More Great Energy Savings Products from WattStopper — New Optional Neutral Wall Switch Sensors

WattStopper_logoMarketing message from WattStopper’s Director of Product Marketing, Carlos Villalobos:

I am pleased to announce a new family of Optional Neutral Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors, featuring WattStopper’s patent pending Neutral Sense Technology. This latest innovation from the brand you can trust for rock-solid reliability allows contractors to use any of these devices for two-wire OR three-wire applications, without any special configuration. Optional neutral sensors are available in affordable PIR and fully featured PIR and dual technology models. They simplify ordering, installation and reduce returns.

Catalog # Description
WS-301 Passive Infrared Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
PW-301 Passive Infrared Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
PW-302 Passive Infrared Dual Relay Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
DSW-301 Dual Technology Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
DSW-302 Dual Technology Dual Relay Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor

Product features include:
• Compliant with 2011 NEC requirements, or compatible with existing wiring
• Single and dual relay sensors in 6 colors
• Fully featured to complement previously released WattStopper sensors

Dual voltage 120/277V optional neutral sensors in white and ivory will be available on April 1, 2014. The complete product line will be available May 7, 2014.

Best regards and good selling,

Carlos Villalobos
Director Product Marketing

“Just Because” — Improved Energy Efficiency Insights from Marc Petock

“Just Because” — Improved Energy Efficiency Insights by Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing at Lynxspring. Lynxspring is changing the way devices and systems communicate and collaborate across enterprises. Lynxspring

Energy efficiency continues to be the largest contributing factor to flat-lining electricity use.

Nice article appearing in Greentech Efficiency by Katherine Tweed on how the growth of electricity use has been falling for decades, but it will likely flatten out in coming years to an annual growth rate of less than 2 percent. The decline is due to many factors, from changing weather and economic recessions to the wider adoption of energy efficiency measures. But it is the latter that might explain the trend in recent years, according to a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Link to Greentech article: Efficiency, Not Just the Recession, Drove US Energy Savings Since 2007

Link to full ACEEE study: Why Is Electricity Use No Longer Growing?

Controlco Partners with Control Network Solutions to Bring Innovation to Lighting Controls

dali_cloudIndustry leaders add Big Data capabilities to NiagaraAX® platform. OAKLAND, March, 2014 – Lighting controls demand increasingly more attention from building managers across the globe. In California alone at the end of 2013, the state’s Department of Energy updated its Building Energy Efficiency Program with a lighting requirement that demands multi-level lighting controls (at least three to four levels), putting strain on existing systems that aren’t able to integrate at this volume.

To address the difficulties that building managers face in the wake of changes to the lighting industry, Controlco, an Oakland-based distribution and systems integrator, has partnered with the UK’s Control Network Solutions to offer their revolutionary elitedali™ software to customers in the United States and beyond.

Elitedali™, a driver for NiagaraAX® that has been disrupting the market since it arrived four years ago, integrates light fixture data directly into the Niagara framework for Big-Data-style analysis. Since each lighting fixture in a building may have within it at least 40 data and command points, there are many opportunities for data mining that have traditionally been outside the reach of Niagara. The elitedali™ driver enables NiagaraAX® to control, maintain, manage and visualize massive numbers of DALI® (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface, a global IEC standard for intelligent light fixture communication) light fixtures and reduce the time required to replace light systems and monitor energy usage.

global_dali“DALI is the only global standard enabling the control of lighting according to occupancy and daylight while managing maintenance requirements,” Mike Welch, managing director for Control Network Solutions, says. “The contrast with the combination of elitedali™ and the NiagaraAX® framework is that it provides the most vendor-independent solution available today. It also simplifies the infrastructure for accessing lighting data and control.”

“Integrating elitedali™ into our customer offerings was a natural step for us,” Brian Turner, president of Controlco, says. “We’ve long been known for developing problem-solving drivers on the NiagaraAX® platform. As we’ve been watching the lighting industry become more complicated, it made sense to combine our engineering and implementation expertise with CNS’s innovative and truly market-disrupting driver.”

By harnessing the power of data visualization, the ubiquity of cloud computing and opening up what was once limited and proprietary, elitedali™ gives building managers access to detailed information on their lighting usage. With the combination of hands-on expertise from Controlco engineers, integration into existing systems is seamless.

About Controlco: Controlco delivers leading-edge automation and control solutions, products and services that improve business performance and peace-of-mind for commercial and industrial building operators. With state-of-the-art software and industry leading products as well as a full suite of value-added services, Controlco offers total solutions all energy management needs.

About Control Network Solutions: Based just 45 minutes from London, UK, CNS is a Niagara AX® Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner. It has a successful track record of creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions to the SMART buildings control environment world. They are based upon open standards network communication protocols and compatible with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and demands for “big data” cloud based analytics. Control Network Solutions has developed a suite of products for the Framework including elitedali™ for lighting, and cns-enocean™ for wireless/battery-less switches, sensors and actuators. Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies and Unveils New Commercial Buildings 101 Video

March 5, 2014: The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy.

The Department also released a new video in its Energy 101 series highlighting how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design and innovative technologies to improve energy performance. These proven strategies, including daylighting, shading, and plug and process loads, support the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, which is aimed at making commercial buildings 20% more efficient by 2020.

Currently, commercial buildings consume more than 18 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) of primary energy use annually, or about 18% of all the energy used in the nation in 2012. If building owners adopt these cost-effective technologies, the annual energy consumption of commercial and industrial buildings could be reduced by 6 quads.

This funding opportunity supports the demonstration and deployment of technologies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in commercial buildings: sub-metering; plug load strategies; open refrigerated display case retrofits; daylighting; shading; advanced compressor rack and refrigerant systems; and retro-commissioning strategies and technologies. The funding will support the testing and validation of technology performance in real buildings, as well as the creation of materials to help building owners, designers, service providers, and energy efficiency program managers to gain a broader understanding of these energy-saving solutions.

The Energy Department seeks proposals from industry, regional organizations, non-profits, utilities, and similar organizations. Applicant teams will develop a plan to demonstrate and deploy selected technologies at regional or national scale. Learn more about this funding opportunity announcement or register for the upcoming webinar.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. EERE supports innovative technologies that reduce both risk and costs of bringing energy-efficient building technologies online. Learn more about the Department’s efforts to help homes and buildings save energy.

Chattanooga has the World’s Only “Innovation Accelerator” — GIGTANK and Next-Gen Businesses

DOE Building AmericaFebruary 24, 2014: DOE believes an “All of the Above” Energy strategy must be pursued with an “All of the Above” Innovation Strategy. As we have demonstrated through our investments in fundamental research and development, ambitious deployments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and public-driven activities like the American Energy Data Challenge, we are committed to supporting public and private innovation to build a smarter, cleaner and more resilient grid.

The Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, part of DOE’s Smart Grid Investment Grant Program, is doing its part to drive innovation at the local level by participating in a city-wide program to spur innovation and economic growth. In its third year, GIGTANK is “the world’s only innovation accelerator connected to a metro-wide fiber optic network” for entrepreneurs to develop new ideas for “enabling next-generation businesses to go to market today.”

This year GIGTANK invites smart grid innovators to submit ideas and partner with “the first city in the Western Hemisphere to have gigabit per second fiber Internet accessible to the entire city grid,” providing a “playground” for inventors and developers to create and refine new concepts and accelerate their market readiness. A very high bandwidth communication network, EPB uses it to connect, communicate with, and control most of their smart grid equipment, making GIGTANK for smart grid a great opportunity to advance the state-of-the-art.

Submissions are due March 14, 2014. Now is the time to act so please review the application process and take advantage of this tremendous opportunity for leadership in the emerging smart grid industry. Please spread the word to those who might be interested.

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DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, Must-Watch LA Lights Video

Basic RGB The DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium shares technical information and experiences related to LED street and area lighting demonstrations and serves as an objective resource for evaluating new products on the market intended for those applications. Cities, power providers, and others who invest in street and area lighting are invited to join the Consortium and share their experiences. The goal is to build a repository of valuable field experience and data that will significantly accelerate the learning curve for buying and implementing high-quality, energy-efficient LED lighting. Consortium members are part of an international knowledge base and peer group, receive updates on Consortium tools and resources, receive the Consortium E-Newsletter, and help steer the work of the Consortium by participating on a committee. Learn more about the Consortium.

Lessons from Leading-Edge Projects: Watch this video to learn how the City of Los Angeles installed more than 141,000 LED streetlights – cutting energy use by 63% and saving the city $7 million a year in electricity costs. For more details on LED street lighting programs in small, medium, and large cities, view the Member Case Study webinar, or check out The Light Post archives.

Financing Guidance for LED Street Lighting Programs: Financing an LED street lighting replacement program still presents a hurdle for many system owners, even when the planned transition offers favorable economics. A new section of the Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium website provides an introduction to the various financing models and tools that are becoming available, case studies of municipalities that have used those tools, and links to resources that offer additional information.

Shining the Light on Solar Energy: History of the SunShot Initative — Concentrating Solar Power

DOE In 2011 the Department of Energy began one of its most ambitious and successful initiatives to achieve significant progress in sustainable energy by reducing the cost of installed solar energy through a shared commercialization of solar technologies. Solar power in the U.S. passed the 10 GW capacity milestone in 2013.

History of SunShot Initiative: In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) was tasked with achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative: to drive down the cost of solar electricity to be fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources by the end of the decade.

SunShot builds on a tradition of steady collaboration between DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program and solar industry pioneers. More than half of all solar cell efficiency records have been directly funded by SETO and 30% of all patents in the solar energy field are linked to patents attributable to the DOE. In fact, without the Energy Department’s involvement, the average solar photovoltaic (PV) module production cost per watt would have been $5.27 in 2008 rather than $1.92. DOE research and development efforts have accelerated solar industry progress by an estimated 12 years Read PDF.

Director’s Corner: The CSP Renaissance: 2013 was a big comeback year for concentrating solar power (CSP) in the United States with the commissioning of the Abengoa Solana plant, the first sync of the BrightSource Energy Ivanpah plant, and other major plants well along in their schedules. If 2013 was a big year for CSP, 2014 promises to be monumental. With about 1 GW of capacity still in the pipeline, CSP is experiencing a true renaissance moment in the United States.

And SunShot continues to grow strong, as it celebrates its 3rd birthday this week. With its steadfast focus on the ambitious cost target of 6 cents per kilowatt-hour without subsidy, DOE’s investments in the innovations and work of our partners throughout industry, academia, and the national laboratories are paying off significantly. Today, the levelized cost of electricity for CSP is about 8 cents per kilowatt-hour less than what it was in 2010 (see graphic)—that’s over the half-way mark in the reductions needed toward the SunShot target! Projects such as that at the University of Arizona (Awardee Spotlight) are demonstrating solutions that meet stretch targets of doubling the optical accuracy of glass reflectors.

The Basics of LED Lighting and Why LED Lighting is the Future

led-lf-logo_webUnlike incandescent and fluorescent lamps, LEDs are not inherently white light sources. Instead, LEDs emit nearly monochromatic light, making them highly efficient for colored light applications such as traffic lights and exit signs. However, to be used as a general light source, white light is needed. White light can be achieved with LEDs in three ways: •Phosphor conversion, in which a phosphor is used on or near the LED to convert the colored light to white light; •RGB systems, in which light from multiple monochromatic LEDs (red, green, and blue) is mixed, resulting in white light; and •A hybrid method, which uses both phosphor-converted and monochromatic LEDs.

Did You Know: LEDs offer the potential for cutting general lighting energy use nearly in half by 2030, saving energy dollars and carbon emissions in the process. Their unique characteristics—including compact size, long life and ease of maintenance, resistance to breakage and vibration, good performance in cold temperatures, lack of infrared or ultraviolet emissions, and instant-on performance—are beneficial in many lighting applications. The ability to be dimmed and to provide color control are other benefits of LED lights

One of the defining features of LEDs is that they emit light in a specific direction. Since directional lighting reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light, well-designed LED fixtures can deliver light efficiently to the intended location. In contrast, fluorescent and “bulb” shaped incandescent lamps emit light in all directions; much of the light produced by the lamp is lost within the fixture, reabsorbed by the lamp, or escapes from the fixture in a direction that is not useful for the intended application. For many fixture types, including recessed downlights, troffers, and undercabinet fixtures, it is not uncommon for 40 to 50% of the total light output of fluorescent and incandescent lamps to be lost before it exits the fixture.

The potential of LED technology to produce high-quality white light with unprecedented energy efficiency is the impetus for the intense level of research and development currently supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Visit the Department of Energy’s site for more information.

DOE Challenge Home Program. 2014: The Year of Tech Training

DOE Happy New Year! Start the year right with a series of DOE Challenge Home technical training webinars. Zero Energy Ready Homes include critical systems to ensure both energy efficiency and performance. Each webinar features an expert who will go into detail on these systems. This month we’re featuring hot water distribution — one of the critical systems affecting energy use, water consumption, and resident convenience and comfort.

Efficient Hot Water Distribution I – What’s at Stake, Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM EST. In the first webinar of the Tech Training Series, presenter Gary Klein, Affiliated International Management, LLC, will cover the basics of residential hot water plumbing systems including the key performance metrics to understand, and how piping, pumps, and fixtures come together to create .a good (or bad) system. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Efficient Hot Water Distribution II – How to Get it Right, Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:00 PM–1:15 PM EST. In the second session on hot water distribution, presenter Gary Klein, Affiliated International Management, LLC, will explain design techniques for optimizing hot water delivery for both energy and water – while avoiding unexpected performance issues. The session will include re-circulation system design as well as structured plumbing systems. Reserve your Webinar seat now.

Words Matter: Sam Rashkin is hosting an expert meeting titled, “Communicating the Value of High-Performance Homes: Translating Building Science Terms into Power Words.” The meeting is being held on February 23, 2014, prior to the RESNET Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The goal of this facilitated meeting is to bring together industry leaders to develop a “Building America Building Science Translator” glossary based on ‘Power Words.’ These terms will represent the consumer experience and better communicate the benefits of home performance. For more information, contact Lindsey Parker.

You deserve recognition: Don’t forget to send in your DOE Challenge Home verification form from your RESNET-accredited software to DOE Challenge Home to get credit for your hard work on your profile in the partner locator.