Kimberly Getgen

Kim Getgen joined Blue Pillar as vice president of marketing in 2015 bringing a successful track record as a marketing veteran leading smart energy, cybersecurity and IoT start-ups in the Silicon Valley before returning to the east coast to lead Tollgrade Communications as its vice president of marketing. At Tollgrade, Kim was instrumental in helping the company become recognized as the worldwide leader of smart grid sensor solutions. As a result, in 2014, she was named “Maverick of the Year” by the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business. Previously, Kim was director of product marketing at Echelon Corporation, where she developed a product and partner readiness process that helped to significantly increase revenue and market share during her tenure. Prior to Echelon, Kim worked in the cybersecurity market for nearly 15 years where she served as vice president of marketing for a number of companies including Reconnex, a venture-backed start-up she co-founded, which was later acquired by McAfee. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University and a graduate degree in International Development Studies from Oxford University.
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IT/OT Convergence in Energy Management

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Aug 24, 2017 1:42:00 PM

At Blue Pillar, we’ve found that creating a close partnership between IT managers and the energy/facility department is key to creating a successful Energy IoT program. These two groups form a team that works to connect every energy asset the business, hospital, or data center may have into a singular, centralized platform.

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Topics: Centralized Facility Management, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Cybersecurity, Energy IoT, IT Infrastructure

Transforming Legacy “Energy Things” into an IoT-Enabled Powerhouse

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Aug 22, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Tired of getting stuck with old legacy and proprietary energy assets? Like you, we’ve seen it all. Stranded assets, trapped energy data, and projects with so much customized development they were too costly to complete.  When it comes to your energy management strategy, there’s no reason to be left in the dust with old legacy proprietary assets that cannot communicate real-time data when you need it. To be successful, you need real-time data from your entire energy fleet that can be Internet-enabled so you can proactively act on conditions and feed data into predictive systems ready to shed intelligence about the state of your energy use.

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Topics: Energy Management, Energy IoT

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 4: Parting Thoughts for Utilities

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As we’ve pointed out in the blog series, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), particularly in commercial and industrial (C&I) settings, are mushrooming. The U.S. Energy Information Administration Between estimates behind-the-meter distributed generation in the U.S. C&I sector increased by 400 percent from 2011-2014. Navigant Research expects global DER capacity to grow up to five times faster than new central station generation over the next five years and DER capacity in the U.S. to double by 2024.

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Topics: Microgrids, Energy IoT, DER, DERs

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 3: Energy Network-as-a-Service

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Over the past five years, the utility industry has faced unprecedented technological disruptions brought on by Energy IoT. A plethora of new, grid-connected devices have formed complex IoT networks featuring a variety of energy assets such as smart meters, sensors and even street lights. But what makes these systems “smart’”? It is the data that drives them.

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Topics: Behing-the-Meter Connectivity, Energy IoT, DER, DERs, Energy Network-as-a-Service

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 2: Addressing the Chaos Behind the Meter

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The energy environment behind the meter is becoming increasingly complex. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States has more than 12 million distributed generation units, representing about one-sixth of the capacity of the nation’s existing centralized power plants. Navigant Research expects global DER capacity to grow up to five times faster than new central station generation over the next five years.

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Topics: Internet of Things, Energy IoT, DER, DERs

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 1: The DER Opportunity

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Distributed energy resources (DERs) are mushrooming, particularly in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. Consider this: Between 2011 and 2015, distributed generation in the U.S. C&I sector increased by 400 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This growth represents a significant opportunity for energy and technology providers. Navigant Research says, “a new landscape is emerging in which a more sophisticated two-way grid of networked DERs is emerging which will pave the way for an Energy Cloud ecosystem valued at $1.3 trillion in new annual industry revenue by 2030.”

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Topics: Internet of Things, Energy IoT, DER, Energy Providers, DERs

Case Study: Health Care Providers Drive Energy Management Programs with Blue Pillar

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Energy management for healthcare clients is often a matter of life or death. When the grid fails, and extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances impact energy supplies, critical facilities like hospitals must continue to operate normally to ensure the quality of patient care and safety. To guarantee reliability and reduce costs, healthcare facilities requiring technology-centralized monitoring and control of their Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS) turn to Blue Pillar. This blog, is about two Blue Pillar healthcare customers who capitalized on significant energy savings of $20,000 to $200,000 per site by implementing an energy management strategy using our Aurora® Energy Network of Things™ platform. Below, are their stories.

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Topics: Energy Management, Healthcare Facilities, Energy IoT, DERs, Case Study

Case Study: Energy Service Provider Drives Value & Innovation at the Grid Edge with Blue Pillar

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What if you could navigate the increasingly complex energy environment at your largest commercial energy customers to increase engagement and offer new services without ever stepping foot behind-the meter? That’s what one of the largest ESPs in the United States asked themselves which lead to a nationwide search for Energy IoT platforms from companies with experience behind-the-meter at large  Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sites.

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Topics: Distributed Generation, Resiliency, Grid Edge, Energy Providers, DERs, Case Study

How Healthcare Facilities Can Weather Any Storm

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Over the last year, Blue Pillar partnered with nonprofit Powered for Patients to create the Roadmap to Resiliency whitepaper. Our 35-page whitepaper discusses emergency power best practices and ways for healthcare facilities to safeguard emergency power through new technologies and innovative protocols. This blog is a short summary of our whitepaper, which is a valuable resource  for healthcare providers going into the ASHE 2017 Conference. If you are looking to set higher standards for patient care through improved resiliency and energy efficiency, learn more by download the full Whitepaper here

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Topics: Energy Management, Healthcare Facilities, Energy IoT