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A Tenuous Two-Step: California Preserves Net Metering

A Tenuous Two-Step: California Preserves Net Metering

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My neighbor has been on pins and needles. The rooftop of his California craftsman-style home is resplendent with glossy solar panels. Over the redwood fence that divides our lots, he often tells me that it’s the best investment he’s ever made. His meter spins backward at times, he boasts, and  … Read More

20,000 Gigs Under the Sea?

20,000 Gigs Under the Sea?

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The Microsoft Corporation tends to dive deep when it comes to innovative product development. The company’s most recent venture—Project Natick—carries that principle to the extreme in an experimental data center that stores computer servers below the ocean’s surface.

The prototype—which the team named Leona Philpot after a Halo video game character—is  … Read More

Advanced Controls in Integrated Building Automation Systems

Advanced Controls in Integrated Building Automation Systems

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In Part 3 of this continuing series, author Ed Ritchie profiles building automation and control solutions, such as Integrated Room Control, as well as the convenience and efficiency advantages of LCD controller designs in making daily energy management decisions. For facility managers, these integrated solutions provide easier access to a  … Read More

LED Lighting Solutions for New Construction

LED Lighting Solutions for New Construction

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For new construction, today’s facility owners and operators have a vast array of integrated LED lighting solutions that are energy-efficient, can be controlled, provide greater lumens per watt than other light sources, and have virtually no maintenance, notes Glenn Siegel, director, marketing and product management for Eaton. “Almost all of Eaton’s recessed lighting products  … Read More

How to Interview to Win Projects

How to Interview to Win Projects

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So you’ve been shortlisted for your dream engineering project or position? Congrats! But…with the herds of applicants, how can you successfully deliver your ideas AND standout from the crowd?

Join returning speaker Dr. David T. Williams as he outlines the secrets to a successful interview – from preparation to answering the  … Read More

HVAC Innovations: Duct Sealing From the Inside

HVAC Innovations: Duct Sealing From the Inside

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According to EPA, the US Department of Energy (DOE), ASHRAE, and various industry reports, having leaky air ducts is one of the leading causes of energy waste in US buildings, says Neal Walsh, Aeroseal’s senior vice president of strategy and commercial sales.

In an example of HVAC innovations, a 23-story high  … Read More

The Integrated Energy Enigma: Which Path Will Utilities Companies Take?

The Integrated Energy Enigma: Which Path Will Utilities Companies Take?

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Ninety minutes is all that it takes. Enough sunlight strikes the earth during that small window of time to provide the entire planet’s energy needs for one year. The challenge is in harnessing the energy and storing it. Innovations in solar technology are happening at an astonishing rate with brilliant  … Read More

Engine Block Heaters: Quick Starts for Standby Power

Engine Block Heaters: Quick Starts for Standby Power

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Typically they don’t land on the desk of top decision-makers or lend themselves to innovative applications. Andy Rudderham, vice president of sales for Total Systems Ltd. in Mississauga, ON, says equipment dealers and gen set packagers are the only ones likely to get fired up about them. But whether you  … Read More

Making Power Multitask With CHP/CCHP

Making Power Multitask With CHP/CCHP

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Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), uses a heat engine or power station to generate electricity and heat for onsite uses. Trigeneration, or combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP), is the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heating and cooling as a result of the combustion of fuel or  … Read More

How to Determine if Lighting Controls Are Cost Effective

How to Determine if Lighting Controls Are Cost Effective

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Introduction
It really depends on your definition of cost effective. If you just look at saving energy with many of currently available, very efficient, and low-wattage LED products, you may find that the answer is often, “no.” This includes many applications where controls were cost effective, saving energy with previous LED products,  … Read More

Bright Ideas: Will Innovations in Incandescence Change More Than Light Bulbs?

Bright Ideas: Will Innovations in Incandescence Change More Than Light Bulbs?

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The light bulb is intelligence made visible. A tiny, electrified coil encased in glass radiates light. And researchers at MIT have recently reengineered this brilliant design with new, energy recycling technology—technology guaranteed to change far more than light bulbs.

Traditional incandescent lights work by passing electric current through a tungsten wire  … Read More



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