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SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the United States, named Mark Triplett as its Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Triplett will oversee sales, marketing, and operations. He brings more than 20 years of enterprise software, utility, smart grid and demand response experience to Green Charge most recently leading the “Demand Response Management Systems” product line worldwide for Alstom Grid, a global leader in utility infrastructure and control room hardware and software.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added Best Hotel Products to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Guestroom/Energy Management” category. Best Hotel Products enables one to reduce in-room PTAC energy consumption by around 40 percent with a thermostat using a combination of motion and thermal sensing technologies. The system, according to Best Hotel Products, is easy to install and allows one to track the health of PTACs.
SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, released a report with the results of its survey calculating the value of energy management systems (EMS). The report, titled “EMS Survey Analysis, Findings from Industry Professionals,” summarizes the findings from a survey of nearly 200 multi-site companies, across multiple industries, to better understand how companies select, manage and maintain an EMS and how they utilize real-time telemetry data.
LONGMONT, COLO.—TERRALUX recently debuted its SL fixture series. The SL Fixture Line is a significant upgrade for tired and flickering stairwell and garage lights. Energy use can be reduced by as much as 80 percent, as stairwells and garages are illuminated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are not frequently occupied spaces in commercial buildings.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the United States, announced its partnership with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Combining energy storage with EV charging eliminates the high cost of demand charges caused by spikes in power usage, often a barrier to installing EV charging stations. Demand charges are part of every commercial electricity bill and are determined by the highest 15 minutes of use during a billing cycle.
NATIONAL REPORT—Last fall, Stem, Inc. announced it had finalized an agreement to deploy advanced energy storage systems and real-time energy intelligence software across 68 of Extended Stay America, Inc.’s California locations. Approximately two months ago, the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. officially unveiled its Green Charge Networks intelligent energy storage system. The Extended Stay America properties, Shore Hotel, San Diego’s Ocean Park Inn and many others have all installed energy storage systems. As battery storage technology has improved—Tesla announced this past May that it would enter the energy storage market—an increasing number of hotels are investing in energy storage systems to help reduce demand charges that typically account for at least 30 percent of a commercial electricity bill, and often as much as 50 percent. Demand charges are based on the highest 15 minutes of electricity usage each month. According to John Carrington, CEO and Director of Stem, who wrote about demand charges for Green Lodging News in 2014, more and more, hotels are looking to advanced energy storage and data analytics systems to alleviate demand charges.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added AirRevive to its Green Product & Service Directory. AirRevive provides the hospitality industry with an affordable, energy efficient alternative to replacing fan coil units up to 35 years old by re-commissioning existing units to “better than new”. AirRevive’s re-commissioning service integrates custom refurbishment and cutting-edge EC motor technology to reduce fan coil unit energy by up to 80 percent.
NEW YORK—To mark its centennial anniversary, the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) is unveiling a new brand and mission to better capture the dynamic innovation of the hospitality industry. HX: The Hotel Experience—Rooms to Restaurants (HX), will debut November 8 to 10, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City and represents a bold new strategic direction. This multimillion-dollar investment aimed at revitalizing the largest hospitality trade event in North America is founded on the belief that true hospitality is anticipating a guest’s needs to create a memorable and unique experience. To achieve that, HX will focus on innovation, inspiration and information. “Making this enormous change at our 100-year juncture is exciting,” said Anthony G. Mangano, President Syramada Hotel Corp. (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Chairman of the Board for HX 2015. “These are not tweaks or modest improvements. HX 2015 is an entirely new show.” The deep dive transformation from IHMRS to HX called on industry experts, research-based data, and prior-year show assessments to identify what the show could and should bring to the industry.
TORRANCE, CALIF.—LEDtronics Inc. announces its latest series of DLC, ETL-listed LED Canopy Lights with a choice of flat or prismatic drop lens for both indoor and outdoor applications. With energy savings of up to 75 percent, the wide-beam lamps come in two wattages: 49W for replacing up to 250W old-technology HID, or 89W for replacing up to 400W HID.
BROOME, AUSTRALIA—Wyndham Hotel Group has announced the signing of a franchise agreement for the 55-key Ramada Resort Eco Beach Broome, an eco-friendly property in Australia that adds to the company’s growing Ramada brand portfolio in the South Pacific. The four-and-a-half-star resort, located just over an hour’s drive south of Broome in Australia’s Kimberley region, provides guests with a beachfront location boasting outstanding views of the Indian Ocean. With a strong focus on conservation, Ramada Resort Eco Beach Broome practices sustainable energy and water use throughout the property, including the use of solar power, fluorescent lighting and recycled water to maintain the property’s expansive landscaped grounds.
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