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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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Building Automation Systems

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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Bundled Energy Projects

Trust. But Verify: The Importance of Measurement & Verification

If it can’t be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion. — Robert Heinlein.   Increasing energy efficiency offers the most cost-effective opportunity for both private and public sector organizations to combat rising energy prices and achieve sustainability goals. But providing evidence of achieved savings is essential to securing funding and support. Measurement and Verification …

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July 24, 2019

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Bundled Energy Projects

Semiconductor Fabs: Chipping Away at Wasted Energy

Semiconductor technologies have been transforming our lives ever since the development of the first mass-market transistor in the 1940s. In some surprising ways, they have also revolutionized the relationship between production and energy consumption.  While global demand for semiconductors reached an all-time high in 2018 — with more than one trillion units shipped, profit margins …

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June 5, 2019

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Bundled Energy Projects

Guest Blog: Energy Efficiency is Driving Deep Savings at These Schools

Energy efficiency doesn’t just contribute to a greener, more sustainable future: it also has direct cost savings for school districts in the here-and-now. At the K12 Facilities Forum, Meredith McDermott, Director of Sustainability at the New York City Department of Education, and Tony Cox, Chief Operating Officer at Rock Hill Schools (SC), shared how energy efficiency initiatives are …

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May 16, 2019

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Bundled Energy Projects

Ask The Expert: Correcting Misconceptions Surrounding Energy Performance Contracting

Kevin Wagner, an Account Executive at SmartWatt, hosted one of the break-out sessions at the 2019 SPEER Clean Energy Exchange.  We thought this presented a great opportunity to get some insights into the challenges that can keep organizations from achieving their energy goals. Kevin, what questions surprised you most during your breakout session? “It was …

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April 22, 2019

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Building Automation Systems

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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Building Automation Systems

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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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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