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Energy Intensity

OSI Expands Energy Management to 5 Facilities

Linda Hardesty

Global meat processing company OSI has hired Cascade Energy to deepen OSI’s energy efficiency efforts and expand its single-facility pilot program into five additional plants. In 2013, Cascade Energy and OSI launched a pilot program at OSI’s Oakland, Iowa, facility that involved: Setting up an energy measurement, tracking, benchmarking, and reporting system. Performing a tune   …Continue Reading


University of Texas Engineers Help Marriott with Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

Marriott International is partnering with The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to help it reach its goal of reducing energy and water consumption (on an intensity basis) by 20 percent throughout its approximately 1,200 managed properties by 2020. Through the new partnership, UTSA will help Marriott improve its hotels’ ability to collect and   …Continue Reading


ESP/SurgeX Unveils Remote Diagnostics Suite

Linda Hardesty

ESP/SurgeX offers a Remote Diagnostics Suite to monitor, control, and manage the power protection needs of connected equipment, including printers, PCs, AV racks, servers and copiers. The technology can be integrated into existing OEM platforms and future ESP/SurgeX installations. ESP/SurgeX launched its initial IP-enabled product in 2009 and developed cloud-based capabilities in 2011. Additions to   …Continue Reading


How to Achieve Optimum Light Levels

Karen Henry

Too much or not enough light in a building can cause occupants to suffer from headaches and eyestrain. Before investing in expensive retrofits, an article in Buildings recommends that building owners and facility managers measure their light levels to determine if the problem might be simpler, and less expensive, to solve. A light meter is a   …Continue Reading


Avocado Exporter Installs Demand Management

Linda Hardesty

A global importer, processor and exporter of avocados, Mission Produce, which is based in Oxnard, Calif., is hiring Powerit Solutions to implement its Spara Demand Manager software at a new avocado storage facility in Peru. Spara links industrial facilities to the smart grid, so customers can control energy use. Mission Produce already participates in smart   …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


Arby’s Reduces Energy Intensity 7.6%

Linda Hardesty

Arby’s Restaurant Group announced energy reduction savings as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. Arby’s says it achieved a 7.6 percent reduction in energy use intensity as a result of a variety of energy initiatives implemented in 2013 as part of its Efficiency Matters program. Efficiency Matters is a cost-saving energy management platform developed to   …Continue Reading


Led by Constellation, eCurv Raises $2.5M

Linda Hardesty

eCurv closed a $2.5 million Series A round led by Constellation Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of Exelon Corporation. Other investors include Vodia Ventures and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. The funding will be used to scale eCurv’s operations and hire new employees. eCurv’s Queued Power Access service automatically queues the access of electric loads,   …Continue Reading


Monitor Tracks Power Usage

Linda Hardesty

NK Technologies’ APN-R Series Power Monitor measures the power usage of a single piece of equipment, an extensive machine system, an area of a plant, or an entire facility. The APN-R is equally suited for large scale plant energy management applications, as well as specific equipment monitoring tasks, such as detecting conveyor jams and overloads,   …Continue Reading


Motors@Work Manages Motor-Driven Energy

Linda Hardesty

Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) selected Motors@Work to systematically support DMWW in the identification of inefficient or oversized motor-driven non-conformities and operating and design change modifications. Motors@Work will initiate and communicate repair and replacement measures and determine potential savings. It will also monitor power quality and identify anomalies to meet motor-driven systems-rated efficiency and performance levels.   …Continue Reading