Energy Management/Energy Efficiency

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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How to Save Up to 50% on Your Pump or Fan Installation

Picture yourself driving your family sedan down a windy country road. Now picture that you have no control over the gas pedal—it is always fully to the floor—and the only… Read more »

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Who cares about carbon emissions?

Why I don’t think the new sustainability metrics from The Green Grid will be widely used.

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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 »

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Learning the ABCs of Building Controls

Ever been working late at your office building and notice how the whole building’s atmosphere seems to change after 6 p.m.? Everything gets just a little bit darker and quieter—and… Read more »

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Data Center Location: Balancing Energy Costs with Local Data Legislation Part 2

    At the recent Data Centres Europe 2012 conference, Aaron Davis, CMO of Schneider Electric gave a keynote address about energy and the issues faced by the data center… Read more »

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Get Big Savings in Energy Efficiency from Building Commissioning

Nearly every building has some sort of performance problems. Design flaws, construction defects, malfunctioning equipment and a host of other problems can lead to serious issues such as equipment failure,… Read more »

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A Final Word for 2012 – Christmas is a Time for Giving in the Data Center Too!

I was talking with Soeren Brogaard-Jensen at London’s DatacenterDynamics Converged conference at the end of 2012 about Data Center Genome project which was announced during the show. The first and… Read more »

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Does Warmer Mean Savings for Data Centers?

Data centers continue to come under scrutiny for the level of energy they use. That only makes sense, because these huge data centers need to continue running the air conditioning… Read more »

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Executive take: the OpEx Opportunity Remains Strong

If you’re wondering when the economy will return to high-growth in capital expenditures for building automation, data center infrastructure, and other products needed during boom times, you may be overlooking… Read more »

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EE Global 2012

The Alliance to Save Energy welcomed energy efficiency evangelists from around the world to EE Global, what they call “the crème de la crème of energy efficiency conferences.”  Schneider Electric… Read more »

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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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Choosing the Right Communication Architecture for Smart Distribution

You’ve read it a thousand times – about the energy transition and the pressure for electric utilities to simultaneously accommodate new distributed generation and increase power quality, all while improving… Read more »

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The Innovation Game in Which Industry Scores Big: Part 2

Part 2: The wonder of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) Last week, I mentioned that Schneider Electric’s open innovation playing field is not unlike soccer – a sport I loved… Read more »

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Choosing LED lighting for enclosures: 6 important features

In the quest for improved energy efficiency and lower energy costs, most parts of the globe have begun adopting LED technology. And the trend shows no sign of abating. A… Read more »

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CiscoLive at Petco Park

Wednesday night brought CiscoLive attendees to San Diego’s Petco Park, across from the convention center. Cisco provided food, drink, games, and music as a thanks to its customers. The show included… 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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Paris COP-21: The Time to Commit and Act has Come!

The COP-20, and its “Lima Call for Climate Action” joint declaration, left mixed feelings on me. On one hand, it kept the goal of limiting global warming to less than… Read more »

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Facility Managers- Hardworking Multitaskers…or Superheroes…you decide

It might be my lifelong love of comic books talking, but I am starting to believe that my building’s facility manager is truly a super hero. By day, her alter… Read more »

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Digitized power distribution for the digital world

As I said in my last blog post, IoT really is changing everything. One area where we’re seeing a tremendous impact is power distribution for buildings. Thanks to innovative technologies,… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US 2012 Comes to an End

CiscoLive! US came to a close Thursday, the first beautifully sunny day this week amidst milder temperatures. The ending keynote featured the overwhelmingly attendee demanded Mythbusters. The inspiring talk from Adam Savage… Read more »

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Data Center Location: Balancing Energy Costs with Local Data Legislation Part 2

    At the recent Data Centres Europe 2012 conference, Aaron Davis, CMO of Schneider Electric gave a keynote address about energy and the issues faced by the data center… Read more »

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Energy Management Becomes More Vital for Pipeline Businesses

Hydrocarbon pipeline operators are jumping aboard the Smart Grid Train! Similar to electric energy transmission and distribution network operators, they are using readily available data about the status of their… Read more »

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How can we best communicate our message of Energy Efficiency in social networks?

Who are we? That’s a big question, one of the most important questions that we should solve in order to transmit any message. Communications is a simple transmission of information,… Read more »

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The Domino Effect: How energy efficiency in Data Centers may lead to power factor issues

Ever notice how changing one thing leads to a domino effect? I mention this only because I treated myself to a new HDTV – well, it started with the TV,… Read more »

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If Katy Perry and I Were To Do a Duet…

………I would have no squabble in doing one of her hits,  but we would have to work in some commodity themes into the lyrics. So here are some ideas I… Read more »

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Trends in Wind Generation, Driving Habits and Network-enabled Devices

Apparently, the Queen of England sent her first email in 1976, some 14 years before the World Wide Web was born. I learned this while reading about the growth of… Read more »

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Achieving Grid Security and Resiliency through Energy Efficiency

According to the World Bank, in 2011, the United States consumed 13,300 kWh per capita. Other similar industrialized nations such as Germany (~7,100 kWh) and Japan (~7,800 kWh) used large… Read more »

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UPS for Manufacturing Applications : Is it the right decision?

Manufacturing over the years is undergoing massive changes. More and more markets are opening up, labour costs are going up very fast in developing countries and at the other hand… Read more »

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Rethinking Chilled Water Temperatures Can Bring Big Savings in Data Center Cooling

There’s no sugar-coating it: data centers use a lot of energy. Probably few people think about it, but uploading selfies on Instagram, shopping on Amazon or reading this blog all… Read more »

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