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‘Comatose’ Servers Waste Massive Amounts of Energy

Linda Hardesty

A report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that massive amounts of energy are being wasted by data centers and that improved energy efficiency practices could cut energy waste by at least 40 percent, saving over $3 billion annually. The report, developed in partnership with Anthesis, “Scaling Up Energy Efficiency Across the Data   …Continue Reading


West Texas Oil Boom Causes Energy Prices to Soar

Karen Henry

Record oil production in West Texas has resulted in congestion on the region’s electrical grid and an unexpected electricity rate hike, the Texas Tribune reports.  Newer drilling practices such as hydraulic fracturing have allowed oil companies to produce more than twice the amount of oil each month than they did three years ago. West Texas’   …Continue Reading


Manufacturer Saves $52,000 Per Year after SEP Certification

Linda Hardesty

Specialty plastics manufacturer HARBEC improved its energy performance 16.5 percent to earn Platinum certification in the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program administered through the US Department of Energy. HARBEC also conformed with the international energy management standard ISO 50001. A case study from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) says   …Continue Reading


ISO 50001 Helps Canadian IBM Plant Saves $502,000 Per Year

Linda Hardesty

IBM’s only manufacturing plant in Canada – the Bromont plant – is ISO 50001 certified and, in 2013, saved $502,000 in energy savings from 36 projects. In August 2012, the Bromont team volunteered to be a pilot IBM plant to achieve ISO 50001 certification. To attain the energy management certification, IBM Bromont developed performance indicators linked   …Continue Reading


Solar Market to Exceed 65 GW in 2019

Karen Henry

The solar industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.3 percent—from 37.5 GW in 2013 to 65.6 GW in 2019, according to a report from Lux Research titled “Solar Market Size Update 2014: Reform for the Long Haul.” While China will lead the solar market, emerging trade and global policies cast a   …Continue Reading


Suniva, Technology Credit Offer PV Financing

Linda Hardesty

Suniva, an Atlanta based manufacturer of solar cells and modules, and Technology Credit Corporation (TCC), a privately held financial services firm, are partnering to offer financing to Suniva customers. Target customers include community non-profit organizations such as schools, houses of worship, homeowners associations and health service providers. TCC has more than 300 commercial PV systems   …Continue Reading


NIST Converts Lab to Test Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Technologies

Karen Henry

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is converting one of its laboratories into the equivalent of a small office building to develop and test smart software technologies designed to slash energy use in commercial buildings. NIST figures that energy-eating operations such as heating, cooling, lighting and powering plug-in equipment can be accomplished more   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Programs Saves New Jersey School District $1M a Year

Karen Henry

Honeywell is leading an energy savings improvement program for New Jersey-based Hillsborough Township Public Schools to help boost energy efficiency in the district’s facilities. When complete, the upgrades are expected to cut the district’s energy use by almost 50 percent and reduce the school district’s annual operating costs by about $1 million. The school district will   …Continue Reading


Important Terms – ISO 50001 Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Various terms are defined for the ISO 50001 Energy Management standard.


Getting Started – ISO 50001 Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

The international standard ISO 50001 for energy management is become more pervasive. Rajvant Nijjhar (Energy Consultant from the iVEES) gives an introduction.


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