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Power suppliers are increasingly relying on businesses to run their standby diesel generators but the government also faces a challenge to meet air quality limits. Is it possible to have both? Courtesy: Arup
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
Power market regulation is hard for governments to operate. Game theory can potentially provide incentives for acceptable prices and stable supply. Courtesy: ARUP
Smart Grid January 6, 2017

Arup Thoughts: Game theory balances power markets

The effects of game theory can force suppliers to react in a way that restores order to the market, optimizes the amount of energy generated, and produces a rational price for consumers.

By Sergey Rozhenko, Arup, Moscow
Smart Grid December 19, 2016

Project in Progress: Apex Friendship Middle School December update

3D imaging is also enabling the design team to address potential issues.

By Dewberry
Figure 1: In this main switchboard room, switchboards targeted for replacement are shown. All graphics courtesy: CannonDesign
Smart Grid November 29, 2016

Assessing replacement of electrical systems

Replacement of electrical systems is a study of economics and risk. Factors including age, safety, reliability, efficiency, and energy costs must be weighed in conjunction with replacement costs and liability risk to formulate and prioritize upgrade plans. A comprehensive cost-benefit analysis study for each electrical subsystem will allow facilities to plan short-term and long-term expenditures for maintenance and upgrade programs for prudent facility reinvestments, replacements, and growth.

By Theodore Fowler, PE, PEng, LEED AP, CannonDesign, Grand Island, N.Y.
The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects regarding sustainable buildings/energy effic
Smart Grid October 28, 2016

Exploring the high demands for higher education facilities: sustainable buildings/energy efficiency

The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects regarding sustainable buildings/energy efficiency.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects regarding electrical/lighting/power. Courtes
Smart Grid October 21, 2016

Exploring the high demands for higher education facilities: electrical/lighting/power

The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects regarding electrical/lighting/power.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects.
Smart Grid October 20, 2016

Exploring the high demands for higher education facilities

The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Despite (or as a result of) an economic downturn, the use of renewable energy options has grown over the past few years. This growth has been supported by federal and state programs including federal tax credits, state renewable portfolio standards, and a
Smart Grid September 26, 2016

Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems

Despite (or as a result of) an economic downturn, the use of renewable energy options has grown over the past few years. This growth has been supported by federal and state programs including federal tax credits, state renewable portfolio standards, and a federal renewable fuels standard.

By Robert R. Jones Jr., PE, LEED AP; and Leslie Fernandez, PE, LEED AP, JBA Cons
The need for efficiency improvement has traditionally been converted into incremental goals that could be ratcheted up through the revision of standards. Courtesy: Danfoss
Smart Grid August 12, 2016

A systems future for commercial buildings

The need for efficiency improvement has traditionally been converted into incremental goals that could be ratcheted up through the revision of standards.

By Drake Erbe, Airxchange Inc.; Richard Lord, Carrier Corp.; and Lisa Tryson, Danfo