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APC-Dell Relationship Takes Another Step Forward with OEM Agreement

APC by Schneider Electric has had a long history with Dell, dating back at least 22 years, providing power protection for Dell servers and networking equipment. As a result, Dell… Read more »

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Brand Sustainability: An Emerging KPI in Retail

A recent Nielsen study shows more than 50% of global consumers surveyed are willing to pay more for goods and services from companies that have implemented programs to give back to… Read more »

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Reinvesting through Modernization Services. Say what?

Every once in a while I try to make a to-do list of everything in my life that could use a tune up or full replacement. For example, I could… Read more »

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Why Sustainability is Good Business – and How Good Data Can Get You There

An interesting shift is taking place with respect to the issue of sustainability: a growing number of companies are recognizing that a strong sustainability program is good business. There’s sound… Read more »

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Internet of Things: The Next Step in the Smart Grid Evolution?

There’s been a lot of news regarding how the Internet of Things will change everything.  From products like connected thermostats to connected cars and refrigerators, it seems that the Internet… Read more »

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Death, Taxes and Energy Management Software

Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” A sobering thought as we approach tax time across North America, but the latter is definitely preferable to… 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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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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What the Oceans can Teach Us about Energy Hedging

I recently posted on energy management strategy with interruptible natural gas rates and the polar vortex as the backdrop. Over the last few weeks, I’ve received several emails asking for… Read more »

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Panic, Planning, Preparation & The Polar Vortex

How many times have you heard the term “polar vortex” this winter? Apparently, it is Public Enemy No. 1. It has already been blamed for the extremely harsh winter here… Read more »

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16 Best Practices for Inspecting Your Building’s Valves and Actuators

We’ve talked before about the importance of valves to your building’s HVAC system. We’ve also highlighted six energy-wasting valve problems. I think the next logical step in this series is to… Read more »

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Don’t Have a Plan for Prop 39 Funding? Here’s How You’re Missing Out — And How We Can Help

Beginning in 2013, California schools suffering from years of deferred maintenance got a much needed windfall. Proposition 39 made about $550 million available annually to improve schools’ energy efficiency and… Read more »

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Cloud Watching and Other Planned Activities

I recently had the privilege of spending a couple of hours with my 5 year old granddaughter. I am usually surprised at what I learn when seeing the world through… Read more »

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The 5-Step Process to Get Building Commissioning Done Right

We’ve already talked about the five biggest benefits of commissioning (Cx), and we’ve also explored why Cx is still an emerging strategy with the potential to be a competitive differentiator…. Read more »

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Risk Mitigation and NFPA 70E

For those of you that joined the Arc Flash webinar for the Oil and Gas industry on Friday, January 23, 2015, you know that we addressed three key updates contained… Read more »

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Ongoing Commissioning – Time that it starts to get its due!

Right from the time a building starts operating; it starts to experience wear and tear of the building management systems, which leads to downfall of the performance. This adversely impacts… Read more »

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9 Reasons You Should GOOSE Your IED Network Protection Schemes

Traditionally, electrical network protection schemes rely on hardwired connections between Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs). The problem with that approach is it makes it difficult to correct, modify, or update the… Read more »

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The Value of Integrated Solutions When Building Controls are Vital for Animal Health

Most facility managers know what it’s like to have demanding tenants. But if your tenants are penguins, sharks, and seahorses? Then you’ve got really demanding tenants. At Shedd Aquarium in… Read more »

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How Does Commissioning Help You Earn an Energy-Efficient Building Certification?

We’ve already learned the financial case for commissioning (Cx), but that’s only part of what Cx can do for your bottom line. As you probably know, demand for energy-efficient building… Read more »

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The Reliability Equation: Does your system pass?

Electrical Equipment: “A Means to an End” This may be some facility managers’ view of electrical equipment, which is usually out of sight and out of mind. An online definition… Read more »

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10 Ways this 5-Star Partner Program Enables Growth for Technology Providers

EcoXpert partners not only have a deep understanding of the industry trends that are affecting business operations and business performance, but the expertise to tackle them. Megatrends such as IoT,… 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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Overcome Mixed-OEM Challenges with Switchgear Modernization

Limited capital budgets require aging power equipment to be maintained for as long as possible. But there’s also an ongoing need for optimal reliability: System downtime costs organizations millions of… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Expands Renewable Services with Acquisition of Renewable Choice Energy

Today I am very pleased to announce that Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services (ESS) has acquired Renewable Choice Energy, a leading global provider of clean energy services. In ESS,… Read more »

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Interoperability is More than Integration

Imagine you’re a customer and you buy two products from Schneider Electric that come from two different business units. Maybe they’re both cooling systems, one from our Buildings unit and… Read more »

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How Retailers can reduce energy costs and mitigate risks

A 10% decrease in energy costs can have the same impact to a Retailer’s bottom line as an 8% increase in sales/sqf Retailers are under pressure Customers are demanding transparency… Read more »

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Analytics: A Window into Your Cloud-Based Building Management System

Running with the metaphor from my last blog post in this series, a Cloud-based building management system (BMS) is like a sundae. You can derive many benefits from enjoying it… Read more »

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5 Interview Questions for Your Next Building Software Vendor

I concluded my last blog post by detailing the benefits a managed software as a service (MSaaS) solution delivers to facility managers. To quickly reiterate, MSaaS combines software as a service… Read more »

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5 Steps for Efficient Motor Management Design

Efficient motor management can bring you to an optimal design of your motor and electrical installation. There is a simple approach that you can apply to every application. It will… Read more »

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Panic, Planning, Preparation & The Polar Vortex

How many times have you heard the term “polar vortex” this winter? Apparently, it is Public Enemy No. 1. It has already been blamed for the extremely harsh winter here… Read more »

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