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Small Box Retail: Think Outside the Energy Box

Energy Manager Today Staff

Energy Management Systems (EMS’s) are ubiquitous in the big box retail environment, and even in medium box stores, but have been less so in small box retail (defined for our purposes as facilities under 10,000 sq. ft.), although that appears to be changing. What has been unique about the small box world, and why are   …Continue Reading

Schneider Follows Nest’s Smart Thermostat Lead

Linda Hardesty

Given all the coverage about Google’s purchase of Nest Labs, a maker of smart thermostats for residential use, it was only a matter of time before energy management vendors in the commercial space capitalized on the buzz. Now, Schneider Electric is offering a thermostat and programmable room controller targeted to enterprises – the new SE8000   …Continue Reading

Luxury Apartments Opt for Ecosystem Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Meriton Serviced Apartments (MSA) installed the Ecosystem wireless occupancy-based energy management system in 178 of its luxury apartments in Sydney, Australia. Ecosystem is a part of a suite of energy retrofit products offered by Delaware start-up Efficiency Grid, which specializes in the hotel industry. The project was managed by Efficiency Grid’s Australian service provider, Smart Hotel   …Continue Reading

USGBC Creates a Building Monitoring Tool

Linda Hardesty

The LEED Dynamic Plaque will be revealed at the Rocky Mountain Green conference in Colorado this week. The LEED Dynamic Plaque measuring device will give users a real-time display of how a building is performing in the areas of energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. The aim is to measure LEED buildings’ performance post-occupancy   …Continue Reading

EnerNOC Buys Utility Bill Management Firm

Linda Hardesty

EnerNOC has entered into an agreement to acquire EnTech, a provider of global utility bill management  software. EnTech says 50 enterprises, including companies in telecommunications, consumer products, banking, and auto manufacturing use its utility bill software. EnerNOC says the acquisition is consistent with its strategy to diversify beyond demand response. EnTech generates about $10 million   …Continue Reading

Improved Utility Storm Planning Begins Here

Energy Manager Today Staff

Hurricane Sandy made it obvious that electric distribution utilities were ill-prepared to prevent large-scale power outages or quickly restore power to businesses and households. After Sandy, many states and industry groups created special commissions and studies that offered prescriptions to harden the energy infrastructure. However, this past winter’s storms, and the lengthy outages that resulted,   …Continue Reading

Could Energy Management Systems be Hacked?

Linda Hardesty

The InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, formed a Cybersecurity Committee to promote best practices in cybersecurity of building automation systems (BAS). Previously not considered vulnerable, these systems have typically had only minimal security in place, says the alliance. As a result, a BAS can be used by unauthorized   …Continue Reading

Building Systems Communicate with Each Other

Linda Hardesty

Oxford School District in Oxford, Miss., signed an energy services agreement with Johnson Controls to provide the high school’s heating, air conditioning, lighting and building management systems, which will save the district $6 million in energy and operational costs over the next 15 years. The new 220,000-sq-foot building is powered by a modular central energy   …Continue Reading

Cimetrics Unveils Energy Dashboard

Linda Hardesty

Cimetrics introduced its Analytika Energy Dashboard – a software as a service management tool. Analytika Energy Dashboard provides visualizations for all building and central plant commodities including electricity, natural gas, oil, steam, hot water, chilled water, domestic water and process water. The dashboard’s performance tracking and measurement and verification includes comparisons to other buildings, to   …Continue Reading

Climate Declaration Means Opportunities for GM

William Opalka

General Motors remains the only automaker among 750 signatories of the Climate Declaration, organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition. GM’s investments are reducing its energy costs by at least $170 million. For the second consecutive year, the EPA recognized GM with a 2014 Energy Star Partner   …Continue Reading

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