Tag: building energy management

An building energy management system is a system of computer-aided tools used by operators of electric utility grids to monitor, control, and optimize the performance of the generation and/or transmission system. This monitor and control functions are known as SCADA; the optimization packages are often referred to as “advanced applications”.

Beyond Connectivity

Beyond Connectivity

Connecting building systems and equipment through the Internet is not a new phenomenon. It is a capability that has been around for years. But, to reap the true benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept in commercial buildings, you must go beyond connectivity.

Simple Guidelines for Considering Lighting Retrofits

Simple Guidelines for Considering Lighting Retrofits

There are several simple conditions under which a facility operator should consider doing a lighting retrofit, notes Bob Smith, P.E., Director, Energy Marketing Solutions, Eaton’s Cooper Lighting business. Simple ones to consider include high energy rates for which a lighting retrofit can help reach a faster payback with incentives offered

Microgrid & Microturbine Power Trends

Microgrid & Microturbine Power Trends

There are interesting developments happening with microgrids these days. Utilities are adding them to stabilize their grids, and communities are developing a peer-to-peer consumer energy trading system to buy and sell electricity generated by their solar systems.

Many communities are considering, researching, or implementing microgrid solutions. The underlying rationale often involves complex business, operational, and economic issues. See our FREE Special Report: Understanding Microgrids. Download it now!

Microgrids have also become the hottest concept as alternatives to the aging utility grid—passing up

Paying With Savings

Paying With Savings

Energy efficiency is an integral part of sustainable energy strategies. Implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency reference project that pays for itself through the resulting energy savings can be a complex undertaking.

The idea of an energy savings business goes back to the energy crisis of the late ’70s. Combating energy costs

Perspectives on Lighting Retrofits

Perspectives on Lighting Retrofits

Given that a significant portion of energy consumption is in lighting, replacing inefficient lighting offers a good opportunity to save on energy and maintenance, points out Jeff Spencer, director of product management and market development for Juno Lighting.

Improve Energy Efficiency With Integrated Building Controls

Improve Energy Efficiency With Integrated Building Controls

Author Ed Ritchie continues this series on building automation systems technology-a comprehensive approach to building energy management through the implementation of data systems, software applications and centralized computer systems. Whether these applications are adopted for improved energy efficiency or curtailing power consumption (or both), these sophisticated systems shed light on

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