the aftermath of the largest electricity blackout ever to hit the U.S., the New York City Council found a source of energy savings literally right under its fingers: the personal computers used daily by City Council members and staff. The City Council recently installed a software program from Verdiem Corporation that is measuring, managing, and reducing the electrical consumption of PCs throughout the City Council’s offices. (more)
Three years after 9/11 and one year after the Northeast blackout, nearly a quarter of companies in the United States are conducting business as usual without developing, implementing and testing contingency plans, according to a new study by AT&T and the Partnership for Public Warning. (more)
ezDALI, The Watt Stopper's digital dimming and scene controls, uses the DALI communications protocol to provide full-featured, individual ballast-level dimming. Users create lighting environments (scenes) via push-button programming for a variety of common activities, then recall those scenes with the push of a button. (more)
Recognizing the influence that the nation’s architects can have in reducing the environmental impact of buildings, EPA is expanding the ENERGY STAR program to include commercial new construction by encouraging the design of energy-efficient buildings. (more)
Hudson Energy Services LLC has reason to celebrate the one year anniversary of outsourcing their EDI transaction management processing to Intelsys Corporation, namely the results. Hudson Energy is one of the largest independent energy marketers for natural gas and/or electricity in New York. Intelsys supports all of Hudson Energy’s transaction management in New York to process large amounts of rich data from the meter reading systems in order to provide efficient enrollment and timely meter readings to customers. This means that Hudson Energy’s customers get more information, more quickly and more cost-effectively, and that’s a milestone worth marking. (more)
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s largest electricity utility company, has commissioned an enterprise energy management (“EEM”) system from Power Measurement of Victoria, Canada, to help optimize power quality and reliability across its national distribution network. Under the terms of the agreement, Power Measurement’s Malaysian agent, SFG Technology (M) Sdn Bhd, will supply, install, test and commission the EEM system, consisting of a network of ION® intelligent energy meters and web-enabled software. (more)
Yale/Chase Material Handling, Inc. has formed a new energy efficiency division specializing in providing energy efficient lighting systems to the industrial and commercial sector in Southern California. In addition, Yale/Chase has partnered with Orion Energy Systems and has become a distributor for its energy efficient lighting systems that deliver energy savings of up to 50 percent while at the same time delivering a better quality of light. (more)
KeySpan Electric Services, LLC (“KeySpan”), on behalf of The Long Island Power Authority, invites proposals from experienced organizations in response to this Request For Proposals (“RFP”) to provide to the Authority and its wholly owned subsidiary The Long Island Lighting Company d/b/a LIPA (collectively referred to as the “Authority”), a turnkey project within the Authority’s service territory utilizing microturbines fueled by landfill gas or biogas. In this solicitation, the Authority will supply the microturbines and other supporting equipment subject to the limitations specified in this RFP for the proposed project(s). Neither the Authority nor KeySpan will make any financial contribution to the proposed project(s) other than supplying the microturbines and other supporting equipment to the successful Proposer(s). One or more of the Proposers may be selected to receive equipment based on the proposals received and the equipment requested.
Silent Knight, part of Honeywell’s (NYSE: HON), Fire Group, offers industry-wide compatible fire alarm solutions for small to mid-size institutions and commercial sites. Silent Knight now introduces its Model 5104, a six-zone fire control communicator that provides digital fire and reporting over ordinary telephone lines, thus eliminating the need for costly leased lines. (more)
– DTE Energy Technologies, Inc. and Kathabar Systems have joined forces to demonstrate an advanced combined heat and power (CHP) system at The Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) at the University of Maryland. This system simultaneously generates power and provides dehumidification to support improved space conditioning for commercial buildings that substantially increases the energy efficiency of the building. This demonstration is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Distributed Generation (DG) program. (more)
Lakehead University, home to more than 7,300 students in Thunder Bay, Ontario, recently announced a comprehensive infrastructure renewal program designed to significantly enhance classroom and research environments. These improvements, delivered through a strategic business agreement with Johnson Controls, L.P., ensures that Lakehead University saves $11.4 million ($15 million CDN) in energy costs and addresses $9.3 million ($12.3 million CDN) in deferred maintenance issues over a 19-year period. Financially, the program combines energy cost savings and avoided maintenance costs to generate excess funds over the long-term. (more)
Automated lighting controls at Panera Bread retail stores offer both energy efficient and simple, flexible operation. The integrated solution from The Watt Stopper includes a lighting control panel, occupancy sensors, and photocells.Installed at the bakery/cafés, Panera franchisee Breads of the World selected a lighting control panel to provide flexible scheduling. With push-button programming and built-in control scenarios, the panel is easy for store managers to use and modify. For outdoor lighting, Breads of the World combined time scheduling and daylighting control. To boost energy savings, they installed occupancy sensors in restrooms and freezers to keep lights off during times of vacancy. (more)
Compuware is a billion-dollar company delivering software tools and professional services that increase productivity for approximately 25,000 customers worldwide. Until recently, their headquarter operations were scattered between several buildings in Farmington Hills, MI, which was creating inefficiencies and lost productivity. In 2001, Compuware began construction on a 1.5 million square foot complex downtown Detroit and divested their Farmington Hills facilities. The new 15-story facility has two wings, an extravagant atrium, and parking garage. Limbach Company LLC was chosen as the mechanical design/build contractor for the facility and was tasked with integrating multiple systems and providing a single user interface. (more)
The Texas Public Utility Commission, proponents of the VendingMiser and its positive impact on conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, awarded Austin Energy two grants to install the VendingMisers on vending machines, at no cost to the customers. One soda vending machine consumes an average of 3500 kWh of energy a year, costing approximately $300. The “Smart Vender” program was a runaway success with nearly 3,900 VendingMiser installations. For Austin, VendingMiser’s energy management technology translates into annual savings of 5,792,116 kWh of energy, enough electricity to power 581 average Austin homes, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emission by 5,176 tons, comparable to removing 1,134 cars from Austin’s busy roadways. (more)
Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, has awarded a $13.7 million performance contract to TAC, a world leader in Open Systems for Building IT®, security systems and energy solutions. TAC will design and construct energy and water conservation-related improvements in 52 facilities on the state university campus that serves the southeast Texas region. The project will be funded through the resulting energy savings that are projected to amount to more than $1.5 million annually. The performance contract calls for infrastructure improvements at Lamar University that will provide consistency across the campus with mechanical systems and controls, making them easier to maintain and operate. Facilities involved in the contract total more than 1.5 million square feet, including classrooms, gymnasiums, theaters and auditoriums, a museum, a health center and a bookstore, among others. (more)
Orion Energy Systems announced that it has opened a new sales office at 1234 E. Juneau in downtown Milwaukee. Orion expects to open several other regional sales offices in the U.S over the next year. Orion’s innovative Illuminator, an energy-efficient lighting platform for industrial applications, has been awarded a series of 12 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, it has applied for numerous other patents relating to metering and control technologies for lighting. (more)
SN World Foundation will supply to countries and developing regions the technology and necessary support for production in series of Mini-plants in mobile containers (40-foot). The Mini-plant system is designed in such a way that all the production machinery is fixed on the platform of the container, with all wiring, piping, and installation parts; that is, they are fully equipped... and the Mini-plant is ready for production. (more)
Trizec Properties, Inc., one of the largest owners of commercial office properties in the United States, has upgraded its One New York Plaza property in New York City with an enterprise energy management (“EEM”) system from Power Measurement. The Ethernet-based system uses a network of ION® intelligent energy meters and software to automate tenant billing and help control energy consumption throughout the 50-story building’s 2.5 million square-feet of prime Manhattan office space. The system automatically reads tenant submeters, records billing data, and reports aggregate energy consumption to help Trizec conserve energy, reduce costs, and control usage during periods of peak-demand. (more)
The Turbocor compressor, manufactured by Turbocor Inc., was awarded the prestigious U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Protection Award. This is only the second HVAC refrigeration technology to be selected to receive this highest of environment awards. (more)
DTE Energy Technologies, Inc. and Kathabar Systems have joined forces to demonstrate an advanced combined heat and power (CHP) system at The Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) at the University of Maryland. This system simultaneously generates power and provides dehumidification to support improved space conditioning for commercial buildings that substantially increases the energy efficiency of the building. This demonstration is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Distributed Generation (DG) program. (more)
Leading microturbine energy systems manufacturer Capstone Turbine announced that it has begun offering a direct factory service option for its products installed at facilities in California. “Several hundred Capstone MicroTurbines are operating in California,” said Capstone CEO John Tucker. “This new factory service capability will allow us to better serve our end users’ needs for commissioning and maintenance services.” Manned by veteran members of its Customer Service staff, Capstone’s factory service offering is available to sites that may not have a current factory-trained service provider. It will also offer factory service contracts to its dealer network as an option on selected new and existing sites. (more)
Yale Chase Material Handling, Inc., City of Industry, CA, has announced the formation of a new energy efficiency division, which will provide energy efficient lighting systems to the industrial and commercial sector in Southern California. Yale Chase has become a distributor for Orion Energy Systems of Plymouth, WI. Orion designs and manufactures energy efficient lighting systems that deliver electricity savings of 50% while still delivering a better quality of light. (more)
Advance Transformer announces the availability of a range of innovative new Square Plug-In ignitor assemblies for use by the HID fixture manufacturing community to help simplify the lighting maintenance process. Designed to make it easier to maintain, assemble, test, and replace ignitors in magnetic HID fixtures, the Square Plug-In ignitor assemblies are electrically identical to Advance’s standard ignitors for Metal Halide (MH) and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) ballasts, but are housed in a special mechanical enclosure with 3 tab terminals. (more)
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) will provide $16,337,695 for 162 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Funding is being provided through DOE’s State Energy Program Special Projects competitive grants. (more)
The city of New Orleans received a $6 million check and will benefit from hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in
future utility savings, thanks to a two-year investigation that
uncovered errant billing practices by one of the city's electric
utility contractors over the last 14 years.
Western governors are calling on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to act "expeditiously" on legislation strengthening and reauthorizing the federal Abandoned Mine Land program. The committee meets Wednesday and is scheduled to take up the legislation, funding for which impacts mining related activities in numerous rural communities. (more)
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson has added a new 75 Watt model to its popular Astec ( www.astecpower.com ), APC surface-mount product line of point-of-load (POL) DC/DC converters. With an input voltage range of 10VDC to 14VDC, the new APC18 models provide up to 18 Amps (A) of regulated power with efficiency as high as 92 percent. Using the same compact open-frame package as the 25 Watt and 40 Watt APC Series models, the devices feature an industry-standard, surface-mount (SMT) footprint only 1.3 inches long (33.02mm) by 0.53 inches wide (13.46mm). Only 0.35 inches high, the devices are ideal for use in environments with the most restrictive space requirements and can often serve as drop-in replacements for existing APC Series applications that have increased power requirements. (more)
Western Governors, saying the country "cannot afford to wait any longer," have urged congressional appropriators working on emergency drought relief to also include a proactive, drought preparedness measure that could reduce future spending. (more)
The Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial, the Mexican equivalent to the US Patent Office, has issued a patent to inventor Brian Hageman for the invention entitled MOTOR HIDRAULICO TERMICO (Thermal Hydraulic Engine). The patent protects the invention in Mexico for a period of twenty years. “This patent is a key for Deluge in the cooperative US-Mexico water projects I envision using the new water pumping technology”, said Brian Hageman. “Mexico could become a water supplier to the United States with our new desalting method, reversing many years of water policy that has left Mexico at the tail end of the US water supply chain.” (more)
Cogeneration, also called combined heat and power (CHP) or total energy, has developed into an economical mainstream choice for effective energy conversion, overall emissions reduction, and positive returns on investment. Despite its many proven benefits, CHP remains a misunderstood technology. In reality, the classical CHP application—around the clock operation, with large, continuous heat loads—still applies for some heat intensive applications. In many distributed generation applications, this notion of long-hour CHP applications no longer applies. (more)
Bank of America and The Durst Organization today broke ground on the construction of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, a 945-foot-tall crystalline skyscraper that will rise in Midtown Manhattan. Located on the west side of Sixth Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Street, the high-rise office tower is scheduled to open in 2008. (more)
Representatives of the critical power industry announced the formation of the Critical Power Coalition (CPC). The CPC will be a national organization intended to develop common public policy and establish a unified industry voice to ensure the quality, reliability, and continuity of electrical power within critical industries, businesses, and public services. (more)
Governor Schwarzenegger (R-CA) held a meeting at California’s state capitol to promote energy conservation in the state. During the meeting, Schwarzenegger announced that the state would lead by example in the effort to conserve. He signed an executive order that requires all state agencies to reduce energy use during the peak summer season. In addition, Schwarzenegger held discussions with members of the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and business leaders to encourage the use of Demand Response Programs. (more)
Honeywell and USA Technologies Inc. announced an agreement to jointly promote and sell the full range of USA Technologies EnergyMiser energy management solutions. The goal of the agreement is to develop energy saving programs for both the public and private sector, with a primary focus on developing efficiency initiatives with electric utilities. This includes the companies’ current work with a leading energy provider in the Southwest where Honeywell has installed more than 3,800 EnergyMiser products to date. (more)
If you are looking for innovative solutions to your power system dilemmas in a relaxed atmosphere, visit the Basler Hospitality Room, in the Evergreen Room, on the Third level at the DoubleTree Hotel during the 31st Annual Western Protective Relay Conference. To register or get additional details on the conference, visit the Basler web site at http://www.basler.com. (more)
Growing transportation requirements combined with declining domestic oil production have led to burgeoning oil imports. Rising oil prices are having an adverse impact on the U.S. economy as evident from recent economic data and stock market performance. We need a responsible energy plan which will balance our transportation requirements with the necessity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. (more)
The take-away message coming from national reliability planners is that enough new electric generation will be built to match anticipated increases in power demand for the next decade. The 2004 Long-term Reliability Assessment from the North American Electric Reliability Council, released September 10, indicates that resource adequacy will be "satisfactory" for the foreseeable future, said Michehl Gent, president and CEO of NERC. (more)
The Turner Corporation Chairman and CEO Thomas C. Leppert announced the company's broad commitment to Green building as a means to continue strengthening Turner's industry leadership position during his keynote speech at the Construction Industry Institute's "2004 Construction Project Improvement" conference in Austin, Texas. In front of an industry audience of approximately 300 attendees, Leppert cited the results of Turner's recent Green Building Survey and highlighted Turner's plan to adopt sustainable construction and business practices throughout the Turner organization. Leppert asserted that Turner's plan to be "the" responsible builder is good for the environment, and also for building owners, developers and occupants. Equally important, these practices are good for the bottom line and serve as an example to the entire construction industry. (more)
At a time when schools across America are squeezed for funding, Seattle Public Schools has found an innovative way to generate much-needed cash. The district, which encompasses over 100 schools and serves over 45,000 students, is deploying a software program from Verdiem Corporation that measures, manages, and reduces the energy consumption of over 14,000 PCs. The software will provide an immediate end to the energy waste in these PCs and is expected to save the district about $200,000
E-Mon, L.P., the industry leader in energy submetering systems, today announced the availability of RightEnergyTM, the first integrated energy intelligence system. RightEnergy allows business users to allocate and bill costs for all utility services, including electricity, gas, water and steam, to the actual users. The RightEnergy system gives businesses important snapshots of their energy use and enables them to better understand when, where and how energy is being used in their organizations, as well as the power quality levels at each monitored point. With this energy intelligence, businesses – especially manufacturers, commercial properties, government and educational facilities – can better control costs and improve operational efficiencies.
Power Measurement today introduced the next generation in intelligent metering and control: the ION® 7550 and ION® 7650 energy and power quality meters. Designed for monitoring key distribution points and sensitive loads, the new panel-mount devices "raise the bar" by combining revenue-accurate energy measurements with unique power-quality compliance reporting functions, high-resolution sampling (for capturing fast transient disturbances), expanded onboard memory, and enhanced communications options. Based on the company's popular ION 7500 and ION 7600 meters, the meters' extended processing power offers significantly increased sampling rates (up to 1024 samples per cycle) for capturing extremely short-duration power transients that other meters may miss. (more)
First emerging into the distributed power generation market in 2001,cogeneration manufacturer Blue-Point Energy Inc., Granite Bay, Calif., has developed its first combined heat and power module, a 260 kW lean burn, gaseous-fueled unit targeted toward utilities, energy service companies and commercial end users. Absent the typical selective catalyst reduction (SCR) systems found on many stationary engine systems, the Lean-One CHP module incorporates an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system and a Johnson Matthey catalyst to deliver emissions levels as low as 0.6 ppm NOx, 1.5 ppm NMHC and 42.8 ppm CO at 15% oxygen, according to the company. “We wanted to use a lean burn engine, but we wanted not to have to use SCR,” said Tom Black, president at BluePoint. “To run a lean burn engine in California you need SCR. We decided to take a lean burn engine and integrate EGR to allow us to run a lean burn engine with the same characteristics as a stoichiometric engine to meet and dramatically exceed California emission requirements without the use of expensive SCR.” (more)
Chillers are the single largest energy-using component in most facilities, and can typically consume over 50% of the electrical usage. Chillers use approximately 20% of the total electrical power generated in North America and the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that chillers expend up to 30% in additional energy through inefficiency. With over 100,000 chillers in the United States alone, inefficiency costs industry billions of dollars in energy annually. Chillers running inefficiently also result in decreased equipment reliability, increased maintenance intervals and shortened lifespan. The slightest decrease in chiller performance can have a major impact on efficiency. For instance, every 1°F increase in condenser water temperature above full load design can decrease chiller efficiency by 1% to 2%. A failing or neglected water treatment program can reduce efficiency 10% to 35% or more in extreme cases. (more)
All McQuay MicroTech II™ and MicroTech 2000™ unit controllers have received LONMARK 3.3 certification for easy integration with building automation systems that use LonTalk protocol. Meeting this standard helps simplify HVAC system integration into a building automation system and can ultimately reduce the cost to own, operate and maintain building systems for years to come. (more)
As part of its commitment to environmental leadership, Trane, a business of American Standard Companies, is taking its industry-leading centrifugal chiller performance to a new level. At today’s Earth Technology Forum, Trane announced it will offer a leak-tight warranty on its complete line of HCFC-123 centrifugal chillers, the heart of air conditioning systems in large buildings. Under the warranty, an industry first, Trane centrifugal chillers will emit 0.5 percent or less of HCFC-123 refrigerant annually, which is only a fraction of federal allowable limits, or Trane will replace the refrigerant for free. (more)
Tridium Inc., a leading provider of device integration and Internet-based control applications, announced the introduction of the Niagara Appliance™ program. The Niagara Appliance program is designed to support equipment manufacturers who wish to enable communications to their devices and offer integration with other building systems. The M2M (Man-to-Machine/ Machine-to-Machine) capabilities provided via Niagara Appliance enable remote diagnostics and troubleshooting of equipment, and provide a more efficient means of operating and maintaining equipment systems. The Niagara Appliance program bundles hardware, software, and professional services, to deliver a turnkey product solution to the manufacturer. By leveraging the Niagara Appliance program, manufacturers can quickly web-enable their equipment, making it compatible with major building system standards. Under the program, Tridium's Professional Services Organization works with the manufacturer to define functionality and features, and encapsulate the unique domain expertise of the manufacturer within the Niagara Appliance. (more)
McKenzie Bay International Ltd. (OTC:MKBY.PK) has signed an Agreement with Brighton Area Schools to perform wind data collection for WindStor SM configurations at four school facilities equipped with up to eight ground mounted DERMOND Wind Turbines “DWT SM”, one or more per location. McKenzie Bay intends to sell onsite generated electricity from DWTs to Brighton Area Schools at fixed rates under long-term supply arrangements through its WindStor Power Co. subsidiary. WindStor could reduce existing electricity costs at qualifying facilities while minimizing the impact of future rate increases for grid-supplied electricity. (more)
DOE announced that it is offering grants to small businesses that are developing new energy technologies. DOE's solicitations for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs offer grants of up to $100,000 for small businesses to evaluate the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of energy technologies that appear to have commercial potential. This year, the bulk of the grants will go towards manufacturing-related projects in accordance with Executive Order 13329, "Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing," signed by President Bush. (more)
DOE announced last week that it is now accepting applications for two types of grants to Native American tribes that wish to pursue renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.DOE is accepting applications for grants of up to $300,000 for tribes to conduct feasibility studies, hardware demonstrations, and pre-development activities for renewable energy projects. (more)
Teletrol Systems, an industry leader in building automation technology, announces the release of its new Service Pack for the Ensemble user interface software package. The updated service pack supports the new SimpleSTAT integrated controller/thermostat for use with Teletrol's Integrator family of building automation products. (more)
During the Value Added Maintenance Workshop, Joel Leonard presented BK Upchurch, the maintenance manager of Goerlich’s Exhaust Systems, the Extreme Maintenance Makeover Award. This award is to honor their achievements in transforming their maintenance department from reactive to proactive mode. “After witnessing their amazing achievements performed in just 6 weeks, we had to do something special to honor them”, said Joel Leonard of MPACT Learning Center, “so we created this award.” (more)
The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has published a new Design, Test, and Evaluation Recommended Practice (RP) for selecting transducers to measure shock and vibration in laboratory and field-testing environments. The 44-page document, IEST-RP-DTE011.1: Mechanical Shock and Vibration Transducer Selection, focuses primarily on mass-spring transducers and also covers basic theories and applications of dynamic force transducers. (more)
The California Independent System Operator (California ISO) ushered in Phase 1B of its market redesign implementing new market tools and rules to automate and enhance communication, compliance and consistency between the ISO control room and power plant operators. Phase 1B brings the ISO internal mechanisms to give energy suppliers incentive to perform as planned or as directed by the ISO. (more)
A trio of new web-based information resources developed by the Alliance to Save Energy can help manufacturers keep their energy costs in check and their profits up by managing their energy use wisely. The new tools are an industrial energy efficiency clearinghouse, corporate energy management case studies, and a steam case study database. "Savvy manufacturers know that curbing energy costs takes more than just fuel-price shopping - it also takes smart energy use management," said Christopher Russell , the Alliance's Director of Industrial Programs. "They know that good energy management can often reduce fuel expenses by 10 to 20 percent, while boosting plant reliability and capacity. (more)
Turbine Air Systems (TAS) announced that their 3,500-ton packaged turbine inlet cooling system at the Telfer Gold mine in Western Australia has completed commissioning and startup. The single TAS F-32C packaged chilling plant is providing power augmentation for (3) three of GE Energy's LM6000 PC Sprint™ gas turbines. TAS supplied the equipment to GE Energy as part of their turnkey contract with the end user, Newcrest Mining. (more)
Two new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects in Mexico were announced today by Wärtsilä North America, Inc. (WNA), a subsidiary of Helsinki, Finland-based Wärtsilä Corp., bringing the total combined capacity for the company's power plants and ship power in Mexico to more than 400 MW. (more)
Austin hits a milestone on its path to becoming the "clean energy capital of the world" as energy engineers from around the globe migrate to town for a series of events in what Mayor Will Wynn and Gov. Rick Perry have declared World Energy Week, Sept. 20-24. (more)
Basler Electric now offers a comprehensive Automatic Voltage Regulator Selection Program. Whether you need to select a voltage regulator for a new or existing generator application, this program will simplify this sometimes difficult and tedious process. This Automatic Voltage Regulator Selection Program will make choosing a voltage regulator easy, saving you time and money. (more)
Laugh at blackouts? Four Tecogen 75-kw cogen systems have been installed at Chabot College in Hayward by the San Francisco Bay south of Oakland to generate 100% of the power to heat Chabot's Olympic-sized outdoor pool and 38% of the rest of the campus' power. What does that mean for cost? The 300-kw system is expected to generate power for about 5¢/kwh compared with 15¢/kwh the school now pays. So much for politically-set prices. (more)
GE Energy is supplying 14 of its 1.5 megawatt wind turbines for the first two utility-scale wind projects to be built in Shanghai, China’s largest city. With a total combined capacity of 21 megawatts, the Chongming Wind Facility is located on the eastern end of Chongming Island, and the Nanhui Wind Facility is situated in the southeastern region of the city in the Nanhui district. Both facilities are being constructed by Shanghai Wind Power Company (SWPC), which is owned by Shanghai Power Industrial & Commercial Co.The projects are expected to be finished by the first quarter of 2005. (more)
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 135. The bill provides additional funding for photovoltaic system incentives in the State of California for the Emerging Renewable Resources Account. The "stop gap" bill, AB 135 (Reyes), passed by the legislature at the end of August, gives the California Energy Commission permission to spend $60 million, to be collected between 2007 and 2012, for small solar system rebates. The Commission would otherwise not have access to the money until 2007, leaving a two year gap in rebates. (more)
San Joaquin County is situated in central California and is probably best known as the nation’s 8th largest producer of agricultural products. Stockton, the county seat, is home to several county office buildings, including the Canlis Administrative Building. “When it was built in the 1970s, this 89,000-sq-ft building was originally designed to be a seven-story structure,” said Craig Ogata, San Joaquin County’s director of facilities management. “However, only three stories and full basement were initially built, leaving three-foot steel column extensions exposed to allow for the eventual completion. Plans for these additional floors were scrapped because structural building codes were subsequently made more stringent due to earthquake potential in the region, Ogata added. (more)
Parke County REMC, an electric co-op has begun deploying a two-way automatic meter reading (AMR) system from Hunt Technologies to all of its residential members. Currently, the utility uses contract meter readers to get monthly reads from its members. Hunt Technologies’ power line carrier based system is especially cost effective for Parke County REMC, considering its rural service area. Located about 50 miles west of Indianapolis, the co-op provides power to its roughly 12,000 members spread across six counties. (more)
Teletrol Systems, an industry leader in building automation technology, and Veris Industries announce the successful integration of their respective BACnet MS/TP products in an energy management system. The system incorporated the new BACnet Energy Meter from Veris and the latest release of Teletrol's eBuilding Internet-powered building automation and control system. (more)
When it comes to attractive city halls, Auburn, NY, boasts a Colonial Revival beauty on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed in 1930, the building features a masonry exterior over a steel frame, a columned porch, pediments, pilasters, and fine interior details that create an aura of civic order that officials wanted to preserve. (more)
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has extended its contract with the joint venture of 3D/International-URS to provide professional services for LAUSD’s school repair and construction bond program. The LAUSD bond program includes a $5 billion facilities modernization program, and a new school facilities construction program, valued at approximately $9 billion. (more)
Agriculture Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development Gilbert Gonzalez today announced the solicitation of public comment on proposed program rules for administering the renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements program. "The program is part of President Bush's energy plan to increase the utilization of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency for farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses," said Gonzalez. (more)
Two new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects in Mexico were announced by Wärtsilä North America, Inc. (WNA), a subsidiary of Helsinki, Finland-based Wärtsilä Corp., bringing the total combined capacity for the company's power plants and ship power in Mexico to more than 400 MW. (more)
Cal Pacific Engineering, the power generation consulting and general contracting division of Cummins Cal Pacific, accepted the Energy User News award today for the best new energy efficient construction project. Energy User News, a leading publication in the energy and construction industries, presented the award in conjunction with the World Energy Engineering Congress in Austin, TX. Cal Pacific Engineering received its honors for the design and installation of a combined heating and power (CHP or cogeneration) system for Western Milling in Goshen, CA. This project was designed to produce electricity and heat from a 1,250 kW Cummins lean-burn gas generator that works in parallel with the local utility. Most such on-site CHP systems generate electricity about 33% more efficiently than central power stations and can often help customers cut total energy costs by as much as 35%. (more)
Leading microturbine energy systems manufacturer Capstone Turbine (www.microturbine.com) announced it has received new orders from distributors in Japan and France totaling two megawatts of Capstone MicroTurbine(TM) energy systems. "In our last quarterly conference call, I said we expect to see improved growth in revenue this fiscal year over last," said Tucker. "With these two new orders and others now in hand, we are well on the path." (more)
DTE Energy Technologies, a non-regulated subsidiary of DTE Energy Co. (NYSE:DTE), along with Chevron-Texaco of San Francisco, Calif., recently installed a 415-kilowatt (kW) and a 620-kW energy|now® on-site energy system at the San Mateo County Community College District in San Mateo, Calif. The ENI 415 internal combustion system was installed at Skyline College and the ENI 620 was installed at the College of San Mateo. The District was growing increasingly frustrated by its high energy bills and looked to DTE Energy Technologies and Chevron-Texaco to provide it with a cost-saving energy solution. (more)
Host America Corporation announced today that it has received a purchase order to install the Company's ENS LightMaster Plus. As part of the solution for reducing electrical consumption, the company will be retrofitting the customer's lighting fixtures with an environmentally friendly lighting system. This customer is a thirty-eight store grocery chain, serving Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. RS Services (See press release on Sept. 29, 2004) completed an energy audit for the store and determined that a reduction in utility expenses of more than 40% on lighting cost was achievable. This first purchase order is for approximately $28,000 in their Southeast Texas store. (more)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has presented Panasonic with a Program Champion award for its work in developing and expanding the collection and recycling of discarded electronic products. In 2003, Panasonic sponsored more than 160 collection events, diverting nearly 3,000 tons of used electronic products from landfills and incinerators. The company is a charter member of EPA's Plug-In To eCycling, a pioneering program that encourages consumers, municipalities, retailers and electronics manufacturers to share in the overall responsibility of properly managing the disposal,reuse and processing of obsolete or unwanted consumer electronics products. (more)
TechLite, Inc. (www.techlite.com) is a national "energy service company" providing custom design and installation of energy efficient and EPA-compliant lighting upgrades. 'Electrical Contractor' Magazine has described this business as "the market of the decade." TechLite's customers include the power utility energy service companies (ESCOs), the education, health care, commercial, retail, industrial, municipal and government markets in a potential $100 billion, three billion light fixtures, national lighting retrofit industry. (more)
GE Energy’s industry-leading solar electric equipment and customer service have quickly become the standard for many of the nation’s top homebuilders looking to meet the growing demand for energy-efficient, attractive homes. GE Energy’s roof-integrated solar electric systems are in particularly high demand. GE’s roof integrated tile systems blend seamlessly with the roofline, providing a unique combination of functionality, attractiveness and increased property value to homeowners. (more)
For the past few years, automatic meter reading equipment suppliers, utilities and analysts have driven home the message that the benefits of AMR extend beyond metering and customer service. Utilities have clearly heard the message and business cases from all industry segments are incorporating benefits from a wide array of business units within utilities. (more)
WorldWater & Power Corporation, maker of solar energy systems, is sharing in the dedication of one of America's largest solar power projects, a 1 megawatt system at Cerro Coso Community College in Ridgecrest, California. WorldWater supplied the solar equipment for the $8.9 million construction project. (more)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the Building Energy Codes Resource Center—a comprehensive, online resource that links users to energy codes and beyond-code construction techniques and technologies. The interactive Website, which went live October 1, offers detailed information on topics ranging from how to frame window headers for additional insulation to the latest research on mold and moisture. Initially, most of the information will focus on residential codes and beyond code construction. (more)
Advance Transformer announces the expansion of its line of SmartMate electronic ballasts featuring exclusive Quik-Start™ technology with new models to support 13 Watt, 18 Watt, 26 Watt, 32 Watt, and 42 Watt compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in a broad range of commercial, retail, and residential applications. (more)
Electric utilities that offer broadband over power lines (BPL) may find customers eager for low-cost, high- speed internet access, but they are also likely to have mixed feelings about signing up with their utility, according to a new market research study from Platts, the energy information division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. (more)
Colorado looks set for a five-fold expansion of the state's use of renewable energy resources such as wind following the approval by voters of a ballot measure this week. The initiative, known as Amendment 37, calls for major Colorado utilities to raise use of renewable energy to 10 percent by 2015, up from about 2 percent at present. It passed by a narrow margin of around 52 percent to 48 percent. (more)
FedEx Corp. and the City of Oakland announced that FedEx Express will construct California's largest corporate solar electric system atop its hub at Oakland International Airport. The 904-kilowatt solar array will provide approximately 80 percent of the peak load demand for the company's Oakland facility, which employs 1,700 people. Completion is expected in May 2005. (more)
GE Energy announced that it has secured contracts to supply more than 750 megawatts of wind turbines for new 2004-2005 projects in the U.S., and has received commitments for another 750 megawatts. In total, the orders and commitments are valued at more than US$1.3 billion. (more)
Mr. Milton Meckler, Chairman ,The Meckler Group Companies was selected as one of only four finalists to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award to be announced at its gala awards dinner. Platts, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, a world leader in providing energy information announced the finalists to its Global Energy Awards 2004. Platts reports receiving ”over 200 entries a year and the standards applied by an elite international panel of judges is exacting”. (more)
Honeywell Building Solutions announced that it will provide $6.8 million in upgrades and services to Mott Community College in Flint, Mich. The performance contract includes mechanical maintenance services, lighting and plumbing retrofits, and new boilers and rooftop HVAC units. These and other energy-saving upgrades will help the college improve campus comfort and efficiency while balancing rising energy costs with reduced budgets. (more)
Pacific Gas and Electric Company president and chief executive officer Gordon R. Smith delivered a keynote address to the Solar Power 2004 conference, during which he discussed the breadth of the utility’s support for solar power, and described the business case for why California’s largest electric utility supports solar power generation. (more)
SunWize Technologies designed and installed a 14.4kW hybrid solar electric system for park operations at the Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida on Loggerhead Key. One of the most remote and inaccessible of the U.S. National Parks, the Dry Tortugas islands are located approximately 70 miles west of Key West in the southern Gulf of Mexico. (more)
Worldwide fuel cell-related sales increased by 41% from 2002 to 2003, according to the first Worldwide Fuel Cell Industry Survey conducted by the US Fuel Cell Council, the trade association for the fuel cell industry. The 2004 Worldwide Fuel Cell Industry Survey - with responses from member companies of the US Fuel Cell Council, Fuel Cells Canada, Fuel Cell Europe, and the Fuel Cell Commercialization Conference of Japan - reports on key indicators of industry performance, to provide the most comprehensive picture of the global industry to date. (more)
ENSR International has been awarded a 5-Year Environmental Services Contract by the US Navy Engineering Facility, Northeast (EFANE) division for its naval installations and facilities throughout the region. With a contract value of up to $3 Million over 5 years, ENSR will provide air quality compliance, permitting, pollution control and related environmental services in 10 states from Maine to Delaware and beyond. (more)
Energy User News (EUN) presented its energy manager of the year award to Mark Barich in a presentation held on the show floor of the World Energy Engineering Congress (www.energycongress.com). Kevin Heslin, editor of EUN, awarded a plaque to Barich, energy manager of Summa Health System. Heslin also recognized work at the University of New Mexico as Project of the Year, Summa Health System as Best Retrofit Project, Western Milling CHP as Best New Construction Project, and the Ridge Lytton Vineyards as best renewable project. (more)
Catalytica Energy Systems, Inc., a leading provider of innovative emissions control solutions for the power generation and transportation industries, announced today that it has been awarded $330,000 in funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) under its New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) Program. (more)
At its latest Business Meeting, the California Energy Commission has approved a report that identifies concerns and recommends actions to avoid an electricity crisis that could impact the state as soon as summer 2005. (more)
Honeywell and Cathedral City, Calif., announced a $2.7 million Energy Savings Performance Contract for building and energy efficiency improvements that will help reduce the city's annual operating costs by 33 percent. The project, which includes the installation of a solar canopy on the roof of the civic center parking garage. A $1 million renewable energy rebate from the State of California will provide partial funding for the project. (more)
On behalf of Governor Edward G. Rendell, Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty announced that the Commonwealth has doubled its green electricity purchase to 10 percent from 5 percent, putting to use state resources to develop a sustainable energy infrastructure that will help create jobs, enhance homeland security and register significant environmental improvements in Pennsylvania. (more)
With the extension of the federal wind energy production tax credit in September, capacity installations in 2005 look likely to beat all previous records, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said today in its quarterly U.S. market outlook. The previous high for new wind power capacity installations in one year was 1,696 megawatts (MW) in 2001. Most industry participants agree that 2005 will be a better year, with some predicting installations to exceed 2,500 MW. (more)
Itron Inc. announced that it has signed a contract worth nearly $2 million with Hydro-Québec to deliver 30,000-plus AMR-equipped solid-state electricity meters. The meters are scheduled to be delivered between now and the end of March, 2005. Hydro-Québec will purchase Itron solid-state CENTRON® C1SR meters factory-equipped with integrated Itron AMR technology to support residential metering applications. Hydro-Québec customer accounts grew 50,000 per year recently—outgrowing the Capital and O&M costs. The Itron CENTRON meters will help the utility face the growth challenges while increasing efficiency and productivity. (more)
Wärtsilä North America, Inc., a subsidiary of Helsinki, Finland-based Wärtsilä Corp., announced that Nexen, a Calgary-based oil and gas company, has selected Wärtsilä to supply an industrial baseload power plant and auxiliary equipment for an installation at the company’s Bashair al Khair-A field in Yemen. (more)
RWE SCHOTT Solar Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality solar modules and systems, along with Felix Electric, an electrical contracting firm specializing in solar electric systems, announced that their customer, Hills Flat Lumber Co.., in Colfax, is now enjoying the benefits of a clean, renewable source of electricity via its newly installed 145kW photovoltaic (PV) system. Installed by Felix Electric, a family-owned business located in Grass Valley, the fully-financed system generates approximately 92 percent of the store’s electricity needs. This creates an immediate positive cash flow as the utility bill savings are greater than the system’s loan payments. (more)
Honeywell announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded the company a two-year, $2.25 million contract to provide energy management education and services to participants of the EmPower New YorkSM program. Developed by NYSERDA, a public-benefit corporation created to fund energy programs and research, EmPower New York offers services that promote energy efficiency and affordability for low-income utility customers in more than 50 upstate New York counties. (more)
To promote energy savings and sustainability, the San Diego Regional Energy Office (SDREO) and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (SDRCC)announced a new annual award program -- the San Diego Excellence in Energy (SANDEE) Awards. SDRCC will present the Awards at their annual dinner on January 18, 2005. (more)
In an effort to improve its learning environment and save energy, the University of South Carolina (USC) has contracted with Johnson Controls, Inc., a global leader in facility management and controls, for energy management services and improvements to the campus. (more)
Researchers at LUCA Technologies, Inc. have made a discovery regarding natural gas production in Wyoming's Powder River Basin that could lead to a renewable source of energy for generations to come. The company today announced that laboratory evidence shows that the Powder River Basin (PRB) coals are generating natural gas in real time through the ongoing activity of anaerobic microbes (bacteria that live in the absence of oxygen) resident in those coal fields. The company has termed sites where this microbial conversion of hydrocarbon deposits (coals, organic shales, or oil) to methane occurs "Geobioreactors(TM)," and believes the careful management of such sites may offer a new long-term solution to U.S. energy needs. (more)
MagnaDrive Corporation, a supplier of patented torque transfer technology to industry introduces of a full line of heavy duty self-supporting adjustable speed drives. The drives are designed for a wide variety of applications ranging from 150 hp to 500 hp and handling motor speeds up to 3600 rpm. (more)
Power Measurement, a global provider of enterprise energy management systems, today introduced the ION(r) 6100 wireless energy metering system. Ideal for tenant sub-billing or cost allocation applications in commercial environments, the system uses a network of ION 6100 wireless energy meters to monitor energy usage throughout large multi-story buildings, and automatically relay the readings by radio signal to a
central data server. (more)
Victoria's largest electricity distributor — has expanded its enterprise energy management ("EEM") capabilities to help optimize power quality and reliability at key points throughout its Melbourne-based distribution network. The EEM system, from Power Measurement, uses a network of intelligent energy meters and web-enabled software to analyze power-quality conditions at each monitored substation, and help Powercor staff maximize reliability through timely notification, tracking and troubleshooting of events. (more)
While ice may be an age-old method of keeping things cold, only recently has it become a popular way to cool facilities in conjunction with conventional HVAC systems. So why are so many schools installing and retrofitting with ice? Because ice-based thermal energy storage can save thousands of dollars in electric bills annually by allowing a school's electric chillers to shut down during on-peak demand time. What's more, in some parts of the country, utility companies are even paying schools money to install ice storage. (more)
In early 1997, our new president asked, ‘What is on the top of your list of deferred maintenance items?’ Without hesitating, I told him air conditioning systems. That’s how this started seven years ago as we struggled to keep a hodge-podge of 30–45 year-old, direct-expansion and small chillers working.” This is how Frank Mezzanini, vice president and CFO of Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida describes the start of a process that has resulted in the installation of a new central chilled-water and campus-wide distribution and control system. St. Leo University is a liberal arts school in west central Florida, about 30 miles from Tampa. It has carved a reputation as a top-notch school, willing to try new programs to bring education out to those who want it. (more)
Andover Controls and TAC have combined to form Tour Andover Controls, a new leader in the building automation industry. The companies were merged by Schneider Electric, a worldwide leader in electrical distribution, power and controls, which purchased TAC in June 2003 and acquired Andover Controls in August 2004. The new name draws from Tour & Andersson Controls, an earlier identity of TAC, and leverages the brand and name recognition of Andover Controls in the United States and the United Kingdom, and of TAC in northern Europe. (more)
Consumers will find it easier than ever to select just the right window or skylight, thanks to a new tool on the popular, educational web site of the Efficient Windows Collaborative (EWC) (www.efficientwindows.org), a project of the Alliance to Save Energy. (more)
TAS Packaged Central Plants (TAS) announces the completion and full commercial operation of their 1,200 ton packaged central plant for Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. at the Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack in Bossier City, Louisiana. Harrah’s recently added 150,000 square feet for a luxury casino and entertainment complex to the Louisiana Down’s historic horse racing track just east of Shreveport, Louisiana. Louisiana Downs is currently in its 31st season of Thoroughbred racing with plans to begin its inaugural Quarter Horse racing later in the season. (more)
On a sunny day in April, a small group of Basalt Middle School students took their knowledge of renewable energy outside the classroom and onto the roof. The fifth and sixth graders demonstrated the power of learning by helping install a one-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system to provide solar electricity for the school. The Solar Club activity was organized by their teacher, Jane Douglass. Her outstanding efforts have earned Douglass the first Renewable Energy Teacher Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Office of Education Programs. (more)
Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. and a leading provider of energy and energy-related services, announced that it has teamed up with the Shared Services affiliate of the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area (HCNCA) to offer electric service to regional healthcare providers. Pepco Energy Services and HCNCA will host the first joint meeting to offer electric service to members early in November. (more)
Following the successful completion of the 5-year pledge it made in 2000, Advance Transformer was recently recognized as a prestigious “Silver Beacon” Sponsor by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Founded in 1994 through a joint effort between Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the ESFI is North America's only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. (more)
Electric City announced that it has executed a contract with PacifiCorp to develop a 27-Megawatt Power Curtailment system for the utility utilizing Electric City's EnergySaver(TM) and GlobalCommander(R) technology. The initial system will be deployed in the Utah Power service territory targeting the St. Lake City region. Plans exist to expand the system to 50-Megawatts in other PacifiCorp jurisdictions including Oregon and Washington at the option of PacifiCorp; the final system will cost approximately $25 million. (more)
LEDtronics® announces Series B618/619 Single-Contact and Series DB618/619 Double-Contact 15mm Bayonet Based 18-LED and 19-LED Lamps for direct replacement of incandescent bulbs #310 and #312. Direct incandescent replacement 15mm bayonet based LED lamps incorporate optical-grade epoxy, advanced Light Emitting Diode (LED) technologies, and standard single-contact or double-contact bayonet bases. These sunlight-visible lamps are available in 18-LED and 19-LED models. Two light emitting angles (12°-15° and 20°-30°) are offered standard; custom viewing angles are available. Choose voltages from 12V to 28V AC or DC. Eighteen-LED and 19-LED lamps draw between 1.0W to 1.7W of power. Colors available are Green, White, Blue, Yellow and Red (630nm). Infrared lamps are offered in wavelengths of 850nm, 880nm and 940nm. (more)
1,100 MW’s, or the equivalent of the electricity consumption of 1.1 million households, disappeared from the grid in Southern California when the San Onofre nuclear power plant went down without warning last Friday. As a result of the outage, the California ISO immediately asked regional power plants to ramp up production and asked residential, commercial, and industrial electricity consumers to conserve electricity in every way possible to avoid a blackout. (more)
In the next phase of its national program to optimize efficiency and conserve natural resources, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) today announced that Chevron Energy Solutions will complete major energy efficiency upgrades and a hybrid renewable power plant -- including a fuel cell and two solar electric technologies -- at the USPS's largest processing and distribution facilities in San Francisco. Together the two mail facilities -- the San Francisco Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) and Embarcadero Postal Center (EPC) -- comprise 1.2 million square feet, employ about 3,000 people and process 7.5 million pieces of mail daily. Both facilities operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The USPS is the largest employer in San Francisco's Bay View/Hunter's Point district, where the P&DC is located. (more)
Life has gotten even brighter in the City of Orange. Public Energy Solutions (PES)-a leading lighting and energy services company specializing in the reduction of indoor and outdoor facility energy costs through lighting efficiencies and upgrades-recently partnered with the city of Orange to upgrade the city's traffic signals to more energy efficient technology. (more)
Itron, a leading technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries, announced today that it has finalized a distribution agreement with ELO Sistemas e Tecnologia Ltda. (ELO) of Brazil. Under the agreement, ELO and Itron will work together to provide electricity meters, data collection and meter data management solutions throughout South America. (more)
Capstone Turbine, the world’s leading manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has been selected to provide a biogas-to-energy demonstration project in West Bengal, India. The project, at a dairy farm, is expected to be online mid-2005. It will be the first installation of Capstone MicroTurbine™ energy systems in India. (more)
The Pennsylvania legislature passed SB1030, the Alternative Energy Bill which will require a total of 18% of Pennsylvania's electricity to be generated by alternative energy sources by 2020. The standard requires 8% of Pennsylvania's electricity to be generated by so-called "Tier I" renewable sources of energy by 2020. Tier I resources include solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. The standard also requires 10% of the state's electricity to come from a second category of resources that include waste coal, integrated combined coal gasification technology, municipal solid waste, large-scale hydro, demand-side management and distributed generation systems. (more)
ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced it has acquired the assets of Pacific Breaker Systems, Inc. in the United States, a leading supplier of engineered solutions that improve the performance of installed medium-voltage switchgear and circuit breakers. "This acquisition will help us meet our customers' needs for improved reliability and performance of the electricity distribution infrastructure, as well as economical life extension of their power plants and factories," said Paul Kefalas, head of ABB's Power Technologies division in North America. "ABB will be able to offer customers the benefits of our advanced circuit breaker technologies adapted for virtually any installation, regardless of the original manufacturer of their equipment." (more)
Building on the information offered in previous courses “Ballast Basics 101” and “Ballast Basics 201,” Advance Transformer recently added a new course entitled “Intro to New Lighting Technology – DALI” to its enthusiastically-received “Advance University” interactive ballast training website. The new course is designed to familiarize lighting professionals and other interested parties with the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) lighting standard and the potential to easily create new and powerful lighting designs. Consisting of seven tutorials, “Intro to New Lighting Technology – DALI” covers such topics as the features and benefits of a DALI system, design considerations, wiring and installation guidelines, and common DALI applications. (more)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hopes to muscle his energy policies through California's Legislature, now in the control of the Democrats. His ideas would modify the open market approach for retail service but would still allow larger industrial customers to shop around. (more)
Capstone Turbine, a leading manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced the opening of a new direct sales and factory service center in New York to more directly serve existing and developing customers in New York and the northeastern states. (more)
USA GT Solar Technologies, a division of GT Equipment Technologies, Inc. of Merrimack, NH, announced that it has signed a $9.5 million contract with Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd of Baoding, China for its Directionally Solidified Silicon (DSS) furnaces to increase their capacity to over 50 megawatts (MW) of multicrystal wafers for solar cells. The furnaces will be delivered in 2005. (more)
The New Orleans City Council is soliciting responses from qualified firms to its Request for Proposals ("RFP") for a Marketing Firm to develop and implement an 18-month comphrensive marketing campaign for the New Orleans Energy Efficiency Programs ("NOEEP"), which includes such taks as finalizing the NOEEP brand and identity, developing a media mix for advertising, and creating various marketing materials including program brochures-with specific attention to New Orleans demographics, climate and culture-under the direction of the New Orleans Energy Efficiency Corporation ("NOEEC") Board of Directors ("Board"). (more)
The New Orleans City Council is soliciting responses from qualified firms to its Request for Proposals ("RFP")implementation, roll out and delivery, and administration of its New Orleans Energy Efficiency Programs ("NOEEP")-with specific attention to New Orleans demographics, climate and culture-under the direction of the New Orleans Energy Efficiency Corporation ("NOEEC") Board of Directors ("Board"). (more)
Schneider Electric announced, through its subsidiary TAC/Tour Andover Controls, the acquisition of Abacus Engineered Systems, a US-based leading provider of facility energy and engineering solutions, with sales of approximately $30 million in 2003 and 86 employees. (more)
"The agreement between energy efficiency advocates and air conditioner manufacturers for a 26 percent increase in commercial air conditioner energy efficiency is especially welcome at a time of record-high energy costs that are squeezing all sectors of our economy," Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan said. (more)
USIEnergy announced that it has acquired the remaining interest in USIWest, a joint venture formed two years ago between USIEnergy and 3Plus LLC of Irvine, California. 3Plus is owned by one of California’s largest property management organizations and is a provider of varied ancillary services to apartment residents and owners throughout California and the Western U.S. USIEnergy is the leading provider of energy management and resident utility billing services to the multifamily housing market; the acquisition of the remaining interest of USIWest is an important step in USIEnergy’s efforts to accelerate its growth in the Western U.S. USIWest serves customers in California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington and Colorado, has over 80,000 units under contract and produces 62,000 resident utility bills each month. The business will continue to operate as a West coast division of USIEnergy and will market itself under the USIEnergy brand. (more)
ALZA Corp. and the City of Mountain View announced a partnership to convert landfill methane gas into energy. Significant Reduction of CO2 Emissions Benefits the Environment. The landfill gas cogeneration project, which will be funded by ALZA, will establish a landfill gas pipeline from a closed City landfill to nearby company facilities in the City's North Bayshore Area. The cogeneration system at ALZA will supply electricity and hot water, while reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by an average of 17.3 million pounds per year over the first ten years of the project or roughly the equivalent of taking 1,500 cars off the road annually. (more)
The recent experience with higher and more volatile oil prices has added to uncertainty about the long-term path of crude oil prices. The "Annual Energy Outlook 2005" (AEO2005), released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), includes two oil price cases to evaluate the impact of alternative world crude oil price trends. When released, the complete AEO2005 will include additional oil price cases. (more)
Puget Sound Energy [the utility subsidiary of Puget Energy (NYSE:PSD)] announced its second wind power project in Washington state, bringing the utility's proposed ownership of wind energy to nearly 400 megawatts (MW). PSE recently signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Blue Sky Wind LLC, an affiliate of RES America Developments Inc. and Renewable Energy Systems, Ltd., to acquire 100-percent ownership of the proposed Hopkins Ridge Wind Project located in Eastern Washington's Columbia County. The estimated cost to complete the project is approximately $200 million. If permitting and other critical-path activities go as planned, the project could begin providing PSE customers with 150 megawatts (MW) of wind power by sometime between late 2005 to mid-2006. (more)
The City of Atlanta seeks recommendations on options for energy management software. The city has been engaged in a long-term energy management plan to improve city building stock. It is expected that the implementation of energy management software would improve building performance and serve as a planning tool. (more)
Advance Transformer Company, a division of Philips Electronics North America, is proud to announce its recent selection by the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to receive funding for future solid-state lighting product development activities. (more)
ERCOT reached an agreement with Public Utility Commission staff and a broad-based group of stakeholders reducing the administrative fee from $.44 to $.42 per megawatt hour, effectively cutting the ERCOT budget by $6 million. ERCOT CEO Thomas F. Schrader stated that, "Through a process led by Public Utility Commission staff, ERCOT has reached agreement in principle with Commission staff and a broad-based group of stakeholders on the framework for ERCOT’s Administration Fee. The settlement will be considered by the ERCOT Board and, if approved, filed with the Commission for its approval. (more)
Green Mountain Energy Company, one of the nation's leading residential providers of cleaner electricity, announced today its introduction of a new product for Texas residential customers - Pollution Free(SM)electricity from Green Mountain Energy Company. This new electricity product is made from wind and water generation sources and is 100 percent pollution free. Additionally, the new Pollution Free product is priced at the local incumbent utility's "Price to Beat," so residential customers in Texas' competitive markets can now purchase clean, affordable electricity at no additional cost over the price charged by their local electric utility. (more)
Through a special public-private partnership, two new reflector compact fluorescent lamps (R-CFLs) have entered the market and are available at advantageous prices. The lamps, manufactured by Philips Lighting Company, passed rigorous testing and specification requirements outlined by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). They also meet ENERGY STAR® quality standards. (more)
Solatube International Inc., a worldwide leading manufacturer of tubular skylights, is pleased to announce that it now offers an Energy Star®-rated product. The popular 10- and 14-inch Solatube® skylights, used for both residential and commercial applications, now come standard with this enhanced energy efficiency rating. Energy Star is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy work closely with more than 1,000 manufacturers to determine the energy performance levels that must be met for a product to earn the Energy Star rating. Only products that meet these stringent energy-efficiency requirements are awarded this prestigious label. (more)
Tractebel Energy Services is making a run for about 1,000 C&I customers in the Pittsburgh area and began marketing efforts recently. Expect a lot of activity since C&I customers in Beaver and Allegheny counties are to choose a supplier, explained Rick Wirth, marketing director. The next flurry of activity will be in 17 months when the incumbent C&I contracts end, Wirth added. (more)