Energy Management/Energy Efficiency

Connecting the Buildings of Tomorrow to Efficiency

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We… Read more »

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Designing and Building an Electrical Panel Part 1: Protecting Equipment from its Environment

The most critical element that shapes a panel design project must be addressed at the very beginning of a project: where is the completed unit going to be installed? This… Read more »

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12 Things You Need to Know NOW About the 2017 NEC Code Changes

Worker Safety and new technology is of rising importance in the new edition of NFPA 70. The 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) introduces this into one of the more significant… Read more »

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Don’t Get Zapped – How (and Why) to Protect LED Lighting Systems

If you have thought about switching to LED lighting, you probably already know there are good reasons that applications for this technology continue to grow. LED purchase prices have come… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Microgrids: Are They Mainstream Yet?

The U.S. microgrid market is expected to grow five-fold from about $8 billion in 2013 to $40 billion in 2020. To me, that indicates an immediate need, as well as… Read more »

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Connecting the Buildings of Tomorrow to Efficiency

By 2050, over 2.5 billion people will move to cities (United Nations, World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision). To accommodate urbanisation, our cities must become smarter and more efficient. How?  We… Read more »

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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 »

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Optimizing your Smart Utility – a Roadmap to Success

In my last post, I described how an Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) – a convergence of SCADA, DMS, OMS, EMS, and DSM functions – is an essential ingredient in… Read more »

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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 »

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Water Use Cycle: As critical as Water Cycle itself

Water is as abundant as it is scarce! Of all the water available on earth, more than 99% is unusable by humans. Therefore, how we manage the usable part of… Read more »

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Preventive maintenance: longer life for your electrical distribution equipment at optimal costs

Electrical distribution equipment lies at the heart of every modern business, powering the machines and systems responsible for key processes. Vital equipment, such as circuit breakers, protection relays, or transformers,… Read more »

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Internet of Things: The Next Step in the Smart Grid Evolution?

There’s been a lot of news regarding how the Internet of Things will change everything.  From products like connected thermostats to connected cars and refrigerators, it seems that the Internet… Read more »

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Do You Like a Challenge? Take this Ecological Footprint Quiz!

With Earth Day upon us, it’s a good time to ask a simple question: How energy efficient do you consider yourself? A few days ago, I would have rated myself a… Read more »

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The far-reaching benefits of smart metering

For many utilities, smart metering is a launching point for Smart Grid implementations, and is a means of increasing operational efficiency and energy savings. It can also have numerous benefits… Read more »

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Why the Internet of Things will be at the heart of smart city transformation

The smart cities movement is absolutely trying to change our world for the better. Great visionary goals are being set at both at city and national level—like India announcing its… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: What does it take to compete in the Solar Decathlon?

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams from around the world to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. This year for the first time ever, the competition will take place at Orange County Great Park

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Do you think it’s going to rain at COP-21?

Last December, I joined a conference in Lima, Peru. I was a speaker and a listener during COP-20 and I had the opportunity to hear and exchange experience with private organizations,… Read more »

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Intelligence, Connectivity, Efficiency – the new ICE Age in Energy Management!

Energy is needed everywhere – be it industry, agriculture, homes, buildings, infrastructure or services. Even as we grapple with the twin-headed monster of rising energy demand and ravaging carbon emission,… Read more »

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The Side Benefits of DCIM; How Energy Management Averted a Data Center Cooling Crisis

I thought that you might be interested in a real life data center situation that recently arose here in China. We’d been approached by a customer who wanted to lower… Read more »

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Advice for cutting building energy consumption

Take a walk down your nearest city street and pick a building. Any building. Chances are that the building you’re looking at has a problem with its energy consumption. If… Read more »

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3 Easy Steps to add Flexibility to Process Pressure Measurement

Everything matters in marketing. The needs and wants of users from Energy, Buildings, and Industrial domains show similar trends. Though they differ in the business landscape, all users are looking to add flexibility to their… 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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A kW saved is greater than a kW burned

The transition from hydrocarbon fuel sources to renewable energy sometimes overlooks the “fifth fuel”: energy efficiency. Two-thirds of energy is lost in the generation and transmission of electricity. Reducing demand… Read more »

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2SIS Switchgear: compact, tough, and built to last

The demands that the two-way flow of energy in smart grid places on MV switchgear raises a critical question: can it cope with the rigours of operation in the toughest… Read more »

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