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GE Encourages Telecoms to Upgrade Legacy Power Systems Gradually

Karen Henry

Ferro-resonant rectifiers have been the power supply mainstay for telecommunication central office operations for decades. Unfortunately, many of these rectifiers are reaching the end of their maximum service levels and are slowly declining in performance and energy efficiency. But even as the demand for wireless and 4G bandwidth continues to increase, facility managers are hesitant   …Continue Reading


Local Businesses Compete to Reduce Electric Use 11%

Linda Hardesty

A recently concluded energy-saving contest, designed and implemented by the non-profit PECI, and supported by the Bonneville Power Administration and Snohomish County Public Utility District, showed how local businesses could save energy through employee actions and low-cost equipment changes. The Stanwood Energy Challenge pitted two teams (the Watt Watchers and Stanwood C-Hawks), consisting of eight   …Continue Reading


Workiva Integrates Urjanet Data Into its Platform

Linda Hardesty

Workiva, a cloud-based business data company, announced a partnership with Urjanet that will allow Workiva customers who use its Wdesk platform to directly tap into Urjanet’s energy data, collected from more than 1,000 utilities. Workiva’s platform, which allows enterprises to compile, report, and analyze critical business data in real time, is used by more than   …Continue Reading


Energy Practices And Results Watched By Outsiders

Jennifer Hermes

Buildings in NYC and elsewhere have undergone a “complete 360” when it comes to energy practices, costs, and usage. It used to be that buildings had no motivation to be more energy efficient; costs were just spread out to tenants who just accepted and paid the expenses as part of their rent or lease agreement.   …Continue Reading


Schneider Opens Global R&D Center

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric held the grand opening of its new North American research and development center in Andover, Mass. The Boston One Campus will also serve as the company’s new North America headquarters, which has relocated from Palatine, Ill. The new center is built to house about 750 employees across all disciplines of Schneider Electric’s business   …Continue Reading


FirstFuel Partners with Opower

Linda Hardesty

Opower and FirstFuel Software announced a partnership to help utilities engage all of their customers across residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Swap Shah, CEO of FirstFuel told Energy Manager Today, “By teaming up with Opower, we’re able to offer utilities the ease of a single platform that intelligently addresses each customer’s unique needs. While Opower   …Continue Reading


Europe Dominates Zero Energy Buildings Market

Linda Hardesty

While the global outlook for zero energy buildings (ZEBs) is strong, the market will start slowly, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Navigant’s report “Zero Energy Buildings” estimates that total ZEB revenue will reach $629.3 million in 2014, focused mostly in the European Union member states for the next 2 decades. Navigant forecasts   …Continue Reading


CA Clean Energy Bill Likely to Help Small Business

Jennifer Hermes

Governor Brown has the opportunity to make energy-saving upgrades possible for families and small business owners by signing Assembly Bill 1883 (Nancy Skinner- Berkeley). This bill would significantly lower the cost of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a tool which enables property owners to take advantage of energy efficiency and rooftop solar PV for their   …Continue Reading


Autodesk Joins Lucid Series B Funding Round

Linda Hardesty

Autodesk has made a strategic investment in privately-held Lucid as part of Lucid’s recently announced $8.2 million Series B funding round. Autodesk says it has been piloting Lucid’s BuildingOS platform in several facilities. Autodesk creates software focused on better building design, and Lucid, whose software enables better building operations, see opportunity in making it easier   …Continue Reading


Illinois Recognizes Alpha for Energy Saving Projects

Karen Henry

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has recognized Alpha Controls & Services for implementing energy saving projects for public facilities in Northern Illinois. Alpha Controls is a trade ally partner in the Illinois Energy Now Program, an energy-efficiency program that provides millions of dollars in rebates to public facilities that make energy   …Continue Reading


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