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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Ecova: More Companies Using Energy Management Systems

7/27/2015

SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, released a report with the results of its survey calculating the value of energy management systems (EMS). The report, titled “EMS Survey Analysis, Findings from Industry Professionals,” summarizes the findings from a survey of nearly 200 multi-site companies, across multiple industries, to better understand how companies select, manage and maintain an EMS and how they utilize real-time telemetry data.


TERRALUX Debuts Linear Stairwell & Garage Fixture Series

7/23/2015

LONGMONT, COLO.—TERRALUX recently debuted its SL fixture series. The SL Fixture Line is a significant upgrade for tired and flickering stairwell and garage lights. Energy use can be reduced by as much as 80 percent, as stairwells and garages are illuminated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are not frequently occupied spaces in commercial buildings.


Green Charge Networks, ChargePoint Partner

7/21/2015

SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the United States, announced its partnership with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Combining energy storage with EV charging eliminates the high cost of demand charges caused by spikes in power usage, often a barrier to installing EV charging stations. Demand charges are part of every commercial electricity bill and are determined by the highest 15 minutes of use during a billing cycle.


Energy Storage Technology Helps Hotels Minimize Peak Demand Charge Pain

7/21/2015

NATIONAL REPORT—Last fall, Stem, Inc. announced it had finalized an agreement to deploy advanced energy storage systems and real-time energy intelligence software across 68 of Extended Stay America, Inc.’s California locations. Approximately two months ago, the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. officially unveiled its Green Charge Networks intelligent energy storage system. The Extended Stay America properties, Shore Hotel, San Diego’s Ocean Park Inn and many others have all installed energy storage systems. As battery storage technology has improved—Tesla announced this past May that it would enter the energy storage market—an increasing number of hotels are investing in energy storage systems to help reduce demand charges that typically account for at least 30 percent of a commercial electricity bill, and often as much as 50 percent. Demand charges are based on the highest 15 minutes of electricity usage each month. According to John Carrington, CEO and Director of Stem, who wrote about demand charges for Green Lodging News in 2014, more and more, hotels are looking to advanced energy storage and data analytics systems to alleviate demand charges.


Green Lodging News Adds AirRevive as Directory Partner

7/20/2015

TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added AirRevive to its Green Product & Service Directory. AirRevive provides the hospitality industry with an affordable, energy efficient alternative to replacing fan coil units up to 35 years old by re-commissioning existing units to “better than new”. AirRevive’s re-commissioning service integrates custom refurbishment and cutting-edge EC motor technology to reduce fan coil unit energy by up to 80 percent.


International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show Tranforms into HX: The Hotel Experience—Rooms to Restaurants

7/16/2015

NEW YORK—To mark its centennial anniversary, the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) is unveiling a new brand and mission to better capture the dynamic innovation of the hospitality industry. HX: The Hotel Experience—Rooms to Restaurants (HX), will debut November 8 to 10, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City and represents a bold new strategic direction. This multimillion-dollar investment aimed at revitalizing the largest hospitality trade event in North America is founded on the belief that true hospitality is anticipating a guest’s needs to create a memorable and unique experience. To achieve that, HX will focus on innovation, inspiration and information. “Making this enormous change at our 100-year juncture is exciting,” said Anthony G. Mangano, President Syramada Hotel Corp. (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Chairman of the Board for HX 2015. “These are not tweaks or modest improvements. HX 2015 is an entirely new show.” The deep dive transformation from IHMRS to HX called on industry experts, research-based data, and prior-year show assessments to identify what the show could and should bring to the industry.


LEDtronics Releases New LED Canopy Lights

7/16/2015

TORRANCE, CALIF.—LEDtronics Inc. announces its latest series of DLC, ETL-listed LED Canopy Lights with a choice of flat or prismatic drop lens for both indoor and outdoor applications. With energy savings of up to 75 percent, the wide-beam lamps come in two wattages: 49W for replacing up to 250W old-technology HID, or 89W for replacing up to 400W HID.


Wyndham Signs Agreement with Ramada Eco Beach Broome

7/14/2015

BROOME, AUSTRALIA—Wyndham Hotel Group has announced the signing of a franchise agreement for the 55-key Ramada Resort Eco Beach Broome, an eco-friendly property in Australia that adds to the company’s growing Ramada brand portfolio in the South Pacific. The four-and-a-half-star resort, located just over an hour’s drive south of Broome in Australia’s Kimberley region, provides guests with a beachfront location boasting outstanding views of the Indian Ocean. With a strong focus on conservation, Ramada Resort Eco Beach Broome practices sustainable energy and water use throughout the property, including the use of solar power, fluorescent lighting and recycled water to maintain the property’s expansive landscaped grounds.


Solar Installation to Produce 25 Percent of Oregon Convention Center’s Electricity

7/8/2015

PORTLAND, ORE.—This summer, the Oregon Convention Center will install what is anticipated to be one of the largest solar arrays on a convention center in the United States. More than 6,500 rooftop solar panels are expected to produce 25 percent of the facility’s electricity. Construction of the two megawatt project is scheduled to begin in August and the system is expected to be in service this fall. “One of our core values is sustainability,” said convention center Executive Director Scott Cruickshank. “The rooftop solar installation will help us meet our carbon emission reduction goals, offset utility costs and provide an important learning opportunity for our convention center visitors and guests.” “I want to personally thank our partners at Pacific Power Blue Sky renewable energy program and Energy Trust of Oregon for supporting this installation,” Cruickshank added. “Their financial support made it possible to expand the original project scope of 1.1 MW to 2.0 MW, with no upfront costs borne by the facility or the taxpayers.”


Hotel Sustainability Tool 2015 Now Available at No Charge Through Cornell University

7/7/2015

ITHACA, N.Y.—The hotel industry will be able to compare ranges of energy and water use, as well as carbon footprint, using a new tool from the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). Developed by researchers Howard Chong and Eric Ricaurte, the “Hotel Sustainability Tool 2015” is available from the CHR at no charge. Chong is an assistant professor at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and Ricaurte is the founder of Greenview and an adjunct instructor at New York University's Tisch Center. Chong and Ricaurte developed the benchmark ranges using aggregate input for 4,725 hotel properties from 11 international hotel organizations: Hilton Worldwide, Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Host Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corp., IHG, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott International, Park Hotel Group, PGA Golf Resort, Saunders Hotel Group, and Wyndham Worldwide. For purposes of this tool, the hotels were grouped into the chain scale segments established by STR Global, and the tool also includes an overall measure for hotels in a particular geographic area regardless of chain scale.


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