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True or False: Saving Energy in the Workplace Automatically Drives Productivity

Bob Best

Short answer: False. Corporate sustainability programs often have a halo effect, perpetuating the myth that green initiatives inherently improve employee engagement. But not all sustainability measures are created equal when it comes to employee impact. Energy savings drawn from reduced heating or cooling requirements can be offset, for example, when employees are too hot or   …Continue Reading

Minneapolis Utilities Form Clean Energy Partnership with City

Linda Hardesty

The Minneapolis City Council approved agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy that will establish a City-utility Clean Energy Partnership to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. The Clean Energy Partnership came about following discussions over renewing the City’s franchise agreements with the two utilities. Many communities in Minnesota negotiate franchise agreements with   …Continue Reading

Liquid-Cooled Supercomputer Saves NREL $1M in Energy Costs

Karen Henry

Crunching a quadrillion calculations per second takes a lot of energy, so it’s not surprising that supercomputing data centers generate a lot of heat. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a supercomputer that uses warm water to cool its servers and then reuses that water   …Continue Reading

ASHRAE Announces Student Design Competition Award Winners

Karen Henry

ASHRAE announced the winners of its 2014 Student Design Competition. This year’s competition focused on designing an energy efficient HVAC system for a two-story office building in New York City with a research and development facility. The University of Central Florida in Orlando took first place in the HVAC Design Calculations category. The team designed   …Continue Reading

Smart Cities Drive Changes across Energy Sector

Karen Henry

The urban population is estimated to expand by 2.4 billion people over the next 35 years, and there is increasing demand to move to cleaner and more efficient energy resources to meet the needs of this quickly changing population. The smart city concept has developed in response to the rapid changes happening in cities around   …Continue Reading

Honeywell, Constellation Expand Energy Contract, Thermostat Deal

Linda Hardesty

Honeywell and Constellation are teaming to offer electricity contracts to homeowners and small businesses across 23 states. By enrolling in the plan, customers can receive up to a $400 gift card from Constellation for buying any Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat. The plan builds on the companies’ regional efforts in Texas, where in July, Honeywell and StarTex   …Continue Reading

Understanding the Building Blocks to Emission Reduction

Karen Henry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified four building blocks to help states achieve the “best system of emissions reduction” (BSER) to help them comply with the Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The following “building blocks” of BSER incorporate reduction measures both inside and outside the footprint of the affected generators, including energy efficiency: Heat   …Continue Reading

Yahoo! JAPAN Selects Raritan PDU

Linda Hardesty

Raritan’s rack power distribution unit (PDU) was selected to support the service infrastructure of Yahoo! JAPAN in Tokyo. Yahoo introduced the Raritan intelligent PDU to its service IT infrastructure to monitor real-time power consumption so that decisions could be made quickly on where new servers and racks should be added to support expansion. One issue   …Continue Reading

UAE Data Center Hires CommScope

Linda Hardesty

CommScope was chosen to partner with Ooredoo at its Qatar data center in the United Arab Emirates to implement intelligent LED lighting and infrastructure. The Redwood lighting software from CommScope enables Ooredoo to individually address, monitor and manage the lighting of the data center. Redwood fixtures and sensors are individually addressable. This design allows a   …Continue Reading

Opower Beefs Up Platform

Linda Hardesty

Opower released its Opower 5.5 Flex with enhancements to its technology platform. The company says Opower 5.5 Flex enables more than 95 utilities worldwide to meet rising expectations of residential and business customers. New capabilities include: Load Curve Archetypes use machine learning to cluster customers based on energy usage patterns. Utilities can create segments to   …Continue Reading

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