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Sunshine in the Solar Desert

Sunshine in the Solar Desert

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Historically, the high up-front cost of solar equipment—from $10,000 to upwards of $20,000—has made solar systems a challenge for lower-income homeowners to afford. Furthermore, leasing programs and financing options like PACE require good credit scores, often making them inaccessible. This issue has not only created “solar deserts” in disadvantaged areas,  … Read More

Industry Announcements

Industry Announcements

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Read the latest industry news in the field of energy management and controls, efficient lighting and HVAC systems, retrofits and upgrades, onsite power generation (both prime and standby), renewables, and energy storage.  … Read More

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Business Energy magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.

Bookmark this page so you will always have quick access to Forester Media’s top Business Energy  … Read More

New Technology Improves Switchgear Performance

New Technology Improves Switchgear Performance

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It’s no secret to the manufacturers who provide switchgear that their products are in ever-greater demand today. That’s because switchgear plays such a critical role in the operation of uninterruptable power supply systems. And these days, there are more end-users than ever—data centers, hospitals,financial institutions, manufacturers—that can’t afford to lose  … Read More

When Energy from Waste Makes Economic Sense

When Energy from Waste Makes Economic Sense

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Quantum Biopower, a waste-to-energy company in Southington, Connecticut, is prepared to make energy and environmental history. Last spring, the company received approval from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to build a food-waste, anaerobic digestion plant. In June, the Southington Planning & Zoning committee gave its approval for construction. When completed—scheduled for  … Read More

Fuel Cells and Energy Sustainability

Fuel Cells and Energy Sustainability

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Given that energy sustainability and energy economics are top-of-mind among business leaders, politicians, and the public these days, hydrogen fuel cells may be viewed as a savior technology. If that statement seems hyperbolic, there is plenty of statistical evidence to support the growth of fuel cell use for both stationary  … Read More

Building Energy Architectures With Blockchain Technology

Building Energy Architectures With Blockchain Technology

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A blockchain is a record-keeping database. But what makes it special as an information storage model, is that the blocks of data are linked to one another and distributed on a network, making them decentralized and thus, increasingly secure.

Today blockchains are being increasingly used as a trading platform to  … Read More

Embracing Change

Embracing Change

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Singer, songwriter, and recent Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan is known for his poetic and visionary lyrics. These seem particularly prophetic, especially amid the transformations currently taking place in the energy industry. In fact, they resonate with striking relevance and clarity as America’s energy providers begin to embrace change.  … Read More

Energy Management Systems

Energy Management Systems

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The common denominator among those employing energy management approaches is rising energy costs, points out Damian Smith, president/chief engineer for Total Energy Concepts. “It’s a hot topic as far as financials go, because it’s a direct expense that affects the bottom line,” he says. “When your costs go up on  … 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 genset packagers are the only ones likely to get fired up about them. But whether you call  … Read More

Benefits of Community Microgrids

Benefits of Community Microgrids

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However they are defined, everyone agrees community microgrids provide benefits. Centralized utility systems and aboveground distribution lines expose customers to regional and local outages, “and while they are highly reliable, centralized utility grids can’t ensure local resilience,” notes Peter Douglass, project manager for the Microgrid Institute, a collaborative organization supporting global development of microgrids and distributed energy  … Read More

Post-Election Energy Forecast

Post-Election Energy Forecast

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In the wake of the election, speculation is circulating about the effects a Trump presidency will have on the energy industry. What programs will be cut? Who will lead key agencies? Which policies will take priority? The only certainty, it seems, is that nothing is certain.

Throughout his campaign President-elect Trump  … Read More

Fan Arrays for Efficiency, Redundancy, and Fit

Fan Arrays for Efficiency, Redundancy, and Fit

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There is an industry-wide push right now to use fan arrays based on efficiency, redundancy, and fit. Not too long ago, the only fans in use in air handlers were double-width, double-inlet (DWDI) fans. In recent years, engineers and facility personnel have begun to understand how plenum fans, if applied  … Read More



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