ECO Energy

Smart thermostat spotlight! Find the right fit for your home

There’s a lot to love about smart thermostats. They save energy, keep your home comfortable, and you can control them from anywhere with a user-friendly app. So how do you know which to choose? Let’s compare the features of some popular options from Google Nest and ecobee. Google Nest Learning Thermostat One of the best things about the Learning Thermostat is it programs itself. Just install it, use it for a week and it will create a schedule by learning your temperature preferences and habits. This thermostat does a great job of helping you manage and control your energy costs. There’s a leaf icon that lets you know when you’re at a temperature that’s saving energy, and it can also operate using batteries––a bonus if you’re in an area prone to power outages. If...

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University scores high marks on efficiency

The new boilers require far less maintenance and operate with greater efficiency, saving the university thousands of dollars in utility costs annually. The Washington State University (WSU), Vancouver, campus is located on 350 acres about 15 miles north of Portland. Centralized chillers circulate cooling water to all 12 campus buildings over a total of 500,000 square feet, but the campus has no centralized boilers. Instead, individual boilers operate in each building. After more than 25 years of operation, the original boilers and other mechanical systems reached the end of their useful life. “They needed consistent maintenance to keep running,” said P...

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Peter West’s career will shape Oregon energy sector long after he retires

As he reflects on his 18-year career at Energy Trust, Director of Energy Programs Peter West doesn’t cite the millions of kilowatts and therms saved or clean energy generated under his leadership at Energy Trust. Nor does he list the clean and affordable energy policies he’s played a part in shaping through his work in Oregon’s energy sector prior to joining Energy Trust. “I will miss working with so many change agents and leaders,” said West. The same could be said for West, whose collaborative approach has changed how Oregon uses energy. As West prepares to retire this spring, we take a moment to honor the significant contributions he’s made over 40 ...

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Chinese PV Industry Brief: Huge orders for Trina Solar and JYT Corporation

Trina Solar has secured a 4 GW solar module order from US company Nextera Energy and wafer manufacturer JYT Corporation closed deals to supply a total of 1,906,000,000 wafers. January 8, 2021 Vincent Shaw and Max Hall Chinese panel maker Trina Solar said on Thursday it secured a 4 GW order for its Vertex modules from US energy company NextEra Energy. The company said the products will be shipped between 2022 and 2023 and the purchase price will be negotiated on a monthly basis according to market prices.Shanghai-listed silicon wafer manufacturer, JYT Corporation, announced on Thursday that two supply agreements were signed with two major solar cell manufacturers for long-term wafer supply over the next three years. Through one deal, JYT will supply Tongwei with 960 million mono-crystallin

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