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Direct Energy Expands Energy Services Portfolio

Linda Hardesty

Direct Energy Business has more than 250,000 North American business customers and has been rolling out a portfolio of devices and software to help businesses save energy. Earlier this month, Direct Energy announced a partnership with Nest Labs to offer a Nest thermostat to small businesses in conjunction with a fixed rate for electricity from   …Continue Reading


Nationwide Energy Partners Saves with Data

Karen Henry

Nationwide Energy Partners is using a proprietary data collection and analytics platform to extend energy efficiency and cost savings to residents and developers of condominiums and multifamily communities. The data collection and analysis program can provide analytics on such things as individual unit energy consumption, common area usage and leak detection. Nationwide Energy Partners analyzes   …Continue Reading


Component-Level Benchmarking Could Save Commercial Businesses $60B

Karen Henry

Pathian, an energy consultancy, has developed Component Level Benchmarking (CLB), which it is billing as the world’s first energy benchmarking system that can factor out the impact of weather variations on energy consumption. According to the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance, more than $200 billion is spent each year to power commercial buildings in   …Continue Reading


Stage Stores Hires for Lighting Maintenance, Electrical Services

Linda Hardesty

Action Services Group, a US lighting maintenance and electrical services company, won a contract with Stage Stores for interior lighting maintenance for three of its retail brands: Bealls, Goody’s and Peebles with store locations across the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The on-demand   …Continue Reading


Elster Releases Enacto 9.3

Karen Henry

Elster EnergyICT has released Enacto 9.3, a cloud-based energy monitoring management platform that uses a virtual private data center to host data. Enacto 9.3 enables users to examine assets and equipment at the site level, as well as energy usage across the entire site. It has built-in intelligence and self-learning capability, analysing data and automatically   …Continue Reading


KT Expands into Energy Sector

Karen Henry

KT, formerly Korea Telecom, is expanding its services offerings to include energy services. According to a Korea Bizwire article, KT will be turning its 400 branch offices and data centers into advanced energy centers. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed at each of KT’s branch offices. The EV charging infrastructure will be further   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Finance in Plain English: An Intro to Leases

Jennifer Hermes

According to our most recent survey of C&I energy efficiency professionals, the most cited barrier to energy efficiency project approval is the lack of budget. Whether upgrading a chiller, installing solar, or bundling projects under a whole-building retrofit, energy efficiency projects require large upfront investments, which many building owners have not budgeted. As a result,   …Continue Reading


Arc-Flash Mitigation is Top of Mind for Plant Managers

Linda Hardesty

A recent survey conducted by Littelfuse reveals that 85 percent of 825 surveyed plant professionals agree or strongly agree that arc-flash mitigation is important. In addition, 67 percent of respondents reported completing an arc-flash hazard assessment in their facilities. Arc-flash hazard assessments have been used to determine the Hazard Risk Category (HRC) of each piece   …Continue Reading


The Games Begin: Battle of the Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The Environmental Protection Agency launched the 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge, with more than 5,500 buildings nationwide competing to save energy in commercial buildings. This is the fifth year for the competition, but 2014 is the first year with the theme, “Team Challenge.” Teams of five or more buildings will work   …Continue Reading


Optimal Monitoring: ESOS Provides Wake-up Call for UK Energy Management

Jennifer Hermes

Indifference to energy monitoring and inconsequential reporting of data can no longer be excused in present day UK businesses. With the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), the current hot topic, companies and their energy managers must respond now by providing upfront investment of time, money and technology to achieve, or go beyond, their corporate and   …Continue Reading


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