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Power, Cooling Drive Decisions to Locate Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Renewable energy is among the top emerging technologies being considered by data center owners to help address power and cooling costs, according to a Mortenson survey at the 2014 Data Center World conference. Eighty-four percent of respondents feel there is a need to consider renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, to manage   …Continue Reading


Tips for Reporting Counterfeit Electrical Products

Linda Hardesty

The Electrical Safety Foundation International conducted a survey about counterfeit electrical products and found 54 percent of those surveyed are “extremely concerned” about counterfeits. The survey was conducted using an online questionnaire, with a sample size of 932 completions. Most respondents (75.9 percent) believe counterfeit electrical products present a substantial or moderate threat to public   …Continue Reading


Boston, NYC Winter Natural Gas Prices to Remain High

Linda Hardesty

Despite expectations of a milder winter for 2014, marketers anticipate high prices for natural gas in Boston and New York City, according to the US Energy Information Administration, based on Bloomberg. Natural gas prices are expected to be lower than last winter, but higher than the average of previous winters, particularly in Boston. Average forward   …Continue Reading


EU Aims for Nearly Zero Energy Commercial Buildings by 2019

Karen Henry

The policy landscape for energy efficiency in Europe is among the most stringent in the world. These regulations have contributed to the development of a growing market for energy efficient buildings. At the same time, mandatory changes to country-level building codes are increasing the performance requirements that apply to new construction and major renovations of   …Continue Reading


ACEEE Examines CHP in State Scorecard

Karen Henry

Assessing the state friendliness of combined heat and power (CHP) is an inexact science. Many factors impact CHP development. Favorable CHP policies and programs can encourage CHP deployment, but fluctuating electricity and natural gas prices can dramatically impact the business case for CHP. To examine the relationship between policy and deployment, the American Council for   …Continue Reading


Calculating the Cost of Onsite Energy Generation

Linda Hardesty

In a comparison of different electricity supply options and prices, World Resources Institute says behind-the-meter generation is cost-competitive for end-use consumers when the average cost of energy is lower than or equal to the retail electricity price over a project’s lifetime. For end-use consumers, behind-the-meter generation, sometimes referred to as “onsite” or “distributed” generation, replaces   …Continue Reading


The Internet of Everything Could Boost Economy, Increase Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

The democratization of energy – the ability to produce and share green energy in homes, offices and factories – will depend on information and communication technologies (ICT) being linked together in a “smart web.” A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), “The Energy Efficiency and Productivity Benefits of Smart Appliances   …Continue Reading


Plenty of Natural Gas, Says Short Term Energy Outlook

Linda Hardesty

According to the Energy Information Administration’s November 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook, power generation capacity in the Northeast is undergoing a significant change as the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is scheduled to cease operations in December and nearly 3 GW of coal-fired capacity has been retired in the region in the last year. Much of the   …Continue Reading


Map Shows Diverse Sources of Energy in US

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy has created a fun map, showing what kinds of energy are produced in each state. The size of each circle represents the volume of the energy produced in that state, and by clicking on each state, viewers can see a pie chart of the state’s energy production, between several types   …Continue Reading


Natural Gas Storage in Good Shape for Winter

Linda Hardesty

Working natural gas in storage ended October at 3,571 billion cubic feet (Bcf), a record increase of 2,734 Bcf during the April 1 to October 31 injection season, and within 7 percent of the average of the last five end-of-season storage levels, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Increased natural gas production and new   …Continue Reading


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