Energy Regulations

Save Money and the Planet via Better Power Monitoring

For building owners and panel builders, problems loom as new regulations call for reductions in energy usage. Fortunately, solutions exist. Not only can these save energy, they can also monitor… Read more »

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Proposition 39 Funds Not Meeting Your District’s Needs? Time to Apply Some Leverage

Faced with a lot of needs, and not a lot of money, the Fullerton School District needed some leverage. The needs were particularly acute in the District’s Parks Junior High… Read more »

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3 Best Practices for Reducing IT Energy Use – and Curbing Global Energy Demand

The demand for energy around the world is continuing unabated. The International Energy Agency, which is focused on ensuring reliable, clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond, predicts… Read more »

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CO2 Reduction and Energy Performance – Setting the Standard for Building Automation with EN 15232

With the conclusion of last year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, energy regulators are paying a lot more attention to buildings’ efficiency performance, going forward. Buildings will need… Read more »

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How Can Utilities Save Energy in the Smart Grid Era?

We’ve all heard the buzzwords: smart grid, energy efficiency…and more. But for utility electrical distributors, applying smart grid technologies turns those buzzwords into practical solutions for common issues. Utilities today… Read more »

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IEC 60364-8-1 – A Systematic Guideline to Continual Assessment of Building Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency has become a primary driver for the engineers and architects designing our latest generation of high-performance buildings – so, insulation levels, high-efficiency lighting and climate-control equipment and means… Read more »

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What IEC 61439-1 & 2 Mean for Your Low-Voltage Equipment Specifications

As of November 2014, the previous IEC 60439 standard series for low-voltage equipment has been replaced by the new IEC 61439 standard series. The new series features some organizational changes,… Read more »

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ISO 50001 Offers Energy-Efficiency Compliance and Environmental Certification in One Program

Today’s building owners are facing increasing pressure to make their facilities operate more efficiently on multiple fronts. Certainly, energy prices remain high in many regions and are a primary driver… Read more »

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Good corporate citizens? How Sustainability and Energy Management Can Impact the Bottom Line and Reputations of Finance Industry Giants

In recent years, it’s safe to say that the finance industry hasn’t emerged with the best reputation for corporate stewardship.  While the news stories may have temporarily tarnished some images,… Read more »

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Don’t Have a Plan for Prop 39 Funding? Here’s How You’re Missing Out — And How We Can Help

Beginning in 2013, California schools suffering from years of deferred maintenance got a much needed windfall. Proposition 39 made about $550 million available annually to improve schools’ energy efficiency and… Read more »

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How to Future Proof Your Role as an Energy Manager

The move from day-to-day tactical to long-term strategic energy management is an accelerating trend for today’s energy managers.   In a June 2014 webinar on energy management trends, we surveyed nearly… Read more »

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Eating an Elephant: Complying with the EU Directive for Energy Efficiency One Bite at a Time

I really enjoy war movies, and if you’ve been around me at all, you’ve probably heard me quote lines from some of them. No surprise then that a quote by General… Read more »

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Clearing Up the Confusion Between NEMA and IEC Contactors

Standards are supposed to make life easier for control panel builders, by guiding the way to which products they can safely incorporate into their designs and panels. But sometimes they… Read more »

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Setting the standard for coordination

It’s about time a standard underlining the critical need for coordinating protective devices was published. European harmonized draft standard HD50573-5-57, due out in early 2014, is poised to do just… 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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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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Who’s who and What’s what in conformity assessment?

Here’s a definition of conformity assessment. “Conformity Assessment is the demonstration that specified requirements relating to a product, process, system, person or body are fulfilled.” This definition is taken from… Read more »

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Sailing Close to the Wind – Power Margins and Smart Grids

As a regular media commentator, it’s easy to tell when a breaking story has caught the attention of the public. When National Grid, the UK power system operator, announced expected… Read more »

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Do you know Energy University?

Energy University is a FREE, online, educational resource, offering more than 200 vendor-neutral courses on energy efficiency and data center topics to help you identify, implement, and monitor efficiency improvements… Read more »

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India’s policies on technology, financing and collaboration on renewables

In this post, I will summarize some of the major announcements outlining the roadmap for renewable energy  in India during the recently concluded Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM-4). These energy policy  announcements were… Read more »

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Funding the Unfunded: Energy Savings Performance Contracts for Federal Data Center Consolidation

2013 marks the third year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and inches agencies closer to its shared 2015 deadline with the coinciding Presidential Memorandum; disposing of unneeded… 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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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 »

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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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Metering a Bigger Requirement Under California’s Updated Title 24

California’s Title 24 energy standards have long been some of the most demanding efficiency guidelines in the country, and the 2013 updates  (which went into effect July 1, 2014) continue… 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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Stay in Front of the Regulators – Get a Handle on E-Waste

In a recent post I wrote about the electronics disposal efficiency metric (EDE) that The Green Grid has come up with to help users and manufacturers of electronic equipment measure how… 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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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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Left, Right or Wrong at the Intersection of Energy and IT

In a year of political impasse where we can’t agree on a budget, immigration reform or gun control, an area of agreement and bi-partisan support has emerged; energy efficiency.  Depending on… Read more »

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