Energy

Energy Management

How to Select an Energy Consultant

How to Select an Energy Consultant

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The energy industry is complex, competitive, and constantly changing. Operational efficiency and cost savings are common goals, but often, changing markets and conditions lead to confusion. Facility managers aren’t always able to stay abreast of the latest technology and alternative energy solutions, such as renewables, battery storage, or the development  … Read More

Predicting the Effects of Trump’s Executive Orders

Predicting the Effects of Trump’s Executive Orders

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Since President Trump’s inauguration in January, the energy industry has awaited a series of executive orders to review the Clean Power Plan and loosen restrictions on coal production. Those orders are expected to take place this week.

The President will most likely begin the process of eliminating the Clean Power Plan  … Read More

Lancaster, California, Aims for Net-Zero Energy

Lancaster, California, Aims for Net-Zero Energy

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What would it mean if every newly constructed California home was energy independent? In 2014, the City of Lancaster, California, was the first city to require solar panels on new homes. In doing so, it pioneered a policy that has since been adopted by several other California cities, including San  … Read More

Russian Cyber-Activity Points to Grid Vulnerability

Russian Cyber-Activity Points to Grid Vulnerability

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On December 30, an employee at a Vermont utility was checking his Yahoo email account when an alarm indicated that his computer had connected to a suspicious IP address—one associated with a Russian hacking operation. The utility reported the incident.

Only two days prior, President Obama had issued an executive order  … Read More

Wallpaper From Beyond the Van Allen Belt

Wallpaper From Beyond the Van Allen Belt

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Once a month or so I change the wallpaper on my office PC, but over the years I’ve found myself returning again and again to NASA’s Earth_Lights, a mosaic of our nighttime home viewed from Earth’s orbit.

Initially, I was drawn to the mosaic out of curiosity and by the sheer  … Read More

Energy Audits Provide First Step Toward Sustainability

Energy Audits Provide First Step Toward Sustainability

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Energy audits and assessments are wide-ranging first steps to creating energy-efficient business models and supporting sustainable practices. By assessing energy usage, analyzing internal processes, and calculating energy inefficiencies, audits provide a custom blueprint to help businesses of all types recognize opportunities to achieve immediate and long-lasting financial savings. Insight derived  … Read More



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