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The Benefits of Enterprise-Wide Energy Management

A combination of new state regulations, fluctuating electricity prices, urgent environmental issues, and public pressure have companies all across the U.S. reexamining their energy management and sustainability practices. And for good reason.  Nearly 82% of commercial buildings in the U.S. were built before 2000. As such they simply aren’t as energy efficient as they could …

Sep 03, 2019

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7 Proven Tactics to Increase Efficiency in Manufacturing Plants

Do you know how much of the energy you pay for every month is actually used to run your business? Surprisingly, many major companies across the U.S. lack a clear understanding of how their business consumes — and wastes — energy. America wastes approximately two-thirds of the power it generates. In a recent survey, the …

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July 30, 2019

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Guest Blog: How The Internet of Things is Revolutionizing The Construction Industry

Anna Kucirkova wrote a very interesting article detailing the many ways the IoT is benefitting the construction industry — and  she’s agreed to share it with our readers. Enjoy!   HOW THE INTERNET IS REVOLUTIONIZING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY The world is rapidly changing as new technologies sweep in and change the landscape of our society, …

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April 25, 2019

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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. …

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April 12, 2019

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Is EPC Legislation The Solution You’ve Been Looking For?

Let’s face it: while upgrading facilities and infrastructure will help municipalities lower utility costs and achieve their sustainability goals, it can require a sizable initial capital investment.   Sizable capital investments can be challenging for cash-strapped municipalities. The good news, is that there’s a procurement law in almost every state that provides for a budget-neutral solution …

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March 12, 2019

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The ABCs of EaaS

Essentially, “as-a-service” represents a shift from businesses owning and maintaining their technology, to businesses only paying for the services the technology provides (think software, copiers, etc.). It’s all about simplicity — removing unnecessary complexity and cumbersome processes,  to make way for a more efficient way of running a business. It’s also about prioritizing where to …

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February 21, 2019

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Delaying Energy Upgrades Impacts College Budgets

Faced with declining public funds and/or dwindling tuition revenue, many community colleges are having to do more with less. Nothing new there. The challenge, of course, is to reduce spending without shortchanging students, canceling programs and demoralizing staff. As such, college business officers and facility managers play an increasingly important role, as they look for …

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January 18, 2019

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Food Producers Gain a Competitive Advantage with Efficiency-as-a-Service

Food producers have (dare we say it) a lot on their plate these days.  They’re having to deal with everything from economic and competitive pressures and availability of resources, to an aging workforce, and ever-rising operating costs. To stay competitive, food producers must stay on top of rapidly-changing consumer attitudes and market trends, technological advances, …

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December 4, 2018

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New York Municipalities Benefit From Energy Performance Contract Legislation

Let’s face it: while implementing major energy-efficiency improvements will result in substantial and long-term energy savings, they can require a sizable initial capital investment.  Sizable capital investments can be challenging for cash-strapped municipalities. Thankfully, there’s a risk-free, budget-neutral solution: An Energy Performance Contract. An Energy Performance Contract, or EPC, uses guaranteed energy savings to finance …

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September 20, 2018

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