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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

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

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

Energy Management Insights… Inspired by Thoreau

Jennifer Hermes

Henry David Thoreau wasn’t sitting on the shore of Walden Pond thinking about energy management when he said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” But when it comes to energy management, “what you look at” is critically important to “what you see.” You can’t manage what you can’t measure,   …Continue Reading

‘Waste Cold’ Could Help Data Centers Cut AC Costs

Karen Henry

A new system developed by Cambridge-Mass.-based startup TerraCool would create a symbiotic relationship between data centers and liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals, according to an article in IEEE Spectrum. Essentially, the system uses the waste cold from turning stored LNG into pipeline-ready gas to cool the data center, and the waste heat from data center   …Continue Reading

BuildingIQ Launches Version 4.0 of Its Energy Management Software

Karen Henry

BuildingIQ has released version 4.0 of its cloud-based energy-management software. The new version features a new interface and uses variables such as weather forecasts, utility signals, building characteristics and occupant comfort to make real-time changes to building controls. Predictive and retrospective data allows users to view adjustments that were made to the operating system. Results   …Continue Reading

Schneider Electric Signs $3.9M ESPC with Riverbank, Calif.

Karen Henry

Schneider Electric has signed a $3.9 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the City of Riverbank, Calif. The city pursued the project after recognizing its existing facultative lagoon system may not comply with anticipated future treatment standards for the state of California. Upgrading the existing facultative lagoons through a conventional design/bid/build process would have added   …Continue Reading

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