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    Sep 02, 2014 | Matt Smith
    Demand Response (DR) has become a strategic program for many utilities in recent years for several reasons, including cost-effective peak load management and the opportunity to build stronger customer relationships by offering money saving programs. The choice of the network on which to run DR programs plays a major factor in operating efficiency, program effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
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    Aug 29, 2014 | Ron Patch
    Even to people with no HVAC knowledge, it is obvious that the large air conditioning units in stores, factories and other large single zone HVAC applications consume massive amounts of energy. It's also intuitive that the more efficient each unit is, the lower the energy cost. However - even among HVAC industry engineers - accurately projecting these savings is a complicated endeavor. It can be done but requires a considerable amount of time and effort.
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    Aug 26, 2014 | Andres Carvallo
    Innovations in the 20th century drove the fastest and most disruptive transformations in economic history. The automobile devastated the horse-and-buggy industry, railroads consumed large market share from shipping, and airplanes later took passenger and freight business away from railroads. Assembly lines and engines that ran on fossil fuels enabled great leaps forward in manufacturing productivity.
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    Aug 25, 2014 | Bennett Fisher
    Tools like ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager and accompanying benchmarks like energy use intensity (EUI) have long been the most common way to target energy efficiency opportunities in commercial building portfolios. But, while both are easily accessible and provide well-recognized starting points to compare buildings' efficiency, they are only that - a starting point.
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    Aug 19, 2014 | Gary Brooks
    For decades, multi-facility organizations have struggled with the frustrating task of collecting data from their disparate utility providers. With all the talk about big data, going green, sustainability and reducing energy costs, you'd think it would be easier than ever for organizations to access the energy data they need to make smarter, more profitable and eco-friendly energy decisions.
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    Aug 18, 2014 | David Rizzo
    Knowing about transformer construction provides the first line of defense. Rapid access to plug-and-play replacements can save hundreds of thousands of dollars per day.
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    Aug 14, 2014 | Ken Collison
    Opposition to new transmission lines is nothing new. Concerns about cost, sensitive habitat, safety, and aesthetics are a constant in the debate over all large infrastructure projects. However, significant new challenges are now facing the electric grid as utilities prepare for greater integration of renewable energy resources, a transition away from fossil fuels, and the rapid growth of distributed energy resources (DERs).
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    Aug 11, 2014 | Kimberly Klemm
    There are several possibilities for furthering the efficiency and energy output of fuel cell systems that could be incorporated into the processes used for fuel cell energy production. Below are three areas for exploration in this relatively new arena.
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    Aug 06, 2014 | Jessica Lorentz
    Elevations Credit Union (ECU) is currently monitoring energy usage for eight electric meters in four buildings using a dashboard format offered by Power Takeoff. The dashboard reports energy usage data at the end of the billing cycle for the previous month and also reports 15 minute interval data.
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    Aug 05, 2014 | Kai Hui
    A utility with two million smart meters in the field is inundated with approximately 750 million data elements each day - that's almost twice as many data elements as there are tweets floating around the global Twittersphere on a daily basis.