Behavioral DSM Worth $2.5B in 2024

Carl Weinschenk

The behavioral and analytical demand-side management category will grow from $214.7 million this year to $2.5 billion in 2024, according to Navigant Research. Analytical demand-side management refers to the behavioral aspects of energy usage, including the impact of consumer education, individual participation and the ability to find energy savings opportunities through equipment monitoring and data analytics,   …Continue Reading

Energy Stats for Boston Buildings Online

Carl Weinschenk

Energy metrics for buildings in Boston now are available, according to The Daily Free Press. The website, which was created by Greenovate Boston, will help link building management to energy efficiency incentives and financing programs that are available to them. The story says that large buildings are responsible for about half the greenhouse gas emissions   …Continue Reading

The Tie Between Cyber Security and Energy Management

Carl Weinschenk

A feature at Chain Store Age makes the point that corporate security and energy management initiatives and technology have a lot in common and can be implemented in tandem. New software that uses private or public/private hybrid clouds to support energy management and security software can simultaneously increase data safety and “significantly” cut energy costs. The writer cites   …Continue Reading

Six Steps to a Winning GRESB Audit

Carl Weinschenk

National Real Estate Investor offers six strategies to prepare for the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), a program that rates real estate portfolios for sustainability performance. The suggestions are: Focus on reporting “stakeholder engagement” and “performance indicators.” Utilize the easiest sources to get data. Take a realistic view of the organization’s sustainability policies. Create   …Continue Reading

Assessing Data Center Energy

Carl Weinschenk

Data Center Knowledge this week tackled the important but tricky issue of assessing energy usage in a data center. More specifically, the question focused on is how to determine power usage effectiveness (PUE). The challenge is finding a reliable and consistent means of separating power used for IT equipment with infrastructure energy use. The line   …Continue Reading

Advanced Protective Relay Market to Grow

Carl Weinschenk

The advanced protective relay sector is growing in sophistication and giving utilities new features and capabilities, such as sub-second monitoring and data collection, according to Navigant Research. These devices are used to manage and control transmission and distribution grids, and the data they collect on grid conditions is highly actionable and otherwise valuable. Navigant found   …Continue Reading

Meter Analytics Firm Aquicore Gets Seed Money

Carl Weinschenk

Aquicore, a company that increase meter intelligence, has gotten $3.1 million in seed money from the 1776 Seed Fund of Washington, D.C. Aquicore partners with meter manufacturers to help building managers access the data, which can be monitored and analyzed. The company doesn’t partner with utilities, but it can help them achieve their energy efficiency   …Continue Reading

ASHRAE Proposes “Backbone” for Building Rating Programs

Karen Henry

ASHRAE has proposed a standard that would serve as the “backbone” for the content of building rating programs. According to ASHARE, various building rating systems are used to rate buildings, and each yields varying results. By providing a non-commercial consensus standard that can be used in international, national and regional legislation, policy making and regulation   …Continue Reading

The Importance of Energy Storage System Software

Carl Weinschenk

David Miller, the Director of Business Development for Greensmith, describes the importance of software to energy storage systems in a commentary at Clean Technica. The proper software optimizes system performance, runs complex applications and future-proofs systems as technology shifts. There are important elements to consider during the design, integration and operational phases. Overall maintenance also is   …Continue Reading

Embue Tops in Z-Wave Labs Program

Carl Weinschenk

The Z-Wave Alliance – an open consortium aimed at pushing the Z-Wave wireless communications protocol – announced that Embue is the summer winner of its Z-Wave Labs program. Z-Wave is an automation protocol for homes. Embue, which released its product last year, is developing technology that will enable multifamily property managers to reduce energy and   …Continue Reading