The Future of Commissioning and Energy Management: Forward Together

| CxEnergy marks its sixth year in 2019 and has scheduled the annual expo for April 15–18 in Orlando, FL. The event focuses on commissioning; energy management; and testing, adjusting, and balancing (TAB); and is presented by the leading organizations in those fields: the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), and the Energy ... READ MORE

How Intelligent Energy Storage Software Optimizes Commercial & Industrial Operations

| Despite several years of low fossil fuel prices, the growth of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, seems unstoppable. This clean energy expansion is driven by improved performance, lower costs, and advantages of distributed generation like greater resiliency, energy independence, and reduced carbon footprint. This fundamental shift in electricity production is having profound effects on the utility industry, which is learning to adapt to the shifting landscape. At the same time, lower costs for renewables and energy storage translate to significant benefits for commercial and industrial (C&I) users. ... READ MORE

Integrated Building Management Systems

| Most commercial, industrial, and retail buildings today use some level of intelligent system, most commonly in lighting, HVAC, or security. Because the technology is advancing so rapidly, it’s now possible to collect more data and use it to accomplish many more tasks. ... READ MORE

Energy Procurement Best Practices

| It’s well known that energy costs are always one of the most significant portions of a commercial building budget. Finding ways to reduce that spending can be tricky, but there are ways that you can impact it: reduce the amount of energy consumed, change the time of day energy is used, or reduce how much you pay for that energy. ... READ MORE

Crafting a Successful Energy Management System Upgrade Strategy

| After more than 50 years of product development and operation in utilities, one might expect the implementation of an Energy Management System (EMS) to be "plug and play." Unfortunately, the complexity of power and network applications and the uniqueness of each utility's power system make an EMS deployment anything but simple. However, understanding common pitfalls and best practices can significantly reduce risk and improve the opportunity for a successful deployment of this complex control system. This article identifies key activities in planning and implementation that illustrate lessons learned and best practices for deploying an EMS. ... READ MORE

A New Day for Commissioning and Energy Management

| Next year, CxEnergy will mark its fifth year with the 2018 edition scheduled April 23 through 26 in Las Vegas, NV. The event is unique in the industry with its focus on commissioning, energy management, and testing and balancing (TAB). These professions are also the focus of its three presenting organizations: the Associated Air Balance ... READ MORE

Corrupt Connections

| The “Krack attack,” or Key Reinstallation Attack, is a vulnerability recently discovered by Belgian researcher Mathy Vanhoef of the University of Leuven. It is a gap in the core of a protocol called Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) that leaves functions and sensitive user information completely exposed. And it’s a flaw that affects nearly every wireless ... READ MORE

How Energy Management Increases Efficiency

| Call it what you will—building control, building automation, or energy management—but controlling the flow of electrons in buildings is becoming increasingly prevalent as a way to limit costs and increase efficiency. ... READ MORE

Hospitals Under Siege

| On February 5, 2017, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a 434-bed short-term acute care hospital in Los Angeles, became the victim of a cyber attack. Using malware, hackers seized control of the facility’s digital infrastructure, including the computer system, putting lives in danger and forcing the relocation of many high-risk patients. To restore its system, the ... READ MORE

A Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Chicago: A Walgreens Project Profile

| An older Walgreens store in Evansville, IL, had been selected for replacement in 2012 when executives suddenly recognized that it would be the ideal location for the net zero project they'd been contemplating. Located just 15 miles from corporate headquarters, the outdated store offered ease of access for engineers and a convenient location for tours. Not a mere showcase, it would become a lab of sorts for trying out all the latest energy-efficient technology. They hoped that it would become the nation's first net zero energy retail store, anticipated to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes. ... READ MORE

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