Getting Serious About Energy Metrics

Pieter Noordam

Bridging the gap between collecting data and really knowing what you’re paying for. As energy costs continue to rise and the pressure to become more environmentally friendly continues to mount, businesses are increasingly looking for ways to use energy more efficiently, lower carbon impact and reduce energy spending. Traditional methods for understanding a company’s energy   …Continue Reading

Urjanet Accelerates International Expansion

Karen Henry

Urjanet has continued its international expansion into the European and Asian markets. The utility data provider has already launched in 13 countries outside of North America, including Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, with plans to expand to an additional 30 countries by the end of the year. Urjanet’s expansion is being driven   …Continue Reading

ComEd, Schneider Electric Help Commercial Customers Use Green Button for Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric is helping ComEd commercial customers to save energy via Green Button Connect My Data in northern Illinois. The Green Button functionality allows customers to authorize third-party service providers to receive direct access to their energy usage data. ComEd offers Energy Insights Online, a free web-based energy analysis service that interfaces with Green Button.   …Continue Reading

WREA Offers Free Energy Monitoring Through PG&E

Linda Hardesty

Nevada-based WREA released a platform for energy data monitoring, analysis and advanced diagnostics using Pacific Gas and Electric’s ShareMyData platform, granting access to more than 20 million Californians. Customers can obtain basic access, through WREA, for viewing their energy data for up to a week’s duration for free. Longer durations will need paid licenses. Using   …Continue Reading

Verdafero Offers Utility Expense Management

Linda Hardesty

Verdafero, a provider of cloud-based utility analytics software, is now accepting applications for organizations to join its Commercial Partnership Program. Verdafero’s platform captures, analyzes, visualizes and reports utility streams across energy, water, waste and transportation. Verdafero’s Commercial Partnership Program includes consultants, service providers, real estate management companies, REITs and other utility related product and service   …Continue Reading

New ASHRAE Standard Helps Test Heat Gain from Plug Load Equipment

Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE has created a new standard to help collect data on the growing use of plug loads in buildings. ASHRAE/ANSI Standard 203-2014, Method of Test for Determining Heat Gain of Office Equipment Used in Buildings, prescribes methods of test to determine the range and average operating heat gains of electrical equipment for use in cooling   …Continue Reading

Auto-Pay ‘Perversely’ Results in More Electricity Usage

Linda Hardesty

Research from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy finds that commercial electricity customers who use automatic bill paying use 8 percent more power than those who did not, according to Duke Today. The results come from a study of billing records from the South Carolina utility Santee Cooper dating from 1994 to 2010. The data   …Continue Reading

Urjanet Partners with ENERGY STAR on Portfolio Manager

Linda Hardesty

Urjanet is partnering with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program to enable energy managers to integrate their utility bill data directly into Portfolio Manager. Before the EPA released Portfolio Manager’s REST-based API in July 2013, some users with large building portfolios found that getting their energy data into Portfolio Manager via manual data   …Continue Reading

Not So Fast: Energy Benchmarking in Kansas City

Linda Hardesty

Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James is sponsoring an ordinance to require mandatory energy benchmarking in the city, but he is getting blowback from building owners, reports the Kansas City Star. Building owners are voicing their opposition to the plan via the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Metropolitan Kansas City, which represents commercial buildings. A   …Continue Reading

Federal Agencies Must Use eProject Builder for All ESPC Projects

Linda Hardesty

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) says all interested parties in federal energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) should now use eProject Builder (ePB), which is fully active and in production mode. eProject Builder is a free web-based system for entering and tracking ESPC data through the life of a federal project. eProject Builder was developed and   …Continue Reading