Rome Saved $700,000 with Energy Efficiency Program
The city of Rome, NY has saved over $700,000 since the initiation of its energy efficiency program. The city selected Johnson Controls to help reduce its utility costs and now it expects $8.5 million in energy, operations and maintenance savings and revenue by 2024. Improvements include upgrades in public sector buildings and a diffused aeration system at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. City Hall, the central fire station, the police department and the Rome Arts Center are all buildings that have been upgraded to improve their energy efficiency.
Europeans Vote Against Nuclear Investments
Europeans have supported reducing nuclear energy investments in the wake of the Japan quake, according to the results of a survey conducted by Benesnson Strategy Group and First International Resources. Another factor that played a role in the responses is the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. A majority of Europeans did not support nuclear power investments, even before the Japanese nuclear crisis. Of German respondents, only 12 percent supported an increase in nuclear investments, while 70 percent were against the idea. Surprisingly, a majority of Ukrainians, the site of the Chernobyl accident, supported investments in nuclear energy—35 percent in favor versus 18 percent against.
EV Charging Stations Installed in Malls
Simon Properties is installing electric vehicle charging stations at its properties nationwide. The first installation at Simon’s Florida Mall in Orlando has been completed and another is under construction at the Stanford Shopping Center in California. These EV stations will be self-service so that shoppers can plug in while they shop. Initially, charging will be free and then there will be a fee that has not yet been decided.
Canadian Wind Project Operational
Manitoba’s largest wind farm, the St.Joseph Wind project, is now online. The 138-MW initiative is capable of generating enough energy to serve 50,000 homes in the Manitoba, Canada area. The wind farm was constructed by Pattern Energy, which will pay about $38 million to landholders and an additional $44 million in taxes, generating revenue for the locals.
Philly Zoo Adopts Clean Energy
The Philadelphia Zoo has chosen GDF Suez Energy Resources to supply its electricity for the following two years. With this development, renewable energy certificates will offset 25 percent of the Zoo’s electricity consumption. The program is estimated to remove over three million pounds of CO2 per year. “It is an honor to serve America’s first Zoo,” said Robert Wilson, President and CEO of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources. “Its focus on energy efficiency and carbon reduction – a focus that our company shares – has not only raised the environmental bar for zoos across the country, but has also set a standard for eco-friendly practices.”
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