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THG Energy Achieves OpenADR 2.0b Certification

Linda Hardesty

THG Energy Solutions received OpenADR 2.0b certification from the OpenADR Alliance for its automated demand response system. THG’s software as a service (SaaS) consists of a customer portal, as well as a proprietary ADR controller designed to provide commercial facilities with electricity price and event-based response capability. The OpenADR 2.0b compliance standard streamlines the communication   …Continue Reading

Peak Load Incentives Boosted in New York City

William Opalka

Peak load incentives for the expected surge in electricity demand this summer have been boosted by 60 percent over last year’s level in New York City. Energy services company ConEdison Solutions is telling developers, building owners and institutions to take advantage of major increases in the incentives offered to large energy users. The proposed incentive   …Continue Reading

Small Box Retail: Think Outside the Energy Box

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Management Systems (EMS’s) are ubiquitous in the big box retail environment, and even in medium box stores, but have been less so in small box retail (defined for our purposes as facilities under 10,000 sq. ft.), although that appears to be changing. What has been unique about the small box world, and why are   …Continue Reading

Software Defined Power in Load Balanced Web Services Environments

Jennifer Hermes

Application load balancing is done by distributing workload across many computer servers.  In the hosting industry, it is commonly used for balancing http(s) traffic over multiple nodes acting together as a web service.  A load balancer will enable users to optimally distribute traffic from a single access point to any number of servers using any number   …Continue Reading

Nest, ComEd Partner to Offer Energy Rebates

Linda Hardesty

ComEd is partnering with Nest Labs to offer up to $140 in rebates for Illinois residential customers who purchase a Nest Learning Thermostat and participate in ComEd’s demand response program. In January, Google announced it was purchasing Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. Although Nest thermostats are for residential customers, the concept is likely to be   …Continue Reading

Demand Response the Best Cure for Ailing Grid in Texas

Jennifer Hermes

The Texas Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has, yet again, kicked the can down the road on securing reliable energy to power the state’s growing population. The PUC, the state agency charged with managing electricity rates, meets to securely plan for the future, yet they continue to delay planning meetings. This will benefit no one in   …Continue Reading

Military Uses Microgrid for Forward Operating Bases

Linda Hardesty

Eaton launched a microgrid management system to enhance the efficiency and reliability of military forward operating bases. The new Mobile Power Distribution System can transform independently operating generators into a demand-managed microgid. In initial testing at US military base Fort Devens, the systems reduced fuel consumption in excess of 30 percent. The Mobile Power Distribution   …Continue Reading

Automated Demand Response Comes to San Antonio

William Opalka

What may be the largest automated demand response (ADR) program by a municipal utility is coming to San Antonio as Honeywell and CPS Energy embark on a two-year program after a successful pilot last year. The utility will use technology and services from Honeywell to connect and collaborate with commercial and industrial customers to adjust electricity   …Continue Reading

EnerNOC Releases Latest Software Platform

Leon Walker

EnerNOC has launched an updated software platform (screenshot pictured), which provides enterprise users improved visibility into the three main drivers of energy cost: how energy is purchased; how energy is used; and when energy is used, the company says. EnerNOC‘s platform enhancements also include a number of new features designed to accelerate implementation. Notable features in EnerNOC’s   …Continue Reading

Con Ed Entices Multi-Family Building Owners with Demand Response

Linda Hardesty

Con Edison in New York is boosting the incentives to large multi-tenant owners who participate in demand response this summer. If asked to curtail energy, building owners will now be paid about $2 for every kilowatt they save compared to $1 last year, reports Crains New York. Among a variety of incentives, the utility is   …Continue Reading

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