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Greenbuild 2012 Day 2

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   One of the high points of Day 2 was the Women in Green Power Breakfast. How many meetings start with the animated reading of a… Read more »

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Greenbuild 2012 Day 1

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts. This year’s 30,000 attendee GreenBuild2012 conference started today in San Francisco, California. The opening plenary was packed as the Mayor of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee… Read more »

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5 Ways to Reduce Data Center Water Consumption

We’ve been talking for years about conserving energy in data centers, and justifiably so, but more recently the idea of conserving water has been gaining attention as well. Saving water… Read more »

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Hilton Worldwide Could be Making More Room for Schneider Electric Energy Management Solutions

Besides being one of the best known and most respected names in the hospitality industry, Hilton is also one of the largest companies in the sector with 10 brands, more… Read more »

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Tools, Data, Behavior: The Key to Energy Efficiency

See all GreenBuild 2012 posts.   Over the past several years, we’ve seen collaborative efforts and industry conversations lead to important breakthroughs in creating more energy efficient buildings. That is why… Read more »

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Declaring War on $10 billion of Data Center Waste

I’ll be at DatacenterDynamics London during this week to officially launch our Data Center Genome project. If you haven’t seen my blog post “Your Planet Needs You! Help Cut Waste… Read more »

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Paving the Path – Why We Need to Focus on Implementing Energy Efficiency Standards Now

I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Standards Council of Canada’s (SCC) World Standards Day celebration, an event that focused on the importance of standards-related activities and honored… Read more »

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Why DCIM Can Bring Together What ITIL Alone Can’t

In an enterprise, the information technology function actually should be viewed as a service. In essence, the value of IT comes from what it can deliver for business functions like… Read more »

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Could DCIM signal “Merry Christmas” for Colo Data Center Operators?

I’d like to share a modern parable about unexpected consequences. My story concerns the humble text message, which is the most widely used mobile data service today. Portio Research estimates… Read more »

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3 Ways to Lower Data Center Energy Costs and Move to Sustainability

It’s no secret that data centers use a tremendous amount of energy, about 2% of all U.S. electricity by some estimates. It’s great that companies with some of the largest… Read more »

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“We already have a Downtime System”…Or do you?

It’s been a while since I have written on Downtime Systems (see World Coal magazine, June 2013 edition for a comprehensive review of downtime across the supply chain), but the… Read more »

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Four Strategies for Modernizing Aging Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 3: Four Effective Strategies for Modernization This is the third blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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I Work in a Green Building

As a member of Schneider Electric’s Green Buildings team (and an active member in my local USGBC chapter), I try to exemplify sustainable practices in my professional and personal life…. Read more »

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Why Industries are rallying around the use of Services Oriented Drives

Over the last several years, Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) have proliferated across many industries and are now installed in large numbers. In many cases, however, the true potential of these… Read more »

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For Smart Meters to Realize Their Potential, Utilities Must Address Valid Customer Concerns

Smart meters are laying the groundwork to enable an era of smarter, connected-homes. There’s a huge influx of smart meters being installed – they now cover more than 43 percent… Read more »

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Advice to New College Graduates on Choosing the Right Path

Written by Guest Blogger, Neena Sharma  Competition hijacks human genius. In today’s competitive world, it’s important to give this advice to new college graduates. Especially when all they have seen… Read more »

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From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings

Watch Melissa O’Mara lead a panel discussion “From Case Study to Mainstream – Barriers and Enablers on the Path to Smart, High Performance Buildings” featuring David Eijdai, Weidt Group twgi.com, and Net Zero Court; Tim… Read more »

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From Roller Coasters to Complete Enterprise Asset Management

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to take my kids to Florida to experience the wonder that is Disney World—with its numerous theme parks and roller coasters. In… Read more »

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Batteries not included – Fundamentals for Energy Management Strategies

As I celebrated the holidays with my family, I am constantly reminded of the similarities between the daily energy management dilemmas facing the world and my children’s new Christmas toys…. Read more »

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CiscoLive!, The World of Solutions Opens

CiscoLive! really started to pick up today with the majority of attendees arriving. Early morning shuttles were packed, as were the registration and dining areas. Attendees lined up 30 minutes… Read more »

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DCOI One Year Later: Assessing your Data Center

It’s been nearly a year since the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) was handed down. Now, we are only 18 months away from having to be fully compliant. Has your… Read more »

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Choosing LED lighting for enclosures: 6 important features

In the quest for improved energy efficiency and lower energy costs, most parts of the globe have begun adopting LED technology. And the trend shows no sign of abating. A… Read more »

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Preseason Rally for US Gasoline Futures so far Muted

The wholesale US gasoline market is in the midst of its seasonal transition from winter-grade gasoline to the more costly to produce summer-grade product, and demand is expected to increase… Read more »

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6 Ways Smart Grid Technology Can Solve Medium Voltage Substation Challenges – Part 2

One of the greatest challenges utilities face is how to introduce smart grid technology toadapt to a decarbonized, decentralized, and digitized environment. MV/LV substationsare at the core of any electrical… Read more »

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How connected products and services boost smart building performance

This is the third in a series of posts discussing the recent report from industry analyst Verdantix titled ‘Schneider Electric Innovates To Lower Cost Of Smart Buildings’. The first two… Read more »

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Use the Right Software to Get Comfortable

As noted in the previous post in this series, a building energy management system, a BEMS, can increase productivity and comfort. That’s not surprising if you think about it because… Read more »

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So you have old switchgear installed: what next?

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact regularly scheduled maintenance,… Read more »

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Failure to Modernize Data Center Physical Infrastructure Increases Cost and Downtime Risk

Data centers are more dynamic than ever.  The constant change is often a reflection of marketplace behaviors as companies strive to anticipate the emerging requirements of their customers. In the… Read more »

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Why Data Center Modernization Projects Are Now Easier to Cost Justify

In today’s volatile marketplace, modernization of data center facilities has emerged as a competitiveness critical success factor and, if properly executed, a critical piece of an ongoing strategy to better… Read more »

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To Upgrade or Replace your Switchgear? That is the Question…

Aging switchgear can negatively impact continuity of services in industrial facilities in terms of reliability and financial losses. More importantly, it can affect employee safety. In addition to potential risk to… Read more »

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