Category Archives: Green IT

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More Than 1,300 Demand Response Programs are Underway Worldwide

Demand response (DR) programs, which aim to achieve stability on the grid by ensuring that demand does not exceed supply of electric power, have been offered to many electric customers in the United States for decades.  In the last ten years, utilities and grid operators have adopted new technologies and practices to move demand resources to the next evolutionary phase, offering more advanced types of DR schemes.  According to a new tracker report from Navigant Research, at least 1,342 DR programs are now underway worldwide – 95 percent of them in North America. Continue reading

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Crystal IS Announces Record Performance from a Single Chip UVC LED

LED-wallpaperGREEN ISLAND, NY–()–Crystal IS, Inc., the leading manufacturer of proprietary, high-performance ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UVC LEDs) for monitoring, purification, and disinfection applications, has announced today that they achieved more than 65mW in optical output at 260 nm from a single UVC LED operated in a continuous mode. The details of this breakthrough were recently published in Applied Physics Express“This achievement is a technological milestone in the continued development of brighter, more efficient and reliable UVC LEDs. By employing die thinning and encapsulation techniques, we were able to increase the photon extraction efficiency to over 15%, “said Leo Schowalter, founder and CTO. “By fabricating our LEDs on our home grown aluminum nitride substrates, we continue to set the pace of what is possible for the combination of highest efficiencies and longest lifetimes in the 250-280 nm wavelength range, far surpassing diodes fabricated on sapphire.”
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CurrentState Sustainability Audit to Include EPEAT Imaging Equipment and Television Standards

epeat_logoTulsa, Oklahoma – February 13, 2013 – Caelus today announced that all versions of their CurrentState™ Sustainability Audit will be updated to include the newest EPEAT® standards for greener electronics. The EPEAT registry’s Imaging Equipment standard, publicly unveiled today in Washington DC, will be added to CurrentState™ immediately. EPEAT’s Television standard will be added to CurrentState™ as soon as it is released later this year.

CurrentState™ delivers a comprehensive review of the sustainability practices of an organization.  CurrentState™ is based on Caelus’s Three Tiers of Sustainability framework. The framework organizes sustainability into 3 main categories (Green IT, Business and Facilities) and more than 20 additional sub-categories. The audit’s Findings Report includes specific quick wins, recommendations and analysis of each category. Continue reading

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GE and Google Agreement Allows Utilities to Access Maps

Google-LogoATLANTA–()–A new agreement announced today between GE (NYSE: GE) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) will integrate Google Maps data into GE’s Smallworld™ electrical, telecommunications and gas applications. GE, a leading provider of geospatial analytical tools and insight, and Google, a provider of map services with more than 1 billion monthly active users, will help utilities increase productivity based on the ability to visualize and analyze their data with GE’s Smallworld product suite. The combined solution will enhance the existing network visualization capabilities and will allow utility customers to receive incremental efficiency and productivity of operations in the field. By enhancing the ability to visualize data on a map, utility customers will be able to quickly provide their end-use customers with important information such as outage restoration times and will help to more efficiently manage their network assets. Continue reading

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Energy Points Launches Application for Integrated Environmental Reporting

Energy_Points_Corporate_Logo_(Drop)BOSTON–()–Energy Points today unveiled EnergyPoints™ Integrated Reports, a new application that enables businesses to issue a single, integrated sustainability report that clearly conveys both the financial and environmental impact of the company’s energy and resource consumption. EnergyPoints Integrated Reports is based on the company’s proprietary analytics platform, which converts all resources (water, fuel, waste, electricity and natural gas) into a single, universal unit of measurement.

Environmental performance has emerged as a critical driver of shareholder value and customer loyalty, and is increasingly viewed by executives as being intertwined with commercial success. According to a new report from the Governance & Accountability Institute, 53 percent of the 500 companies indexed by Standard and Poor’s issued sustainability reports in 2011, up from 19 percent the previous year. The study also found that companies issuing sustainability reports attracted more investment dollars and offered shareholders better returns than competitors that failed to report1. Continue reading

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Emerson to Deliver Control Technologies for Nevada Solar Project to Power 75,000 Homes

PITTSBURGH–()–Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has been awarded a contract to apply its Ovation™ expert control system at the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nev. When it comes online at the end of 2013, this 110-megawatt concentrated solar power (CSP) project will be the first commercial-scale solar facility in the United States to generate power from solar energy that is captured and stored in liquid molten salt. Continue reading

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Has your organization had its Annual Sustainability Audit? If not, now is the time.

Memphis, Tennessee – November, 14 2013 – The end of the year is the perfect time to conduct your organization’s annual sustainability audit.   Whether its the first time or already an ingrained tradition, the end of the year is a great time to reflect on accomplishments of the year and the goals for the future.

Why a Sustainability Audit?

A sustainability audit is a powerful tool.  A sustainability audit takes an inventory of all of the policies, procedures and practices of an organization and compares these to the best practices in their industry.  In essence, an audit is a gap analysis and a maturity analysis of the sustainability practices of an organization. It is meant to document ‘what you are doing’ and ‘to what extent’ across a wide range of sustainability categories. Continue reading

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Green Gift Idea of the Day – NEST Learning Thermostat

ORDER YOURS TODAY! Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577

A thermostat for the smartphone generation

The next generation Nest has a new, slimmer design, is enclosed by a solid stainless steel ring and works with 95% of low voltage systems.

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. By programming itself, the Nest thermostat can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill. You just have to teach it well.

  • 2nd generation design – Nest is now 20 percent thinner and works in 95 percent of homes with low voltage systems
  • Auto-Schedule – Nest remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself
  • Auto-Away – Nest saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re away
  • Remote control – Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to control it from your smartphone, laptop or tablet
  • Easy install – Most homeowners install Nest themselves in 30 minutes or less. After that, it’s just a matter of changing the temperature

ORDER YOURS TODAY! Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation T200577

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