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    Aug 29, 2014 | Ron Patch
    Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However - even among HVAC industry engineers - accurately projecting these savings is a complicated endeavor. It can be done but requires a considerable amount of time and effort.
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    Aug 25, 2014 | Bennett Fisher
    Tools like ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings' efficiency, they are only that - a starting point.
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    Aug 22, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was banned in New York state in 2008 to study its effects on the environment. Since then, there have been numerous debates on whether or not fracking would be beneficial for the state.
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    Aug 15, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a hot topic. There has never been a middle ground on the technology; people are either for it or against it.
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    Aug 12, 2014 | Michael Hinton
    Still reeling from the Polar Vortex, 2014 has been energy retail’s winter of discontent. It won’t be the last.
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    Aug 06, 2014 | Jessica Lorentz
    Elevations Credit Union (ECU) is currently monitoring energy usage for eight electric meters in four buildings using a dashboard format offered by Power Takeoff. The dashboard reports energy usage data at the end of the billing cycle for the previous month and also reports 15 minute interval data.
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    Aug 01, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    You're not likely to hear this at the neighborhood bar, and beer and wine makers are aiming to keep it that way. The rise in fracking operations worldwide in recent years has sounded alarms in the beer and wine making industries, as business owners are fearful of what fracking chemicals could do to their water supply. Their concern is centered on what would happen to their companies if toxic chemicals are released into the groundwater. With most energy companies holding their cards close to their vest and not divulging trade secrets, their fear is substantiated.
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    Jul 30, 2014 | Ernest Norsworthy
    Some in the electric power transmission business must wonder if it makes political sense to follow the administration's lead and at least pay lip service to their green initiatives (mainly solar and wind) and to denigrate our basic resource of long-time availability, coal. The cheapest, TVA found out, was falling water from the many dams they had built over the decades.
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    Jul 25, 2014 | Wayne M. Kovach
    The summer is here and vacations are being planned. Whether it's a family trip to a local beach, visiting relatives out of state, or a trip to Disneyland, families everywhere are eager to get out and enjoy this great time of year. With endless lists and preparations to take care of, it's easy to let energy efficiency take a back seat. But be proactive! A few simple modifications can really make a difference.
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    Jul 22, 2014 | Camilo Patrignani
    It's very clear Latin America has one of the world's brightest solar power market outlooks. High power prices and volatile fuel supplies have made solar cheaper than fossil fuels in many countries, driving new investment and capacity additions. Consider Chile, Uruguay, and Costa Rica were three of the just seven nations worldwide to show an increase in renewable energy financing in 2013, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).