Commentary

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    Aug 09, 2006 | Peter Curtis
    Continuous and uninterrupted power and cooling comprise the lifeblood of any data center, especially those that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Critical enterprise power is the power without which an organization would quickly be unable to achieve its business objectives. Today enterprises of all types and sizes are demanding 24-hour IT system availability.
  • Aug 04, 2006 | Scott DeBroff
    State Regulatory Commissions across the country are conducting inquiries into the benefits and potential requirements of smart metering and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems. Some states have been spurred into action because of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
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    Jul 31, 2006 | Mary Mack
    Investigations, windfall profits, rebates...the legislative and enforcement activity around energy companies is at its highest peak since the California energy crisis. In addition, new changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Litigation are coming in December. So that brings up a big question - are today's energy companies really ready for this next round of legal fireworks?
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    Jul 26, 2006 | Kevin Herring
    How would you feel about a company vision that looks something like this? "Our vision is to become a firm that pays the very lowest wages possible, charges the highest prices the market will bear, and divides the spoils between stockholders and senior executives, mostly the latter." Change guru John Kotter uses this example to slam business leaders launching into transformation mode for the primary purpose of feathering their own nests.
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    Jul 19, 2006 | Harry Stephens
    The Postal Rate Commission announced in November 2005 the approval of a 5.4% postal rate increase. The increase took effect in early 2006, and for companies that mail high volumes of bills and statements the financial impact will be significant.
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    Jul 07, 2006 | David Wolins
    Considering the loud din emerging from suppliers, utilities and industry advocates for Demand Response, it would be helpful for prospective participants to have a comprehensive, high-level understanding of what may be required by these programs as well as what is necessary in order to be successful in Demand Response program implementation.
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    Jun 23, 2006 | Jon T. Brock
    Have you ever called a utility about a payment and had them take payment right there on the phone via your checking account or credit card? I hadn't until recently when apparently my local electric and gas bill got lost in the mail and when my second bill came in, there was this late fee for not paying the previous month.
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    Jun 13, 2006 | Harry Chernoff
    Part I of this article estimated that in the long-run U.S. households could save 47 billion kWh/yr. and more than $4 billion per year if electronic devices used high-efficiency power supplies. Part II of this article addresses the issue of whether high-efficiency power supplies are worth the cost and whether anyone is doing anything about it.
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    Jun 12, 2006 | Harry Chernoff
    If household electronic devices used high-efficiency power supplies, residential electricity usage would be 47 billion kWh per year less than business-as-usual, saving consumers more than $4 billion per year. Inertia at the manufacturer and retailer level and the usual benefit-cost myopia at the consumer level are the long-standing obstacles to rapid market penetration.
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    May 25, 2006 | Pradeep Roy
    Energy is a key building block for sustaining any nation's socio-economic development. As the global economy continues to grow, global energy needs as well as global emissions will increase by approx 60% between 2004 and 2030 as per the World Energy Outlook 2004 published by the International Energy Agency.