Category Archives: Energy

Powering smarter buildings with Grid 2.0

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The U.S. power grid summons to mind colossal-sized images: sky-high transmission towers, enormous generating stations and soaring high-voltage transmission lines. It’s a vast, mature and highly complicated infrastructure that continues to keep our homes and businesses illuminated, temperature controlled and vibrantly humming with energy.

Green_PowerGridThe current grid is made up of 2.7 million miles of power lines with power from 5,800 power plants regulated by 3,200 utilities. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuel power plants using coal, oil or natural gas generate 70 percent of the power for the U.S. with nuclear power plants generating 20 percent. There is a need to not only address the current grid model, but to improve the grid, how we access it and, more importantly, how we pay for energy.

As markets rapidly evolve in an increasingly connected world, power grid technology is physically becoming smaller and our energy density is becoming greater. Thanks to wireless communications and innovative software applications, we are able to integrate electricity generation, transmission and load with data analytics to better understand what is happening on both sides of an electrical meter. It’s called Grid 2.0, and it’s no longer the grid of the future thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). It is quickly becoming the grid of the here and now, analyzing and integrating data, and adjusting, distributing and personalizing energy based on real-time supply and demand.… Read More

The Future of LEDs: Key Takeaways from the Solid-State Lighting Technology Development Workshop

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) hosted its annual Solid-State Lighting (SSL, or better known as LED) Technology Development Workshop in Denver, CO on November 16th and 17th.  The event was attended by 180 industry members from various backgrounds including, manufacturers, utilities, designers, municipalities and academia, all working to drive mass adoption of LEDs throughout the US.

The workshop challenged the status quo, asking tough questions to lighting industry experts in order to identify technological… Read More

Total Impact: a game changing methodology

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A groundbreaking approach known as Total Impact (TI) is helping companies to realize the impact they have not only on workplace and employees, but also on society, the environment and the economy. The methodology builds off existing financial reporting as well as corporate sustainability and integrated reporting.

JLL is currently piloting a TI assessment in the UK. While JLL is still in the process of calculating impacts, Sophie Walker, UK Head of Sustainability at JLL,… Read More

Energy storage: achieving the cardinal rule of electricity

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The cardinal rule of electricity is that supply must equal demand at all times. When you flip a light switch, you expect the lights to go on. This rule has challenged utilities, regional transmission organizations, independent system operators and commercial, industrial and residential consumers since the time of Edison. Generally fossil-fired and nuclear generation must run continuously while renewable energy is subject to the intermittency inherent in solar and wind resources.  Moreover, forecasting demand… Read More

Managing real estate is critical to managing climate change

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In  advance of the COP22 conference that was held in Marrakech November 7-18, JLL’s CEO, Christian Ulbrich, shares his thoughts on the important role commercial real estate plays on environmental sustainability in COP 22’s Climate Change: The New Economy. Read the full article here.

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