Energy Management/Energy Efficiency

Healthy Ingredients for a Green Building

For my first blog for Schneider Electric, I’d like to write about creating healthier building environments.  How many of you, while at the grocery store, always look at the box… 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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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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I (Really Do!) Work in a Green Building

Shan Bates’ post on how a tenant could benefit from buildings systems integration struck a chord with me. It’s probably because it is what my Facilities team has been working… 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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Data Center Key Performance Indicators – A Look At PUE and Other Numbers to Evaluate Performance

Metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) for data centers used to be inward looking. In the not so distant past, KPIs tended to be “about the box,” measuring factors like… Read more »

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What’s in a dashboard?

How do you know how fast you are going in your car? Your dashboard—of course—tells you! We see dashboards everywhere: in our cars, virtually every software program and throughout the… Read more »

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A New World of Cities: Redefining the Real Estate Investment Map, January 2012

I’m heading off next week to participate in an exciting event – the Jones Lang LaSalle Academy.  For this meeting, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) key business leaders, brokers and sales professionals from… Read more »

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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Wins Gigaton Award

As we all turn our calendars over to a new year, the motion picture industry’s award season is about to pick up momentum. Soon, media outlets will be inundated with… 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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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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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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Innovation Demands Performance, Quality and Reliability

In my last post, I talked about extending such innovations as the IoT, the digital hub, and improved connectivity to the developing world. In these locations, there’s a real need… Read more »

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How we Recycled a Production Facility into a Refurbishment and Remanufacturing Hub

Our previous post explained how focused recycling loops enable us to apply a circular-economy approach to our switchgear manufacturing operations. In this post, we discuss how three more of the… Read more »

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Harnessing Hidden Revenue from Energy Spend

Enterprises the world over today are on the lookout for ways to reduce energy expenditure and at the same time for solutions to enable energy efficiency, monetary savings and operational… Read more »

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How Microgrids Help Tackle Global Energy Challenges

Microgrids are proving to be a solution for many energy challenges — whether the issue is energy reliability, independence, accessibility, or cost optimization. Let’s look at these at a high… Read more »

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How Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems Benefits the Oil & Gas Industry

Oil & Gas enterprises to bear a significant amount of avoidable and unnecessary expense by operating power & process management systems as separate silos. Working with multiple vendors across wide domains… Read more »

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Power System Assessments Address the Risk-Reliability Relationship

In today’s always-on business environment, it is vital to mitigate risks that could impact electrical reliability. Like any engineered system, electrical power distribution systems cannot be designed and constructed to… Read more »

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Extending Energy Management Technology to the Developing World

So far in this series, I’ve talked about using a building energy management system, a BEMS, to make people more productive and comfortable by, for example, getting your BEMS and… Read more »

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Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids – Challenges, Benefits and Solutions for Smart Utilities

In a previous post, I discussed the unprecedented growth of Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage (ES), Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and microgrids. In this post, I will cover the challenges… Read more »

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Chicago Ethanol Stubbornly Holding Premium to Gasoline

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices In the physical wholesale market, ethanol spot prices have now held a premium to gasoline spot values for a month,… Read more »

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Building cities of the future… because cities are the future

When I visit a city for the first time, I try to imagine what it’s like to live there. What it’s like to be a local in this unique urban… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Project Selected as APWA Texas Chapter Project of the Year

Every year the Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) recognizes excellence in community improvement projects that demonstrate environmental protection and have a positive public impact. We are thrilled to share that… Read more »

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Smart Energy Generation Equals Flexible Generation

The rapid influx of renewable energy projects coming online implies pricing and dispatch patterns for the utility companies who are integrating them will be increasingly influenced by the variable nature… Read more »

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Augmented Reality Expands Its Reach

Is augmented reality (AR) more than a fad? Based on its adoption in both our social and working lives, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. Augmented reality allows… 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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