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IoT and EcoXpert might be your next best bet

The new IoT business model Earlier this year I explained how IoT is changing the business model of our partners. At the center of this transformation are the intelligence and… Read more »

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Why asset management starts with a strategic maintenance plan

What are your biggest operational worries? If your first thought was “equipment failure,” you’re not alone. Equipment is at the heart of business operations and failure can not only affect… Read more »

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How Smart are your Switchgear Controls?

In this era of technology and communication, it is hard to imagine that simple issues stemming from an aging power system can cause serious damage as well as pose major… Read more »

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A Closer Look into the True Cost of Replacing Electrical Switchgear

During my switchgear modernization presentations all over the US, I am constantly reminded of the concerns customers face with their aging electrical infrastructure. For the most part, these center around… Read more »

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NFPA 70E Changes: Now Everyone can Benefit from the Tables

Last month at the annual NFPA meeting in Boston, NFPA 70E passed one of the final milestones on the road to completion and it is expected to be issued later… Read more »

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NFPA 70E and NEC: Aging Equipment in the Era of Arc Flash

The need to operate electrical equipment safely, without impacting facility operation, has been a priority for electrical engineers and maintenance personnel for many decades. Initially, much of the focus was… Read more »

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Do You Have an Emergency Plan in Place?

Did you know that flooding is the most frequent, deadly and costly natural disaster in the U.S.? (www.noaa.org) California, Arkansas and Missouri have already experienced severe flooding in 2017. And, with… Read more »

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Arc Flash Mitigation: Removing Workers From Harm’s Way

Mitigation is defined as to make milder, less severe or less violent. When applied to electrical workplace safety, arc flash mitigation involves taking steps to minimize the level of hazard… Read more »

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Power System Assessments Address the Risk-Reliability Relationship

In today’s always-on business environment, it is vital to mitigate risks that could impact electrical reliability. Like any engineered system, electrical power distribution systems cannot be designed and constructed to… Read more »

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Reduce Risk with Arc Flash Mitigation Strategies

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is often mistakenly viewed as the solution to arc flash hazards. In reality, properly selected PPE does not guarantee freedom from injury. NFPA 70E only makes… Read more »

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Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… 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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What’s the best way to maintain an electrical system?

An electrical network is the lifeblood that drives business operations. Network operators and plant managers face a two-fold problem: maintaining their networks to ensure uninterrupted power while dealing with budget… Read more »

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Big Data + Energy = Big Energy Data: Key Trends and Implications

Over 78% of global energy leaders believe analysis of big energy data is important in improving energy management, however the challenge clients face is what to do  with the big… Read more »

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FAQs: The Dangers of Aging Electrical Equipment

Aging electrical equipment and components are not only inefficient, they’re potentially dangerous. Overheating in electrical enclosures, usually caused by loose connections and friction (due to lack of or improper lubrication) can… Read more »

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Top 5 Reasons Why ESCOs Have Failed to Realize the Full Potential of Energy Efficiency – Part I

Pick up an energy efficiency conference brochure and chances are there will be a dedicated session on Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). Talk to a top-level policy maker in any country… Read more »

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Big Data is a really Big Deal in Healthcare… in a number of ways you might not have thought about

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced May 28th, 2013 that more than half of all doctors and eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using… Read more »

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Water Use Cycle: As critical as Water Cycle itself

Water is as abundant as it is scarce! Of all the water available on earth, more than 99% is unusable by humans. Therefore, how we manage the usable part of… Read more »

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Preventive maintenance: longer life for your electrical distribution equipment at optimal costs

Electrical distribution equipment lies at the heart of every modern business, powering the machines and systems responsible for key processes. Vital equipment, such as circuit breakers, protection relays, or transformers,… Read more »

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One Thing is Clear: Transparency is Critical in Energy Consulting

Schneider Electric recently co-sponsored The Naked Company, a panel discussion and roundtables hosted in London by The Crowd, a catalyst for crowdsourcing the collective intelligence of corporate leaders. Before anyone… Read more »

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Big Data + Energy = Big Energy Data: Key Trends and Implications

Over 78% of global energy leaders believe analysis of big energy data is important in improving energy management, however the challenge clients face is what to do  with the big… Read more »

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Power Quality Issues : Silent Efficiency Killer

Why you should care? Several studies estimate that power quality issues cost the U.S. economy about $15 billion each year. Because approximately 80 percent of all power-quality problems originate from… Read more »

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Preventive maintenance: longer life for your electrical distribution equipment at optimal costs

Electrical distribution equipment lies at the heart of every modern business, powering the machines and systems responsible for key processes. Vital equipment, such as circuit breakers, protection relays, or transformers,… Read more »

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The End of IT?

The IT industry has been the reigning superstar of the global economy for the last 40 years. The industry gave us 25-year old billionaires and “long-term” success stories like Microsoft,… Read more »

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Four Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Programs Fail

So you’ve decided to take the initiative to achieve sustained energy savings at your organization. By addressing every source of electricity consumption through robust automation, comprehensive energy controls, and continuous… Read more »

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Powerless: Lessons learned at Super Bowl XLVII

New Orleans, February 3, 2013. One minute and 38 seconds into the second half of Super Bowl XLVII something extraordinary happened: Half the lights went out inside the Superdome. With… Read more »

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Advice for cutting building energy consumption

Take a walk down your nearest city street and pick a building. Any building. Chances are that the building you’re looking at has a problem with its energy consumption. If… Read more »

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5 potential mistakes to avoid when implementing an energy and sustainability management program

Effective energy and sustainability management in an organization offers a range of advantages including reduced operating costs, reduced environmental impact and a market advantage.

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What your switchgear needs and deserves

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact that with… Read more »

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Control corrosion to extend the life of medium voltage switchgear

Extending a medium voltage switchgear’s lifespan by making it reliable and fail-safe saves money, reduces downtime, and improves performance, but what’s the best way to do it? The intended lifespan… Read more »

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