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Sept. 1, 2014: Ice Energy Names Mike Hopkins President

Company’s Key Product, the Ice Bear, Works in Conjunction with a Standard Commercial Rooftop A/C Unit
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Ice Energy, a leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage technology, has announced Mike Hopkins as president of the company. Hopkins previously served as the company’s executive vice president of corporate development and legal.


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Sept. 1, 2014: Schneider Electric Aids in Prop 39 Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project

Company to Deliver More Than 2.3 Million Kwh in Energy Savings across 27 School Sites
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The Vista Unified School District will receive $4.7 million in Proposition 39 funding and will utilize Schneider Electric to make a variety of energy efficiency retrofits including HVAC replacements, programmable thermostats, computer power management, and LED exterior lighting and controls.


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Sept. 1, 2014: Energy Efficiency, Advanced Features to Transform Building Automation Market

Intelligent Controls, Fault Detection, and Remote Correction on the Cloud Encourage Building Owners to Invest
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Building owners across the globe are increasingly adopting building automation systems to tackle rising energy costs, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. Opportunities for manufacturers will be particularly promising in the stabilizing economies of Brazil, China, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States due to high infrastructure spending.


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Aug. 29, 2014: NY-GEO to Represent Geothermal Heat Pump Interests in New York

Organization Has 67 Founding Members
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Geothermal heat pump (GHP) stakeholders have announced a new trade association to help increase market penetration and sales in New York state — the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NY-GEO).


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Aug. 29, 2014: Survey Shows Some HVAC Contractors Optimistic about 2015 Efficiency Standards

Opportunity for Higher Revenues Seen as Upside of Increasing Efficiency Standards
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While a number of HVAC contractors remain uninformed about changes in energy efficiency regulations coming in 2015, some are thinking ahead to how these changes will affect their businesses. A survey by Emerson finds that 40 percent of commercial contractors and 42 percent of residential contractors in the North see upsell opportunities.


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Aug. 29, 2014: HVAC Service Franchises Industry Forecast to See Growth

Strong Performance from 2012 to 2014 Is Not Anticipated to Fully Bring the Industry to Pre-Recessionary Levels
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The HVAC service franchises market has seen improved performance over the last two years, and can expect industry growth to 2019, according to a report from IBISWorld.


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Aug. 28, 2014: Study Says 70 Percent of Internet of Things Devices Vulnerable to Attack

As Number of Connected Devices Constantly Increases, Security Concerns Are Also Multiplied
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HP has announced the release of its Internet of Things State of the Union Study, which indicates that 70 percent of the most commonly used Internet of Things (IoT) devices exhibit serious vulnerabilities to attack by hackers.


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Aug. 28, 2014: Energy Storage Saves School District $5 Million in Utility Costs

Ice-Enhanced Cooling Systems Help School District Slash Operating Costs
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CALMAC, a leader in energy storage systems, has released the results of St. Lucie School District’s (SLCSD) energy cost reduction strategy using ice-enhanced cooling. Over the past seven years, the district has installed CALMAC’s IceBank® energy storage tanks in 15 schools to cool students and employees.


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Aug. 28, 2014: Direct Energy Brings Comfort & Control Plan with Nest to More States

Plan Offers a Nest Learning Thermostat at No Cost
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Through its partnership with Nest, Direct Energy, one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services providers, announced that it will be extending its Comfort & Control Plan to natural gas customers in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. The plan includes a Nest Learning Thermostat™ at no cost. 


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Aug. 27, 2014: SmartWatt Energy Earns Spot on DOE’s Qualified ESCO List

Inclusion on the List Requires Extensive Energy-Efficiency Design and Implementation Experience
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SmartWatt Energy announced that it has earned a spot on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Qualified List of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). This list compiles private firms in the energy efficiency industry who have submitted an extensive application and been deemed qualified by a review board of DOE staff.


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