Energy Management/Energy Efficiency

Process and Energy: A Match Made in Industrial Heaven?

If you are a Plant Manager or work in Facility Operations at an industrial plant, you have a challenging job. Electrical systems, building systems, safety systems, process systems… the list… Read more »

1 Comment

Driving Innovation at Every Level with IoT

In my previous blog post, I discussed the four pillars of opportunity for IoT and the potential that IoT has for creating greater value over time through ongoing innovation. Three… Read more »

Leave a comment

The Power of Partnership in the world of Industrial Automation

In the world of industrial automation and control, or Machine and Process Management, our customer operations environment is often a mixed and multi-vendor setting. This characteristic of customer plants, factories… Read more »

Leave a comment

LEDs are highly energy efficient, but watch out for that first millisecond

Today’s light emitting diode (LED) technology is a marvel of model physics. LEDs for many years were relegated to use mostly as indicator lights and alpha-numeric displays, but now LED… Read more »

Leave a comment

Dream Big: Decentralization and digitization causing utility market evolution

The traditional utility market is evolving as utilities contend with increasing volatility and uncertainty brought about by a shift to renewables, new technology, legislation, and other developments. Utilities need to… Read more »

Leave a comment

What Price Do You Put on Critical Power Protection?

When I’m asked to explain to friends and family just what I do, my normal response is to use the analogy of insurance. People that specify and purchase critical power… Read more »

Leave a comment

How to evolve from costly “break/fix” electrical system maintenance cycles

How many times have company employees experienced a situation where key equipment either in a building or in a manufacturing plant has broken down and everyone is scrambling to find… Read more »

Leave a comment

For Large Data Centers, Indirect Economizer Cooling Makes Sound Business Sense

At this point in the evolution of data centers, use of economizer mode cooling technology is pretty much standard, at least for large data centers such as those owned by… Read more »

Leave a comment

When Going Green, Consider Contactors

CO2 may be invisible but its impact isn’t. Countries around the world have signed up to cut emissions of it and other greenhouse gases by nearly a third within 10… Read more »

Leave a comment

A New Paradigm for Utilities: The Rise of the Prosumer

The energy industry’s business model has remained fundamentally unaltered over the last century. It’s a model that emerged out of the Edison age, where the utility was responsible for generating… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »


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 »


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 »

Leave a comment

Does Prefabrication Mean Lower Cost Data Centers?

With prefabricated modules evidently an important part of the company’s strategy for the data center sector, I caught up with Kevin Brown, Vice President Data Center Offer at Schneider Electric… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »


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 »

1 Comment

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 »


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 »


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 »


Integration of secure power into the management system is the end goal

In a previous post, I explained why a secure power solutions provider should possess expertise which spans multiple “domains,” from information technology (IT) management to process control systems for automated… Read more »

Leave a comment

The impact of "Big Data" on energy and sustainability

How big is big data? Wikipedia defines big data as collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or… Read more »


Jeremy Rifkin Says China Can Lead the Third Industrial Revolution by Focusing on Renewable Energy

In a post a few months ago I mentioned Jeremy Rifkin, whose book “The Third Industrial Revolution” I found to be an insightful argument for how we need to move… Read more »


Facts & Stats – Global Warming 101

For several reasons it’s so important for organizations to do their part in helping to solve the energy dilemma – corporate social responsibility, reduced operational spending, public pressure, etc. But… Read more »


The right way to choose an LV electrical distribution panel

This series of posts presents what the authors consider as the right way to choose an LV electrical distribution (ED) panel. We will refer only to LV ED panels for… Read more »


Money talks. Are you listening?

We listen attentively when it comes to our personal investments – negotiating the purchase price of our homes, choosing retirement accounts, or waiting for a big sale. For most people,… Read more »


What are the most important electrical parameters to monitor for a better Energy Efficiency?

Monitoring of electrical parameters is a key element in any Energy Efficiency approach. Implementation of monitoring equipment is the first step of this kind of approach, as it makes an… Read more »


The self-sufficient wastewater treatment plant

Today we know that the self-sufficient biological treatment plant is on the horizon. There are many options available to those who need to optimize their treatment plants, but for now I will… Read more »


Get Up to Speed on the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard at Energy University

Leading edge companies have long sought to run their businesses according to ISO standards in areas such as quality (ISO 9001) and environmental management systems (ISO 14001).  In 2011, ISO… Read more »


Electric Vehicles & Energy Management

I recently had an opportunity to drive a Nissan Leaf for a period of four days. I was struck by how easy it was to incorporate into my usual habits…and… Read more »


Energy Enigma and Carbon Quagmire – Two Sides of the Same Coin?

According to International Energy Agency, the world consumed over 1500 Mtoe (Million tons of oil equivalent) of electricity in 2010 – out of which Industry used up almost 42%, Transport… Read more »