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Commentary from Industry Pros
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
In this world of rising fuel prices, climate change and environmental awareness, the energy sector is under pressure to be a catalyst for change. Sometimes it may feel like we’re being asked to be superheroes and save the world from all of its problems. It’s a lofty goal, but I can think of one place where we actually do have superpowers that can change the world: the K-12 classroom.
Your future customers are smart. They have become more and more educated as retail industries have grown and adapted a more transparent type of business model. In fact, 56% of Americans now do extensive research about the companies they choose to buy from.