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Energy Management Gets Granular with the IoT

Carl Weinschenk

The granularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) makes it arguably the most important fundamental change in the energy management landscape in decades. The key is the ability of the IoT — along with the cloud and big data analytics, two other important new fundamental tools – to burrow deep within a building to find inefficiencies   …Continue Reading


New Energy Management System Reveals Issues & Opportunities

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by EnergyCAP. One month before Jason Laros stepped into the post of city energy manager for Tucson, AZ, the city began an energy management software acquisition process. At the time, the city’s energy office was employing interns to help crunch the numbers on the top 20–30 buildings in spreadsheets. Historical utility   …Continue Reading


How to Simplify Building Energy Benchmarking & Transparency Laws

Jennifer Hermes

The upcoming deadlines for local building energy benchmarking and transparency laws makes this a busy time of year for building owners. The laws aim to reduce energy consumption (and environmental and financial costs as a result) in the building sector. These are local laws, so they differ from one city to the next, but they   …Continue Reading


SWEEP Says Utilities are Embedding Energy Experts in Customer Orgs

Carl Weinschenk

Many companies would like professional help for their energy management endeavors. For most, however, it is too expensive to hire an individual to fill that role. Inserting somebody already on staff into that position presents its challenges as well. Energy management is a diverse and complex field, so significant training is necessary. And, of course,   …Continue Reading


MIT, BRA Create Energy Map of Boston

Carl Weinschenk

The Sustainability Design Lab and Lincoln Laboratory – both part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – and the Boston Redevelopment Authority have developed a model of Boston that a story at PhysOrg says is “of unprecedented scale and spatio-temporal detail.” The story says that the model estimates gas and electricity demand of almost each   …Continue Reading


AGL Adds Solar to Smartphone App

Carl Weinschenk

AGL Energy is updating its smartphone app to better accommodate solar energy and the energy cloud. The updated version of the company’s app, according to  One Step Off the Grid, will enable users to monitor rooftop solar grids and choose when to sell excess energy to the grid. The story says that the app adds   …Continue Reading


Data Analytics Deepens its Hold on Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

At the CES in Las Vegas, Ayla Networks introduced an Internet of Things (IoT)-connected thermostat aimed at commercial and light industrial buildings. The release said that the project was undertaken with Encycle Corp. and that the product will be marketed by United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC) under several brand names. The platform combines Ayla’s IoT   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Goal for 2016: Bridge the Knowledge Gap

Carl Weinschenk

The high level takeaway from research conducted by Digital Lumens and Peerless Research Group is that facility managers understand how important efficiency efforts are and have a good idea of what they want to accomplish – but haven’t yet figured out how to achieve those goals. There always is a gap between the time that an   …Continue Reading


Featured Project of the Year: Powerhouse Dynamics Saves the Bottom Line at Bertucci’s

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by Powerhouse Dynamics “A 12 month payback should be a no-brainer for most firms. It seems to be a solid low cost option for retail controls and monitoring. I like the additional ability to monitor use of individual pieces of equipment.  Most small retail systems only control HVAC and lighting so   …Continue Reading


Energy Manager Today Product & Project of the Year Award Winners Announced

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today announces the winners of the first annual Energy Manager Today Awards, a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with significant energy management benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved energy management and increased the bottom line. You can download the report here. The following companies won Product of the   …Continue Reading


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