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3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain… Read more »

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Cities and schools overcome deferred maintenance with innovative financing plan

What can a fast-growing school district in Alabama and a Texas metropolis teach schools and municipalities about escaping the deferred maintenance finance bind? Plenty. The biggest lesson from both of… Read more »

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With Deferred Water and Wastewater Maintenance – Pay the Piper or Pay it Forward

When it comes to deferred maintenance, it seems like you can only go so long before you have to pay the piper. That’s a lesson the city of Los Angeles… Read more »

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Microgrids: Are They Mainstream Yet?

The U.S. microgrid market is expected to grow five-fold from about $8 billion in 2013 to $40 billion in 2020. To me, that indicates an immediate need, as well as… Read more »

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Regulatory compliance drives – and complicates – government rack access strategies

Regulatory compliance remains the most common top priority for federal IT decision makers when it comes to securing equipment racks in data centers. Almost always part of an overall physical… Read more »

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Government Data Center Energy Efficiency Requirements are Coming: Here’s How to Get Ahead.

Most federal government data centers operate with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of around 2.0, meaning they have significant room for improvement.  And it’s looking more and more like… 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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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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COP20: The Challenge to Detach Economic Growth from Energy Consumption

The need to accelerate global economic growth as a key source of job creation and improvement of living conditions is something that nobody disagrees upon. Proof of this is the… 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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Understanding PUE is a Big Step in Federal Sustainability Compliance

On top of complying with the 2010 Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) requirements, the 2015 Executive Order 13693 adds additional conditions for reduced energy consumption that must be met…. Read more »

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Is energy efficiency the most effective means to meet federal agencies’ energy needs? 74% say “yes”

A new Zogby International survey of federal agency purchasing decision makers sponsored by Schneider Electric and the Alliance to Save Energy shows 74 percent agree energy efficiency is among the… 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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Schneider Electric Project Selected as APWA Texas Chapter Project of the Year

Every year the Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) recognizes excellence in community improvement projects that demonstrate environmental protection and have a positive public impact. We are thrilled to share that… Read more »

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With Deferred Water and Wastewater Maintenance – Pay the Piper or Pay it Forward

When it comes to deferred maintenance, it seems like you can only go so long before you have to pay the piper. That’s a lesson the city of Los Angeles… 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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Federal Energy Mandates – Simple as Child’s Play?

This is the first in a series about the Federal struggles meeting Congressional energy mandates. Do you remember playing the game “telephone” as a child?  It’s a game in which… Read more »

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Policy Paralysis on Climate Change – Why We Must Reverse the Trend

It is time we get serious, much more serious about climate change. Three recent events led me to share my thinking on what I believe is the most serious threat… 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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6 Tools for Addressing Executive Order 13693

While Executive Order 13693 intends to plan federal sustainability for the next 10 years, we have only had about 10 months to digest the legislation. I say “only” because at… Read more »

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Xperience Efficiency Session Outlines a Better Approach to Data Center Consolidation

In 2010, the U.S. federal government launched its ambitious Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), with the aim to close 40% of its 3,133 data centers by 2015. That’s 1,253… Read more »

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Cramming for Federal Consolidation: How to Approach the Approaching Deadline

In just a few weeks, college students will be turning in their last papers for the semester and taking final tests before heading out for a long holiday. At the… Read more »

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Coalition forces complete 18-month Afghanistan mission using pod-based data centers

Battle tested is a euphemism that gets bandied about casually in technology circles, but there’s battle tested and then there’s battle tested. Two years ago, Schneider Electric, working in conjunction… Read more »

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Federal Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Fundamentals: Where to Start

March came in like a lion for government data centers, with the new Federal Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) overriding FDCCI and taking the rules to a whole new level…. Read more »

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Why managing information from building systems is important for healthcare organisations

We have recently engaged in a very interesting debate around the implications of energy cost increase on financial performance of healthcare organisations. From a variety of studies and industry reports,… Read more »

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Three Reasons Municipalities Have Trouble Saving Historic Buildings

You might not guess it from looking at the increasingly dilapidated state of some older city buildings, but these grand old structures are an asset worth saving. That’s because historic… Read more »

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Addressing Climate Change Takes Big, Bold Steps – And We’re Starting to See Them

Earlier this month I hosted a panel discussion in Boston at a meeting of the New England chapter of ASAP, the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, on the topic of, “Sustainable… Read more »

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What Does King Tut Have to Do with Energy Management . . . Everything if You Are the Dallas Museum of Art

I love it when a plan comes together. Most of our municipal clients come to us with very different goals. The conversation is often started by a new regulatory mandate… Read more »

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Is energy efficiency the most effective means to meet federal agencies’ energy needs? 74% say “yes”

A new Zogby International survey of federal agency purchasing decision makers sponsored by Schneider Electric and the Alliance to Save Energy shows 74 percent agree energy efficiency is among the… 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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