With the media attention paid to the rollout of theAffordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), it’s easy to miss a related, if seemingly mundane, development: the recent release of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Healthcare Facilities.” Of all the challenges facing the nation’s health care system, one of the most pervasive — yet solvable — is its overwhelming energy consumption. U.S. health care facilities spend $8.8 billion per year on energy.
Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective, easy and rapid ways to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Efficiency gains can be measured through software tools, sensor networks and predictive analytics.
Philips Lighting last week announced a contract with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to install LED lights at 25 parking garages at Washington Metro stations. The fixtures, or luminaires, have a wireless control system with sensors for daylight and motion to optimize energy efficiency while delivering enough light to meet WMATA’s safety requirements.
According to recent research, 40% of UK residents don’t understand energy efficiency measures, 90% are concerned about increasing energy prices, and two thirds admit they will struggle to pay bills this winter.
The total United States lighting controls market is estimated to be well over $1 billion by the end of 2013. This figure includes lighting controls, devices, systems and gears. The market is expected to show a considerable growth through the forecast period. The systems market is expected to grow at a much faster rate.
ITB2 Datacenters is one of four finalists in the category Improved Data Center Energy Efficiency, which also include Telecity Group and Colt. The ITB2 data center in question has been nominated as a finalist in another category, too, namely for Innovation in theMegaDataCenter.