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What is Cogeneration, or CHP?

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 8, 2017 2:15:00 PM / by Scott Burrows posted in Energy Consumption, energy conservation, Virtual Energy Manager

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Cogeneration(Combined Heat and Power or CHP) is the generation of electricity and other energy jointly, especially the utilization of the steam left over from electricity generation to produce heat. Cogeneration is a great way to increase the efficiency of your energy usage. For example a Microturbine-Powered CHP application can increase energy efficiency from 28% to 80% plus. Cogeneration is a great way to improve your energy efficiency and save money.

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Virtual Energy Manager A White Paper

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Scott Burrows posted in energy management, Virtual Energy Manager

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Introduction

Have you ever wondered about your energy consumption? Why is it so high? Why am I paying what I am paying? How do I reduce my energy consumption? What impact does my energy consumption have on the world around me? These, and many more, are all questions you have asked if you are the one paying the bills and worrying about reducing costs. As we continue to progress and develop more technologies to make our lives better and more efficient, energy needs and more importantly costs, will continue to rise. Many companies do not have the time or resources to address these issues. The reality is, energy has high costs associated with it, but you need to consume energy, there is no way around it. To add to the confusion, many people are trying to sell you some device or system that fixes whatever energy problems they have determined you have. Which of your options are the most productive and useful for your facility, with the best ROI, ranging from an LED lighting retrofit to a Solar System installation, knowing where to start can be a daunting, if not impossible task to take on.

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Summa Energy Solutions & Vitality Energy: Our Story... So Far.

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 2, 2017 4:00:00 PM / by Clayton Erekson posted in Energy Consumption, energy management, Energy Leadership, Virtual Energy Manager

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Vitality Energy was originally formed as Summa Energy Solutions by my co-founder Christopher Atkins. Like most business ideas, Summa was born out of necessity. At the time Chris was working as a controls operator at the University of Utah.

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Why Virtual Energy Managers Can Save Companies Thousands.

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 1, 2017 2:00:00 AM / by Clayton Erekson posted in energy management, real-time metering, Virtual Energy Manager

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Business today is changing rapidly. They way we conducted business ten years ago looks and sounds completely outdated compared to how we conduct business today. In today's business everything is virtual, we now have virtual office spaces, outsourced CFO's and virtual assistance. In the same way sales professionals can now close sales without the need to travel across the country.

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Energy Prediction and Being Pro-Active With Energy Management

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 21, 2017 2:30:00 PM / by Scott Burrows posted in Energy Analytics, real-time metering, Virtual Energy Manager

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William Edwards Deming once said, "Management is not playing games; management is prediction". This quote, describes perfectly, a vital aspect in the goal to manage your energy consumption and, by managing it, reduce it. The ability to understand your energy consumption, and then be able to predict future usage, is absolutely necessary, if you wish to reach your goals.

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Why Superstorm Sandy Couldn’t Stop Microturbine Power

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 10, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Clayton Erekson posted in Virtual Energy Manager, cogen, CHP

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When lightning knocked out power in the new wing of a California hospital, staff held small battery-powered spotlights while the surgeon closed down the emergency operation. Fire trucks soon illuminated the room with portable lights through the windows and the surgeon completed the operation.

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What is Measurement & Verification?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 6, 2017 1:18:28 PM / by Scott Burrows posted in Energy Consumption, Measurement & Verification, Metering, real-time metering, Virtual Energy Manager

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Measurement and Verification (M&V) is the term used to identify the process of understanding the savings achieved by an Energy Conservation Measure (ECM). There are many facets to a proper M&V, and I would like to take you through some of them and illustrate how Vitality Energy can help with your M&V.

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