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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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Utility

Bridon American Corporation Receives UGI Energy Efficiency Incentive

SmartWatt recently completed a major sustainability project for wire rope manufacturer Bridon American at their Hanover, PA facility.  UGI presented a $100,000 rebate check to Bridon American during an event at the Bridon facility earlier today. Bridon American qualified for the rebate through the UGI Energy Efficiency Incentive Program. Read the full article in the Philadelphia …

Ben Stewart

July 10, 2015

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Mechanical Systems

The Problem with a Compressor Leak

The U.S Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy stated a typical plant that has not been maintained will likely have a compressor leak rate of 20% of the total compressed air production capacity, and proactive leak detection and repair can reduce leaks to 10% of compressor output. Leaks not only cause energy loss, they …

Ben Stewart

June 10, 2015

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Energy Systems Optimization

7 Step Energy Management Action Plan

More and more organizations are discovering that to be energy efficient, they need a comprehensive energy management program. That’s easier said that done, however, as it can be overwhelming to start from scratch or to try to codify ad hoc strategies already in place. Using ENERGY STAR®’s Guidelines for Energy Management as a template, we …

Ben Stewart

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Utility

Commercial Energy Efficiency PECO Rebate Programs

PECO Rebate – Non-Residential Energy Efficiency & Heating Efficiency Rebate Programs (PA): PECO provides custom and prescriptive incentives for commercial energy systems optimization retrofits. Government and non-profit organizations (GNI) can qualify for additional equipment incentives, including street/traffic lighting. GNI incentives typically run 20 percent higher than C&I incentives for the same measures. Eligibility: Commercial, industrial, …

Ben Stewart

April 10, 2015

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Commercial & Industrial

7 Tips for Reducing Water Use in Manufacturing

There is a strong connection between energy systems optimization and reducing water consumption–“energy water nexus” is probably a buzz phrase you’ve heard a lot lately. The connection goes both ways: Reducing water use decreases the energy needed to pump water from its source to its disposal. Plus, reducing hot-water use reduces the energy needed for heating water …

Ben Stewart

March 10, 2015

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Commercial & Industrial

PACE Financing for Commercial and Industrial Facilities

Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE financing allows property owners to finance energy systems optimization, solar PV and water conservation upgrades to buildings that help reduce energy usage and costs. PACE can pay for lighting, mechanical, and  building automation system improvements, new solar PV systems and more. Why use PACE financing? PACE financing provides up to …

Ben Stewart

February 22, 2015

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SCE Advanced Lighting Controls Program – $.48/kWh Rebate

Advanced Lighting Controls are a fantastic way to utilize the versatility of LED lighting to achieve greater energy savings. For a limited time, LED lighting upgrades performed in 2015 can qualify for $.48 /kWh saved rebate from the SCE advanced lighting controls program.  An advanced lighting control system is defined as a control system that has …

Ben Stewart

February 10, 2015

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Energy Systems Optimization

5 Benefits of the Design Build Services Approach to Energy Efficiency

When undertaking an energy systems optimization project, one of the first—and most important—decisions you’ll make is whether to use a design build  services approach or a design-bid-build approach. While each approach has merit, the advantages associated with a design-build services approach far outweigh the cons. Before we dig into the nuances, let’s define the terms. Design-bid-build is a segmented, sequential …

Ben Stewart

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