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McD’s in Chi-Town Revive Polystyrene Cups

McDonald's is bringing back the use of foam cups in some Chicago-area stores, according to the Chicago Tribune. The fast-food chain mostly phased out use of the polystyrene cups, which isn't as easily as recyclable as other plastics, in 2013, though the company still...

The ROI of Property Energy Audits and Retrofitting

A property condition assessment (PCA) can be used to inform rental property owners of when mechanical systems are at the end of their useful life. Return on investment can be improved if such equipment is proactively fixed or replaced. Energy audits of properties will present owners and operators with numerous sets of data and recommendations, […]

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KFC Tests Plant-Based Fake Chicken in Atlanta Restaurant

Kentucky Fried Chicken has become the first national quick service restaurant in the US to introduce plant-based chicken, according to KFC Corporation. The chain is introducing its “Beyond Fried Chicken” in a single location in Atlanta; the plant-based offering is...

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Johnson Controls Announces Partnership to Increase Amount of Capital Available for Solar and Battery Storage Projects

Johnson Controls recently announced a partnership with Capital Dynamics to increase the amount of capital available for customers in North America working on solar or battery storage projects. The agreement will grant easier access to funding for Johnson Controls customers utilizing a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for projects of varying sizes, starting at $1 million, by aggregating them into a larger portfolio of projects.

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Pivot Energy and Standard Solar Partner for 5 More Solar Sites Across Colorado

Solar companies Pivot Energy and Standard Solar have expanded their partnership to co-develop five more community solar sites across Colorado. The portfolio of projects, all ground mount arrays, will total approximately 8.9 megawatts. The first two projects in the expanded portfolio will begin construction at the end of summer with all five expected to be completed by summer 2020.

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SmartSensor Uses LoRa Long Distance Wireless

SmartSensor Labs is offering what it describes as “a highly granular energy management solution” that aims to provide device- and plant-level ROI. The press release says that SmartSensor will provide data on precisely how much energy a device is consuming. The sensor, the release says, is self-powered by the magnetic field and therefore needs no […]

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LG Showcases Tech for Compton Community Center

LG Technologies is using a community center in Compton, CA, as a showcase for its products, including energy efficiency technology. The company says that a modular center will be featured at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo 2016 in Los Angeles. After the expo, the prefabricated modular education and vocation facility will be relocated to […]

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ERC Price Benchmark Trends Week Ending: September 30, 2016

The Energy Research Council national average benchmark price last week for a November 2016 electricity contract remained virtually unchanged (-0.21%) from the previous week at $0.0741 per kilowatt hour (kWh). While most deregulated markets had little week-over-week fluctuation in their average benchmark price, Texas posted a significant decline of -2.35%, to $0.0402 per kilowatt hour. […]

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