Energy Management

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American DG Energy Honored by BUILDINGS Magazine


WALTHAM, MASS.—American DG Energy Inc., a leading On Site Utility offering clean electricity, heat, hot water and cooling solutions to hospitality, healthcare, housing and athletic facilities, announced that BUILDINGS magazine has selected On-Site Utility as a 2014 Money-Saving Product winner. On-Site Utility is part of an elite group of 97 products and services showcased in the magazine’s June 2014 issue.

Acuity Brands Honored with Prestigious Lightfair Award


ATLANTA—Acuity Brands, Inc. has been officially recognized by the 2014 Lightfair International (LFI) Innovation Awards competition for the Most Innovative Product of the Year award. The award designation honors Acuity Brands for its Peerless Open LED luminaires.

Cleveland’s Metropolitan Hotel Chooses Telkonet’s EcoSmart


MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., whose complementary business divisions include EcoSmart, an energy management technology platform featuring Recovery Time technology and EthoStream, one of the largest high-speed Internet access (HSIA) providers in the world, announced that the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Cleveland, Ohio has selected the EcoSmart system to manage guest comfort and energy use and the EthoStream HSIA solution to provide wireless communication infrastructure.

Hilton San Diego Named Most Sustainable Hilton in U.S.


SAN DIEGO—Hilton San Diego Bayfront has been named the number one most sustainable Hilton hotel in the United States of America by Hilton Worldwide. Hilton San Diego Bayfront has recently received a number of green sustainability awards for the property’s multitude of recycling and energy conservation efforts. These notable recognitions come from a national and local level. In addition to being named the most sustainable Hilton property in the United States, City of San Diego has awarded the hotel with the 2014 Director’s Recycling Award, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently recognized the hotel as the Energy Champion in Hospitality at their 2014 Energy Showcase Awards. “We have achieved a nearly 20 percent reduction in energy use,” says Tip Jozsa, Director of Property Operations for Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Shore Hotel Installs Green Charge Networks Technology


SANTA MONICA, CALIF.—Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel has installed power saving technology by Green Charge Networks, which will save the hotel an estimated 50 percent in demand charges annually. GreenStation, an intelligent energy storage system, combines historical energy use patterns with real-time weather data to predict demand and store and discharge energy accordingly.

Master-Bilt Showcases Line of Glass Door Merchandisers


CHICAGO—Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, showcased its full line of glass door merchandisers with the next generation BMG/BLG Plus and Fusion Plus models at the 2014 National Restaurant Show last month. These new glass door merchandisers provide extensive flexibility that businesses require for growing market segments, changing floor plans and improving traffic flow.

Excel Dryer Unveils XLERATOReco Hand Dryer


EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS.—Excel Dryer, Inc., manufacturer of the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR hand dryer, introduces the new XLERATOReco hand dryer. The XLERATOReco uses new “no heat” technology to dry hands in 15 seconds using only 500 watts.

EPA Adds Clothes Dryers to Energy Star Program


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever Energy Star label for clothes dryers. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the United States meet these new requirements, the utility cost savings will grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

Bacara Resort Selects SemaConnect EV Charging Stations


WASHINGTON, D.C.—SemaConnect, Inc. announced that they were chosen by Bacara Resort & Spa to install six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at their location in Goleta, Calif. “We are excited to offer visitors to the Santa Barbara area another convenient place to charge their vehicle,” said Mark Pastrone, V.P. of Business Development at SemaConnect. “There has been a dramatic increase in electric vehicle use in this area and we have made it our mission to innovatively keep up with this growing demand.”

IPSO Introduces New Control for OPL Washer-Extractors


RIPON, WIS.—IPSO introduces the Cygnus Ultra Pro control system on washer-extractors for on-premises laundry managers. Cygnus Ultra Pro builds on the features of Cygnus Ultra. “The Cygnus Ultra Pro control system allows on-premises laundry managers to have complete control of their equipment,” said Kathryn Rowen, North American Sales Manager for IPSO. “With increased usability and flexibility, Ultra Pro gives laundry managers the tools they need to easily achieve peak efficiency.”

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