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Outdoor Lighting Retrofits Offer Quick Payback

Outdoor Lighting Retrofits Offer Quick Payback

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Airport Parking
“In the world we live in today, poor lighting is something we adjust to,” says Shawn Campbell, national accounts manager for the Southeast for CED Atlanta, an electrical parts distributor that primarily services commercial, industrial, and electrical contractors. In an outdoor lighting application, poor or no lighting is often  … Read More

The Windblown Web

The Windblown Web

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According to a New York Times article, Hewlett Packard and Amazon are both raising their reliance on wind power. The HP undertaking is the main focus of the article: “HP to Power Texas Data Centers With Wind Energy,” but a cataloging of other clean energy adoptions by major companies includes  … Read More

When Are Lighting Retrofits a No-Brainer?

When Are Lighting Retrofits a No-Brainer?

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Given that a significant portion of energy consumption is in lighting, replacing inefficient fixtures in a lighting retrofit offers a good opportunity to save on energy and maintenance, points out Jeff Spencer, director of product management and market development for Juno Lighting.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, in 2012, the  … Read More

The Evolution of Microgrids

The Evolution of Microgrids

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A microgrid is a network of power generation and storage, usually on a campus, typically designed to augment power from the local utility. Early microgrids in the 1990s were experiments in peak shaving by campuses like the US military base at Fort Bragg, near Fayetteville, NC. Fort Bragg is one  … Read More

The Flavors of A/C

The Flavors of A/C

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We have been getting positive feedback about our most recent Business Energy cover story, “A Healthy Dose of Efficiency,” by David C. Richardson, which focuses on the specific HVAC needs of hospitals. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is of prime importance in hospital settings. But while hospitals and health care facilities may  … Read More

Simple Guidelines for Considering Lighting Retrofits

Simple Guidelines for Considering Lighting Retrofits

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Controllable Lighting
There are several simple conditions under which a facility operator should consider doing a lighting retrofit, notes Bob Smith, P.E., Director, Energy Marketing Solutions, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting business. Simple ones to consider include high energy rates for which a lighting retrofit can help reach a faster payback with incentives  … Read More

Sunlight–Greenlight…or Should I Say Flower Power?

Sunlight–Greenlight…or Should I Say Flower Power?

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I like to see systems engineered with aesthetics in mind. Think of the pleasure people get watching a historic clock tower announce the time, or driving the expanse of a breathtaking bridge. The windmills of Holland also come to mind, and some wind turbine makers in our times are coming  … Read More

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Help Small “Green” Businesses

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to Help Small “Green” Businesses

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been tapped as one of five national laboratories to lead the Department of Energy’s new Small Business Vouchers Pilot. SBV will help small clean energy firms get technology assistance from world class scientists, engineers and facilities within the DOE national laboratory system.

PNNL  … Read More

Simplifying Stormwater Detention Design With Precast Concrete & Hydrologic Modeling

Simplifying Stormwater Detention Design With Precast Concrete & Hydrologic Modeling

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Increasingly, stormwater management for buildings and facilities is going underground. Offering smaller footprints, larger stormwater capture, and better flow mitigation, many facilities are looking to incorporate underground precast stormwater detention/retention systems at their sites to meet NPDES MS4 permit and Low Impact Development (LID) requirements. But…how do you know what  … Read More

Adding GPS Fleet Management to Your Team

Adding GPS Fleet Management to Your Team

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When your stormwater team is spread across the map, a GPS fleet management system can be a highly effective tool to help lower costs, improve productivity increase safety, AND manage your fleet more efficiently. But with many products and options to choose from for your operations, how can you determine  … Read More



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