FDA Headquarters Contracts Honeywell for Energy Upgrade

Posted on March 18th, 2011 by

Honeywell is awarded one of the largest DOE contracts since 1998, Minnesota wind project operational, and Georgia  Power seeks to decertify coal-powered plants.

Honeywell Awarded Large Contract with GSA

Honeywell was awarded with a $213-million contract with the U.S. General Services Administration to improve energy infrastructure at the Food and Drug Administration headquarters in Maryland. The project is expected to save 48 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. The main task of the project is the construction of the central utility plant that will meet the heating, cooling and energy requirements of the FDA’s Center for Biological Evaluation and Research. The plant will incorporate two 7.5-MW dual-fuel turbine generators, a 4.5-MW natural gas turbine generator, two diesel standby generators and a steam turbine generator—that is enough to power more than 23,000 homes.


Minnesota Wind Project Complete

The 19-MW Adams Wind Project in Meeker County, Minnesota is now fully operational. The project which was an undertaking of Juhl Wind, cost $42 million to develop. It was first announced in December 2009 and construction began in October 2010. The site uses 12 turbine generators and is contracted to sell energy to Xcel Energy under a 20 year power purchase agreement.


GA Power Seeks to Decertify Coal-Powered Plants

Georgia Power submitted a request to decertify two of its coal-powered plants in its updated Integrated Resource Plan filed with the commission for next spring. The decision to shut down units 1 and 2 at Plant Branch in Putnam County, was made due to a need to install environmental controls to meet current and expected governmental regulations such as the Georgia Multipollutant Rule. The company currently operates 9,686-MW of coal-fueled generation at 10 plants statewide.


Home Energy Makeover Launches in PA

FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utility has teamed with Penn Power to sponsor a contest that will reward three customers with energy efficiency. The Home Energy Makeover Contest is for participants who have a home that is at least one year old and in need of energy efficiency improvements. Upgrades include new heating and air conditioning systems, improved insulation, efficient windows, new lighting and efficient appliances. This competition is one of several marketing efforts that aim to increase awareness of the benefits of energy efficient building.


LED Makeover for Mall Kiosks

Mall kiosks across the country are getting a lighting makeover. Hundreds of Simon Property Group’s kiosks are installing ultra-efficient LED bulbs by Lighting Science Group. The Energy Star approved Definity MR 16 bulbs are 80 percent more efficient than the halogen bulbs they are replacing. They have no mercury and turn on instantly.

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