Energy Regulations

Frequently Asked Questions about Selective Coordination

This is the last in a series of posts discussing the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination. In this post I will address some frequently asked questions and… Read more »

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Energy Effectiveness Creates a New Focus for Data Centers

Data center operators are being encouraged to organize their facilities so that they can run at higher temperatures. The theory is that higher operating temperatures improve overall data center efficiency… Read more »

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Understanding the IEC 61557-12 Standard That Makes Meter Comparisons Easier – Part 2

As I described in my previous post, the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Standard 61557-12, “Electrical safety in low voltage distribution systems up to 1000V a.c. and 1500V d.c. – Equipment… Read more »

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Selective Coordination Design Guidelines with Molded-Case Circuit Breakers

This is the fifth in a continuing series of posts focused on a range of design and specification issues related to the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination…. Read more »

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Under Floor Air Distribution Brings Faster Building Construction, Reduced Energy, More Flexibility

It sometimes drives me crazy when I hear people talk about how they’d like to be more energy efficient but it costs too much, so they stick with the old… Read more »

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Understanding the IEC 61557-12 Standard That Makes Meter Comparisons Easier-Part 1

Digital Power Metering and monitoring Devices (PMDs) are fast replacing analog equipment, providing more accurate measurements and enabling remote data access. But specifying these devices could become problematic without common… Read more »

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Selective Coordination with Molded Case Circuit Breakers

This is the fourth post in a series on achieving selective coordination – previous posts have provided an introduction to the topic, looked at its implementation in healthcare environments and… Read more »

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European regulation MID related to legal metrology

As mentioned in my previous post, legal metrology is usually covered by regulations and applies to measuring instruments used in: Commercial transactions (e.g. weight-price scales for retail stores, petrol pumps,… Read more »

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Selective Coordination and Emergency Power Supply Systems

Welcome to the third in a series of posts focused on National Electrical Code® (NEC®) requirements for selective coordination. In my previous post, I covered some of the specifics important… Read more »

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Grid Power Quality

Power-quality problems, including such issues as voltage irregularities and harmonic disturbances, can cause problems with a facility’s equipment and operations. Standards have been developed to help address this issue by… Read more »

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What will Medium Voltage switchgear look like in the future?

The electrical industry is without doubt one of the most conservative in terms of updating technology, including medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) switchgear. Why is that? For one… Read more »

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One Thing is Clear: Transparency is Critical in Energy Consulting

Schneider Electric recently co-sponsored The Naked Company, a panel discussion and roundtables hosted in London by The Crowd, a catalyst for crowdsourcing the collective intelligence of corporate leaders. Before anyone… Read more »

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Top challenges faced by the mining industry and its implications (Part 2)

In this part of the discussion I’d like to review how “regulations and compliance” along with “grade and quality decline” present additional challenges for the mining industry. Regulations and compliance… Read more »

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Two Shades of Grey – in the Data Center

We live in a very colorful world.  However, when you step into the electrical equipment room in most data centers, you usually find one dominant color: grey. To be more… 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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2SIS Switchgear: compact, tough, and built to last

The demands that the two-way flow of energy in smart grid places on MV switchgear raises a critical question: can it cope with the rigours of operation in the toughest… Read more »

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Choosing the right earthing system

Choosing the right earthing system for your power supply is crucial to protecting both people and property. And to make the right choice, you must understand how the different earthing… Read more »

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NEC 2014 – What’s Changed in Section 240.87 Regarding Arc Energy Reduction

The need to protect workers from the hazards of arc flash has been understood for decades – the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard NFPA 70E first addressed the issue in… Read more »

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What our future energy leaders are saying about 2050

Last week the Norwegian University of Science and Technology hosted the biennial International Summit Energy Summit (ISES) in Trondhiem, Norway which attracted 400 students from 64 countries.  This event is… Read more »

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Goodbye UL 508: A Transition More Than a Decade in the Making

When it comes to standards that control panel builders have to abide by, I have an interesting view. On the one hand, I represent Schneider Electric on various standards committees… Read more »

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Choosing the right earthing system

Choosing the right earthing system for your power supply is crucial to protecting both people and property. And to make the right choice, you must understand how the different earthing… Read more »

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An e-House Substation that Ushers in New Technology and Rethinks Standards

Prefabricated E-house (HV/LV) substations are a booming, fiercely competitive business. I’m talking about applications that range from PV or wind farm boxes to shore connections and data centres. I’m also… Read more »

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Top challenges faced by the mining industry and its implications (Part 2)

In this part of the discussion I’d like to review how “regulations and compliance” along with “grade and quality decline” present additional challenges for the mining industry. Regulations and compliance… Read more »

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A kW saved is greater than a kW burned

The transition from hydrocarbon fuel sources to renewable energy sometimes overlooks the “fifth fuel”: energy efficiency. Two-thirds of energy is lost in the generation and transmission of electricity. Reducing demand… Read more »

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Standardization and Certification: Indissociable but different

As a member of the conformity assessment community, I get asked: what’s the difference between conformity assessment, standardization and certification? Actually, they’re different things. Broadly speaking, I’d say this. Certification is part… Read more »

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Do you think it’s going to rain at COP-21?

Last December, I joined a conference in Lima, Peru. I was a speaker and a listener during COP-20 and I had the opportunity to hear and exchange experience with private organizations,… Read more »

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New Lift Standard Calls for New Motor Starter Selection Rules

It is one of the most common modes of transportation, carrying many times the world’s population every month. It is also a very safe way to travel. There is a… Read more »

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Get Ready for New Distribution Transformer Efficiency Rules

Customers relying on low-voltage distribution transformers need to be aware that new energy-efficiency standards mandated by the federal government go into effect on January 1, 2016. The U.S. Department of… Read more »

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2SIS Switchgear: compact, tough, and built to last

The demands that the two-way flow of energy in smart grid places on MV switchgear raises a critical question: can it cope with the rigours of operation in the toughest… Read more »

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What’s Inside Counts, Environmentally Speaking

Being environmentally responsible in manufacturing can be interpreted in more than one way. On one hand, a manufacturer can claim to be “green” because its products and operations meet all… Read more »

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