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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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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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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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Commercial & Industrial

What is a Building Energy Audit? Everything You Need to Know to Implement a Successful Energy Systems Optimization Project

As facilities age, the result is often dim lights, failing mechanical equipment, drafty windows and doors, and poor air quality that cause building occupants to be uncomfortable or less productive. Facility management can either turn to their partnerships with disparate specialty trade contractors as equipment fails or proactively find an energy systems optimization contractor. Energy …

Ben Stewart

April 7, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

IAMMA and SCARCE Team Up For Volunteering Event

Members of the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants (IAMMA) are giving back to the community by volunteering at an Earth Day event sponsored by the School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE). The morning of volunteering is April 8 at the SCARCE facility in Glen Ellyn, IL said Melissa DeFeo, assistant …

Ben Stewart

April 6, 2017

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Building Automation Systems

Planning A Capital Improvement Project? Be Smart. Be Strategic.

Industrial businesses with massive manufacturing and distribution centers sprinkled throughout the country need to improve operational efficiencies and staff productivity to remain competitive. Optimizing a building’s infrastructure with industrial energy solutions can often accomplish both.. To be smart about the process — and get the most bang for their buck — businesses need to partner …

Ben Stewart

March 29, 2017

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