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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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Building Automation Systems

Building Automation System Basics: How to Improve Your Building’s Efficiency

Buildings with various kinds of energy systems like lighting, boilers, or HVAC can spend up to 57 percent of their operating budget on HVAC and lighting alone, oftentimes crippling the business or government entity that uses the space. On top of high energy bills, occupants of the space can experience discomfort due to uneven temperatures, …

Ben Stewart

May 16, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Energy Trust of Oregon Teams With SmartWatt to Help Small Businesses Save on Energy

Small businesses often have dim, inefficient and energy-intensive lighting which results in unsafe areas, low productivity and high utility bills, forcing owners to spend money they would rather invest in their business to stay competitive. Energy Trust of Oregon and SmartWatt are working together to change that through Small Business Energy Savings. Small Business Energy …

Ben Stewart

April 28, 2017

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Prop 39

Fontana School District Leaders Use Hot Trend To Cool Their Schools

Fontana Unified School District was worried that their 38,000 students were too uncomfortable to focus and learn. The district’s antiquated roof top units couldn’t keep up with the demand to moderate temperatures throughout their buildings. Fontana Energy Manager Errol Glen and Director of Maintenance and Operations, Bob Copeland, were worried because teachers and administrators were …

Ben Stewart

April 25, 2017

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Prop 39

California Senate Energy Committee Tweaks, Approves Prop 39 Deadline Extension

In a 10 to 1 bipartisan vote, California’s Senate Energy & Utilities Committee approved legislation Tuesday to extend Prop 39 funding for energy efficiency projects at public schools throughout the state. SB 518 now heads to the Senate Fiscal Committee and ultimately State Senate and Assembly floor votes. The proposed changes must also be signed …

Ben Stewart

April 24, 2017

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Industry News

Illinois Association of County Leaders (IACO) Spring Conference Provides Resources for Government Leaders to Modernize Infrastructures

Some municipal leaders in the Illinois Association of County Officials (IACO) grapple with finding the right energy systems firm to fix their aging boilers and seal their drafty doors. Other leaders worry about how best to create safe and friendly environments for their community to thrive.   An upcoming conference for companies catering to counties …

Ben Stewart

April 20, 2017

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Industry News

SmartWatt’s CIO Tracy Nolan To Teach Technology Leadership Course at Columbia Business School

SmartWatt’s Vice President of Information Systems, Tracy Nolan, will teach technology leadership to up and coming executives about how to realize their success during a course offered through the Columbia Business School. The course, “Future Success In The Hotseat” is part of a three day summit for promising executives at the Columbia Technology Leadership Institute, …

Ben Stewart

April 19, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Indiana Guaranteed Energy Savings Contracts Help Municipals Improve Infrastructure

Small municipalities in Indiana, battling aging buildings and empty coffers, can benefit from a little known legislation — Indiana Guaranteed Energy Savings Contracts — to help upgrade their infrastructures without the need for capital.  Indiana Guaranteed Energy Savings Contracts are known as an energy performance contract in other states. The official legislation is Indiana Code …

Ben Stewart

April 14, 2017

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Commercial & Industrial

What is Retrocommissioning and How Can it Help Optimize Your Infrastructures?

More and more cash strapped government, education, industrial and commercial entities are using retro-commissioning to optimize their facility’s infrastructures and energy systems to capture the “low hanging fruit” when it comes to energy efficiency opportunities. Retrocommissioning is the process of identifying improvements to a facility’s existing equipment and systems, so they are integrated and operate more …

Ben Stewart

April 13, 2017

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