April 5, 2013
The Naval Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) has unveiled its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station in San Diego, CA.
According to Larry Boone, NEXCOM’s Automative Program Manager, the command hopes “to lead the way in bringing alternative energy options to retail customers. This station is being used as a pilot project, to test the service. EV charging stations are another step toward progress and being a leader in the industry.”
The star spangled event was a huge success, and even attracted the attention of high ranking U.S. Navy officials, and several local media outlets. Click here to see full coverage from CBS 8!
February 18, 2013
The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) is piloting a program to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging at several of its locations nationwide.
NEXCOM oversees 100 Navy Exchange (NEX) facilities and nearly 300 stores world wide. Its mission is to provide authorized customers quality goods and services at a savings and to support quality of life programs for active duty military, retirees, reservists and their families.
The program, announced publicly this January, aims to facilitate the growing population of EV drivers within the naval community who are customers of on base NEXs. Additionally, “since electricity is considered an alternative fuel, we are also in alignment with the government’s goal to reduce petroleum consumption through improvements in fleet fuel efficiencies and the use of alternative fuels,” said Robert Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer NEXCOM.
Cameron Funk, Vice President of Business Development ABM Energy, worked in tandem with NEXCOM to get this pilot off the ground. Cameron believes that by implementing innovative energy projects that supplement consumer demand there are multiple value adds. The program simultaneously is able to address government alternative fuel goals, increase sustainability, and continue to provide its customers with first class goods and services.
NEXCOM has already installed stations in Bethesda, MD with plans to expand at other naval centers like San Diego and North Island, CA and Annapolis, MD.
To view the full news release by the Naval Supply Systems Command click here!
February 11, 2013
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently released a report summarizing the solar energy industry’s third quarter for 2012.
According to the report, last year was the most successful for the solar industry to-date. Employing 115,000 workers at 5,600 businesses in every state, the industry forecasted implementation of 3,200 mega watts (MWs) in new solar electric capacity across the country. The U.S. now has enough photovoltaic to power over one million homes. Ranging in purpose from fueling households to military bases, solar has quickly become one of the most effective technologies in the renewable sector.
Despite this succes, some voice concern about the industry’s growth. Specifically, that solar panels are costly, and a lack of accessible capital forces entities to seek creative financing. This concern is further reinforced by recent tariff increases on foreign manufacturers that produce cheaper panels.
However, the market continues to trend upward. In fact, according to SEIA the average cost of a solar panel has actually dropped 58 percent since the first quarter of 2011, and the average total cost of a project declined by 33 percent between the third quarters of 2011 and 2012. These cost reductions helped fuel residential, commercial, and utility implementations during this timeframe. Additionally, the Department of Energy (DOE) has taken action. Announcing this week a plan to pledge over $12 million in funding to develop innovative and ultra efficient solar devices and technology. The DOE aims to stimulate domestic research in solar cell efficiency with the hopes that increases in technology will reduce domestic solar panel costs.
Will the solar energy industry build upon its performance in 2012? There’s reason for hope and forecasts are already looking sunny as the stars certainly seem to be aligning for this industry. For more information on this report, and the solar energy industry click here!
February 4, 2013
Super Bowl Sunday. One of the biggest energy events of the year.. Or, is it?
With over 111.3 million television screens, and a countless number of microwaves and ovens, in operation this would seem the most sensical date to put your money down as one of the year’s highest energy consumption dates. Though according to a post by theenergycollective.com this super event surprisingly cooks up its own recipe for energy efficiency.
Despite a slight hike in consumption leading up to the event Super Bowl Sunday actually displays a drop in consumption when compared to a typical mid-winter day. The site claims that the electrical inactivity of most household appliances outweighs the draw from the few operating during the game. As most people tend to watch the game in groups there is a decrease in usage of heating systems, vacuums, washers/dryers, etc. Click the hyperlink to see the original post by theenergycollective.com, and a graph depicting energy trends from Super Bowl Sunday 2012.
Looks like the Superdome didn’t quite get away with using all the energy everyone else was saving! If you saw the game, you’ll know what I mean..
January 17, 2013
Here’s a question. How does a government entity increase sustainability and reduce their operating budgets at the same time?.. Was anyone’s first thought energy improvements?
Today’s local governments are challenged, among other issues, to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce operating budgets. Recently, the City of Oakland did both through a creative solution that managed to rank them in the top 10 of green and sustainable cities for the eighth year in a row.
As published in acrossamerica, the city renovated a 14- year old, two-level underground parking garage. Originally the garage installed 175-watt metal halide fixtures that were inefficient and very costly to operate. The city knew that by utilizing new lighting technology such as light emitting diode, or LEDs, and working with local incentive providers they could implement a capitally attractive and energy efficient solution.
ABM’s Electrical & Lighting Solutions group worked with the City’s Energy Engineers to determine the best solution for the garage. Rob Stanton, Senior Consultant, remembers, “We worked closely with the City of Oakland in order to design a solution that provided maximum energy savings while at the same time provided the required lighting levels needed by the City. They now have the capability to dim and in some cases turn off the LED light fixtures when an area is unoccupied. With the installation of occupancy sensors, the area returns to the required light level when someone enters the space.”
According to acrossamerica, the City decided to implement 180 new 80-watt LED fixtures strategically throughout the garage, and utilized local incentive programs to procure more than $43,000 in rebates. The improvements consume 80% less energy translating to an anticipated annual savings of $31,667.
The City of Oakland has again set an example for other local government entities. Not only do many energy improvements reduce carbon footprint, but the combination of incentives and reduction in consumption provides lower operating costs.