ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Missouri Western State University is partnering with Andover, Mass.-based Schneider Electric to help the institution save nearly $400,000 in energy costs over 15 years. The university expects an additional $400,000 in utility incentives will help offset campus-wide upgrades across its building, lighting, water and mechanical systems.Read more
BERKELEY — A new lab in California opened by the Department of Energy (DOE) will test building efficiency using real-world simulations and advanced technologies.
DOE established the FLEXLAB at Berkeley National Laboratory on July 10. The facility’s test beds can examine HVAC, lighting, windows, building envelope, control systems and plug loads in any combination. The lab gives building owners and tenants the ability to test alternatives, perform cost-benefit analyses, and explore other building efficiencies before construction or retrofitting.Read more
WASHINGTON — The U.S General Services Administration (GSA) has issued a recommendation to the Department of Energy (DOE) to expand the use of third-party green building certification systems.Read more
WASHINGTON — A new bipartisan energy efficiency bill, introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), lists several measures to help raise energy efficiency levels in the U.S., while creating more private-sector jobs, reducing global warming pollution and reducing the country’s dependence on oil.Read more
According to the Department of Energy, in the United States alone, commercial buildings consume 70 percent of all electricity.Read more
SOQUEL, Calif. — Californians for Renewable Energy (CARE) and its founder Michael Boyd filed a lawsuit on Nov. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to challenge more than two dozen federal loan guarantees that the group alleges were illegally issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy (DOE) granted SolarCity Corp. a conditional commitment for a $344 million loan to support a record expansion of residential rooftop solar power in the United States.
Under the conditional commitment for the partial guarantee of the SolarStrong Project, the San Mateo, Calif.-based solar service provider will install, own and operate up to 160,000 rooftop solar installations on as many as 124 U.S. military bases in up to 33 states.Read more