Energy Management

Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.


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Xanterra Receives National Park Award for Environmental Achievement

9/10/2008

DENVER—National park and resort concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts has received the 2008 National Park Service Environmental Achievement Award for the company’s operations in Death Valley National Park. The award was given for exceptional achievement in sustainable energy practices. More specifically, the award recognizes Xanterra’s completion of one of the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in the United States—a five-acre one-megawatt (MW) system that will generate more than one-third of the total annual electricity needs of the company’s operations in Death Valley, including the historic Furnace Creek Inn, Furnace Creek Ranch, Furnace Creek Golf Course, employee offices and housing.


Certification from ASHRAE Focuses on Facility Operations, Performance

9/8/2008

ATLANTA—Energy use in buildings can be reduced by 10 to 40 percent by improving operational strategies in buildings, according to a study by the Energy Systems Lab at Texas A&M University. A new certification program from ASHRAE helps building owners know they are hiring and retaining employees and consultants who know how to take advantage of such strategies.


W.A.C. Lighting Introduces Energy-Saving InvisiLED Tape Lights

9/3/2008

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—As part of its ongoing program to “go green,” W.A.C. Lighting has introduced InvisiLED energy-saving display and accent lighting solutions using the latest LED technology. W.A.C. Lighting is a leading manufacturer of track, recessed, undercabinet, decorative and monorail lighting.


Servidyne Surpasses Energy Star Label Milestone

9/2/2008

ATLANTA—Servidyne, Inc., a building performance efficiency and real estate company based in Atlanta, announced that the number of its customers’ commercial buildings that have successfully achieved Energy Star Labels recently surpassed 200, ranking Servidyne among the industry’s leading third-party service providers.


1.5-Megawatt Wind Turbine at Jiminy Peak Passes One-Year Mark

9/1/2008

HANCOCK, MASS.—After the price of electricity jumped 50 percent during the 2005-2006 ski season at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, management knew it had to do something significant. It could not just keep passing along rising costs to its customers; it would lose market share. The resort invested in a 1.5-megawatt wind turbine that will pay huge dividends in the long term.


Carlisle SynTec Helps Building Owners Save with Roof$ense

8/28/2008

CARLISLE, PA.—Carlisle SynTec, a leading manufacturer of single-ply roofing materials, recently introduced Roof$ense, a Web-based lifecycle analysis program that enables building owners to calculate the potential energy savings that can be realized from an energy efficient roof design for the next 10, 20 or 30 years.


USA Technologies Launches Next Generation VM2iQ EnergyMiser

8/28/2008

MALVERN, PA.—USA Technologies launched the next generation VM2iQ with improved customer benefits, greater market appeal and for a lower price. USA Technologies has reduced the cost of manufacturing the new VM2iQ technology, enabling the company to lower the price and improve return on investment for their customers. The new VM2iQ has an ROI that in most cases is less than nine months.


Biltmore Farms to Install Solar Water Heating System Atop New Hilton

8/26/2008

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Biltmore Farms SM Hotels announced that it will install a large-scale solar water heating system atop its new Hilton Hotel in Biltmore Park Town Square. The system will provide the 165-room hotel with more than 2,000 gallons of hot water a day, and it’s expected that the system will save approximately $10,000 annually in fossil fuel costs at current rates.


FoodServiceWarehouse.com Launches Green Certification Program for Commercial Kitchens

8/26/2008

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO.—FoodServiceWarehouse.com launched its Going Green Program, an industry-vetted program aimed at helping commercial kitchens cope with the costs and complexities of going green. FoodServiceWarehouse.com is dedicated to helping commercial kitchens slash energy costs.


Vail Resorts Named ‘World Saver’ by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine

8/25/2008

BROOMFIELD, COLO.—Vail Resorts was honored recently by Conde Nast Traveler as a leader in social responsibility in the travel industry as a winner of the magazine’s 2008 World Savers Awards in the category of environmental protection. As one of only six global travel companies handpicked from 142 applicants by an elite and prestigious judging panel for Conde Nast Traveler’s environmental leadership awards, Vail Resorts was recognized for its commitment to renewable energy, its aggressive and innovative “energy layoff” conservation program and its successful forest conservation partnership with the National Forest Foundation, a nonprofit associated with the U.S. Forest Service.


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