Renewable Energy

Powering an Efficient Colocation Facility: Green Mountain

Companies that want to outsource their data center infrastructure and IT services no longer have to choose between convenience and sustainability. We claim that our Green Mountain facility, located in… Read more »

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Smart Energy Generation Equals Flexible Generation

The rapid influx of renewable energy projects coming online implies pricing and dispatch patterns for the utility companies who are integrating them will be increasingly influenced by the variable nature… 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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Can We Make a Difference Through Access to Energy and Digitization?

It was a Saturday morning and I was sharpening my notes for speaking at a premier institute in Delhi, on Vision for Finance by 2020. This is when Ambia, our… 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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A Vaccine Against the Utility Death Spiral

In a previous blog post, I described the threat to utilities of the rise of distributed generation and how they could fend off this risk by highlighting the intrinsic value… Read more »

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Smart Cities – From concept to action

There is a lot of humdrum we hear about Smart Cities these days. It is about time that we demystify Smart Cities and change the conversation from a rhetorical tone… Read more »

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Why Digitization is the way forward in a digital-first world

One of the most vital aspects of any business today is a transformative Customer Experience. Imagine a customer walking into a shop or a showroom to buy a product, many… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency as the First Fuel for an Emerging Economy?

In the discourse around energy and climate, it is often said that energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest and most abundant source of energy. The premise being: Energy is not… Read more »

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Achieving Grid Security and Resiliency through Energy Efficiency

According to the World Bank, in 2011, the United States consumed 13,300 kWh per capita. Other similar industrialized nations such as Germany (~7,100 kWh) and Japan (~7,800 kWh) used large… 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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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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Photovoltaic equipment safety: Always err on the side of caution!

Ensuring the safety of your solar energy equipment can be complex. You have to address issues like PV panels comprising several energy sources, direct current, and the fact that equipment… Read more »

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Smart Cities – From concept to action

There is a lot of humdrum we hear about Smart Cities these days. It is about time that we demystify Smart Cities and change the conversation from a rhetorical tone… 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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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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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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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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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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Solar farms and rooftop solar panels: Maintenance is crucial!

When solar energy equipment has been installed properly by a professional, there is no reason not to consider it safe. However, to keep your installation working as it should, maintenance… Read more »

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Buy or Install Renewable Energy? What Every Business Should Know

Choosing the right renewable energy option requires a deep and detailed understanding of current energy spending and usage patterns, budget goals, and risk tolerance. These variables will dictate many of… Read more »

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Mixed Signals Relating to Clean Energy Progress

The IEA tends to publish some great research pieces, drawing attention to current trends or highlighting the potential for emerging ones. Their recently published ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report‘ is no… Read more »

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Building Gender Equality ― a Sensible Choice for any Company

Schneider Electric employs more than 170,000 people and it’s my job as CEO to help ensure it’s a great place to work – for everyone. One of the ways to… 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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Engineers and the Tour de France

I have noticed over the years that there seems to be a high rate of interest and participation in cycling among the engineering/technical community. Perhaps it is the technical aspects… Read more »

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Solving your Smart City Puzzle

In my travels I’m constantly asked two questions: What is a smart city and how do we go about that journey? Even answering these two questions can be difficult as… 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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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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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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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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