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Food Producers Gain a Competitive Advantage with Efficiency-as-a-Service

Food producers have (dare we say it) a lot on their plate these days.  They’re having to deal with everything from economic and competitive pressures and availability of resources, to an aging workforce, and ever-rising operating costs. To stay competitive, food producers must stay on top of rapidly-changing consumer attitudes and market trends, technological advances, …

Lee Goddard

Dec 04, 2018

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Mechanical Systems

Ask the Expert: Ancillary Systems

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility’s ancillary systems? Answer: Ancillary systems issues, which include problems with kitchen equipment, laundry equipment and pools can take several forms. A needs anaylsis will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas: Kitchen equipment is not used efficiently In-house laundry …

Ben Stewart

November 5, 2016

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Utility

Innovation: Integrating Renewable Energy Into the Grid

Many utilities want to learn how to integrate renewable energy into the electrical grid. What better way than to help fund a test bed devoted to that very principle? To that end, National Grid announced recently that it will give two grants totaling $1 million to SUNY Polytechnic Institute for its new 356,000-square-foot ZEN building. …

Ben Stewart

November 3, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

The Benefits of Energy Benchmarking

Energy benchmarking is becoming an increasingly popular way to ensure energy compliance and motivate facilities to improve their efficiency. Last year, for example, the District of Columbia published final regulations to implement a new requirement that all large private buildings benchmark their energy and water performance annually. And New York City’s Local Law 84, instituted …

Ben Stewart

October 30, 2016

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Education

Stretching Your Proposition 39 Dollars

One of the biggest drains on California school’s budgets isn’t education-related at all; it’s energy. An upgrade manual authored by the EPA’s Energy Star reports that America’s schools spend more than $7.5 billion annually on energy—more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined. After salaries and benefits, energy costs are the largest operating expense …

Ben Stewart

October 27, 2016

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Education

Outdoor Lighting Efficiency: How CA K-12 Schools Can Comply with Title 24

Keeping up with California’s stringent set of standards for school lighting-with its very specific set of requirements-means pushing an institution’s lighting infrastructure to achieve maximum efficiency. The report, “Lighting Retrofit Strategies for California Schools,” out of UC Davis, provides a detailed guide of the best solutions for common K-12 Proposition 39 outdoor lighting efficiency strategies. …

Ben Stewart

October 23, 2016

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Education

TOCA – Task Order Construction Agreements at CSU Schools

The California State University (CSU) system recently launched TOCA, or Task Order Construction Agreements, to facilitate and simplify the delivery of bundled energy systems optimization projects. The model allows the delivery of multiple projects under one, one-year contract, or Master Enabling Agreement (MEA). Task orders are then issued for each project. Design-Build construction projects up to …

Ben Stewart

October 20, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

3 Ways to Make Achieve Steam Boiler Efficiency

In the U.S. fruit and vegetable processing industry—which includes facilities that can, freeze, dry or dehydrate fruit and vegetable products—steam is king. Steam is the biggest end use of fuel in these types of plants, and steam boiler efficiency can result in dramatic savings. Steam boiler systems produce this versatile steam, which is then directed to …

Ben Stewart

October 18, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

DIY Building Energy Audit

While a professional building energy audit is the best way to determine whether your commercial, industrial or institutional facility is losing energy and where to save, you can conduct your own simple but diligent walk-through and spot problems in many facilities. This “do-it-yourself” building energy audit will not be as thorough as a professional energy …

Ben Stewart

October 16, 2016

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