Energy Management System

Columbus Energy Challenge Falling Short

Carl Weinschenk

An interim goal of Columbus’ Energy Challenge is to convince 680 of the nearly 1,000 buildings in the city that qualify to participate by December. The number of participants inked so far is 81, according to The Columbus Dispatch. In December 2013, Mayor Michael Coleman formed a building energy efficiency task force to set up the voluntary   …Continue Reading

Big Energy Savings for Hoke, N.C., Schools

Carl Weinschenk

The Hoke (N.C.) school system had an energy redo this summer. The changes included new chillers at four schools, 161 new water fountains, installation of about 15,000 LEDs (which replaced fluorescents), weatherization of more than 300 corridor doors, digital thermostats and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. The school also installed a web-based system to remotely control, manage   …Continue Reading

Smart Meter Market Surging

Carl Weinschenk

The global electricity/smart meter market will be a hot one as governments mount initiatives aimed at implementing the technology. Demand will surpass 148 million units during the next four years. During the period from 2012 to 2018, the market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.7 percent when computed in terms   …Continue Reading

The Importance of Energy Storage System Software

Carl Weinschenk

David Miller, the Director of Business Development for Greensmith, describes the importance of software to energy storage systems in a commentary at Clean Technica. The proper software optimizes system performance, runs complex applications and future-proofs systems as technology shifts. There are important elements to consider during the design, integration and operational phases. Overall maintenance also is   …Continue Reading

Walgreens Standardizes on EnerNOC’s EIS

Karen Henry

Walgreens has expanded its use of EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software (EIS) to manage utility bills at more than 8,300 sites across the United States. This expanded rollout of EnerNOC’s EIS to manage Walgreens’ 30,000-plus utility bills replaces an incumbent solution. EnerNOC is able to provide global support, conduct robust auditing and automate analyses. The software   …Continue Reading

Protecting Power in the Data Center

Carl Weinschenk

The modern data center is changing rapidly due to the emergence of the Internet of Things and related fundamental and structural changes in telecommunications and IT. However, the ability to monitor and manage the power infrastructure running mission-critical and other systems is not as comprehensive as it should be, according to IoT Evolution. No single   …Continue Reading

Recommissioning Buildings an Energy Winner

Carl Weinschenk

The benefits of recommissioning buildings – making comparatively small investments to the infrastructure in order to reduce costs and increase efficiencies – is a growing trend, according to a story at The News. Energy usage is a big part of the draw. An Alerton executive is quoted as saying that reducing equipment repair and replacement   …Continue Reading

Siemens to Install Microgrid on Native American Reservation

Karen Henry

Blue Lake Rancheria, a Native American reservation in Northern California, and Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center have partnered with Siemens to build a community microgrid to power the government offices, economic enterprises, and critical Red Cross safety shelter-in-place facilities across 100 acres. The microgrid, funded in part through a $5 million grant from   …Continue Reading

Hilton Austin Conducts $22M Renovation with Networked Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Hilton Austin conducted a $22 million renovation that included an energy management system (EMS) from INNCOM by Honeywell. Austin has mandated that commercial buildings 10,000 square feet or larger must conduct an annual conservation audit and report their energy rating to the city. So when Hilton Austin decided to renovate its 801 rooms, it was   …Continue Reading

Tips for Reducing Energy Consumption in the Mining Industry

Karen Henry

Electricity accounts for 32 percent of a mine’s total energy use, so finding ways to reduce energy use can result in significant savings for mining companies. Grinding and ventilation offer the greatest potential for reducing energy use in the coal mining industry, according to an article on the World Coal website. In addition to savings achieved   …Continue Reading