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Posted By: Ron Patch
On: August 29, 2014
Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However - even among ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted By: Harry Valentine
On: August 28, 2014
Several years ago, a summer drought caused water levels to drop to near critical levels in the James Bay hydroelectric power dams of Hydro Quebec, a utility that exports a large portion of its generating capacity. Prevailing winds usually blow over and collect moisture from Hudson Bay, the deposit some ... more...
Filed under: Hydro
Posted By: Gerald Conn
On: August 27, 2014
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has estimated that 60 percent of today's workforce is overweight and out of shape. Furthermore, a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine indicates that workers in the utility industry have the second-highest obesity rate in the United States-ranking ... more...
Filed under: Human Resourcess
Posted By: Andres Carvallo
On: August 26, 2014
Co-Authors: Bob Barker, Andy Bochman, Bruce Hamilton, Dr. Erfan Ibrahim, David Shpigler, and Dr. Mani Vadari   Innovations in the 20th century drove the fastest and most disruptive transformations in economic history. The automobile devastated the horse-and-buggy industry, railroads consumed large market share from shipping, and airplanes later took passenger ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations
Posted By: Bennett Fisher
On: August 25, 2014
Tools like ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings' efficiency, they are only that - ... more...
Filed under: Energy Efficiency
Posted By: Wayne M. Kovach
On: August 22, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was banned in New York state in 2008 to study its effects on the environment. Since then, there have been numerous debates on whether or not fracking would be beneficial for the state. Predominantly, citizens and businesses are against the practice. However, many land owners in ... more...
Filed under: Fossil & Biomass
Posted By: Alastair Turner
On: August 21, 2014
Much has been made of the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Europe's evolving energy mix. However, its progress has stalled in recent years with concerns around cost, complexity and potential health and safety risks. Recently, the Energy Institute held a lecture entitled, 'CSS: Developing a cost-effective scheme for the ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted By: Rick Barnett
On: August 20, 2014
On 6/25/13, the Obama administration released their "Climate Action Plan" (CAP). This re-confirmed the nation's 2020 goal from the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, to reduce carbon emissions to a level 17% below 2005. Some have criticized the Copenhagen goal for being too modest, particularly when compared to the recently adopted European ... more...
Filed under: Environmental, Emissions & Carbon Management
Posted By: Gary Brooks
On: August 19, 2014
For decades, multi-facility organizations have struggled with the frustrating task of collecting data from their disparate utility providers. With all the talk about big data, going green, sustainability and reducing energy costs, you'd think it would be easier than ever for organizations to access the energy data they need to ... more...
Filed under: Billing & Customer Care
Posted By: David Rizzo
On: August 18, 2014
How much can you afford to lose? For any CEO or manager in charge of a plant that purchases electricity in bulk, that question must be faced when considering the replacement of a power transformer. If one goes down, the loss of operational capability is always crippling. The process gets ... more...
Filed under: Grid Operations

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