Energy Regulations

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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The IEC 61850 standard: The force behind a less costly way to engineer a utility substation

As Ethernet protocols become more common inside of utility substations, the tendency to distribute functions across many different devices is increasing. Since open standards do not restrict designers to proprietary… Read more »

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Energy and Power Metering: Solutions and Additional Benefits

In my first post, I talked about energy regulations and sub-metering. The EU’s energy efficiency directive and the California Energy Commission’s Title 24 point to a future in which electrical… Read more »

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The value of Ethernet for merging data and power cables

28Ethernet, which started out 43 years ago as an IT Local Area Network (LAN) protocol, has recently emerged as a leading standard for supporting power, HVAC, lighting, industrial control, and… Read more »

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Monitoring Building’s Energy Use – EE Standards & Regulation to Optimize Energy Performance

Understanding a building’s energy use is more than just good business sense – under a number of jurisdictions around the globe, it’s becoming the law. From the European Union to… Read more »

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Guidelines for panel builders: Quality inspection, packing, handling and installation

The first part of this series covered the challenges of meeting IEC 61439 standards when building an electrical switchboard. The second and third posts provided tips on everything from component… Read more »

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Motivating Energy Savings through the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition

For more than 20 years, people across the United States have looked to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program for guidance on how to save energy, save… Read more »

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Guidelines for panel builders: Power connections, auxiliary circuits, and labeling

The first part of this series covered the challenges of meeting IEC 61439 standards when building an electrical switchboard. The second post covered tips on component delivery and storage, enclosure… Read more »

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Energy Regulations for Commercial Buildings

Commercial buildings dominate the modern landscape in more ways than one. I mean they’re more than just big to the eye. They’re big in terms of energy, too. So in… Read more »

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Guidelines for panel builders: Delivery, assembly and installation of components

In the first post of this series, I introduced the challenges of building an electrical switchboard. These include meeting IEC 61439 standards while accounting for ongoing technology improvements. In this… Read more »

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3 things utilities should look for when choosing an AMI services provider

Every electric utility understands the importance of smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in realizing Smart Grid objectives. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 533 electric utilities in… Read more »

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The Next Age: The 20,000 Ft. View from the Schneider Influencer Summit

In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate challenges we see before us. Troubles in the Middle East. Tensions rising in Eastern Europe. Viruses we thought we had… Read more »

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What is the Square Footage per Accredited Professional for your Green Building Rating System?

In this three part series, the Energy Efficiency Influence Team at Schneider Electric India will discuss possible bottlenecks impacting the growth of the green building market in India. In the… Read more »

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Hospital energy waste puts a damper on operating budgets and public health

In Australia, energy prices have increased 19% over the last 3 years, and in 2012, the government passed a new carbon tax, which is expected to increase hospital electricity bills… Read more »

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Top 5 Reasons Why ESCOs Have Failed to Realize the Full Potential of Energy Efficiency – Part II

Studies and analysis conducted by organizations and think tanks such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, International Energy Agency, Global Building Performance Network, and McKinsey among others have repeatedly highlighted the… Read more »

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Electrical Workplace Safety: A Never-Ending Process

Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related death in the United States according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Companies can take several steps to better protect workers… Read more »

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We don’t have to re-invent the wheel for global sustainability

Non-renewable energy resources such as coal and oil for power production have to be minimized to lessen the effects of climate change. Here’s why. It takes millions  of years for… Read more »

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NEC Section 240.87 – Acceptable Methods for Arc Energy Reduction

With the introduction of the updated 2014 NEC Section 240.87, electrical designers now must incorporate some means of reducing the clearing time of any potential arc fault in installations involving… Read more »

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Demand Response IS Supply Chain Management

Let’s acknowledge Demand Response for what it really is: the premier tool for supply chain management of electrons. Really? I know. DR came into its own by its use in… 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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Discussing the Creation of Grid-Connected Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure at CEM-4

During last week’s Clean Energy Ministerial that was held  in New Delhi (CEM-4), Anil Chaudhary, Schneider’s Managing Director and Country President, Greater India, participated in the round table on electric vehicles …. Read more »

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The Risk Assessment: An Electrical Contractor’s Most Important Tool

Are you a risk taker?  Does it depend on the situation?  Does it depend on the consequences?  Can’t answer the question without knowing more information?  Congratulations, you’re well on your… 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 »

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A capital-free way to reduce your energy bill: target demand-based charges

As I work with industrial end users to help them mitigate and manage their energy spend, there’s a natural tendency for the operational personnel to focus on reducing CONSUMPTION as… Read more »

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Role of Stakeholders in the Development of Green Buildings Market in India

In this second installment of our three part series, we will discuss the role of different stakeholders in the development of the market for green buildings in India. Certain banks… Read more »

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Why Wall Street Likes Efficiency

Efficiency is in fashion. In March, Deutsche Bank issued $104 million in bonds to fund residential energy efficiency projects. Renewable Funding recently obtained a $300 million line of credit to… Read more »

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Powering the New Energy World

Today’s energy world is facing widespread transformation. The electricity and Oil & Gas sectors are taking note. Traditional, centralized electric grid models are evolving to a world of distributed energy… Read more »

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Why Falling Oil May Not Hurt Renewable Power or Climate Change

The recent sharp drop in oil prices has sparked much debate on the cause, and also the profound effects for both consuming and producing countries.   Relatively little attention has been… Read more »

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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… Read more »

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Could Solar be the Largest Electricity Source by 2050?

Schneider Electric’s CMO, Chris Hummel, pondered recently on Twitter whether the IEA’s claim that solar energy could be the leading source of electricity by 2050 was achievable. My initial reaction was… Read more »

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