Renewable Energy

Twin Wins: See How Prop 39 Projects Achieve Environmental AND Economic Gains

When Prop 39 (Clean Energy Jobs Act) funding enabled the Snowline Joint Unified School District to tackle some long overdue facility upgrades, Mike Schene talked about the win in terms… Read more »

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Maximize Economic Return with Enterprise Asset Performance Management

Organizations today are focused on improving that last mile of efficiency and squeezing everything they can from their existing asset infrastructure. From an asset management perspective, they’re leveraging the Industrial… Read more »

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Power Factor Correction: An Overlooked but Powerful Tool for Delivering Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings

Amid all the talk about how to reduce CO2 emissions and limit climate change, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar often take center stage. But there’s another technology… Read more »

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Innovation at Every Level

The way we currently manage energy is unsustainable. Three megatrends are provoking an important increase in energy demand: Urbanization, industrialization, and digitization. Today we still depend on unsustainable CO2-emitting fuels… Read more »

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IoT, Edge Computing, Big Data – Creating the Next Wave in Data Center Innovation

With Schneider Electric hosting its Innovation Summit at the Paris Marathon this week, I thought it would be a great time to share some of my thoughts on innovation at… Read more »

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The Right Renewable Energy Catch

When it comes to renewable energy, companies might feel a little like a contestant on “The Bachelor.” Like the lead on the popular reality-TV program in which one man (or… Read more »

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Choosing the Right Communication Architecture for Smart Distribution

You’ve read it a thousand times – about the energy transition and the pressure for electric utilities to simultaneously accommodate new distributed generation and increase power quality, all while improving… Read more »

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Solving the Grid Flexibility Challenge: An Interview

Flexibility is the extent to which a power system can modify electricity patterns (production or consumption) in response to variability. My colleague Renzo Coccioni, an Industry and Government Relations Director… Read more »

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Pondering New Year’s Resolutions? Get Inspired by Our Award-Winning Project with Salem Community College

As I look back on 2015, so many of our projects fill me with pride. One project in particular earned accolades not just in my book, but also from the… Read more »

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Helping Wind Turbines and Grids Form More Reliable Connections

Wind turbines have become major players in today’s electricity-generation market, with year-over-year market growth, internationally, hitting 44 percent in 2014, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. However, this rapid… Read more »

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GUEST POST: Renewable Energy: Facts and Mythology

The demand for electrical engineers is on the rise in a nontraditional niche: renewable energy. With increasing concern about global warming, organizations are seeking cost-effective and ecofriendly solutions to generating… Read more »

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The keys to managing demand in a microgrid

In a microgrid, a key to controlling its relationship with the main grid is managing demand, i.e, the loads. With respect to the relationship between generation and demand, a microgrid’s… Read more »

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The ‘before and after’ of installing an electrical energy storage system: service = success

As grid operators continue to establish or expand their smart grid strategies worldwide, many major commercial and industrial businesses are already setting plans to control their own energy futures. The… Read more »

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The new prosumer microgrid: the key to energy flexibility, reliability, and savings

Electric grids everywhere are under stress. While the generation and transmission infrastructure ages, it’s predicted that by 2035 worldwide energy demand will grow by 41%. Weather events are also becoming… Read more »

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How to approach microgrid supply quality and reliability

The paradox of microgrids is that they are often implemented to address concerns about heightened reliability and quality of energy supply, but their stability, when in island mode, is a very… 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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A kW saved is greater than a kW burned

The transition from hydrocarbon fuel sources to renewable energy sometimes overlooks the “fifth fuel”: energy efficiency. Two-thirds of energy is lost in the generation and transmission of electricity. Reducing demand… 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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“Predictive” Asset Management Tools: Well Worth the Investment for Utilities

The utility industry is in a state of flux as renewable energy farms share more and more of the grid with traditional energy generating plants. Distributed generation growth and the… Read more »

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Maximize Economic Return with Enterprise Asset Performance Management

Organizations today are focused on improving that last mile of efficiency and squeezing everything they can from their existing asset infrastructure. From an asset management perspective, they’re leveraging the Industrial… Read more »

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Energy Trends in Africa

While I have written posts on Nigeria and regularly referenced Libya in the last half decade on the burrito, I know very little about most of Africa when it comes to energy. So… Read more »

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EAM for the IIoT Age

With the growth of asset-related data available through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the complexity that comes with sifting through that data, organizations are faced with new operational… Read more »

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Municipalities and Schools Discover Hidden Benefits of Sustainability Planning

Recently, Dallas County, Texas, embarked on a $43 million sustainability plan that county Judge Clay Jenkins believes is a powerful economic driver for the community. For Texas’ second largest county,… Read more »

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Reduce Maintenance Costs with the IIoT and Predictive Asset Analytics

Industrial organizations across multiple sectors are under pressure from shareholders, regulators and customers to increase performance and reliability while keeping costs low. These conditions mean it’s more important than ever… Read more »

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Renewable energy is risk averse – Just like you (and the NFL, Texas, and others you wouldn’t expect)

Maybe you chose a garden gnome in your yard to guard the spare house key. Or maybe you have it in a petunia planter, or under that nondescript rock. Keeping… Read more »

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Power Forward: The Next Age?

Since the devastating Fukushima disaster of 2011, Japan has struggled to develop a comprehensive energy policy that will satisfy the majority of its citizens. Some people advocate re-commissioning the country’s… Read more »

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Achieving Energy Efficiency & a lot more through the Smart Grid

Meeting electricity needs in a cost-effective way has always remained a challenge. In other words, it has continuously been an unachieved target to generate carbon free and efficient power, distribute… Read more »

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Tackling Photo Pollution for a Smarter World

We all have caught a spectacular glimpse of vibrant cities, while on a flight during night time. Though we are spell bound by the beautiful view, what we often witness… Read more »

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Schneider Takes Home Alliance Awards – and Our Customers Win, Too

It’s no secret that Schneider Electric is a big fan of strategic alliances. Perhaps you’ve read previous blog posts on the topic by my colleague Tony Despirito, such as this… Read more »

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Pondering New Year’s Resolutions? Get Inspired by Our Award-Winning Project with Salem Community College

As I look back on 2015, so many of our projects fill me with pride. One project in particular earned accolades not just in my book, but also from the… Read more »

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