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Rite Aid selects Ecova for energy management services

BY Marianne Wilson

Spokane, Wash. — Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, has been selected by Rite Aid to provide utility expense and energy management services. Ecova will assist Rite Aid in monitoring, understanding and reducing energy use at approximately 4,700 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide.

Rite Aid has implemented Ecova’s integrated energy management solution with a focus on cost savings and expense management in its facilities. Ecova’s utility expense management service will help Rite Aid to better understand its energy consumption and spending using aggregated billing information that provides actionable insights across Rite Aid pharmacies. Ecova will leverage the data-driven insights to help Rite Aid reduce energy use and cost, and build a foundation for driving additional improvements.

“The first step in better energy management is having a solid, tested and reliable data set about the amount and types of energy being used across our stores,” said Paige Miller, senior manager, energy and environment at Rite Aid. “Ecova brings a depth and breadth of experience, unique client focus and integrity to their work. Together, we’ll be able to improve our cost savings and environmental footprint company-wide.”

Ecova supplies Rite Aid with rate monitoring and optimization to ensure that the company is paying the lowest cost available across hundreds of utility territories. Using actual site energy consumption data and proprietary utility tariff models, Ecova evaluates and recommends optimum energy rate options as well as energy-related tax alternatives. Ecova provides data to Rite Aid through unique and customizable dashboard reporting.

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Whole Foods Market partners in energy-saving program

BY Staff Writer

San Francisco — Whole Foods Market partnering with EnergySmart Jobs and PECI on high-efficiency refrigeration retrofits. EnergySmart Jobs works with supermarkets and other commercial retail businesses throughout California to lower their operating costs by reducing the amount of energy they use.

“Whole Foods Market has been fortunate to work with PECI for several years in our Northern California region, and significant energy efficiency improvements have been made, resulting in substantial cost savings as well,” said Kathy Loftus, global leader of sustainable engineering at Whole Foods. “When the opportunity to participate in the EnergySmart Jobs program came up, we enthusiastically agreed, as it not only helps grow the local economy, but also helps us prove the benefits of these improvements across our company and the industry.”

Whole Foods and Energy Jobs are partnering in two Northern California stores to quantify the actual amount of energy that each individual store is saving. The two stores are part of six Whole Foods stores participating in the EnergySmart Jobs Program and each of them will be installing new energy management systems (EMS), programmed to float head and suction pressure to improve the refrigeration system efficiency. Rebates from EnergySmart Jobs cover a portion of the upfront investment costs. Together with applicable utility incentives, these rebates make it easy and affordable for grocers like Whole Foods to adopt new energy-efficient technologies.

Data loggers installed at several of these Whole Foods locations will monitor the amount of energy used by the refrigeration system condenser and compressor fans, offering a clear before-and-after picture. The information collected from this study will enable PECI and EnergySmart Jobs to provide more accurate and detailed energy-use estimates for future projects.

For more information on the EnergySmart Jobs Program, please visit energysmartjobs.org.

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Call for Entries: Retail Store of the Year Design Competition

BY Staff Writer

New York City — Chain Store Age invites design firms, architects, retailers and suppliers to submit entries for its 30th annual Retail Store of the Year Design Competition. Eligible projects are those completed between November 2010 and December 2, 2011. Deadline for submission is December 20, 2011. Extensions are available.

Twenty-one competition categories are featured, ranging from supermarkets and discount/mass merchants to specialty stores and pop-up stores.

For more information and an entry form, click here.

For questions, email Marianne Wilson at [email protected].

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D.Trangr82 says:
Apr-30-2013 07:58 pm

Twenty-one competition categories are featured, ranging from supermarkets and discount/mass merchants to specialty stores and pop-up stores.Chatrandom.com

D.Trangr82 says:
Apr-30-2013 07:58 pm

Twenty-one competition categories are featured, ranging from supermarkets and discount/mass merchants to specialty stores and pop-up stores.Chatrandom.com

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Mar-31-2013 07:47 pm

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Mar-31-2013 07:47 pm

The companies are also working to integrate PayPal mobile payment options into NCR's Convenience-Go (C-Go) application for petroleum and convenience stores. ChatRandom

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Feb-01-2013 11:55 am

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Feb-01-2013 11:55 am

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