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Energy Intensity

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


Energy Intensity: A Key Energy Management Performance Indicator

Linda Hardesty

While there has been increased adoption of frameworks like ISO 50001 and EN 16001 to better organize and streamline energy management, many manufacturers are still facing challenges taking these programs to the next level in terms of results. One key performance indicator – energy intensity – is a metric that speaks directly to cost savings,   …Continue Reading


Aggregates Producer Earns Energy Star

William Opalka

Lehigh Hanson’s Downingtown, Pa. aggregates plant reduced its energy intensity by 10.7 percent within two years, earning it recognition from the Energy Star Challenge for Industry. The plant is the third Lehigh Hanson aggregates facility to achieve the rating in the past two years, giving the company the unique distinction of being the only aggregates producer to have   …Continue Reading


Better Buildings Partner Aims Even Higher

William Opalka

Legrand North America has targeted another 25 percent energy intensity reduction across its North American operations by 2022 from its 2012 baseline levels. As a partner in the Energy Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge (BBBP), the new commitment comes after Legrand already exceeded its first goal of a 20-percent well in advance of previous 10-year   …Continue Reading


Survey Shows Shift to Common Platforms

William Opalka

A majority of planners intend to integrate lighting, HVAC and security systems into a common platform, and almost half of building automation projects involve legacy systems running multiple protocols from different vendors, according to a recent survey by control networking platform provider Echelon, which concludes that multi-protocol and converged solutions will be key to extracting   …Continue Reading


Best Building Practices Reduce Emissions and Energy Costs

William Opalka

The places to make strides in emissions reductions and energy costs are large institutions and corporate facilities, according to JLL, who says the companies most focused on energy efficiency typically share five strategies: 1)    Keep it simple—at first. Companies need to take small and immediate steps that produce immediate returns. An energy audit will reveal immediate steps that   …Continue Reading


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