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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top 5 Issues to Check for in Your Annual UPS Maintenance

Now that we’re well into November we have to come to grips with a fact that many of us, at least in northern climates, hate to admit: winter is coming…. 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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