Energy Management

Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.


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Improving Chilled Water Plant Efficiency is Focus of New Guide

2/20/2014

BOURNE, MASS.—Chilled water system performance is often overlooked in plant operations, yet optimizing performance can significantly improve chilled water plant efficiency, and thereby reduce costs.


Cireon Completes Lighting Project for Universal CityWalk

2/20/2014

MOORPARK, CALIF.—Jim Dilbeck, General Manager of Cireon, announced that his LED systems manufacturing company recently completed a major outdoor lighting project for Universal CityWalk Hollywood at Universal Studios, Hollywood. Completed in conjunction with Tako Tyko, Signs & Lighting of Los Angeles, the parking lot project encompassed 600 parking spots and a footprint of more than 70,000 square feet.


UniMac Expands Product Range with New 200-Pound Dryer

2/19/2014

RIPON, WIS.—UniMac, a leading provider of on-premises laundry equipment, has expanded its product offering with the introduction of the UT200, a 200-pound tumble dryer. “The UT200 is just one example of UniMac’s commitment to increasing our customers’ satisfaction by offering a comprehensive range of equipment with innovative features that help on-premises laundries operate more cost-effectively,” said Bill Brooks, North American Sales Manager for UniMac.


WattStopper Adds Line of Wireless Occupancy Sensors

2/18/2014

SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper has introduced a new line of wireless occupancy sensors in response to customer requests for more choices to manage energy. The radio frequency (RF) products make it easy and cost effective to install code-compliant controls in existing buildings, or wherever wired occupancy sensors aren’t the best fit. The product line includes dual relay controls not available from other manufacturers, as well as time-saving functionality.


Acuity Introduces ACP Series LED Floodlights

2/17/2014

GRANVILLE, OHIO—Acuity Brands, Inc. introduces ACP Series LED floodlights from American Electric Lighting that save up to 60 percent in energy costs, while cutting maintenance by as much as 50 percent compared to a metal halide floodlight. Sustainable solution ACP1LED and ACP2LED luminaires also reduce CO2 emissions by up to 60 percent while providing a service life of more than 20 years.


Swegon Announces North American Release of ADAPT Parasol

2/17/2014

MINNEAPOLIS—Swegon Inc. announced its North American launch of the ADAPT Parasol comfort module, a hybrid product uniting the energy-saving and comfort advantages of chilled beams and demand control ventilation. “The ADAPT Parasol is the first of Swegon’s demand controlled ventilation products to be modified to meet North American Industry standards,” said Mike Woolsey, President at Swegon “This follows the successful launch of ADAPT Parasol in Europe last year.”


MGM Resorts Begins State’s Largest Installation of EV Charging Stations

2/13/2014

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has started the largest installation of electrical vehicle (EV) charging stations in Nevada. Twenty-seven EV charging stations will be located at nine of the company’s Las Vegas resorts in addition to MGM Resorts’ main corporate offices. Additional stations will be available at Circus Circus Reno. The charging stations, which will be installed in guest garages and valet areas, will be available for employees and guests to use at no cost. “It is important that our guests have the convenience and ability to continue sustainable habits during their time with us,” said Cindy Ortega, Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International. “The installation of these charging stations encourages green practices in both our guests and employees, serving as a natural step toward smarter, cleaner transportation systems.” Drivers will be able to access real-time information about the ChargePoint EV charging stations via a mobile application, which shows whether a station is open; the percentage of charge on the vehicle, when the vehicle is fully charged and when a charging nozzle has been removed.


Green Lodging News Adds EverGlow as Founding Sponsor

2/13/2014

TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes EverGlow NA, Inc. as a Founding Sponsor. EverGlow manufactures code approved photoluminescent exit signs and egress path markings. High performance glow in the dark signs and markings can help one reduce inspection and maintenance costs. Without compromising the life safety of guests and staff, EverGlow (non-electrical) photoluminescent exit signs can be used to replace electrical exit signs.


LED Lighting Market to Grow to $25 Billion in 2023

2/12/2014

BOSTON—Driven by superior features and falling costs, the market for light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires, or optimized permanent light fixtures, will grow more than 12-fold over the next decade—from $2 billion today to $25 billion in 2023, a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent, according to Lux Research.


ClearEdge Power Releases White Paper

2/10/2014

SUNNYVALE, CALIF.—ClearEdge Power released a white paper contrasting the benefits of diesel generators versus the company’s own PureCell fuel cell systems as a source of critical power generation for business. The paper, titled “Critical and Clean Power,” reports that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, power outages due to weather have cost the United States economy between $18 billion and $33 billion annually from 2003 to 2012.


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