Energy Management/Energy Efficiency

Walking the energy management walk – It’s personal

I’ve read that our world is hotter today than it has been in two thousand years, and if the trend continues, by the end of this century our planet could… Read more »

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Mastering the Science (and Art) of Building Control Sensors

We all know the drill. One person in your cubicle farm is either always too cold or too hot and ends up commandeering the thermostat, forcing everyone else to work… Read more »

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4 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption in Any Data Center

If your data center energy bill is a bit higher than you’d like, you are certainly not alone. By their nature, data centers consume a lot of energy and there’s… Read more »

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Why venture capitalists see gold in energy management software

We all know about the global energy dilemma—by 2050 energy demand will double and so we must cut CO2 emissions by half. People understand that by hitting this target it… Read more »

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Do you know Energy University?

Energy University is a FREE, online, educational resource, offering more than 200 vendor-neutral courses on energy efficiency and data center topics to help you identify, implement, and monitor efficiency improvements… Read more »

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This is written using recycled bits

Being a responsible citizen in a world focused on the environment is difficult when you work in the IT business. How do you recycle bits and bytes? According to GreenWaste,… Read more »

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Hotel Genius

I like to think of myself as a frequent traveler: more than 35 countries visited, at the top of a few airline status lists, and with a fail-safe packing strategy…. Read more »

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Hitachi Achieves Great Success in Data Center Efficiency

Two years ago, the Green Grid established an awards program to highlight organizations that effectively improve the energy efficiency of their data centers. Through the program, we’ve found some excellent… Read more »

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Importance of Measuring Energy Use

When the monthly utility bill comes, the CFO simply sees is another bill to be paid. Energy is just another operating expense…or is it? An increasing number of international companies… Read more »

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What is Smart Grid? Distributech wants to know.

The just concluded Consumer Electronics Show was a massive showcase of cool new ways to use electricity. It is unlikely the attendees and exhibitors thought of it that way, though… 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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Why you should care (and prepare) for new distribution transformer energy efficiency standards

Tougher federal energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers go into effect on January 1, 2016, but customers should start preparing now for the conversion. The new standards from the U.S…. Read more »

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Les Alchimistes Vert

The moon and the stars have aligned with National Poetry Month in April, and National Architecture Week this week—inspiring a unique contest.  If you are inspired, there are a few… 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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Lethargic US Biodiesel Spot Market Drops more than 10% in Q3

Soya methyl esters biodiesel spot prices in the United States dropped 10.5% or more in the third quarter to four-year lows despite higher implied demand for distillate fuels, pressured by… Read more »

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Rep. Welch of Vermont Stumps for Energy Bill at Xperience Efficiency Event

Xperience Efficiency 2013, the traveling Schneider Electric event that kicked off in early June in Washington, D.C., is attracting some significant players in the battle for energy efficiency. On the… 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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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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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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Green Owners

Both Schneider Electric and HKS, Inc. have had the great opportunity to work on project for a very green owner – the University of North Texas (UNT). UNT’s commitment to sustainability encourages… Read more »

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When developing a Smart Grid roadmap, take the golden road

In a previous post, I mentioned that utilities need a “roadmap to success” for meeting the challenges of a Smart Grid transformation. Making this change is daunting, but strategic planning… Read more »

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Seasonal Factors Poised to Arrest US Gasoline Price Slide

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices Gasoline prices in the primary wholesale spot market in the United States rallied on the final trading day of January… Read more »

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Will 2015 be a breakthrough year for the Internet of Things?

Get ready: we’re about to see some big advances in what digitization delivers Digitization brings a lot. Data is growing exponentially. In fact, almost 90% of all the data in… Read more »

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The keys to managing demand in a microgrid

In a microgrid, a key to controlling its relationship with the main grid is managing demand, i.e, the loads. With respect to the relationship between generation and demand, a microgrid’s… Read more »

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5 Simple Ways to… Become a Better Energy You?

It’s official: I saw Christmas decorations during my last trip to the grocery store, which means 2015 is coming to a close. (The painful reminder of the relentless push of… Read more »

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How smart grids will reach their potential: An Interview – Part 2

In the second half of this interview with Alain GLATIGNY, Smart Grid Innovation Vice President at Schneider Electric, Alain takes a closer look at how the European Union can smooth… Read more »

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Ethernet and Automation Controller Marriage Proving to be a Successful One

According to the ARC Advisory Group, about $65 billion in installed process automation systems worldwide are reaching end of life, with most having been in operation for over 20 years…. Read more »

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Specifying Insulation Monitoring Devices for Utility-Scale Solar Safety

In her recent post, “Ground Fault Protection for Utility-Scale Solar Arrays,” my colleague Vanya Ignatova covered some of the basics to consider when designing ground-fault protection for utility-scale solar photovoltaic… Read more »

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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 »

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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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