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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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The Risk Assessment: An Electrical Contractor’s Most Important Tool

Are you a risk taker?  Does it depend on the situation?  Does it depend on the consequences?  Can’t answer the question without knowing more information?  Congratulations, you’re well on your… Read more »

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How One of the World’s Largest Aquariums Aims to Cut Energy Use by 50%

The facilities team at Shedd Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquariums, faces the same kinds of challenges you’d deal with in your building. They’ve got to manage tight environmental… 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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Asset Performance Monitoring Saves $1 Million in Potential Transformer Losses

The recent growth of non-traditional Internet-connected devices is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT) revolution. In the realm of power distribution, IoT plays an important role by… 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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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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Solved: 6 Energy-Wasting Building Control Valve and Actuator Problems

In my previous post, I talked about how many facility managers do not perform a detailed review of their building control valves and actuators, despite the critical role these devices… Read more »

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Do You Know the Obvious Weakness Hiding in Your Building Management System?

An effective building management system (BMS) requires vigilance, since the BMS is only as healthy as the equipment and sensors that compose them. If these devices fail, so does your… 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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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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Joint Commission: 10 most cited Healthcare facility standards

At my last HAAHE (Houston Area Association of Healthcare Engineers) meeting I watched a dynamic presentation by Susan B. Laughlin, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP who spoke about the most frequently cited… Read more »

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Moneyball & Managing Big Energy Data

While watching the World Series recently, I was truly amazed at the amount and speed of information made available to the broadcasters and the fans. And yet, part of me… Read more »

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Emergency Preparedness Helps Restore Power Safely and Efficiently

In the U.S., the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and will run through November 30. Predictions for 2016 are that activity will be above average. Whether the season… 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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4 key points for recycling Medium Voltage and High Voltage equipment

If you have Medium Voltage (MV) or High Voltage (HV) electrical equipment that is ready to retire, you need to determine whether or not that equipment contains Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6)… Read more »

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5 Ws (+ 1 H): Successful Sustainability Reporting this Spring

With deference to my colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere, I’d like to formally welcome the return of spring! (Rossini, anyone?) After another brutal winter for parts of Europe, the U.S…. Read more »

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Cloud-connected panelboards: opening an era of new services for electrical professionals

I’ve been working in electricity distribution management systems for 25 years now. And even when I started, the mantra was “service delivery”. Plainly, ambitions haven’t changed. What has is the… 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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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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Top 5 Reasons Why ESCOs Have Failed to Realize the Full Potential of Energy Efficiency – Part II

Studies and analysis conducted by organizations and think tanks such as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, International Energy Agency, Global Building Performance Network, and McKinsey among others have repeatedly highlighted the… Read more »

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Arc Flash Standards Update: Making Sense of the Latest Requirements in the NEC, NFPA 70E, and OSHA – Webinar Thursday April 2nd

Within the last 12-18 months, there have been significant Arc Flash Mitigation requirements added to the National Electrical Code, a shift in how NFPA 70E addresses the hazard and risk… Read more »

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Do You Know the Obvious Weakness Hiding in Your Building Management System?

An effective building management system (BMS) requires vigilance, since the BMS is only as healthy as the equipment and sensors that compose them. If these devices fail, so does your… Read more »

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Virtual reality training for mineral processing plants

In previous posts I have stressed the challenges the mining industry is already facing in trying to close the “qualified” workforce gap. The following “gap” figures help reinforce the message that… 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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IT as a Service, what does this mean?

IT as a Service means exactly, technology offered and served as a service. Pay for the technology we use, when we need it and to use only the technologies that… Read more »

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GUEST POST: Don’t Get Complacent When Modernizing “Simple” PLC Systems

As a system integrator, we have performed many PLC system modernization projects – some more challenging than others. What we always find is key is ensuring they’re well planned; the… Read more »

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If Building Commissioning Is So Great, Why Doesn’t Every Facility Manager Do It?

In the first post in this series, I discussed the five business arguments for building commissioning. These arguments present a compelling case for commissioning, (also known as Cx), but they… 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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How a fleet management services provider can enable your business

A multinational bank, a regional hospital and a small chain of hardware stores may not appear to have much in common in terms of how their businesses are run. However,… Read more »

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