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What’s So Special About Special Districts?

Whether they’re heralded as shining examples of democracy or disparaged as autonomous “ghost governments,” special districts are generally misunderstood by the public.  If you’re unclear about what they are, what they do, and why they’re “special,” you’re in good company. Why They’re Special Special districts are, essentially, local-level government agencies, separate from cities or counties. …

Apr 12, 2019

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Commercial & Industrial

Smart Manufacturing: Intelligent Efficiency in Industry

Smart manufacturing means different things to different people. It covers a complex territory and can be confusing to grasp, as it has many facets and connections with other technologies. The simplest definition, according to the ACEEE report, “The Energy Savings Potential of Smart Manufacturing,” written by Ethan Rogers is that it’s “the integration of all …

Ben Stewart

December 17, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

3 Strategies to Boost Manufacturing Efficiency

The United States has the dubious distinction of wasting the most energy among developed nations. EPA data shows industrial energy use is responsible for almost 20 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, which means manufacturing operations are a significant contributor. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the energy used by U.S. manufacturing plants …

Ben Stewart

December 12, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

5 Quick Payback Ways to Reduce Energy Use in Your Plant

The Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) database has compiled a very useful guide to help reduce energy use in industry. We’ve distilled the list to five strategies with the biggest impact—and the shortest payback. 1. Establish a Predictive Maintenance Program to Reduce Energy Use Predictive maintenance (PdM) is a technique that allows for a systematic method …

Ben Stewart

December 10, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

Ending Improper use of Compressed Air

There is a common misconception that compressed air is free and always safe. Because it is air people do not associate it with cost, and because it is not directly connected to a power source, they do not consider the potential dangers. Compressed air is readily available, simple to use, and is often used in …

Ben Stewart

December 6, 2016

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Government

LED Street Lights – How Your Small Municipality Can Afford Them

Many small municipalities across the country are facing a challenging dilemma – they have aged street lighting, and the high utility and maintenance costs that come with them, but no funding to upgrade to high-efficiency LED street lights. But what if the electricity and maintenance costs were guaranteed, with savings that exceed the monthly cost, …

Ben Stewart

December 4, 2016

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Commercial & Industrial

LED Fixture for Products Susceptible to Photooxidation

Despite a willingness to adopt optimizaed technologies, many food processing plants, dairies and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities have been hamstrung by the need for light sources that emit longer wavelengths. That’s because short wavelengths cause light-oxidized flavor defects. Photooxidation is a problem at wavelengths of light below 500nm. Certain foods, such as dairy products, beer and chocolate, …

Ben Stewart

November 28, 2016

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Small Business

Bringing Energy Efficiency to Offices

Office buildings represent approximately 17 percent of energy use in commercial buildings nationwide and consume more energy than any other building type. With almost 60 percent of existing office buildings built before 1980, many are in desperate need of upgrades to aging building equipment, appliances and systems. Even small offices can reap a big payoff …

Ben Stewart

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Commercial & Industrial

Superior Energy Performance: Benefits for Manufacturers

There are many degrees of going the extra mile. For some facilities it’s the Better Plants program, or ENERGY STAR® certification. But for facilities aiming for über-efficiency, there is Superior Energy Performance certification: a new business-based, internationally recognized energy management implementation and certification process. Here is a more detailed description of Superior Energy Performance, published …

Ben Stewart

November 27, 2016

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