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Telkonet, Lutron Collaborate on Lighting, HVAC Control


GERMANTOWN, MD.—Telkonet, Inc., a clean technology company that develops and manufactures proprietary energy management and SmartGrid networking technology, announces a new integrated solution initiative with the leading designer and manufacturer of lighting controls, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Telkonet and Lutron are working closely together to harness their individual product strengths.

BULBRITE Introduces Full Line of GU24 Compact Fluorescent Lamps


MOONACHIE, N.J.—Expanding its line of energy efficient lamping alternatives, BULBRITE has added a full line of new GU24 Twist & Lock Compact Fluorescent lamps to its extensive line of compact fluorescents. BULBRITE is a leading manufacturer and supplier of light bulbs and energy efficient lamping solutions for the residential, commercial and specification markets.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Takes High-Tech Approach to Energy Saving


LONDON—Park Plaza Hotels believes that sustainable environmental practices reflect the expectations and desires of its guests, employees, stakeholders and partners in business. Throughout its nearly 40 hotels in the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Africa, the company is committed to finding and implementing ways to mitigate its environmental impact through its TREE (Total Responsibility for Everyone’s Environment) and SEASON (Save Energy and Switch Off Now) initiatives. These focus on responsible water and energy usage and waste management. Several innovative energy- and water-saving efforts already are underway at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, which is set to open in early 2010.

HID Laboratories Adds New High-Efficiency Smart Lighting Platform


MENLO PARK, CALIF.—HID Laboratories, a provider of intelligent high-intensity lighting solutions, unveiled a high-efficiency, high-performance smart lighting and control platform. The company’s new SmartPod Luminaire enables HID lighting solutions that are up to 60 percent more efficient, delivers superior lumen performance, and eliminates the need for building owners and lighting engineers to replace or rewire existing installations.

Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel’s Initiatives Generate Huge Cost Savings


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIF.—As of July 20, the owners of the Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel & Ski Resort had spent $250,000 less than they had expected to spend on energy this year. According to David Hansen, director of engineering at the 400-suite property, the hotel could come close to a total of $500,000 in energy savings by the end of 2009. When comparing the first six months of this year against the first six months of last year, electricity consumption dropped by 575,000 kilowatt hours ($98,902 savings) and natural gas consumption by 9,314 dekatherms ($67,709 savings). The hotel also experienced increased efficiencies in waste management, reducing by 48 tons the amount of waste sent to landfill. This resulted in an additional $15,250 savings.

Green Lodging News Welcomes PestWest as Directory Partner


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes PestWest LLC as a Green Product & Service Directory Partner. PestWest is currently offering its Vapor Vacuum Lamp Compacter for the disposal of fluorescent lighting. The Compacter contains used lamps in a secure container, while at the same time removing the hazardous mercury via a specially designed filter system.

October Will be Golden for The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte


CHARLOTTE, N.C.—When The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte opens in October, it will be the first LEED hotel to open in the greater Charlotte, N.C. area and the first Ritz-Carlton property anywhere to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED designation (the company is also pursuing LEED for its new Lake Tahoe property expected to open later this year). The 146-room hotel has been designed to earn LEED Gold certification once it opens, to be followed by LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification a year later.

GE Energy Smart LED Lamps Enable Shift to LED-Based Lighting


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Two new lamps from GE Consumer & Industrial—a 7-watt GE Energy Smart LED PAR20 lamp and a 10-watt GE Energy Smart LED PAR30 lamp—enable restaurants, retailers and other commercial customers to make significant strides toward general lighting with white light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Aero-Tech Rolls Out New Evolution-Bulb Compact Fluorescent


SCHAUMBURG, ILL.—Aero-Tech introduces its Evolution-Bulb compact fluorescent. It is now available in Candelabra “Small-Base” for decorative bulb applications. It is ideal for ceiling fans, wall sconces, chandeliers and more. The bulb is available in 11 watts and 14 watts, and 2700K (warm white), and 5,000K (full-spectrum) color temperatures.

Lutron, Exceptional Innovation Partner on Guestroom Technology


COOPERSBURG, PA.—Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., and Exceptional Innovation have announced a partnership that combines Lutron technology with interface and integration software created by Exceptional Innovation. This new solution merges all guestroom technology into one integrated system.

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