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Columnists: Marc Karell

Marc Karell is the owner of Climate Change & Environmental Services. CCES can help you along the way with the technical, planning and financial details of installing a solar PV to enable you to reduce your energy costs significantly.

Energy’s Changing Realities: Are You Taking Advantage?

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes nationwide and regional energy use data. While changes from year to year are not great, a longer view reveals a lot. From 2007 to 2013, total US energy use dropped 5%, while the GDP rose 6%. The US is becoming more energy efficient. Our mix of energy sources   …Continue Reading


Peak Demand Reductions Critical to Controlling Costs

Your operations – whether you manage one or several office buildings or industrial facilities – depend on electricity. You don’t have electricity, your company does not function. It’s as simple as that. Whether at home or at work, we are used to paying for electricity by how much we use (kilowatt-hours, kWh). Makes sense; you   …Continue Reading


Energy Practices And Results Watched By Outsiders

Buildings in NYC and elsewhere have undergone a “complete 360” when it comes to energy practices, costs, and usage. It used to be that buildings had no motivation to be more energy efficient; costs were just spread out to tenants who just accepted and paid the expenses as part of their rent or lease agreement.   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency: the Hidden Benefits

I was fortunate to have been the construction and environmental manager for the largest conversion from No. 6 oil to natural gas so far in NYC. Three large boilers, providing heat and domestic hot water for 8 high-rise apartment buildings and other areas, were upgraded in preparation for the fuel switch. It is now two   …Continue Reading


How to Sell Energy Projects Internally

As an energy, sustainability, and environmental consultant, I am constantly “pitching” projects to clients who can really benefit. Not benefit by saving the polar bear or the Amazon Rain Forest, but generating direct financial benefits. Not hypothetical or “blackboard,” but with real-life case studies. Convincing, overwhelming. I used to think this was a slam dunk   …Continue Reading


Pres. Obama Advances Energy Efficiency Agenda

President Obama has tried to work with Congress to develop a national energy plan, climate change rules, and renewable energy standards that will encourage business and local job creation, and save costs. But there has been no success, as Congress has been wont to pass any measure. For example, IRS code 179D, giving businesses that   …Continue Reading


8 Tips Plus a Checklist for Sound Energy Management

For a growing number of EHS professionals, energy management has also been put on their plate. Companies now understand that energy efficiency is a great opportunity for cost savings and raising competitiveness. According to the US DOE, energy costs are one-third an average building’s total operating cost, and its largest controllable cost. But many building   …Continue Reading


Is Fuel Switching to Natural Gas Right for You?

The US has gone through a major change in its fuel supplies in a short time. A decade ago, the US was planning infrastructure upgrades in order to import large quantities of liquified natural gas. Now, we are producing so much of it that we are a net exporter. Advantages of Switching to Natural Gas   …Continue Reading


Proposed Federal Energy Efficiency Act Could Save You Money on Energy Upgrades

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 761, on May 15, 2013, authorizing appropriations to support activities aimed at promoting energy efficiency in the residential and commercial sectors. To satisfy senators concerned about cost, S. 761 would reduce authorizations for an existing program aimed at   …Continue Reading


Energy Saving Tips: Boiler Maintenance

Well, we are finally out of the grips of cold weather. Your boilers can finally rest after a long and busy cold season. But remember, this is the time of year to examine your boiler system. So with that in mind, here are some maintenance tips to insure your boilers will continue to function reliably   …Continue Reading


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