Energy Efficiency

Server Virtualization Requires More Thought for Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

With many organizations choosing virtualization for their IT systems, there are more considerations for data center managers to find a balance between energy efficiency and performance. A single server may host a number of virtualization clients with loads increasing and decreasing sporadically. According to an article in CIO Asia, metrics such as Power Usage Effectiveness   …Continue Reading

Cities Should Engage with the Clean Power Plan — Here’s How

Kimi Narita

With the final Clean Power Plan rule coming out any day now, many states will soon begin a thorough stakeholder engagement process to build out implementation plans. And there’s a powerful leadership voice we should be paying attention to — the voice of cities. Mayors, city councils, and city staff have critical roles to play   …Continue Reading

Tips for a Better BAS Investment

Karen Henry

A building automation system (BAS) is a big investment. To help maximize that investment, an article in Buildings suggests to begin by focusing on your broader goal rather than your building’s biggest energy drain. The Buildings article continues with the following tips: When evaluating BAS systems, have scalability in mind. Your BAS should be able to expand to   …Continue Reading

Only 5% of Small Buildings are Green Buildings

Linda Hardesty

While 62 percent of large buildings qualify as green, only less than 5 percent of small buildings qualify, according to a study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University. The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index found that 62.1 percent of office buildings in the US greater than 500,000 square feet hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR   …Continue Reading

Chicago Archdiocese to Energy Benchmark 2,700 Buildings

Karen Henry

In a bid to answer Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical to protect the environment, Archbishop Blasé Cupich says the church will perform energy efficiency benchmarking on all 2,700 buildings in the Archdiocese of Chicago, according to an article in the National Catholic Reporter. All of the buildings in the archdiocese will be evaluated for their   …Continue Reading

Ensuring Renewable Energy Goals Become a Reality in the Caribbean

Al Maiorino

The islands of the Caribbean are not only some of the most popular tourist destinations, but they are also economically and ecologically diverse regions with growing energy needs. The strength of each island’s tourism industry, which comprises a large portion their gross domestic product, is largely supported by the beautiful ecology that attracts visitors to   …Continue Reading

Verizon Introduces Smart Energy-as-a-Service

Karen Henry

Verizon has announced Grid Wide Utility Solutions, a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform that provides utility companies with an integrated system for smart metering, demand response, meter data management and distribution monitoring and control. Grid Wide comes with a range of cloud-based applications intended to help utility companies drive incremental revenue, reduce operating costs, increase   …Continue Reading

Schneider Uniflair LE Room Cooling Series Receives DOE Certification for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric’s Uniflair LE Room Cooling series for data centers has received the Department of Energy’s certification for energy efficiency. The Uniflair LE uses highly efficient electronically commutated (EC) fans, intelligent controls and optimization during part-load operation. The Uniflair LE perimeter units provide efficient cooling for any data center environment. And the Uniflair LE Precision   …Continue Reading

Researchers Find a Way to Capture, Use Lost Solar Energy

Karen Henry

A team of chemists at the University of California Riverside (UCR) has found a way to boost solar photovoltaic efficiencies by 30 percent or more. By combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules, they have succeeded in “upconverting” photons in the visible and near-infrared regions of the solar spectrum. The infrared region of the solar spectrum   …Continue Reading

Franklin Energy Wins Contract for Wisconsin Load Limiting Program

Linda Hardesty

Franklin Energy Services, an energy efficiency program implementation firm, signed an 18-month contract with Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program. In support of Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), Franklin Energy will drive qualifying participants through the On Demand Savings Program pilot, in order to curb their electric demand during   …Continue Reading