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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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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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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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To Integrate or Not Integrate…. That is the Question.

To turn a phrase from the Bard, whether ‘tis nobler in the hospital system to suffer the pain and complication of non-connectivity or to take up our programmers against the… Read more »

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US Oil Demand remains Sluggish

Total U.S. petroleum deliveries, a measure of demand, increased 2.8% in September versus the corresponding 2012 period to average 18.6 million bpd yet marked the second lowest rate of deliveries… Read more »

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INFOGRAPHIC: How efficient is your organization?

Moving towards optimal efficiency starts with awareness.  Do you know how efficient your organization is? Using the free Efficiency Quotient Report is a great way to kick start your benchmarking… Read more »

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TCO: The Big Differentiator for Data Center Service Providers

Data center service providers know that what they’re selling – data center capacity in one form or another – is becoming a commodity. If a customer were to tour your… 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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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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6 Ways to Make Aging Electrical Switchgear Smart

In today’s industries, more and more switchgear is being introduced and installed with communications and other devices allowing connectivity to the equipment. Allowing customers to remotely monitor and control the… Read more »

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Power System Risk Assessments – A Valuable Tool for Facilities Following FEMA P-1019 Recommendations

In today’s environment where abnormal weather seems to be the new normal, we have seen numerous instances where natural disasters have wreaked havoc on critical facilities in a community. Recent… 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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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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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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Breconomics: Brexit and the Energy Markets

In the realm of loaded terminology, Brexit stands alone (outside of curse words and pejoratives, perhaps). Essentially non-existent only a year ago, the term given to Britain’s departure from the… Read more »

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So you have old switchgear installed: what next?

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 regularly scheduled maintenance,… Read more »

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Packaged Products/Services – Advantage to Customer or a Marketing Gimmick?

“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”— Steve Jobs This statement by Steve Jobs is true not only in the consumer… Read more »

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Smart cities solutions are offering excellent opportunities to build winning partnerships!

Over the past few years, business partners like resellers, system integrator, panel, and machine builders become integral part of the demand fulfillment ecosystem. While OEMs leveraging e-commerce platforms to improve… Read more »

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How to Modernise Ageing Switchgear

Ageing switchgear can hamper continuity of services in industrial facilities, and thus impact customers in terms of reliability, affect employee safety, and cause financial losses. In addition to potential risk… 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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Multi-site Facility Management: The Challenges

In a perfect world, facility management would be seamless. And, multi-site facility management would be a piece of cake. Buildings would have optimized operations, energy would be consumed efficiently, occupant comfort would… 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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Outsourcing Success

It might seem sometimes that Outsourcing is a trend. Companies fluctuate in deciding whether to outsource or insource in an ever-changing way, usually characterized by criteria which often fail to… Read more »

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Preventive Maintenance: Pay Now or Pay (More) Later

  It’s safe to say that being proactive is almost always less costly that being reactive. Take your car, for example…the cost of performing regularly scheduled maintenance (oil changes, tire… Read more »

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6 Benefits of a Cloud-Based Building Management System

The cloud is an ideal platform for multi-site facilities management. Why? In a nutshell: it is easy to deploy because the technology is outsourced, able to collect and process data from… Read more »

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Improve reliability by modernizing switchgear in low and medium voltage networks

Do you have a strategy for modernizing or replacing your aging Low Voltage and Medium Voltage electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever… Read more »

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Power System Risk Assessments – A Valuable Tool for Facilities Following FEMA P-1019 Recommendations

In today’s environment where abnormal weather seems to be the new normal, we have seen numerous instances where natural disasters have wreaked havoc on critical facilities in a community. Recent… Read more »

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A Day in the Life of a Data Center: How Modernization Services Can Save the Day

Over time, your car starts to show signs of wear and tear, but you keep it humming with oil changes and tune-ups. A UPS system is no different. A UPS… 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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