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Lessons Learned: Energy Management Solutions for U.S. Colleges & Universities

Since budget shortfalls are the ‘new normal,’ these days, both public and private colleges in the U.S. are having to do more with less. The challenge, of course, is to manage tight budgets without impacting student programs or demoralizing staff. Reducing utility costs through more efficient energy management is an obvious solution—enabling colleges to cut …

Nov 01, 2019

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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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Bundled Energy Projects

Illinois Local Government Energy Conservation Act: A Tool for Municipalities to Modernize Infrastructures

Small municipalities in Illinois often face the challenge of aging infrastructure, with no budget to make improvements. But there is a tool that they can use  to turn their aging infrastructure woes around, it’s called Energy Performance Contracting in Illinois. With this tool, drafty windows and doors, aging  boilers and other HVAC equipment all can be …

Ben Stewart

March 28, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

Spaces With Controlled Energy Systems Create Optimal Results

People who work or learn in well-lit spaces  — and with the heat or air set at optimal levels — have increased productivity, safety and happiness.   There is a direct correlation between lighting and HVAC levels and the happiness, safety and productivity of the people who use those spaces, energy optimization experts say. A …

Ben Stewart

March 23, 2017

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