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The Key to Efficiency is Good Data–And Challenges Remain

Carl Weinschenk

Good and deep data is the key to energy efficiency. This, in turn, drives savings and is important in creating a better image for the organization. However, it is surprising how manual the billing and energy data processes remain.


Shell Quietly Starts Renewable Division

Carl Weinschenk

Shell, which is the largest oil company in Europe, has established a division to invest in renewable and low-carbon power, according to The Guardian. The New Energies division, the story said, will consolidate the company’s hydrogen, biofuel and electric initiatives. It also will be the base upon which a move into wind power will be   …Continue Reading


The World Resources Institute Offers a “Blueprint” for Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities has released a report – “Accelerating Building Efficiency” – that speaks to a lot of constituencies at a very high level about the advantages of improving the energy efficiency of buildings. It also tells the various stakeholders the best ways to turn that vision into a reality.


GSA: Lunera LEDs Beat CFLs

Carl Weinschenk

A report from the U.S. General Services Administration’s Green Proving Ground program backs plug-and-play LEDs downlight lamps as replacements for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), according to the Lunera. The release says that it provided the LEDs that were tested. They saved 40 percent to 50 percent with matching quality and light levels to the CFLs, the   …Continue Reading


The Better Building Challenge Grows

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have announced new focus areas for the Better Buildings Challenge Accelerator program. The departments have announced three accelerator programs: Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Accelerator, Cities and utilities in the Better Buildings Combined Heat and Power for Resiliency Accelerator   …Continue Reading


Illumitex White Paper: Our LEDs Have Fast ROI

Carl Weinschenk

Illumitex has released a white paper comparing the payback period between its LEDs and 1,000W high pressure sodium lighting. The paper includes steps for calculating return-on-investment (ROI) across different parameters of two LEDs from the company. The result – as determined by Rebecca Knight, a Ph.D, is that the Power Harvest has a payback period   …Continue Reading


Building a Better Turbine

Carl Weinschenk

Waste gases are a problem. If vented or flared without being properly treated, they contribute to pollution and global warming. Conditioning them to be disposed of properly is expensive, however. The problem would be solved if a way is found to use the dirty and diluted gases to produce the heat that is necessary to generate the   …Continue Reading


Making the IoT Work for Building Managers

Carl Weinschenk

The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) is perhaps the biggest telecommunications and information technology story of the decade. Suddenly, it is possible to measure and control processes and procedures at a granular level unheard of in the past. It is, for better or worse, revolutionary. It is also difficult to implement. Slapping a   …Continue Reading


SCTE, ISBE Join Villanova’s RISE Forum

Carl Weinschenk

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm – the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) said today that they are joining Villanova University’s Resilient Innovation through Sustainable Engineering Forum (RISE). RISE, the press release says, aims to advance sustainable enterprises. It says that that mission aligns with the SCTE/ISBE Energy 2020   …Continue Reading


Microsoft’s Project Natick Moves Forward

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft is set to take the next step with Project Natick, its experiment in efficiently cooling datacenters by submerging them in the ocean. IT Business Edge reports that Ben Cutler, Microsoft’s project manager on the development, said that the submersible used in the next phase of the project will be four times as large and   …Continue Reading


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