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Smart Grid March 19, 2024

Five benefits of digital distribution transformers for power grids

Digital distribution transformers offer many potential benefits for power grids that justify their adoption for power grids.

By Azhar Fayyaz and Saqib Saeed
Smart Grid May 11, 2022

How do microgrids relate to the National Electrical Code?

Learn about the applicable code sections relating to microgrids and interconnected sources within NFPA 70

By Andria Odrowski, Dan Webb, Nick DeCoster
Smart Grid July 19, 2018

Examining government, state, municipal, federal, and military facilities: Electrical, power, and lighting

Government and military projects are among the toughest challenges an engineer can face. Demanding facility owners, tight budget limitations, safety concerns, and other factors all come into play. Here, engineers with experience in the field offer advice on how to succeed in regards to electrical, power, and lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Smart Grid October 31, 2017

Market and M&A trends in energy efficiency services

The energy-as-a-service (“EaaS”) market has created an evolving ecosystem of companies performing a wide range of functions.

By Neil Churman, 7 Mile Advisors
Smart Grid October 3, 2017

Integrate building systems to improve functionality

Integrated building systems can connect several engineered systems within a building to make it more energy-efficient and to trim costs.

By Neil Maldeis, PE, CEM, GBE; Trane, White Bear, Minn.
Smart Grid July 11, 2017

Soaring smart electric meter market: Enabling a balanced profitability landscape for the consumers and the energy companies

The world is on the cusp of a smart meter revolution set to provide customers with data and transparency in energy consumption and magnify energy efficiency.

By Ojaswita Kutepatil, Global Market Insights, Inc.
Smart Grid March 15, 2017

Networking VFDs in high-performance buildings

Historically, the use of variable frequency drives (VFDs) has been limited to large motors and projects with healthy infrastructure budgets. However, as each iteration of the energy code mandates variable flow control of mechanical systems on smaller systems, VFDs have become more commonplace. While their implementation has been typically limited to providing code-required variable flow, VFDs are capable of communicating a wealth of information on system energy consumption, equipment health, and diagnostics.

By John Gross, PE, ATD, Page, Houston
Smart Grid February 22, 2017

Smart utility meters enhance utility operations

The capabilities of advanced metering infrastructure offer opportunities for improving service and preventing lost revenue through phase error analysis.

By Jesse Teas, PE, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.
Smart Grid February 9, 2017

Self-powered wireless technology adds flexibility to smart buildings

Future trends in building automation solve many problems with increased flexibility and wireless technology.

By Neil Cannon, EnOcean Inc., Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Smart Grid January 13, 2017

Arup Thoughts: Achieving resilient power and clean air

The increased use of standby diesel generators to plug gaps in the national electricity supply poses a threat to local air quality.

By Christine McHugh, Arup, London
Smart Grid January 10, 2017

Arup Thoughts: Challenges for a smarter energy system

The many elements of a smart energy system need to act simultaneously to create an optimum outcome.

By Szilvia Doczi, Arup, Los Angeles
Smart Grid August 1, 2016

Smart electricity meter revenue to reach $7 billion globally in 2021

As smart metering technology continues to gain a wider understanding, alongside the ever-increasing value of data, the market for communicating meters will continue to grow, albeit at a more moderate pace than the breakneck speed of recent years.

By IHS Markit
Smart Grid July 27, 2016

Arup Thoughts: How should we design for a networked world?

With data collected about our online activities comes enormous insight and influence over human behavior and a great potential to more intelligently cater to individual needs.

By DaeWha Kang, Arup
Smart Grid May 23, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Smarter electricity in developing nations

It is revealing that rich nations have progressed slowly in the implementation of smart electricity distribution systems over the last decade.

By Sergey Rozhenko, Arup
Smart Grid May 19, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Robots can boost efficiency

New robots will revolutionize the construction industry.

By Peter Edwards, Arup
Smart Grid September 14, 2015

Northwestern medical facility incorporates sustainable design

Six ways Northwestern Medicine's 259 East Erie building incorporates sustainable design.

By Marya Graff, CannonDesign
Smart Grid August 27, 2015

Commissioning commercial buildings: Electrical, power, and lighting

Ideally, all nonresidential buildings would be commissioned, and the team would start at the onset of the project. Because that’s not always the case, commissioning authorities and experts offer advice on building projects in various stages of commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning. Professionals discuss electrical and power systems, and lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Smart Grid August 25, 2015

Case study: Saudi Sinnovate smart facility

The King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) smart city includes four specialized buildings on an integrated campus.

By Tim Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, and James Godfrey, CH2M, Portland, Ore.
Smart Grid August 13, 2015

Microgrid control system

SEL microgrid control solutions allow seamless integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) to maintain uninterrupted power to critical loads with the use of a microgrid controller that responds to external data.

By Schweitzer Engineering Labs Inc.
Smart Grid December 31, 2014

Evolving the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)

The NESC (National Electrical Safety Code) informs utility work and contributes to the safety of utility workers and the general public in a variety of ways.

By Michael Hyland, IEEE
Smart Grid December 31, 2014

Using IEEE 2030 as a Smart Grid primer for public utility commissions

In shaping technical and rate policies in the globally emerging Smart Grid, public utility commissions, and other regulators around the world can source IEEE 2030 as a reference document and primer.

By Dick DeBlasio, Chair, IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee
Smart Grid November 14, 2014

Ensuring emergency power after a natural disaster

Could a Fukushima-type disaster happen here?

By Robert Simmons, PE, and James Carlson, PE, Seismic Source International, LLC
Smart Grid October 17, 2014

Keeping tabs on emerging technology trends: professional development in the face of emerging trends

In a consulting-specifying engineer’s career, one’s focus typically is directed at pragmatic engineering challenges arising from a client’s specific project, but emerging issues, disruptive trends and new challenges are all reasons to remain well-informed of emerging technological trends.

By Sam Sciacca, Director, IEEE Standards Association
Smart Grid September 29, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, September 22-28: LED luminaires, NFPA 75 changes, Product of the Year, more

Articles about specifying LED luminaires, NFPA 75 changes, the 2014 Product of the Year winners, mitigating arc flash hazards, and MEP Giants diversifying were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, September 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Smart Grid September 29, 2014

Best practices for mixed-use buildings: Electrical, power systems

Taking on a mixed-use structure—such as one that includes retail and residential portions—can be an engineering challenge. With all the different engineered systems involved, it can be like working on and integrating several different projects at once. Electrical and power systems often have unique requirements.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Smart Grid September 24, 2014

Integrating commercial buildings, utilities with the Smart Grid

Knowing where and how much power is needed allows the Smart Grid to adjust power distribution in real time. The agility of matching power demand with power production minimizes the amount of power that generating facilities must dump, and keeps base-load plants running at minimum capacity. This article explores the relationship between utilities, the Smart Grid, and commercial buildings through the consulting engineer’s eyes.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor; and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Smart Grid August 31, 2014

Building commissioning challenges, solutions: Electrical, power system

Commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning, can be a challenge—and the more complex a facility is, the more boxes an engineer has to check to get the job done right. Electrical and power systems must be carefully commissioned to meet code and owner expectations.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Smart Grid August 27, 2014

Industrial-class smart meter

The VerifEye Series 4000 Industrial ModBus Smart Meter is a turnkey solution for measuring and verifying electrical usage across a range of industrial, commercial, and other energy-saving applications.

Smart Grid July 28, 2014

The challenge: Tall and super-tall buildings: Electrical and power systems

High-rise buildings aren’t just big—for engineers, they present big challenges. The electrical engineer has many distribution, metering, and power system issues to consider.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Smart Grid July 23, 2014

Lowering energy use, elevating building performance

Net-zero energy buildings can be achieved with smart building design. Here are tips on how to design a high-performance building.

By Ruairi M. Barnwell and Premnath Sundharam, DLR Group, Chicago
Smart Grid June 9, 2014

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, June 2-8

Articles about energy management and water heating systems, the 40 Under 40 winners, advice on managing your boss, the project manager’s role in marketing, and smart building integration were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 2-8. Were you out last week? Miss something. You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Smart Grid April 11, 2014

Microgrids: Consulting-specifying engineers must be ready

Microgrids appear poised for a wide adoption. As a result, consulting-specifying engineers should be aware of how microgrids affect substation designs in commercial and industrial applications.

By Sam Sciacca
Smart Grid January 27, 2014

Data center design: Electrical and power systems

In the information age, data centers are one of the most critical components of a facility. If the data center isn’t reliable, business can’t be done. This is a review of the key electrical and power issues in data centers.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Smart Grid September 30, 2013

Energy harvesting power for the Internet of Things

Energy harvesting wireless technology easily interconnects thousands of individual devices in a system, opening up unlimited processing and monitoring applications.

By Laurent Giai-Miniet, EnOcean, Oberhaching (Munich), Germany
Smart Grid July 3, 2013

Smart grid improves energy usage, helps meet building codes

By offering Smart Grid solutions to your clients, you can help them become more energy efficient.

By Brian Dauskurdas, Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, Pa.
Smart Grid June 21, 2013

Report: Smart Grid sensors market to double by 2014

By 2014, IHS predicts that the Smart Grid sensors market will more than double in size from estimated 2012 levels, with annual revenue topping $100 million for the first time in 2015.

By IHS Inc.
Smart Grid June 13, 2013

Green power roundtable: Exploring green impacts of electrical distribution systems

Energy efficiency is a buzzword for building owners and engineers' clients. Demand for distributed generation (DG) and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, is growing rapidly. Here, a group of experts discuss the impact that DG (10 MW or less) and renewable energy sources, which are connected to the utility at the distribution level, have on distribution system reliability.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor; and Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Smart Grid June 11, 2013

Understanding Smart Grid interconnections, interfaces, and standards

Standards provide engineers with a starting point that will work throughout the U.S.

By Sam Sciacca, SCS Consulting, Winsted, Conn.
Smart Grid December 12, 2012

Connecting buildings to the Smart Grid

Engineers should know the NIST and ASHRAE standards for the Smart Grid, and be aware of the availability of Smart Grid-ready products for commercial buildings.

By Mark Fisher, PE, LEED AP
Smart Grid February 13, 2012

Danfoss gives HVAC 2012 industry outlook

Danfoss' senior leaders offered their perspective on energy efficiency, the Smart Grid, and refrigerants at a press conference.

Smart Grid June 6, 2011

Energy efficiency, Smart Grid technology shared among U.S., Russia

The United States and Russia are cooperating on energy efficiency and the Smart Grid, sharing best practices.

By Source: USAID
Smart Grid November 11, 2009

EnOcean Alliance announces open-specification for wireless sensors

The first global, open-specification for energy-harvesting wireless sensors was announced by the EnOcean Alliance at Greenbuild 2009.

By Source: EnOcean Alliance
Smart Grid May 13, 2009

DOE requests $2.3 billion for efficiency, renewable energy

The FY 2010 budget will expand the use of renewable energy sources and improve the energy transmission structure.

By Source: Dept. of Energy
Smart Grid February 17, 2009

What’s in the stimulus bill for engineers?

Chief editor Michael Ivanovich ponders the multi-billion dollar stimulus bill, and how it affects engineers.

By Michael Ivanovich

A Letter From The Editor

Consulting-Specifying Engineer is written and peer reviewed by engineers and industry professionals. These engineers design, specify and commission mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), fire/life safety, lighting and controls systems for nonresidential buildings. Consulting-Specifying Engineer covers codes and standards, smart and high-performance buildings and design specifications in a variety of commercial buildings.

Amara Rozgus - Consulting-Specifying Engineer