Energy Management/Energy Efficiency

Fixed Vacuum Breakers: An Alternative to Withdrawable Breakers

Fixed vacuum breakers were first introduced between the 1970’s and 1980’s. They were designed because of the safety, reliability and the overall total cost of ownership was better than its… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 4: Managing the Temperatures of a Switchboard

An electrical switchboard is composed of different electrical devices, some of which are more or less sensitive to the temperature outside and/or inside the enclosure. The outside is mainly due… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 3: Internal and External Equipment Layout and Installation

As you look at a panel being assembled in your shop, put yourself into the position of the customer and ask some critical questions about the internal and external equipment…. Read more »

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What’s Inside Counts, Environmentally Speaking

Being environmentally responsible in manufacturing can be interpreted in more than one way. On one hand, a manufacturer can claim to be “green” because its products and operations meet all… Read more »

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Distribution Transformers Evolve to Meet Efficiency and Decarbonization Goals

Utilities are under immense pressure to enhance efficiency, cut emissions, and save money wherever they can — new, more efficient distribution transformers are one solution to this problem. That’s because… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 2: Enclosure Location, Fixing and Cable Entry

The importance of determining the protection classifications discussed in the last post will now become clearer as it becomes a major factor in the next phase, avoiding degradation of the… Read more »

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The Future is Active

As the demand for energy grows and energy becomes more digitized, decentralized and decarbonized, leading companies are changing how electricity, natural gas and other resources are bought and sold, consumed… Read more »

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Buy or Install Renewable Energy? What Every Business Should Know

Choosing the right renewable energy option requires a deep and detailed understanding of current energy spending and usage patterns, budget goals, and risk tolerance. These variables will dictate many of… Read more »

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What’s the ROI on LEDs?

Light emitting diode (LED) technology has proved to be very energy efficient, but coming up with a real number to represent overall savings requires more than just comparing an upgraded… Read more »

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Sustainable Comfort: How Hilton Gives Its Guests More by Using Less

Some people assume that sustainability and efficiency require sacrifice. In other words, using less means going without. However, energy and resource savings, and sacrifice don’t belong in the same sentence…. Read more »

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Renewables, it’s your time to Shine!

Just over a century ago oil pooled on the surface a worthless byproduct of the earth. The cost of obtaining oil was the effort it took to dip a bucket,… Read more »

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Runners and marathon lovers: What you should know about Smart Cities

As tens of thousands of marathon runners and hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world converge on the city of Paris, it prompts us to reflect on… Read more »

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Big Data is a really Big Deal in Healthcare… in a number of ways you might not have thought about

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced May 28th, 2013 that more than half of all doctors and eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using… Read more »

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Top 5 Reasons Why ESCOs Have Failed to Realize the Full Potential of Energy Efficiency – Part I

Pick up an energy efficiency conference brochure and chances are there will be a dedicated session on Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). Talk to a top-level policy maker in any country… Read more »

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4 Ways DCIM Can Help Conserve Energy

Everyone wants to run an energy efficient data center but too often companies take a few steps to trim their energy use, pat themselves on the back and leave it… Read more »

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Wireless technology is changing the playing field for building owners. That’s cool.

Wireless technology drives devices that we use every day – our smart phones, tablets, laptops, GPS, and more. How cool is that for us? Wireless technology can also mean better… Read more »

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Why do you need to comply with ISO50001?

The International Standards Organization is probably most famous for ISO9001, which defines Industrial Quality Management standards, and ISO14001, which is central to Environmental Management Systems. Sure, you can build a… Read more »

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Demand Response is Bigger than You Think

If you’ve been in the Demand Response Business since, oh, 2000 or so, it seems old hat. Never mind that Telecom deregulation took decades to deliver on its promises or… Read more »

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IT Key Enabler for Smart Cities at Schneider Electric “Power to the Cloud” Dubai Event

Issues that concern Middle Eastern CIOs, from private cloud adoption and data center outsourcing, to disaster recovery, security, new data center builds and existing facility upgrades are amongst the high… Read more »

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The internet of things (IoT) and….. Mining operations?

In a previous blog regarding technology trends I wrote a short paragraph about the internet of things and my humble vision of it. However, looking back at my post and… Read more »

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Runners and marathon lovers: What you should know about Smart Cities

As tens of thousands of marathon runners and hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world converge on the city of Paris, it prompts us to reflect on… Read more »

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The good, the bad and the ugly of Energy Benchmarking

Many corporations “benchmark” their performance on everything from stock price to marketing performance to operational efficiency. Benchmark is a common term used whenever we want to compare ourselves to another… Read more »

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Powerless: Lessons learned at Super Bowl XLVII

New Orleans, February 3, 2013. One minute and 38 seconds into the second half of Super Bowl XLVII something extraordinary happened: Half the lights went out inside the Superdome. With… Read more »

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Operating Higher Temperature Data Centers

The traditional rule of thumb was always that colder data centers (between 68°F and 70°F) were important to prevent problems with servers overheating. At one time, that made sense. But… Read more »

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How do you make your city a Smart City? It starts with Xperiencing Efficiency

By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will reside in our cities – a rapid migration which will push our urban centers to their seams and expanding our current… Read more »

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Four Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Programs Fail

So you’ve decided to take the initiative to achieve sustained energy savings at your organization. By addressing every source of electricity consumption through robust automation, comprehensive energy controls, and continuous… Read more »

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Are Scrubbers a relevant solution for shipping industry?

By 2012 per the Marpol6 global regulation, ships are restricted to Sulphur emission of 1% in ECA areas and 3.5% in Global areas. By 2015, Sulphur emission must be reduced to… Read more »

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Better Sustainability with BEMS – a Building Energy Management System

What do Germany’s Siemens, Korea’s LG Electronics, and America’s Abbott Laboratories have in common? All are identified as industry group leaders in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. This is… Read more »

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Prove Your Data Center Knowledge: Get Certified Through Energy University

Certifications have long held value in IT circles, helping practitioners prove they know their way around everything from Cisco routers to Microsoft Windows operating systems. Typically, though, getting certified in… Read more »

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3 Benefits of Using Safety Embedded Drives in Industrial Machines

Machine safety in the factories has evolved in recent years. Safety components and systems are no longer installed only to satisfy the minimum requirements and laws. Today the companies have… Read more »

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