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Ameresco Begins $45 Million Performance Contract for GSA

Comprehensive Contract to Address Energy Efficiency, Provide Renewable Energy Solutions
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Ameresco Inc. announced that implementation of a $45 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) is now underway for the General Services Administration (GSA). The ESPC will serve two federal buildings within the GSA’s National Capital Region outside of Washington, D.C.


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India Blocks HFC Phasedown, Spain Approves F-Gas Tax

India Is Concerned About Economics, Spain Will Not Tax First Refrigerant Charge in New Equipment
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India has continued to block the move for a global HFC phasedown at a meeting of Montreal Protocol nations due to concerns over cost and availability of technology. Spain has approved the introduction of a tax on f-gases that will see refrigerants being taxed at up to €20 per tonne of CO2 equivalent by 2016.


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R-22 Phase Out — HCFC’s Final Orders

Now Is the Time to Act and Replace R-22
By Peter Dinnage
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Europe is now only a year away from a total ban on R-22 and other hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). And Peter Dinnage warns, the HVAC industry has to act fast to get the message across to customers.


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Pepco Awarded Performance Contract from U.S. Army

Contract Has an Initial Design and Construction Value of Approximately $8 Million
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Pepco Energy Services Inc. has been awarded a task order to implement a comprehensive energy savings performance contract (ESPC) at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass.


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VOC Sensor Helps Clear the Air at Hazy Welding Plant

Greenheck Maintains Good Air Quality and Also Saves Energy
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Greenheck Fan Corp. has come up with a new application for Building Automation Products Inc.’s (BAPI’s) Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) sensor. The company is literally using it to help clear the air at its main fabricating plant.


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Air Innovations Controls Temps in Las Vegas Observation Wheel

Environmental Control Expert Selected for High-Profile Project at The Linq
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Air Innovations Inc., a leading provider of custom environmental control systems, announced it was retained for Caesars Entertainment’s The Linq project High Roller observation wheel. The company designed and built the complex HVAC systems used to maintain the temperature of the cabins in the observation wheel.


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Chiller Plant Upgrade Boosts the Bottom Line

Enerliance HVAC Optimization Software Combined with Trane Equipment Ensures Optimum Efficiency
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Enerliance and Trane collaborated with Loyola Marymount University (LMU) to upgrade its outdated chiller plant and save the college a projected $629,000 in annual energy costs, while also making a positive contribution to the environment.


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Performance Contract to Cut Energy Use by 30 Percent at Appalachian State

Energy Savings Measures Will Be Installed in 28 Buildings Encompassing over 1.6 Million Square Feet
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Pepco Energy Services Inc., a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc., has signed a $16.3 million comprehensive energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Appalachian State University.


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Housing Continues to Climb Back to Normal

Nationwide Market Is Running at 86 Percent of Normal
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Housing markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI).


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WSU, Avista Collaborate on Smart Grid Project

Unpredictable Fluctuations in Renewable Energy Create Challenges for Utilities
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One of the challenges of relying on renewable energy, such as solar and wind, is that changes in weather conditions can lead to sudden drops in the amount of power provided. One way utilities can handle this is by “shedding,” or reducing, some of their electrical load.


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