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MA Explores Easier, Cost-Effective Way to Buy Electricity, Natural Gas

Shaun Pandit

The high cost and often-complex process of buying electricity and natural gas is a constant challenge for any industry, but perhaps none more so than manufacturers who deal with energy intensive operations on a daily basis. The best, most affordable market deals aren’t always easy to find, and that’s a large reason why the process   …Continue Reading


Texas Battles EPA on Carbon Emissions Rules

Devon Bass

Representatives and officials from the state of Texas are pushing back against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new federal standards to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, saying that they will disproportionately affect the state and that the new guidelines might be out of compliance with previously-passed legislation. In an ongoing effort by the Obama administration   …Continue Reading


Optimization Strategies for the Chiller Plant

Eric Erpenbeck

Healthcare, commercial, and institutional facilities often use a chiller plant to provide chilled water for air conditioning. It should come as no surprise that chilled water generation is a major contributor to a facility’s utility costs. Organizations are well served to seek ways to optimize their facilities for the best possible performance and energy usage,   …Continue Reading


Avoid the Energy Efficiency Sleeping Pill

Josh Duncan

It should have been an easy decision. Instead, the project request was as good as dead in the water. We were 45 minutes into the presentation and the decision maker was on the verge of falling asleep. The project on the table should have been a no-brainer since it had everything you’d look for in   …Continue Reading


Big Data… So What?

Daryl Letto

Cloud computing and the associated reductions in the cost of cloud computing have given way to big data. Lots of it – so what?  With that has come big data analytics.  The days of limited server space and limited rows on a spreadsheet are a thing of the past, giving insight into areas of our   …Continue Reading


Peak Demand Reductions Critical to Controlling Costs

Marc Karell

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


How to Enhance Power and Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Vic Shao

Public funding and supportive government policies have been a boon that has sparked innovation, technological advances, private sector investment and job creation in renewable energy, clean technology and energy efficiency across the US. Spurred forward by pioneering legislation, such as California’s AB 2514 energy storage mandate, this pattern of “green” socioeconomic development and growth is now   …Continue Reading


Top Five Energy Traps Every Customer Should Know About

Swapnil Shah

There’s an interesting shift happening in the energy industry today that’s opening the door for innovative technologies. Utility companies are changing their ways by moving beyond simply sending bills to customers, and instead fostering two-way conversations: engaging customers by providing insight into their energy usage, and building applications that help consumers make more informed choices   …Continue Reading


The Key to CFO Approval for Efficiency Equipment Investments

Dave Jaros

Selling energy efficient equipment that makes business sense shouldn’t be this hard, right? Where else can CFOs make investments with 2-year paybacks and ROIs that make Wall Street jealous? So, then, why is it that so many projects simply don’t get approved? According to a recent survey we conducted with efficiency equipment companies, 16% said   …Continue Reading


Dept. of Energy Report: US Wind Has Come Far but Faces Challenges

Kit Kennedy

For US wind power, last year was both the best of times and the worst of times. That’s the conclusion from the new Wind Technologies Market Report released recently by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and prepared by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Wind power does a number of things very well: It produces   …Continue Reading


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