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Worldwide provides clients complete turnkey energy efficiency evaluation and solutions. Our focus is in energy saving measures that offer the most savings and financial incentives, creating a rapid return on investment. What sets Worldwide apart is our ability to design, install and certify our installations to qualify for the Federal tax incentives for energy efficiency, then provide the documentation necessary to secure the tax incentives. Worldwide has recently entered the renewable energy field at the request of several of our clients.

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Worldwide provides clients complete turnkey energy efficiency evaluation and solutions. Our focus is in energy saving measures that offer the most savings and financial incentives, creating a rapid return on investment. What sets Worldwide apart is our ability to design, install and certify our installations to qualify for the Federal tax incentives for energy efficiency, then provide the documentation necessary to secure the tax incentives. Worldwide has recently entered the renewable energy field at the request of several of our clients.

URGENT: KCP&L Energy Efficiency Rebates Program Changing July 1st

 

 

KCP&L Business Energy Efficiency Rebate Program Changing – July 1st, 2015

 

 

Time is quickly running out to maximize your rebate from KCP&L on your facility’s energy efficient lighting project.  On July 1st, KCP&L will be changing the Energy Efficiency Rebate Program. Rebate amounts for your current or potential project will be affected, resulting in a drastic reduction in rebate offerings provided to you.  It is extremely important to act quickly!

 

If you have ever considered a lighting upgrade, you need to meet now with one of our energy specialists to determine how these changes will impact you.  Because of the limited time remaining for the current rebate program, we are anticipating an influx in facility review requests.  Do not miss out on this opportunity!  Contact  one of our energy efficiency experts to learn more about these changes and what they mean for your business, (913) 310-0705.

 

 

 

Please note the following information from the KCP&L news release 4.23.15

 

 

Here are the details on the program changes:

 

 

Why are these changes taking place?

Changes are taking place to create long-term program sustainability and provide transparency in how rebates are calculated.

 

What do these changes mean for my current projects already pre-approved?

Pre-approval applications received prior to July 1, 2015 would qualify for the incentive rate established at the time the completed application was received.

 

What does this mean for future Custom rebate submissions?

Pre-approval project applications submitted with all required documentation prior to July 1, 2015 qualify for the rebate amount prior to this change. Pre-approval applications and submissions received after July 1, 2015 follow the revised program rebate amounts.

 

What if I miss the July 1, 2015, completed application deadline?

If your application is submitted and/or incomplete after July 1, 2015, your project receives a reduced incentive for lighting and non-lighting projects.

 

Will I receive a smaller rebate amount because of the changes?

The percentage of total project cost covered by the Business Energy Efficiency Rebate program decreases.

 

 

Do not miss out on KCP&L’s current rebate structure for energy efficiency lighting projects.  There is no more time to put it off, upgrade now to maximize your rebates and see the benefit of utility savings with an energy efficiency lighting project!

Renewable Energy Dominates New Electricity Generation Capacity

 

 

The statistics of new electricity generation capacity in the United Sates, for both the month of February and the year 2015 thus far, prove once again that renewable energy sources are here to stay.

 

*While the data does include some estimates, it is based on annual projections from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, (SEIA.)

 

 

Feb 2015 New Capacity

 

Other Solar (est.) : 230 MW

Geothermal : 45 MW

Wind : 21 MW

Utility-Scale Solar : 5 MW

 

(No new production from Waste Heat, Water, Nuclear, Coal, Oil, or Biomass.)

 

 

YTD 2015 New Capacity

 

Other Solar (est.) : 460 MW

Wind : 450 MW

Natural Gas : 126 MW

Utility-Scale Solar : 68 MW

Geothermal : 45 MW

 

(No new production from Waste Heat, Water, Nuclear, Coal, Oil, or Biomass.)

 

 

 

Looking only at utility scale new electricity generation, renewables would account for over 94%, breaking down further to 52% geothermal, 24% wind, and 18% solar, with additions from natural gas as well.  However, when examining entire electricity generation, renewables fall back to a measly 17.5%.  This data demonstrates not only how much progress has been made as of late in the field of renewable energy, but also how far we still have to go.

 

 

US Renewable Energy Capacity - Feb 2015

 

graphs and data courtesy of Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica

 

 

For more info, including great links to additional U.S. electricity capacity reports and U.S. electricity generation reports, stop by Zachary Shahan’s article at CleanTechnica.com.

New Leader Among ENERGY STAR Certified Top City List

 

 

Each year the Environmental Protection Agency releases a list of the top 25 U.S. cities, ranking each city by total number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings within city limits.  ENERGY STAR certified buildings perform in the top twenty five percent in energy efficiency of similar building types across the nation.  In order to obtain the prestigious ranking, the building must be verified by a licensed professional.  Numerous varieties of commercial buildings can be certified, from traditional office buildings, to retail locations, and even schools.

 

ENERGY STAR-certified office buildings cost 50 cents less per square foot to operate than average office buildings, and use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings. To date, more than 25,000 buildings across America have earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR designation. These buildings have saved more than $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.4 million homes.”  

 

– Chris Potter, GreenBiz.com

 

 

For the first year since the list began in 2008, the EPA found Washington D.C. to have the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings, (480,) and Los Angeles to come in at a close second, (475.)  The D.C. metro area also boasts the greatest number of LEED certified buildings.  As mentioned, in years past L.A. has always been at the forefront of green commercial building projects.  However, recent environmental laws in the area in addition to a landmark green construction code as aspects of the district’s Sustainable DC plan have propelled the District of Columbia into the top spot for this award.

 

Additional programs put into place to make D.C. greener include: the DC Sustainable Energy Utility, DC’s Downtown Business Improvement District, the DC Smarter Business Challenge and the Arlington Green Office Challenge.

 

Cities around the country are working to improve overall sustainability and energy efficiency in efforts to not only lower carbon emissions, but also to cut operating costs.  Many more ENERGY STAR certifications are expected to be earned in the next year, making for a tight race among top cities across the county yet again, and hopefully yielding a few new cities on the list of leaders.

 

In a statement released by the EPA on the rankings, Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial program said, “This list shows how America’s cities are leading the nation in cutting carbon emissions and fighting climate change…By embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective pathway to reach their sustainability goals, these cities are demonstrating the tangible benefits that result from simple, cost-effective reductions in energy use.”

 

For more information on the EPA’s rankings as well on what initiatives are being made by those leading the pack in ENERGY STAR certified buildings, stop by GreenBiz.com to read the article by Chris Potter.

NCAA Basketball Tournament – the Winners and Losers in Renewables

 

 

With all the hype over the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, (an estimated 70 million brackets were filled out this season,) everyone is looking for a new angle on how to determine the winners.  While it has proven not be the most successful way of picking teams for actual, on the court, victories, staffers at RMI, (Rocky Mountain Institute,) made their bracket selections based on renewable energy statistics.

 

Upon releasing the initial tournament bracket, RMI collected renewable energy information of the utility servicing the main campus of each team in the tournament.  There were some challenges in deciding upon a fair ranking system due to the numerous variables at play, for instance: to rank by installed capacity or actual energy generation, how to give credit for on-site generation, what types of renewables to include, and so on.  The rules for determining rankings they decided upon are as follows:

 

  • We collected data from the most recent year available (typically 2013), based on the percentage of renewable energy in the utility supply. (Note: for some utilities, only the percentage of capacity was available. While we realize this isn’t quite a fair comparison, energy supply data was not readily available for some utilities.) We recognize that many utilities added significant renewable resources in 2014, but not all have published last year’s data yet. Also, for the Texas teams served by competitive retail suppliers, we used the ERCOT system average.
  • Tie-breakers, when and where necessary, were based on the 2014 Green Guide or other data on campus-sited renewables (such as KU vs. WSU and Villanova vs. Lafayette).
  • We included large-scale hydro as a renewable resource, but readily admit that it gave a big boost to certain teams, such as those from the Pacific Northwest.

 

(Leherman and Sherwood)

Renewable Energy Bracket

In conducting their research, staffers commented on the glaring disparity between available data on renewable utilities, (being extremely difficult to locate at times,) and the ease of accessibility of data on players and teams.  Researchers did prevail, however, and used all information available to come to the conclusion that Texas, Oregon, UC-Irvine, and Eastern Washington would make up the renewable energy Final Four.  To compare these statistics to those actually pertinent to the game of basketball, however, the likelihood of  these four teams making it to the final rounds were 2% Texas, 1% Oregon, and less than 1% for both UC-Irvine and Eastern Washington.

While it is not recommended to use their analysis in your own pool’s bracket, it is definitely worth a look at the article on RMI’s blog, written by Senior Associates Matt Lehrman and James Sherwood.  Moreover, it is important to recognize those leading the way for renewables, particularly those in the universities of our country, as they often represent the future of technology.

European Smart Lighting Experiment: New Technology, Huge Savings

 

 

The world’s largest “smart lighting” experiment is happening in Albertslund, Denmark, a European suburb of Copenhagen. The Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab, (or DOLL,) is a 1.5 square-kilometer area housing 18 different companies, 50 intelligent lighting systems, and 10 management systems.  Data from the lab shows that approximately one fifth of Copenhagen’s electricity usage goes toward street lighting, (a fairly small number compared to the average city’s street lighting consumption of 40% electricity usage.)  Researchers are looking for ways within the experiment to further reduce that number, as drastically as by 85%.  More than just wishing to cut annual city utilities, Copenhagen has hopes of being the first 100% carbon-neutral city in the world.

 

 

 

LED street light with sensors

image courtesy of: Erik Refner, The New York Times

 

 

While switching street lights from traditional high pressure sodium to more efficient LED bulbs is a great start in reducing emissions, there is more that can be done.  A huge factor in the wasting of electricity by way of street lighting is unnecessary lights staying on all night long, whether they are being used by pedestrians/drivers or not.  The DOLL lab in Denmark is studying the best ways to illuminate streets only when needed, as well as the most efficient ways to turn off and on those street lights upon detecting activity.  The solution to this problem being used in the experiment is an IP address on each lamp that allows officials to monitor run time, efficacy, and power consumption.  This information is sent to a central hub monitored by technicians who are able to make necessary adjustments from their computers or smart phones.

 

The lighting technology being developed and perfected is highly intelligent and will not only reduce carbon emissions, but will save huge amounts of money on utilities from working more efficiently, while maintaining illumination standards for safety of residents.  To learn more about the project including an informational video, check out this article by Martin Denholm, on WallStreetDaily.com.

 

 

Wind Energy Continues to Grow in U.S.

 

 

According to data released by the U.S. Department of Energy, the wind energy sector added “significantly more” electricity over the previous year than any other resource in 2014.  While only 4.4% of all electricity generated in the U.S. last year was from the wind, wind energy remains the country’s fifth largest source of energy.  More importantly, wind energy shows substantially more growth from 2013 to 2014 than the other energy sources.

 

Energy sources by amount new generation in 2014

 

EIA-1

 

 

Top 20 States for Wind Energy as Percent of Total State Generation

 

EIA-2

 

data and graphs courtesy of CleanTechnica.com

 

 

Emily Williams, Deputy Director of Industry Data and Analysis for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), commented on the recent analysis, “The US is blessed with an abundant supply of wind energy… Pairing this homegrown resource with continued technology innovation has made the U.S. the home of the most productive wind turbines in the world.”

 

Additionally, Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA stated regarding the findings, “Having more clean, affordable wind power than ever is helping to keep the lights on for U.S. homes and businesses.  We have an opportunity to have even more of the U.S. reliably powered by wind, resulting in more well-paying jobs, more benefits for consumers and cleaner air.”

 

For more information on the recent wind energy analysis, visit CleanTechnica.com‘s article written by Joshua Hill.  Get more info on various renewable energy sources from our website.

General Motors Increasing Renewable Energy Use

 

 

Upon completion of a new wind farm currently being constructed, General Motors’ factories in Mexico will be run on renewable, clean wind energy.  Seventeen turbines are expected to create 34MW, which is enough energy to support GM’s 104 acre Toluca Complex in addition to powering three other local factories.  The company sees exceptional benefits to using wind power in Mexico on top of the standard utility savings and obvious environmental impacts, “There’s also a good business case as prices for traditional power are about a third greater than the U.S. … Once online, we’ll evaluate the project to better understand how we can expand the use of wind power,” (Rob Threlkeld, GM’s Global Manager of Renewable Energy.)

 

With this most recent green project, General Motors will be completing their 2020 renewable energy goal, (four years in advance,) of using 125 MW of renewables and doubling solar energy use as of 2011.  Other renewable energy projects GM has invested in include multiple solar arrays at Ohio plants, (containing 8500 solar panels capable of producing 2.2MW,) and a 1.8MW array in Toledo, Ohio.  Additionally, numerous plants across the Midwest are partially run on energy produced by nearby landfills.  GM is also responsible for the largest LED conversion in North America, where the lights will be run by way of a wireless control system to prevent any wasted electricity.

 

As one of the worldwide business leaders in renewable energy, GM has recently paired with other mega-corporations, like IKEA and HP, who are making environmentally friendly changes to their business models with a shared goal to double corporate renewables by 2025.  The top 25 companies for solar capacity have impressive statistics, GM holding its own in second place, in the category of percentage of building powered by solar at 43%, (behind only IKEA who has a whopping 90% of facilities powered by solar energy.)

 

Massive Solar Installation Kansas City Photo - Worldwide Energy

 

For more information on renewable energy options for your facility, visit our website.

 

 

 

Source: SustainableBusiness.com

Levi’s Water Conservation Efforts Actually Save the Company Money

 

 

It is sometimes thought that for a company to  “go green,” they must spend some green, particularly in regards to conservation and sustainability.  While it is true that most environmentally friendly projects come with an upfront cost, the overall return on investment is always worth the bill.  In addition, Levi Strauss has developed a conservation formula that not only saves them money on energy and water consumption, but actually rewards their suppliers sustainability efforts by lowering interest rates on trade financing when green measures are taken within their facilities.  Levi’s has proved that one company’s sustainability focus can trickle down to countless others, multiplying the effect of their efforts immeasurably.

 

Levi Strauss has been around for over 150 years; founded with the mantra “profits with principles,” Levi’s has always been proud of its social and sustainability ethics.  In addition to creating the industry’s first ever wastewater quality guidelines, mandating worldwide sustainability requirements, the company assessed and drastically decreased their overall water consumption.  Cotton takes a tremendous amount of water to grow, using over 2,000 gallons of water to produce enough cotton to create only a single pair of jeans.  As if that wasn’t enough, even more water is projected to be used in washing that single pair of jeans throughout their lifetime.

 

In order to propel water conservation, Levi’s began promoting sustainable cotton production by aiding in the foundation of the Better Cotton Initiative.   With it, the Better Cotton Standard System was created, developing a holistic method of sustainable cotton farming, focusing on environmental, social, and economic factors.  Simultaneously, Levi’s made changes in water usage within their denim production, creating a “Water<Less” jean.  This special production process reduces 96% of water used in the finishing process.  Since starting the Water<Less jeans movement, 75 million garments have been produced using this process, saving over one billion gallons of water.  As an added bonus, the sustainable process is saving the company money, saving Levi’s an estimated $1.6 million in cost of goods sold.

 

On top of sustainability practices implemented in farming and production, Levi’s has made a push for customers to better their environmental habits as well.  In addition to including messaging on all product care tags stating, “wash less, wash in cold, line dry, and donate when no longer needed,” the company has attempted to educate consumers on environmentally friendly care for their garments.  Also posted on the company’s website are “sustainability profiles,” providing customers with environmental facts on various popular styles.

 

Levi&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;#039;s sustainability impact by design

image courtesy GreenBiz.com, via Levi.com

 

Levi’s Vice President of Sustainability, Michael Kobori explains how increasing sustainability also helps a business’ bottom line, “My belief is — and it is true — sustainability should actually cost less, because, by definition, if you’re more sustainable, you’re consuming fewer resources, which means you have fewer input costs.” Adding as well, “Being known as a progressive brand also has helped carry Levi’s through difficult business times — after all, consumers love a sustainable company.”

 

 

Source: Mike Hower, GreenBiz.com

Outdoor LED Lighting Upgrades Could Save Billions

 

 

There is no denying that LED’s are the lighting technology of the future, and in many cases, the lighting technology of today. Day after day LED lighting upgrade projects make news headlines, whether it be the first fully LED lit Super Bowl or a mega-company like Ford installing LED lighting in its manufacturing facilities.  Even the residential market has embraced the use of LED lighting as the efficient bulbs are available to consumers in nearly every hardware or home goods store.  Just about everyone has jumped on the LED bandwagon and for great reason.  Simply put, LED bulbs use approximately 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and can last up to 25 years, not to mention their enhanced quality of brightness, clarity, and light disbursement.

 

For these reasons and more, LED lighting is a great option for street and parking garage lights. Outdoor lights typically run for around twelve hours a day, so energy usage adds up quickly.  Additionally, we rely on those lights for safety, either for providing better visual acuity on the roads for nighttime driving, or as a crime deterrent in parking garages or on our city streets.  It is vital that these lights are clear, bright, and stay lit for the safety of citizens.

 

With the longer lifespan expected from LED lighting, less maintenance is needed to fix burnt out bulbs.  Additionally, with the brighter light offerings in conjunction with better directional output, fewer overall lights are needed to provide equal amounts of light as traditional bulbs.  Less maintenance, fewer bulbs, and a massive reduction in energy consumption all add up to extreme savings.

 

LED and old streetlight in Houston

 

Image demonstrates whiter, brighter LED light (front) compared to less efficient traditional light (back) – courtesy of Green Biz

 

 

Given that there are around 10 billion outdoor lights in the United States, the savings potential, (both fiscally and environmentally,) is huge.  A major opportunity in this country is the transitioning all outdoor lighting to LED.  According to Noah Horowitz for GreenBiz.com, “…outdoor parking and roadway lighting consumes around $10 billion worth of electricity each year — the same amount of power consumed by 6 million homes. That power often comes from dirty coal-burning power plants that emit carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping pollutant responsible for climate change.”

 

While some cities and private companies have begun to realize the benefits from upgrading to LED outdoor lights, not near enough have made the change.  Currently, fewer than 5 percent of all outdoor lighting fixtures in the U.S. are LED.  Needless to say, there is great opportunity for improvement.  It has been estimated that a total change over to LED outdoor lighting would save our country’s taxpayers over $6 billion each year, while eliminated 40 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

 

For more information on the energy saving potential LED’s can offer your facility, stop by our “Lighting Controls” page on our website, or see a Case Study  in which a LED lighting upgrade saved our customer nearly $10,000 annually, with a return on investment of only 16 months.