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Spring 2024 Member News

(The following summaries may have been condensed)


EMPEQ Recognized Among the Top 100 Most Promising Energy Startups Globally in the Prestigious SET100 List of 2024

 EMPEQ announces its inclusion into the esteemed SET100 List of 2024, a recognition bestowed by the German Energy Agency in collaboration with the World Energy Council. The SET100 List is an annual compilation that highlights the top 100 most promising energy startups from around the globe. Read more here.


Energia announces the expansion of its team with the addition of:

  • Veronica Niter, Vice President of Business Development (Atlanta, GA): Veronica is responsible for identifying strategic opportunities, forging key partnerships, and driving revenue growth through new business initiatives. She is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience developing and implementing tailored solutions within the K-16 market.
  • Brandon Tunnell, M.Ed, Business Development Manager (Dallas, TX): With over 15 years in public education, Brandon supports district leaders in advocating for equitable resources and implementing innovative facilities to elevate educational opportunities for all students. His expertise enables tailored solutions, aiming to empower school districts and improve outcomes.
  • Megan Eddington, Business Development Manager (Denver, CO): Megan is responsible for identifying and targeting potential clients through comprehensive market research and lead generation efforts. She nurtures strong, trust-based relationships with clients while effectively presenting Energia’s services and showcasing how we address client-specific needs and deliver unique value. Megan has a background as a teacher and sales executive in the K-12 market.


DOE Awards Funding for Johnson Controls Electrification Project at GSA’s Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) was awarded funding to support Johnson Controls’ project to electrify the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRBITC) in Washington, D.C. The multi-million dollar Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) grant will support the installation of heat pump technology and supplemental electric boilers, eliminating its dependency on the natural gas-powered district steam plant. The electrification project is an addition to the existing $91 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to implement deep energy retrofits, and will enable RRBITC to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2,242 metric tons annually, and energy consumption by 8.7% annually. Combined with the ESPC deep energy retrofits, this equates to total annual utility cost savings exceeding $6.2 million, a total reduction in GHG emissions of 15,944 metric tons, and a total reduction in energy consumption of 47.8%. Read more here.


Metrus Founder and Executive Chairman, Bob Hinkle, recently authored articles published by the Business Council of Sustainable Energy (BCSE) and Utility Dive:


mwConnect (formally McWong) Updates:

McWong Enters New Era as mwConnect

McWong International, a leading innovator in wireless mesh technology, is rebranding itself as mwConnect. “After 40 years and tremendous evolution as a company,” says Margaret Wong, President and Founder, “we have outgrown our original name and identity. We have evolved into a technology solutions provider of connected, smart lighting solutions and want to participate in the marketplace this way.” Read more here.

mwConnect Adds Bluetooth® NLC Certification to its Award-Winning TruBlu Control Platform

The Bluetooth Networked Lighting Control (NLC) standard, introduced in late 2023, is the first full-stack standard for wireless lighting control. Specifically designed to meet the scale, reliability, and security demands required in commercial settings, Bluetooth NLC enables multi-vendor interoperable wireless lighting control systems and unlocks the potential for mass adoption of wireless lighting control. By adding standard specifications to the individual device layer on top of the Bluetooth mesh (communication layer) and Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) (radio layer), Bluetooth NLC standardizes performance and functionality operations for six device profiles: occupancy sensor, ambient light sensor, energy monitor, scene selector, dimming control, and lightness controller. mwConnect’s new certification means the company offers the most comprehensive listing for Bluetooth NLC, with products in all six profiles. Bluetooth maintains a searchable database for qualifying products. Read more here.


NORESCO Partners with Dominion Energy for UESC at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

 NORESCO is serving as Dominion Energy South Carolina’s prime subcontractor partner to deliver a $27,467,138 firm-fixed-price task order for upgrades at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort in South Carolina. Structured through a utility energy service contract (UESC), the project uses innovative funding to provide operational resiliency, energy reduction and infrastructure improvement solutions that contribute to mission assurance. With expected completion by February 2026, the UESC project will support MCAS Beaufort’s mission with a hardened electrical distribution system designed to withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from electrical utility disruptions. The lighting energy conservation measures will improve light quality and decrease electric consumption and demand. Read more here.