Distributed Energy—Reader Favorites

| 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 content. ... READ MORE

Industry Announcements

| 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

Strategies for Peak Shaving and Power Security

| In Part 1 of a 5-part series, author Ed Ritchie takes readers through the process of understanding reliable energy strategies like peak shaving for business applications. Through this series, he explains the multifaceted components of commercial building energy systems that might include utilities analysis software, commercial generators, and other onsite technologies important in maintaining reliable power generation. Whether a company’s operations manager is acting on the recommendations of a consultant toward utility-cost reduction goals or reliable energy assurance, or relying on their own knowledge or that provided by manufacturers, understanding the basics of utility costs and energy security are essential. With this in mind, we launch this in-depth series on business energy strategies. ... READ MORE

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

| A single power interruption can cripple a healthy company, says Bhavesh Patel, director of marketing of Emerson's ASCO Power business. "Not having adequate onsite power can be the 'Achilles heel' of a business, but the controls for operating, monitoring, diagnosing, and producing a variety of mandatory reports on these power systems and the power distribution systems they interact with are not keeping pace," he says. According to a survey taken, 76% of facilities executives reported ... ... READ MORE

Emissions Control

| On October 1, 2015, EPA revised the federal air-quality standard for ground level ozone (O3), tightening the standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70. Ozone is set as a health-based standard, because at certain levels ozone can cause lung and respiratory problems. As most business people know, particularly business people who deal with energy issues, a new ozone standard is a big deal. The change starts a nationwide recalculation of pollution emission limits from industrial sources, mobile sources (cars, trucks, and other transport engines), and "area sources," the mom-and-pop sector of the economy. Area sources include many relatively small sources such as dry cleaners and gas stations, which singularly may not be significant, but cumulatively can present a significant impact. ... READ MORE

Data Center Power

| Kyle Ellenberger of Power Systems & Controls has seen big changes in the data center industry since the earliest few data centers were launched in the United States. ... READ MORE

Saving America’s At-Risk Infrastructure Before Its Voltage Goes to Zero

| Once again I’d like to bring to your attention this year’s Infrastructure Week, an upcoming event running May 16–23 which promotes the vital message that we’re long past the luxury of dealing with our transportation, water, sewage, and energy systems with nickel-dime Band-Aid fixes. Rooted in the motto: “Rebuild. Renew. Invest. Compete.” Infrastructure Week is, ... READ MORE

Utilities Are Sending the Wrong Message on Energy

| Typically, energy engagement programs focus narrowly on specific concerns, such as saving money. These programs may hit their short-term goals, but tend to fall short in the long run. We’ve been working with clients for years to solve this problem. We — along with numerous social science researchers — have found that energy consumption behaviors ... READ MORE

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