Energy Management/Energy Efficiency

Active Energy Management: The Right Prescription for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plants

Improving the bottom line of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company is trickier than in most other industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are faced with several different cost pressures: improved margins, patent expirations, generic… Read more »

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If you’re in the market for a SCADA solution, read this first

If there were frequent traveler award programs for commodities, oil and gas would win by a mile; make that, hundreds of thousands of miles. It’s interesting that oil and gas,… Read more »

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Consumer Behavior and US Gasoline Demand

Another US oil refinery suffering losses has shuttered operations, with Hess Corp. officially closing its Port Reading refinery in NJ on February 26. There are a host of reasons for… Read more »

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There is no TEAM in SMART GRID. Five E’s can change that.

During my college years, I earned money selling encyclopedias door-to-door. Did pretty well, too; so well that a competitor offered me a job representing a far more familiar brand. This… Read more »


Why inefficient energy management processes limit business success

Successful enterprises have one thing in common; they are able to do more with less. This is an especially important skill for businesses to have in its arsenal to overcome… Read more »

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7 signs your hospital could benefit from an energy performance contract

In my last blog, I talked a little about energy performance contracts (EPCs) and how they have benefitted hospitals that need get creative with funding energy management and sustainability initiatives…. Read more »

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Energy Efficiency Starts From Me

We are all concerned with Energy, or rather the increasing lack of it. Demand for energy is already outstripping supply and growth of demand is faster than the growth of… Read more »

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Hospital energy waste puts a damper on operating budgets and public health

In Australia, energy prices have increased 19% over the last 3 years, and in 2012, the government passed a new carbon tax, which is expected to increase hospital electricity bills… Read more »

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How to attract new (and skilled) professionals to the mining and metals industry

In many industries, the aging workforce combined with the lack of qualified new professionals arriving to those industries has become a major problem. Some studies believe that the gap between… Read more »


5 Ideas to make your House Smarter

You probably already have a Smart-phone, and thinking about buying a Smart-TV while you read an article about Smart Cities… go further, and make your house a Smart-home! No worries,… Read more »


Making sense of the alphabet soup: Decoding Green Rating systems

“Which green rating / certification should we pursue?” This question comes up often when interacting with customers. To quote a professor of mine from graduate school, the correct answer to… Read more »

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Ten Points about the Current Global Coal Market

While I’ve been digging into a bunch of different commodities recently, there have been a number of interesting bits and bobs relating to coal that I’ve been squirreling away. Hence,… Read more »

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Tailoring the Supply Chain to Respond to Customer Needs

A supply chain serving an extremely diverse customer base and agile enough to meet customer requirements are the reasons why Schneider Electric jumped 16 places to No. 18 on Gartner’s… Read more »

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I Manage a Green Building

My last blog was about working in a green building, where occupants see values such as easy card access to the building and EV charging station, direct interaction with the… Read more »

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The Need for Updating

Aging Facilities Part 1: Demanding Tenants Driving Building Modernization This is the first blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… 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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Five Tips to Help your Campus Sustainability Program Make the Grade

While I considered a long list of criteria when I chose a college for undergrad, sustainability was never a factor. Twenty years ago, I was worried about campus safety, available… Read more »

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What Smart Modernized Buildings Look Like

Aging Facilities Part 4: The Benefits of Modernization This is the final blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of today’s… Read more »

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For Greater Business Efficiency, Stay Connected to Your Electrical Installation

What’s a baker to do? He or she runs a small business, which relies on dependable electrical service. So, the baker needs to know about any electrical problem as quickly… Read more »

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Earth Rangers Energy Management Information System Demo

Below is a recording from Andy Schonberger’s, of Earth Rangers, presentation from CiscoLive US! 2012, June 13th 2012.   Ashley Baker on Google+

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Why Sustainability is Good Business – and How Good Data Can Get You There

An interesting shift is taking place with respect to the issue of sustainability: a growing number of companies are recognizing that a strong sustainability program is good business. There’s sound… Read more »

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The new prosumer microgrid: the key to energy flexibility, reliability, and savings

Electric grids everywhere are under stress. While the generation and transmission infrastructure ages, it’s predicted that by 2035 worldwide energy demand will grow by 41%. Weather events are also becoming… Read more »

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Microsoft and Schneider Electric Partner on “Appathon” Aimed at Promoting Energy Efficiency and Changing the Way We Use and Experience Energy

The way we use, consume and experience energy in cities hasn’t changed much in almost a century. Schneider Electric and Microsoft believe it’s time for a change. What the world… Read more »

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NEC Section 240.87 – Acceptable Methods for Arc Energy Reduction

With the introduction of the updated 2014 NEC Section 240.87, electrical designers now must incorporate some means of reducing the clearing time of any potential arc fault in installations involving… Read more »

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From Energy Enthusiast to Energy Expert

Have you ever approached a learning curve so steep it felt more like a mountain?  Whether you are a facility manager being asked to develop energy programs for the first… Read more »

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Understanding PUE is a Big Step in Federal Sustainability Compliance

On top of complying with the 2010 Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) requirements, the 2015 Executive Order 13693 adds additional conditions for reduced energy consumption that must be met…. Read more »

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Proposition 39 Funds Not Meeting Your District’s Needs? Time to Apply Some Leverage

Faced with a lot of needs, and not a lot of money, the Fullerton School District needed some leverage. The needs were particularly acute in the District’s Parks Junior High… Read more »

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Energy Regulations for Commercial Buildings

Commercial buildings dominate the modern landscape in more ways than one. I mean they’re more than just big to the eye. They’re big in terms of energy, too. So in… Read more »

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Meeting Millennial Expectations – How Schneider Electric Creates Meaningful Societal Value

Today, more than ever, countries and the organizations that exist within them are grappling with widening generational gaps on a variety of topics including economic, technological, and social responsibility. These… Read more »

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CRN Awards 5 Stars to Schneider Electric’s EcoXpert Partner Program!

Winning a 5-star accreditation in the 2017 CRN Partner Program Guide is a true honor. It’s been nearly seven years since Schneider Electric launched the EcoXpert™ Partner Program, which is designed… Read more »

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