Energy Regulations

3 Key Elements That Will Help Governments Achieve Clean Energy Targets

It is projected that total grid transmission and distribution investment in the US will need to reach $900 billion by 2030 to meet forecast electricity demand. In Europe, some €400… Read more »

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How to Choose an Energy Services Partner for your Financial Operation

Banking & Finance CEOs, COOs & CFOs are continuously seeking new ways to grow their bottom line. A major area of focus for all of them has turned toward energy… Read more »

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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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Ships: Rules and regulations getting tougher about Shore power

Just what is MARPOL VI and does it cover shore power? Shore power helps bring ships into line with burgeoning regulations. Chief among these is MARPOL VI. It is Annex VI to… Read more »

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Developing a Business Case for Grid Automation – How hard can it be?

Everybody is looking for economic justification to support their smart grid investment actions. While there is a need for prudency and accuracy in projecting all of the costs and in capturing… 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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 »

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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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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 »

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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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Secure Power services: why a smooth “handover” is vital to a lifecycle approach

Commercial and industrial assets such as ships, airports, manufacturing plants, oil rigs, or hospitals involve highly specialized systems that need power protection and cooling to keep these mission-critical applications secure… 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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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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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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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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