Dissecting the Data Revolution

Carl Weinschenk

Organizations want more data. But why is this, exactly? What are the best ways for energy managers to put the data to work?

Energy Star Recognizes 16 GM Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

General Motors announced today that 16 of its facilities have been recognized by Energy Star. Two of the facilities – Bedford Casting in Indiana and the plant in Grand Rapids, MI – were recognized for the first time. The Bradford operation reduced energy intensity by 12 percent and the Grand Rapids plant replaced 11,000 lights   …Continue Reading

Zen Ecosystems Introduces Zen HQ

Carl Weinschenk

Zen HQ is an energy management tool aimed at organizations with multiple locations. The platform, which is from Zen Ecosystems, is said by the company to facilitate savings of 30 percent. Elements of the platform are intuitive scheduling, lockout controls, alerting capability and the ability to help organization participate in demand response programs. The press   …Continue Reading

In the Quest for Efficiency, Nothing is More Important than Quality Measurement Tools

Carl Weinschenk

Whether the tools are cutting edge or old school, the key to efficiency is deep knowledge of how energy is being used.

From Analytics to Action: Moving to the Autonomous Building

Dan Kubala

The phrase, “Don’t bring me problems – bring me solutions,” is a typical response managers may give employees when encouraging them to think for themselves.  The same sentiment holds true for many retailers and other light commercial building owners when dealing with the energy management systems controlling their facilities. Much attention in the energy industry   …Continue Reading

Orem, UT Gets an Energy Facelift

Carl Weinschenk

Orem, with a population of almost 90,000 (according to the 2010 census), is the fifth largest city in Utah. An ongoing project has grown from street light replacements to encompass a wide variety of energy upgrades and retrofits. The city’s initial goal was to replace 5,128 street lights. Before the issuance of a request for   …Continue Reading

GE Power Providing Software to New York State

Carl Weinschenk

GE Power will provide the New York State Power Authority (NYPA) with software that will monitor, analyze and enhance its operating capabilities across its 16 generating facilities and the electricity transmission network, according to GE. The move is part of a five-year initiative by the NYPA. The goal is to improve efficiency, reliability and cost-effectiveness,   …Continue Reading

SmartSensor Uses LoRa Long Distance Wireless

Carl Weinschenk

SmartSensor Labs is offering what it describes as “a highly granular energy management solution” that aims to provide device- and plant-level ROI. The press release says that SmartSensor will provide data on precisely how much energy a device is consuming. The sensor, the release says, is self-powered by the magnetic field and therefore needs no   …Continue Reading

Toyota’s First Net Zero Dealership Set for Corvallis, OR

Carl Weinschenk

Toyota says that its dealership in Corvallis, OR, will be the car maker’s first Certified Net Zero Energy Automotive Dealership when it opens. The press release says that the architect – Gensler – will collect data to enable the building, when complete, to gain LEED Platinum certification. The facility will use solar power and return unused energy to   …Continue Reading

CA, MA Tie for ACEEE Top Spot

Carl Weinschenk

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) says that California and Massachusetts are the most energy efficient states. The ACEEE, in its tenth annual scorecard, said that Massachusetts was in the top spot for the sixth year in a row, though this is the first time that it shared the position with another state. The   …Continue Reading