Articles Tagged: energy management

The Side Benefits of DCIM; How Energy Management Averted a Data Center Cooling Crisis

I thought that you might be interested in a real life data center situation that recently arose here in China. We’d been approached by a customer who wanted to lower… Read more »

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Electric Vehicles & Energy Management

I recently had an opportunity to drive a Nissan Leaf for a period of four days. I was struck by how easy it was to incorporate into my usual habits…and… Read more »

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Best of Schneider Electric T.V.

Below I have put together a video loop of some of my favorites from Schneider Electric T.V., or as we like to call it around here, SETV. Among the other… Read more »

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Analysis Shows Scalable, Containerized Data Centers Deliver Big Savings

It’s a familiar story when it comes to building data centers: you build large enough to deal with the capacity you expect to need some number of years in the… Read more »

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Make Energy Part of Your IT Strategy Document

Chief information officers (CIOs) and other information technology (IT) leaders make strategy plans, just like other business leaders. As a former CIO, I can tell you that the strength of… Read more »

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Podcast: Implementing a Low-Cost Energy Management Process in Your Data Center

“Many data centers use much more energy that they need to,” says Soeren Brogaard Jensen, VP Enterprise Software at Schneider Electric. But historically, data center managers have tended to be… Read more »

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Cloud Data Centers and the art of Feng Shui

For over 3000 years, Feng Shui has been bringing balance and harmony to physical space. In China, millions of people live their lives according to the natural forces and principles… Read more »

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Podcast: Boost Cooling System Performance with Containment Systems

Having Trouble? Press PLAY Podcast Here If you’re not using some type of containment system in your data center, you’re likely sacrificing about a 30 percent improvement in cooling system… Read more »

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A surprisingly low cost approach to data center energy management

The 19th Century Irish mathematical physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin famously said: “If you cannot measure it, you can not improve it.” However, it is a basic principle of measurements… Read more »

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Turn to the Cloud to Realize Energy Savings

Most customers know they can reduce their energy cost by taking advantage of utility incentives to use less power during peak demand periods and by avoiding power factor charges and… Read more »

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The Energy Audit: A key tool for reducing building energy consumption costs

Energy management programs have proven successful in reducing commercial and factory building operational costs. Efficient Installation of low consumption devices alone (like motor systems with variable speed drives or controlled… Read more »

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Non-Critical Buildings…Critical Information

Power management is essential in critical buildings such as data centers or hospitals where data and lives are kept safe…but what can a power management system bring to a non-power… Read more »

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Old School Meets New Trends: Grappling with Innovation’s Institutional Tension

My first boss drove an elegant midnight blue Jaguar. He would occasionally “let” me take it for a spin (to the car wash or mechanic for him, but still). On… Read more »

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Top 3 Benefits of Renewable Power Purchase Agreements For Your Business

Power purchase agreements (PPAs) are the energy source of the 21st century. But what is so alluring about these agreements for commercial, industrial, and institutional (C&I) buyers? Why are businesses like… Read more »

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Marathoner vs. Man – The Energy Run

Man has used energy from its most primitive way in prehistoric times to the most advanced forms in today’s world. If we were to divide the Paris Marathon route of… Read more »

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Pedal to the Metal, as Low Gasoline Prices Spur Driving Demand

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices A near vertical arc forms on the 10-year chart of vehicle miles traveled on US roads recently released by the… Read more »

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Five Tips to Help your Campus Sustainability Program Make the Grade

While I considered a long list of criteria when I chose a college for undergrad, sustainability was never a factor. Twenty years ago, I was worried about campus safety, available… Read more »

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For Greater Business Efficiency, Stay Connected to Your Electrical Installation

What’s a baker to do? He or she runs a small business, which relies on dependable electrical service. So, the baker needs to know about any electrical problem as quickly… Read more »

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Batteries not included – Fundamentals for Energy Management Strategies

As I celebrated the holidays with my family, I am constantly reminded of the similarities between the daily energy management dilemmas facing the world and my children’s new Christmas toys…. Read more »

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What Smart Modernized Buildings Look Like

Aging Facilities Part 4: The Benefits of Modernization This is the final blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of today’s… Read more »

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Cutting Confusion over Open System Software in the Data Center

  With the use of data center management software and DCIM on the rise, the requirement for applications to be Open System is increasing. However, there has been some confusion… Read more »

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Mining Volatility – Bucking the Trends

Mining is a capital-intensive activity in a world marked by high volatility of commodity markets. On top of that, it faces the double whammy of demand slowdown and increasing operational… Read more »

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Denison University F.W. Olin Science Hall’s Energy Efficiency Transformation

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s higher education institutions spend almost $14 billion annually on energy – and those costs are expected to climb. Coupled with constrained… Read more »

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Proposition 39 Funds Not Meeting Your District’s Needs? Time to Apply Some Leverage

Faced with a lot of needs, and not a lot of money, the Fullerton School District needed some leverage. The needs were particularly acute in the District’s Parks Junior High… Read more »

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30%? 8%? What do these numbers mean for energy efficient buildings?

Technology moves so fast sometimes that you may not be aware of the innovative software tools that can transform the way your energy system is managed and maintained. Let’s look… Read more »

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Efficiency Gains in US Auto Sales continues Trend

Fuel economy is more than a catchphrase. It means a reduction in resources consumed while consumers benefit from lower expenses when fueling up their vehicles, not to mention reduced air… Read more »

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Federal Energy Mandates – Simple as Child’s Play?

This is the first in a series about the Federal struggles meeting Congressional energy mandates. Do you remember playing the game “telephone” as a child?  It’s a game in which… Read more »

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Top ten reasons to visit the 2014 Solar Decathlon Competition in Versailles

In my previous post, you learned that the 2014 Solar Decathlon competition is a unique competition in which teams from 20 universities around the world are asked to design, build, and operate solar-powered… Read more »

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What Does King Tut Have to Do with Energy Management . . . Everything if You Are the Dallas Museum of Art

I love it when a plan comes together. Most of our municipal clients come to us with very different goals. The conversation is often started by a new regulatory mandate… Read more »

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From Energy Enthusiast to Energy Expert

Have you ever approached a learning curve so steep it felt more like a mountain?  Whether you are a facility manager being asked to develop energy programs for the first… Read more »

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