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Innovation: Integrating Renewable Energy Into the Grid

Many utilities want to learn how to integrate renewable energy into the electrical grid. What better way than to help fund a test bed devoted to that very principle? To that end, National Grid announced recently that it will give two grants totaling $1 million to SUNY Polytechnic Institute for its new 356,000-square-foot ZEN building. …

Ben Stewart

Nov 03, 2016

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The Benefits of Energy Benchmarking

Energy benchmarking is becoming an increasingly popular way to ensure energy compliance and motivate facilities to improve their efficiency. Last year, for example, the District of Columbia published final regulations to implement a new requirement that all large private buildings benchmark their energy and water performance annually. And New York City’s Local Law 84, instituted …

Ben Stewart

Oct 30, 2016

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Stretching Your Proposition 39 Dollars

One of the biggest drains on California school’s budgets isn’t education-related at all; it’s energy. An upgrade manual authored by the EPA’s Energy Star reports that America’s schools spend more than $7.5 billion annually on energy—more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined. After salaries and benefits, energy costs are the largest operating expense …

Ben Stewart

Oct 27, 2016

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Outdoor Lighting Efficiency: How CA K-12 Schools Can Comply with Title 24

Keeping up with California’s stringent set of standards for school lighting-with its very specific set of requirements-means pushing an institution’s lighting infrastructure to achieve maximum efficiency. The report, “Lighting Retrofit Strategies for California Schools,” out of UC Davis, provides a detailed guide of the best solutions for common K-12 Proposition 39 outdoor lighting efficiency strategies. …

Ben Stewart

Oct 23, 2016

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