Energy Regulations

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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Electrical Calculation Tools- Make Life Easier for Electrical Specifiers

Electrical specifiers make sure the electrical installations are safe by design. If it’s for a low voltage switchboard, their system responsibilities can be found in IEC 61439-1&2. If the wiring… Read more »

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Why Government Regulations on Refrigerants Should Have You Rethinking Your Data Center Cooling Strategy

Significant change is underway in how we cool our data centers, one that data center owners and operators would do well to pay attention to. An ever-increasing amount of government… 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 »


Congress Is Broken and Energy Efficiency Proves It

Previously described as “the little bill that could”, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) has had a hard road. It started over three years ago when U.S…. Read more »


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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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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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 »


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 »


Follow this formula for an easy residential solar installation

Adding solar to your house is not the easiest home improvement project. You cannot simply nail solar modules to your roof and wait for the sun to power up your… Read more »


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

Pick up an energy efficiency conference brochure and chances are there will be a dedicated session on Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). Talk to a top-level policy maker in any country… Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


“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 »


Portside emissions: a real health hazard

Who is most affected by emissions from ships? People living in and around port and harbour areas are growing increasingly concerned over air pollution in their communities. They have good… Read more »


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 »


PUE and ESPC and UESC! Oh my!

It’s been almost 9 months since I provided my last update to the current state of affairs in D.C. with respect to energy efficiency legislation. We’ve hit a couple potholes… Read more »