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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.

Energy Management

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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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Signify Launches Interact Hospitality

SINGAPORE—The smart hotel of the future got a step closer with the launch of Interact Hospitality from Signify. The hotel room management system enables guests to alter lighting, temperature and make room service requests at the touch of a button. This smart system also lets hotel staff know if a room is occupied and helps them to respond quicker to guest requests, providing useful information to improve the guest experience, optimize operations and save energy. The first commercial implementation of this smart system takes place at the 1,261-room Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore. Imagine a hotel room where hotel staff...

Dalkia Acquires Aegis Energy Services

HOLYOKE, MASS.—Dalkia has acquired Aegis Energy Services. Aegis Energy Services designs, installs and operates small-scale gas fired Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. It has a varied portfolio of customers in the hospitality, healthcare and multi-unit residential markets and has been developing its small-scale CHP offerings for more than 30 years. The acquisition of Aegis Energy Services will allow Dalkia to strengthen its position in the United States, where the subsidiary Groom Energy Solutions already provides energy-efficiency solutions for business and industry. Aegis Energy Services will expand Dalkia’s offering and allow the group...

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Builds on Leadership Position with Three Major Investments

ATLANTA—The 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta is investing in three major systems that will position it as one of the most efficient buildings in the United States—rain harvesting, solar thermal, and guestroom energy management. Wes Shirley, Director of Engineering at the 51-year-old hotel, is overseeing the improvements. On the rooftop above the Centennial Ballroom begins the rain harvesting system. Currently, the system covers one-half of the Ballroom’s rooftop—about 22,000 square feet. Shirley says the hotel may end up almost doubling that by using most of the roof’s remaining space. The water collected is stored in 16 tanks—60,000 gallons total—in the hotel’s...

GoSpace Installs First Super-Fast Electric Vehicle Charger

TAMPA, FLA.—GoSpace announced the first installation of Super-Fast Electric Vehicle Chargers on the West Coast as part of Volkswagen’s Electrify America program. This first West Coast installation is at T & T Country Store located off of Interstate 84 in Huntington, Ore. Known locally for their brats and pizza, they now host Four DC Fast Chargers, as part of their unique offering. The owner, Tracy McCue, recently overheard a group of nearby campers talking about these hi-tech looking Chargers. “This initiative is critical to keep pace with all the new Electric Vehicles coming on the market,” said Rock Henderson, Managing...

EarthTronics Expands Line of Round & Square Mini Panel LEDs

MUSKEGON, MICH.—EarthTronics, dedicated to developing innovative energy-efficient lighting products that provide a positive economic and environmental impact, expanded its line of energy-efficient, architecturally-designed round and square LED Mini Panel LEDs to include three sizes and wattages for a wide range of interior and exterior horizontal and vertical lighting applications. Now available in 5.5-, 7- and 9-inch round and square designs ranging from in 11, 14, and 17 watts producing 700, 900 and 1200 lumens in 3000k and 4000k color temperatures, the Mini Panel LEDs offer a high color rendering of 90+ CRI along with a 50,000-performance life in temperatures ranging...

High Hotels’ Courtyard by Marriott Lancaster to be 100 Percent Solar Powered

LANCASTER, PA.—High Hotels Ltd. announced it is installing a $1.5 million solar array that will generate 100 percent of the electrical power required to operate one of its existing hotels in Greenfield Corporate Center. The completed installation will make the 133-room Courtyard by Marriott-Lancaster at 1931 Hospitality Drive the first Marriott-branded hotel in the United States with 100 percent of its electricity needs generated from solar power. It is also believed to be the first solar array in the country installed for the sole purpose of generating 100 percent of the electricity needs of a hotel. “This is an exciting...

Venetian Macao Earns Platinum-Level Green Hotel Award

MACAO—The Venetian Macao has been awarded the Macao Green Hotel Platinum Award, the first and only hotel in Macao to earn the new top designation of platinum, which was introduced in the latest edition of the awards. Award criteria met by the integrated resort include showing evidence of year-on-year waste reduction; availability of electric vehicle parking spaces and charging stations for staff and guests; establishing an eco-friendly mattress replacement program; monitoring the environmental performance of shuttle buses, including turning off idling engines; establishing a management plan for reducing food waste; and carrying out regular carbon audits to identify areas for improvement. The...

Soul Community Planet Opens First SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced the opening of its first SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs after a nine-month, $6 million renovation. The 98,000 square-foot, 176-room property, located at the base of the majestic Pikes Peak, is in its final stages of renovation. SCP Hotels represents a fresh holistic hospitality concept for both travelers and the surrounding community. Inside each SCP Hotel, guests will find opportunities to recharge their minds, refresh their bodies and re-center their souls, while connecting with fellow travelers and the community. SCP Hotels aims to help make the planet a better place through the extensive...

Evolve Controls Releases Guest-Facing Room Controls Interface

CHICAGO—Wireless, cloud-based in-room control and management solutions provider, Evolve Controls, announced the launch of Evolve Guest Interface (eGI), the hospitality industry’s first multi-protocol gateway built into a touch-screen interface device. The eGI device will interface with Z-Wave, Zigbee, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. “With the multiple options for connecting IoT solutions in today’s fragmented technology industry, any product for the hospitality industry isn’t complete without multiple radio frequency connectivity options that include Wifi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Z-Wave,” according to Armand Rabinowitz, Senior Director of Strategy and Workgroups at Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG). “These options enable operators to choose the most reliable...