Energy Management/Energy Efficiency

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 »


Muskets, Crossbows and CEOs: How energy can change the face of corporate warfare

In the 18th century, warfare was changed forever. Out were the romantic knights with armor and lances, and in were muskets, artillery and infantrymen. Armies now used gunpowder as an… Read more »

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Energy performance contracts: an innovative approach to hospital energy management

There’s no doubt about it, hospitals are energy hogs. ENERGY STAR estimates that in the US alone, healthcare organizations spend over $8.8 billion on energy every year. To bring this… Read more »

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Distributech: Learn, Experiment, Do

The curtain is closed on the largest and most successful Distributech conference in its history. At last count, there were 9,823 registered attendees with an additional 400 registered for the… Read more »

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Rising electrical costs impact Food and Beverage Industry

France, as well as most of the EU countries are announcing a significant rise in electricity costs over the next few years. From 2013 to 2017, France can experience up… Read more »


Achieving Business Competitiveness Through Energy Management

What is Energy Management? The response to this question will depend on whether you ask an energy policy maker, a plant head of a large manufacturing facility, an Architecture/Engineering/Construction professional,… Read more »

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The Green Generator and the Smart Grid

Demand Response, Variable Pricing, and Time of Use are three tools used by utilities to reduce energy consumption, and are part of the emerging idea known as the smart grid…. Read more »

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7 Tips for Achieving ISO 50001 Compliance

You have likely heard of ISO 50001 already, but may have dismissed it as yet another standard that can be ignored until it fades away. Well, this one seems to… 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 »


Following the moon

My first encounter with globalization included call centers. This was the late 1990s and suddenly it made sense for a lot of companies to have three or four call centers… Read more »

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How Power Distribution System Connectivity Extends Real-Time Vision and Control

This is the third in this blog post series, looking at how innovations in power distribution are helping facility teams like yours take full advantage of trends in energy decarbonization,… Read more »

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Why Eco-mode UPSs and Free Power Quality Make Energy Management Systems Even More Important

In the data center industry we’ve been talking for years about the need for reliable power and how best to ensure we get it. At Schneider Electric in particular we’ve… 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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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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CiscoLive!, The World of Solutions Opens

CiscoLive! really started to pick up today with the majority of attendees arriving. Early morning shuttles were packed, as were the registration and dining areas. Attendees lined up 30 minutes… Read more »

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Gasoline’s Whipsaw Trade in Oversold Market

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The gasoline futures contract nearest to physical delivery traded in a more than 25cts gallon range in September with little… Read more »

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The Many Benefits of a Strong Energy Management Partnership – Shedd Aquarium

What happens when you retrofit a historic nearly 90-year-old building that is the home to over 32,000 aquatic animals and nearly 2 million annual visitors with state-of-the art systems? Not… 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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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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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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Risk – A Four Letter Word You Should Mention

An article I recently read discussed risk assessments in hospitals for items from infections to patient records. It was interesting how interwoven these assessments and processes were to provide checks and balances… 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 your industrial pumping system could be draining your budget – and what to do about it

While an industrial enterprise may realize its pumping system could be more effective, what may not be obvious is that energy-efficient pumps can help reduce utility expenses. Here’s why. Electricity… Read more »

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Are Hormones Controlling Hospital Energy Use?

Your hospital design, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems, staff behavior, and patient needs all influence hospital energy use. Because the Earth’s supply of fossil fuels—the power source for most hospitals—is… Read more »

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Cartographic Capers of US Energy Consumption and Global Emissions

This visual voyage through some cartographic capers plots a course across US energy consumption, global emissions, and the second largest continent on earth. So grab your coat, and let’s start… Read more »

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Old School Meets New Trends: Grappling with Innovation’s Institutional Tension

My first boss drove an elegant midnight blue Jaguar. He would occasionally “let” me take it for a spin (to the car wash or mechanic for him, but still). On… Read more »

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COP-21: South America Needs to Seriously Commit!

COP-21, to takes place in Paris until December 11th 2015, has the main objective to achieve, for the first time, a universal and binding agreement to effectively fight against climate change and boost… Read more »

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IEC 60364-8-1 – A Systematic Guideline to Continual Assessment of Building Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency has become a primary driver for the engineers and architects designing our latest generation of high-performance buildings – so, insulation levels, high-efficiency lighting and climate-control equipment and means… Read more »

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Battle of the UPSs

A quantitative showdown between DRUPs and Static UPSs Diesel rotary UPS (DRUPS) systems have found a niche in the data center industry as a backup power source for critical IT… 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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