This week in energy efficiency news…
The U.S. Green Building Council launched an online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs highlight LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state. The USGBC created the state briefs to supply green building advocates with on-the-ground information. Each market brief acts as a state-level barometer of economic activity taking place.
Johnson Controls reached a definitive agreement with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to acquire its Air Distribution Technologies business, one of the strongest and largest independent providers of air distribution and ventilation products in North America, for approximately $1.6 billion. Air Distribution Technologies produces a broad range of air distribution products under well-known brands.
Lincoln Paper and Tissue retrofitted its pulp handling and refining processes with help from a $1 million incentive from Efficiency Maine’s Large Customer Program. The more efficient and modern equipment that will save Lincoln Paper and Tissue 5.8 million kWh a year, which is enough energy to power about 915 homes. Lincoln Paper and Tissue produces an estimated 200 tons of tissue a day, requiring an enormous amount of energy.
Public Service Electric and Gas and HackensackUMC Mountainside have completed more than $4.2 million in energy efficiency upgrades at the hospital’s Montclair, N.J. campus. The improvements were made possible through the PSE&G Hospital Efficiency Program, a $129 million effort by New Jersey’s oldest and largest gas and electric utility that is helping 32 hospitals to better manage their energy consumption. The upgrades will save HackensackUMC Mountainside $350,000 annually in utility costs, or about $7 million over the 20 year lifespan of the new equipment. Improvements include the installation of new heating boilers and new air conditioning chillers as well as the installation of energy efficient lighting and ventilation controls and the replacement of outdated cathode ray tube computer screens with new energy efficient LCD screens.