Dominion Power Rebate Program for Commercial HVAC Systems

Your contractor must be on Dominion’s approved contractor list.
The performance of each contractor and project will be closely monitored. Please allow for multiple visits by Dominion’s personnel and a third party Measurement and Verification (M&V) contractor.
Local governments do not qualify.
Customers with single meter loads greater than 10 megawatts do not qualify.
Dominion has $30 million dedicated to this program. Although it sounds like quite a bit, you can expect it to go fast in this economy.



Gas turbine generators also add to the viability of wind and solar power generation. Conventional power plants use fossil fuels to fire boilers which create steam to drive the generators. Boiler plants can take one to two days to bring on line and do not handle fluctuations in load very well. Nuclear plants are also best run at a steady load. Gas turbines can be brought on line in a little as 15 minutes and easily modulate to handle the load fluctuations that wind and solar plants are susceptible to.

We also discussed PJM, the organization that manages power generation and distribution throughout our region. An upcoming AEE/NCC chapter meeting will provide additional insight into the complexities of keeping everyone’s electricity on so I will comment on that information at that time.

Keeping Warm and Cool: Commercial HVAC Systems

When working in an office, you want to be comfortable. One of the key components of comfort is being either warm during cold days or cool during hot ones. This is where having a commercial HVAC system installed in your building is useful.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has strict standards for the HVAC systems that ventilate buildings. It specifies the comfort zone of 68 degrees F to 75 degrees F for the winter season and 73 degrees F to 79 degrees F during summer. The humidity levels of the air should be at 50%, and the air should be moving at 30 feet per minute or slower. Continue reading

Why Air Conditioning is Crucial for Drug Storage

If you’ve ever taken certain medications in your life—say, conventional prescription cough syrups—you’ve likely read some instructions for proper storage on their labels. A lot of drug labels typically recommend that the substance be stored at room temperature and avoid exposure to high temperatures. But what happens when medicines are actually stored above room temperature?

They lose their effectiveness, as well as endanger appliances and furniture. Continue reading