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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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The Future of Cloud Computing According to Tierpoint

In the first of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Andy Stewart, Chief Strategy Officer, Tierpoint, to discuss how technical innovation and customer requirements are driving the future… Read more »

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Unleash the Service and Energy Efficiency Benefits of Variable Speed Drives (VSD)

Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) have proliferated and are now installed in large numbers throughout various industries.  According to the MarketsandMarkets research firm, the size of the global variable speed drives… 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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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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Get More Out of Your BMS with Analytics

One of the most important upgrades to a building isn’t found in the addition of new systems. It’s in the implementation of analytics solutions that can transform your building management… Read more »

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Improve Your Electrical Distribution Maintenance Strategy

Electrical distribution equipment maintenance is crucial to safe, cost-effective operations. There are five major benefits to properly maintaining equipment: Protect personnel, assets, and your business Maximize uptime through preventive maintenance… Read more »

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A Practical Guide to Building Analytics for Facility Managers

As mentioned in my first blog post in this series, best-in-class data analytics complement your building management system (BMS) dashboards. They take a critical next step by interpreting the data… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Electrical Workplace Safety: A Never-Ending Process

Electrical accidents rank sixth among all causes of work-related death in the United States according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Companies can take several steps to better protect workers… 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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The Future of Cloud Computing According to Tierpoint

In the first of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Andy Stewart, Chief Strategy Officer, Tierpoint, to discuss how technical innovation and customer requirements are driving the future… Read more »

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Why Wall Street Likes Efficiency

Efficiency is in fashion. In March, Deutsche Bank issued $104 million in bonds to fund residential energy efficiency projects. Renewable Funding recently obtained a $300 million line of credit to… Read more »

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Winterizing Your Energy Management Strategy

Mark Twain is often credited with the familiar quote, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” He might be right, but it doesn’t mean that’s the… 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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Upgrade or replace? Discover the most suitable option to modernise an ageing electrical 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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