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Back to School… and Smart City Fundamentals

Right about now many of us (in the Northern hemisphere) have returned from our summer vacations and are getting our children ready for a new year of learning. It’s a… 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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Do you think it’s going to rain at COP-21?

Last December, I joined a conference in Lima, Peru. I was a speaker and a listener during COP-20 and I had the opportunity to hear and exchange experience with private organizations,… Read more »

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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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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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How much Longer until Everyone has Access to Energy?

“Energy” has already reached recognition on the sustainable development agenda, but it took two decades after Agenda 21 for the universal access to energy to be finally defined by the… 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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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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Safety First: Leon County/Tallahassee Join Forces and Up Power Protection

Today we’ll feature guest blogger Carl Morgan, construction manager for Leon County, Florida. Carl details below his data center installation within the Tallahassee/Leon County Public Safety Complex. Not every business needs… 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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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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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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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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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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There’s No Need to Wait to Start Metering … And Don’t Let Cost Scare You

Common misconceptions aside, metering your data center to comply with upcoming federal legislation will be easily affordable in most cases. As for the state of that legislation, the good news… 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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Momentum is Building Behind Microsoft CityNext Initiative

Back in July I wrote a post about the launch of the Microsoft CityNext program and how Schneider Electric will be taking advantage of the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform to… 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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DCOI: The Advantages of Early Adoption

Everett Rogers created a theory in 1962 to explain how, why and at what rate new ideas and technology spread. If the “diffusion of innovations” doesn’t sound familiar to you,… 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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Risky Business: Mitigating Uncertainty in Data Center Design and Maintenance

In our daily lives, we can (and often must) make decisions on the fly, with minimal information. We will quickly choose the path with least resistance i.e. risk, and the… Read more »

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Key Takeaways from the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Summit

Bringing industry and the Federal government together, Schneider Electric’s recent Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Summit focused on tackling optimization and efficiency goals for government data centers. In doing so,… Read more »

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More Energy Projects in the Southern U.S. Despite New Watchdog Report

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released its 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard and states in the southern U.S. again fall near the bottom of the list…. Read more »

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Container Solution or Prefabricated Systems: Clearing up the Concept and Weighing the Options

There’s a song made famous in an old Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers film whose lyrics debate the pronunciation of tomato and potato. There’s also an old saying about comparing apples to… Read more »

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