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What’s So Special About Special Districts?

Whether they’re heralded as shining examples of democracy or disparaged as autonomous “ghost governments,” special districts are generally misunderstood by the public.  If you’re unclear about what they are, what they do, and why they’re “special,” you’re in good company. Why They’re Special Special districts are, essentially, local-level government agencies, separate from cities or counties. …

Apr 12, 2019

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Government

Overcoming Challenges to Achieve the Vision of a Smart City

As new smart city initiatives launch, it’s worth exploring in more detail how a smart city operates. Let’s begin with a concise definition of a smart city: The Smart Cities Council, in its Smart Cities Readiness Guide, defines a smart city as one that “uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability …

Ben Stewart

November 24, 2015

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Government

Guaranteed Energy Savings: Harrisburg Looks for Energy Solution

Most of the lights inside Harrisburg city hall have been left on nonstop for 20 years, city officials said Tuesday night, wasting thousands of dollars in electricity, bulb replacement and maintenance hours. Because of this, Harrisburg seeks a solution via a guaranteed energy savings contract. City officials revealed this week that most of the lights …

Ben Stewart

November 20, 2015

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Bundled Energy Projects

Montgomery County Looks To Reduce Energy Costs

In an effort to conserve energy and funds, Montgomery County (NY) is looking to replace equipment that has become outdated in its municipal buildings to reduce energy costs. The Montgomery County Legislature will move forward with energy management projects after the Budget and Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. Legislators voted on whether to enter into an agreement …

Ben Stewart

November 19, 2015

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Bundled Energy Projects

Guaranteed Energy Savings Project Underway with SmartWatt

If you’ve driven by the Harrisburg city government center late at night, you may have seen the lights on in the mayor’s second-floor office. In fact, you may have noticed many lights on throughout the four-story building at 10 North Second Street, even in the middle of the night. That’s because city officials can’t turn …

Ben Stewart

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Smart Cities, Smarter World

According to MIT, it’s estimated that the urban population increases by 2 people every second globally. The trifecta of rapid urbanization, strained infrastructure and enormous amounts of data not only challenges cities—it’s also creating new opportunities. As part of the solution to the rapid increase in urbanization, the Obama Administration recently announced a new “Smart Cities” …

Ben Stewart

November 18, 2015

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Utility

Commercial Energy Efficiency National Grid Incentives

National Grid Incentives – Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Program: National Grid incentives for large commercial gas and electric customers in the upstate NY service area and gas incentives for customers in the Metro NY service area. Incentives of up to 50% of the installed project cost and financing is available for certain projects. Eligibility: Commercial, industrial, nonprofit, …

Ben Stewart

November 10, 2015

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Bundled Energy Projects

Refrigeration Efficiency: Q&A With Our Energy Optimization Experts

Question: How can I improve the my facility’s refrigeration efficiency? Answer: Refrigeration efficiency issues, which include problems with ice buildup, temperature and insulation can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas: Evaporator coils have heavy ice build-up Evaporator temperature is lower than required …

Ben Stewart

November 5, 2015

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Bundled Energy Projects

Issues With Transformers: Q&A With Our Energy Optimization Experts

 Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility’s power? Answer: Power issues, which include issues with transformers, demand charge and controls issues can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas: Transformers remain energized when serving no load for extended periods …

Ben Stewart

October 29, 2015

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