Unlocking the Value of Real Time Energy Management Systems

Posted by Tom Ehart, Director of Marketing Communications on May 31, 2018 10:50:56 AM

As the pursuit of reduced energy usage and decreased energy spending as part of achieving corporate financial and sustainability goals continues to escalate on the world stage, the need for utility and energy service managers, property owners, building managers, and tenants to have real-time data on energy usage — as well as the ability to manage, monitor and analyze that data — becomes more critical than it has ever been before. Likewise, the demand for real-time energy services that can tap into current market prices increases each day, creating a necessity for technologies that can provide accurate, real-time energy data.

As a newly qualified System Provider for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) program, Blue Pillar’s Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform is at the forefront of delivering on the promise of real-time energy data. With its ability to connect to the broadest variety of Energy Things® regardless of make, model or vintage, including access to data from Building Automation Systems and Building Management Systems, Aurora is a cloud-based solution for providing best-in-class, behind-the-meter energy networks and IoT-driven energy data with the ability to meet the needs of utilities, energy providers, applications solution providers, and Commercial and Industrial (C&I) customers alike. With a proven track record of achieving the highest levels of data accuracy and timeliness, Aurora’s cutting-edge, IoT technology is transforming the way companies manage, consume, and buy energy.

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Topics: DERs, Distributed Energy Resources, RTEM

Top 5 Trends in Commercial Real Estate Energy Management Solved by Blue Pillar’s Energy IoT Platform: Part 2

Posted by Robert Garrett, Sales Director on Oct 5, 2017 9:11:00 AM

In Part 1 of this blog series, we began to tackle the problems facing Commercial Real Estate (CRE) firms in the area of energy management. We discussed how Blue Pillar’s  Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform eliminates the need for custom SCADA networks and provides fast and cost-effective solutions for scaling across multiple facilities in disparate geographic locations that have diverse sets of energy assets. There’s no need to rip and replace each facility’s legacy hardware infrastructure. Aurora “digitizes” assets into an IoT network and our proprietary solution remembers the configuration for each piece of equipment and each building surveyed so that knowledge can then be applied against all remaining buildings to create a rapid deployment across a national, and international, footprint. Yet additional questions still need to be addressed:

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Topics: Energy Management, Centralized Facility Management, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Energy IoT, Commercial Real Estate

Top 5 Trends in Commercial Real Estate Energy Management Solved by Blue Pillar’s Energy IoT Platform: Part 1

Posted by Robert Garrett, Sales Director on Oct 3, 2017 9:34:48 AM

As the owners of widely diverse building portfolios throughout the United States — some new, some old — Commercial Real Estate (CRE) firms host hundreds of tenants who use varying amounts of energy 24/7/365. These CRE firms have had a front row seat in experiencing the problems and challenges of energy management. Over the years, many of the building energy needs have changed while legacy hardware infrastructure has remained the same. Hardware assets may have become stranded, while generation assets that are decades old may still have many years of usable life left in them. Electric and water meters may have been updated in some locations, but not in others. And all these systems have become more diverse and complex as the buildings are bought and sold. It’s this history that makes commercial buildings such an interesting energy management challenge to solve. And as the need for more sophisticated billing and consumption data becomes a priority to CRE organizations, the question they must answer remains the same: “Are we able to get the real-time data necessary to meet our current and future energy management needs from this aging energy infrastructure of disparate ‘Energy Things’?”

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Topics: Energy Management, Centralized Facility Management, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Energy IoT, Commercial Real Estate

Blue Pillar Wins Prestigious Frost & Sullivan Growth Leadership Award for Behind-the-Meter Internet- of-Energy, Part 3:  Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS)

Posted by Todd Krause, Chief Commercial Officer on Sep 28, 2017 9:45:00 AM

In our last blog post, we outlined the factors that contributed to Blue Pillar’s selection as the winner of Frost & Sullivan’s Growth Excellence Leadership Award due to the ability to better address behind-the-meter connectivity needs of commercial and industrial (C&I) customers. But innovating in the ways to deliver exceptional customer value through our services-based approach was something that distinguished us from the competition.

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Topics: Energy Management, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Energy IoT, Award News, Energy Network-as-a-Service, Distributed Energy Resources

Blue Pillar Wins Prestigious Frost & Sullivan Growth Leadership Award for Behind-the-Meter Internet- of-Energy, Part 2: Open to Third-Party Software

Posted by Todd Krause, Chief Commercial Officer on Sep 21, 2017 9:45:00 AM

Highlighting the rapid emergence of distributed energy resources (DERs), the newly released report from Frost & Sullivan establishes the need for utilities and their commercial and industrial (C&I) customers  to create behind-the-meter networks of DERs to enable a number of applications including:

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Topics: Energy Management, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Energy IoT, Award News, Energy Network-as-a-Service, Distributed Energy Resources

Blue Pillar Wins Prestigious Frost & Sullivan Growth Leadership Award for Behind-the-Meter Internet- of-Energy, Part 1

Posted by Todd Krause, Chief Commercial Officer on Sep 19, 2017 9:43:28 AM

Today, Blue Pillar announced we were recognized with Frost & Sullivan’s “2017 North American Behind-the-meter Internet-of-Energy Growth Excellence Leadership Award” for connecting behind-the-meter assets that can help overcome reliability and resiliency challenges, while also being first in market to offer Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS). Each year, Frost & Sullivan bestows this award upon the company that demonstrates excellence in growth and customer value. It recognizes the superiority of the product/service, as well as the overall customer, purchase, ownership, and service experience offered, which has resulted in the recipient company seeing above-market growth and greater share of wallet. The award lauds the growth, diversification, and sustainability strategies of the company.

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Topics: Energy Management, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Energy IoT, Award News, Energy Network-as-a-Service, Distributed Energy Resources

Blue Pillar Enables Next-Gen Microgrids with Energy IoT; Part 2

Posted by Brad Witter, Co-Founder and CTO on Sep 18, 2017 10:39:07 AM

Picking up from Part I, as we evaluated the requirements from the Energy Service Provider, we realized that their microgrid needed to solve a series of complex problems:

First, our Energy IoT microgrid solution had to be able to connect all energy assets, such as emergency backup power, natural gas turbines, chillers, boilers and energy storage — regardless of make, model or vintage.

Second, it also had to be expansive enough to cover a diverse set of next generation assets that would be installed in a future-state, such as wind, solar, and vehicle-to-grid.

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Topics: Microgrids, Energy IoT, DERs, Distributed Energy Resources

Blue Pillar Enables Next-Gen Microgrids with Energy IoT; Part I

Posted by Brad Witter, Co-Founder and CTO on Sep 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. leaving more than 6 million without power for an extended period of time. While the ravages of the storm were nearly as brutal as those of Katrina seven years before, there were also lessons learned from Katrina the paid off during the storm and kept some facilities powered up. Varying forms of microgrids established at numerous locations proved to be invaluable in keeping facilities running as usual and individuals safe. For example, New York University’s co-generation system kept the campus up and running for days, as did Princeton University’s 40-megawatt co-gen facility that kept an entire multi-purpose complex of buildings, garages, homes and shopping facilities up and running as usual. But these examples only touch on part of what the true capabilities of a next-gen microgrid are.

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Topics: Microgrids

Outage-Proofing Your Businesses and Data Centers Part II

Posted by Tom Ehart, Director of Marketing Communications on Sep 7, 2017 9:19:00 AM

Forty years ago, in July of 1977, New York City experienced an historic blackout. In the span of an hour, almost every neighborhood from Yonkers to Manhattan was in the dark, giving the United States its first look at the crippling effects of power outages on a wide scale, affecting nearly 8 million people.

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Topics: Energy Management, Emergency Power Management, Critical Power, Energy IoT, Data Centers