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Energy & Sustainability News and Events

 

This is shaping up to be an incredibly busy season at JouleX! Kicking off our list of upcoming events will be Josef Brunner, discussing Managing energy costs in the Enterprise and Data Center. Learn more about that here:

ICT Energy Management: Manage energy costs in the Enterprise and the Data CentreJosef Brunner

By Indi Sall

By Josef Brunner

When and Where?

Wednesday 17th October, 15:50 - 16:20

Theatre: Architectures for Business Transformation

The Network is the unifying link between all ICT devices and smart organizations have rolled out client-less solutions to monitor, analyze and manage energy costs in their ICT infrastructure. NG Bailey and JouleX present live client scenarios in which intelligent energy management solutions can help you manage ICT energy usage in distributed organizations, data centers and campuses enabling energy costs reduction while gaining granular visibility of ICT energy consumption. 

Join the Chief Architect of JouleX and NG Bailey's Technical director in discussing real world examples of ICT Energy management in the Network Optimization theatre.

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Here are some of the recent sustainability and energy management articles to cross my desk. I hope they're as interesting to you as they were to me. 

Sustainable procurement makes good business sense

"With 'sustainable' and 'eco-friendly' becoming more and more important in the corporate world, we look at how to make your company more 'green' from the bottom up in eight easy steps."

 

Energy Department Announces Federal Energy Management Award Winners

"The Energy Department on October 4 announced the winners of the thirty-first annual Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These awards recognize the commitment made by federal agencies to invest in efficiency measures that save taxpayer money and increase U.S. energy security. This year's award winners saved a total of 6 trillion Btu of energy, nearly 2 billion gallons of water, and almost $165 million during fiscal year 2011."

 

The rent is too damn high, but big data means the power bill isn’t

"Rent prices are higher than ever, but a growing number of startups are working to analyze our homes’ energy use so we can save money by using less power. Their approaches might differ, but data and analytics are the ties that bind them all."

 

Lighting Offers Opportunities To Cut Energy Use

"If the goal is to cut energy use, one of the best places to look for opportunities is lighting. The Department of Energy estimates that 25 to 35 percent of the power used in most buildings goes to lighting."

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Friday Roundup - All Things Energy

 
It's time for another Friday Roundup from the JouleX team. We share some of the great articles about JouleX and articles from around the web that we found to be informative. We hope you'll enjoy them.Friday Roundup
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We'd love to know what articles caught your eye this week! Please share them in the comments section.

Team JouleX wishes you a great weekend!

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JouleX Proud to Participate in Sam Nunn Bank of America Policy Forum

 

JouleX is proud to participate in this year's Sam Nunn Bank of America Policy Forum at the Georgia Institute of Technology, themed Energy and Security: Global Challenges, Local Opportunities. The Sam Nunn Bank of America Policy Forum brings together noted academic, government, and private sector experts on technology, public policy, and international affairs to address issues of immediate importance to the nation.

We are excited to see the issue of energy being addressed by this group and proud that JouleX president and CEO, Thomas Noonan, was asked to contribute to the discussion. 

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Open to the public, the Policy Forum was developed from former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn’s vision of increasing understanding among policymakers, academic researchers, technologists, and citizens. Senator Nunn is a Distinguished Professor at The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech.

The Policy Forum is designed to connect the academic and policymaking communities to craft effective and creative responses to critical challenges confronting the United States in the twenty-first century. Transcending disciplinary boundaries and engaging scholars, practitioners, students, and interested citizens, the Policy Forum offers a significant venue for policy-relevant research and dialogue. Insights and findings produced at the forum are shared with policymakers and the broader public through congressional testimony, circulation of proceedings, policy papers, journal articles, and educational television and Internet broadcasts. 

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Friday Roundup - Green Energy Articles from Around the Web

 

With Earth Day approaching, the news and blog worlds are abuzz with articles about green energy, sustainable business, and ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some of the most interesting articles we found, and the articles you may have missed on the JouleX blog!

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 From the JouleX Green IT Blog:

Other great articles worth a read:

  • Pro-Business, Pro-Environment - Article by UNEP Climate hero and endurance athlete Charles Scott
  • Reducing All Energy Use Can Have an Impact at the Gas Pump - Gas prices are expected to breach four dollars per gallon this week and residents could see some relief through better energy management in general, according to experts.
  • Green IT Projects Struggle for Green Light - IT admins charged with cutting energy costs find it easier to buy greener gear than to get high-ROI green initiatives approved.
  • When it Comes to Energy Efficiency, Knowledge = Power Reduction - A new White House initiative underscores the notion that more consumers would reduce their electricity consumption, if it was easier to track in real time.
  • Beyond the Hour: Earth Hour City Challenge For A Low Carbon Economy- Founded in Sweden to celebrate Earth Hour 2011, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live and inspiring other cities to do the same.
    Founded in Sweden to celebrate Earth Hour 2011, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live and inspiring other cities to do the same.

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    Founded in Sweden to celebrate Earth Hour 2011, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live and inspiring other cities to do the same.

    Source: Ecopreneurist (http://s.tt/18kka)

  • Gartner: 10 Key IT Trends for 2012 - Energy Efficiency and Monitoring is up to #3 on the list, from #7 last year.

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Founded in Sweden to celebrate Earth Hour 2011, the Earth Hour City Challenge initiative has been created to celebrate cities that are taking amazing steps forward in creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city to live and inspiring other cities to do the same.

Source: Ecopreneurist (http://s.tt/18kka)

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Roundup 2/17/2012 - Sustainability, Green Tech, & Other Cool Stuff

 

 

This week's round up is a collaborative effort with several of our team members. We hope you enjoy the reads, and another fabulous Dilbert strip.

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  • How EnergyStar is working on the Green Data Center of the Future- "Rolling out this year ... are two new certifications and a long-awaited updated to the servers spec, and to find out more about how they're progressing, I talked to R.J. Meyers, Energy Star's Data Center Products Lead, about how the EPA is working to green the data center from within."
  • 7 Smart Grid Projects that are Turning Heads- "We’re at a juncture in the smart grid market where utilities are moving beyond the expected and taking next step with advanced technologies – from the flywheel systems protecting Austin Energy’s new control center to SAIC’s “Smart Grid as a Service” that supports critical energy management systems in remote Alaskan villages."
  • Coca Cola: Reasons to Believe- "In the company’s effort to increase transparency across its sustainability platform, this year’s report was created using stakeholder feedback and, for the first time, follows the disclosure and reporting requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to achieve a self-declared grade level “B+.” "
  • Why Invest in Your Employees for a Sustainable Business Culture?- What is the correlation between employee investment and a sustainable business culture?
  • How the Military Uses Green Tech To Save Soldiers' Lives- "On the battlefield–”in theater” in military parlance–reducing energy consumption isn’t about saving money or the planet, and it’s got zero to do with anyone’s political beliefs."
  • Energy Department and Department of Commerce Announce $1.3 Million for Clean Energy Workforce- "As part of the President’s blueprint for an American economy built to last, the Energy Department and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program have announced up to $1.3 million for training programs to provide commercial building professionals with critical skills needed to optimize building efficiency, reduce waste, and save money"

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Happy Halloween from JouleX

 

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DON'T LET YOUR ENERGY BILLS BE THE
SCARIEST THING YOU SEE THIS HALLOWEEN!

 

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Sheraton Urges Guests to Save Energy

 

During a recent trip Josef Brunner, JouleX Chief Architect and co-founder, noticed that the Four Points Sheraton in San Francisco has added an energy conservation notice to their in-room information book.

"A NOTE ABOUT OUR ENERGY CRISIS AND THE TEMPORARY ENERGY SURCHARGE

Recently energy costs in the U.S. have increased dramatically, especially in the State of California where there have been supply shortages.  From time to time, California’s demand for electricity has exceeded the available supply. In order to avoid a failure of the States’ electric distribution system, the Independent Systems Operator has been forced to temporarily cut electric supply to regions within our state. These are the “rolling black-outs” you have heard about.

While we hope that you do not experience a rolling black-out during your stay, it is possible. For your information, the Indepentend Systems Operator (ISO) issues advisories letting Californians know that they, the ISO, are expecting a shortfall. These ISO warnings are categorized as either state 1, 2, or 3 emergencies, with stage 3 indicating the institution of rolling black-outs is either highly likely or imminent. On alert days, we must do our part to conserve energy.

During your stay you may want to pay more attention to our news broadcasts to become aware of any possible rolling black-outs. If operating computer equipment, you may want to take precautions such as use your battery for power supply or make frequent sa ves to your hard disk.


We would like to engage the efforts of our guests to help us conserve energy in guest rooms whenever possible.

    • Turn off all lights when you leave the room
    • Turn off TV and radio while you’re out of the room
    • Adjust the thermostat to conserve energy
    • Keep windows closed while air conditioner or heater is on

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Rolling black-outs and desperate need for energy conservation are not new to California, but it is a relatively new situation for the rest of the industrialized world. Now, more than ever, corporations and individuals alike need to focus on energy efficiency in our daily lives and extend those practices to their work lives as well. JouleX commends corporations like Sheraton who are doing their part to help reduce energy use.

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How Much Energy Does Fantasy Football Take?

 

It’s almost Football Season! Now that the contract disputes are all sorted out and we're sure that there will be NFL football for the 2011 season.  Nobody (well, other than the teams themselves) will be happier to see football season come than the Fantasy Football players… all 32 MILLION of them.

Since we’re in the business of energy management, we wondered exactly how much energy Fantasy Football, as an entertainment outlet, uses in a typical season. You might be surprised at the outcome. We certainly were.

Estimated Players:

32 MILLION

Average Hours per Week

3

Pre/Regular/Post Season Length

24 weeks

Total Computing Hours per Season

2.4 BILLION

Estimated kwh of Energy Used per Season (Assuming 200 watt hours per PC/Monitor)

480 MILLION kwh

Total Cost of Energy Used (Assuming $.09 kwh)

$43,200,000.00

 

We took the information above, and ran it through the Equivalency tool on the EPA website to see what this looks like in tangible terms.

480 million kwh of electricity produces 330,987 Metric Tons of Carbon Emissions.  What does that mean in terms that everyone can understand?

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EPA Equivalency Results – 480 MILLION kwh of Energy impacts the environment the same as:

Annual greenhouse gas emissions from 64,899 passenger vehicles

CO2 emissions from 37,106,134 gallons of gasoline consumed

CO2 emissions from 769,737 barrels of oil consumed

CO2 emissions from 4,365 tanker trucks’ worth of gasoline

CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 41,270 homes for one year

Carbon sequestered by 8,486,839 tree seedlings grown for 10 years

CO2 emissions from 13,791,113 propane cylinders used for home barbeques

 

That is an awful lot of football love! Maybe the Fantasy Football companies should add a carbon offset option to their packaging. Wouldn't it be cool to be able to buy carbon offsets for the energy used on those weekly trades, roster changes, or all those forum posts? We think so.

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Juniper Showcases JouleX Energy Manager at Partner Conference

 

 

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JouleX is proud to have been featured at Juniper’s 7th Annual Americas Partner Conference this week in Phoenix. Tom Noonan, JouleX CEO, and Kevin Johnson, Juniper CEO, shared the stage to show the ease at pulling energy consumption and utilization information from all network-connected devices and systems (particularly Juniper devices) and the ease at which it is possible by integrating through the Juniper Junos Space Software Development Kit (SDK).

Tom demonstrated how the JouleX Energy Manager (JEM) agentless technology acts as a virtual energy meter, and with it a company does not have to install smart meters or physical meters to retrieve energy data on IP-connected devices. JEM runs entirely as a network application and does not require agents or other software on any endpoint that is measured. To achieve this, JouleX has worked closely with manufacturers, such as Juniper to integrate with its newly released Junos Space SDK.  Junos Space provides energy data to the JouleX Energy Manager. The energy data reported by Junos Space can be easily integrated with other device energy data.

With JEM, you can view energy information in context to your business:

  • By application
  • By facility or location
  • By rack in a datacenter
  • By make or model of device
  • By organization or business unit
  • Or a variety of other means

Juniper’s rich set of services with Junos Space SDK allows JEM to quickly integrate and collect energy information in a matter of minutes. Just by adding the Junos Space Asset Connector, JEM immediately begins monitoring the energy on any device being managed by Junos Space. 

The ability to view energy is important to our customers. The integration of Junos Space SDK and JEM allows our joint customers to closely monitor energy in the datacenter and throughout their enterprise networks - giving them the ability to better manage their procurement processes and achieve corporate sustainability goals.

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Can I turn a parasitic energy loss into a gain?

 

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Wiki defines parasitic loss as often applied to devices that take energy from the engine in order to enhance the engine's ability to create more energy.

When thinking about parasitic losses (in terms of energy), I tend to reflect on three things;

1) Could this loss provide some sort of benefit to the system?

2) Is the loss just a complete waste of energy or perhaps a luxury?

3) Could there be a way to convert a wasteful loss into a beneficial loss?

An oil pump on an engine is considered to be very necessary, but it takes horsepower away from the engine! However, it’s benefit is far greater than the loss of power, as it provides lubrication for the engine, and that in turn provides more horsepower.  So while there is a cost to run the oil pump, it in turn provides an efficient benefit that would otherwise be lost as heat!   

Most of us consider brakes very necessary (at least I hope we think of brakes as necessary) to the car, but they were designed to slow the car with no thought to the energy lost when we stop.  Very wasteful indeed!  Brakes use friction to stop the car, and all that energy that was spent to put the car in motion now is lost as heat. Not only that, but you have to pay to get moving again!

But what if we could turn a parasitic loss into something useful?  Or reusable?  Hybrid cars now turn that heat from braking into a way to charge the car’s batteries. Rather than waste the energy that was once lost as heat, we can put that energy back where we need it! Nothing is 100% efficient of course, but if there’s anyplace to recapture heat and put it back as energy that’s something that can provide some nice efficiencies!

Do you leave your car running when you come home? I would certainly hope not… So why do many of us simply walk away from our computers and leave them on?  They burn power all night, and in the summer, they produce heat that the air conditioners have to continuously cool.  If we could recapture this loss, we could reduce an unnecessary waste into something profitable!

Convenience is big key to enabling power savings, and an important aspect to turn parasitic loss into a profit.  Of course it just easier to get up and walk away from the computer, but if we could automate control and turn unnecessary energy use into savings, the dollars can really add up!

So where are the parasitic energy losses in your environment?  I’ve outlined a few that come to mind:

  • Servers that are on but not being utilized or even used
  • Computers that are on when the end user isn’t using them
  • Network devices that are on with no traffic
  • VoIP phones that are on 100% of the time
  • Printers when not in use
  • Lighting systems on with no one home
  • AC and Heating systems over cooling or over heating. 

What other areas do you see that could be parasitic draws?

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