Enabling Automated Demand Response with Blue Pillar's Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS)

Posted by Tom Ehart on Jul 25, 2017 2:28:00 PM

 

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Connectivity is giving companies and organizations of all sizes new access to revenue-generating opportunities, and Blue Pillar is making sure that our customers can take full advantage of the changing energy landscape. One of the most attractive potential value streams to many businesses exists in enrolling in a Demand Response program through a utility or DR aggregator. 

DR is defined as regional programs based on utility capabilities, where utilities enroll customers to reduce their energy demand in times where the grid is in unstable conditions. This cooperation is a win-win for large power consumers and grid stability — especially in the summer and in times of peak usage. Utilities will usually only call on facilities enrolled in the DR program once or twice annually, and in exchange they provide advanced warning of outages in addition to substantial payment structures.

While DR has always been lucrative, it has not always been an easy, "out-of-the-box" enablement story. Without a proven and open IoT platform to connect, control and automate different types of generation sources, large-scale DR has been difficult and painful to achieve. Some have struggled for a year or more trying to network disparate equipment in a way that could allow the behind-the-meter control necessary to enable DR. And the longer the struggle, the less lucrative the business case.

Working with a partner that is familiar with the energy environment within critical and complex facilities allows you to navigate the complex behind-the-meter environment. With Blue Pillar as your partner, you get the added benefit of working with a company that makes connectivity of your assets our primary focus. And while Blue Pillar has revolutionized DR enablement with connectivity to any DER (new or old) provided "out-of-the-box", today we introduce a concept that just made DR a lot easier and more financially rewarding.

With our Energy Network-as-a-Service (ENaaS), aggregators and energy providers can deploy a no-touch, turnkey DR deployment that is self-prescribed and automated to their end-customer's behind-the-meter energy environment without sending a crew on site. Deployment is straightforward, convenient and fully maintained by Blue Pillar. Now anyone can have state-of-the-art control over behind-the-meter generation assets without settting foot behind the meter, and have the confidence the network will work as well on day 1 as it works on day 365.

With Blue Pillar's unique universal connectivity approach, Demand Response is just the tip of the iceberg. Once assets are connected, we unlock the value of data and control to DERs new and old that can create many exciting revenue streams from Energy Management to Distributed Energy Resource Management (DERMs). This offers more value to end customers and more competitive differentiation to service providers.

Ready to learn more? Keep up to date with the cutting edge of Energy IoT by following Blue Pillar on LinkedIn or download our case study to see how a large hospital facility used Blue Pillar to digitize their energy assets to get a payback in one year!

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Topics: Facility Management, Videos, Automated Demand Response, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Energy Efficiency, Energy IoT, Grid Edge, Energy Network-as-a-Service

Getting to Know Energy IoT the Blue Pillar Way: Part 1

Posted by Tom Ehart on Jun 26, 2017 11:27:51 AM

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In this three-part video and blog series, we take a deep dive into what Blue Pillar is, the evolution of Energy Network as-a-Service, and how our Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform stands out in the field of Energy IoT.

Since its humble beginnings, Blue Pillar has set itself apart from other companies offering Internet of Thing (IoT) solutions by connecting energy hardware and software in a ubiquitous automated network. This enables hands-off monitoring and control providing customers with unmatched access to their assets and data; cutting energy costs, reducing environmental impact, and optimizing productivity.

Blue Pillar began with a spark nearly a decade ago connecting Emergency Power Systems at hospitals. Soon cable operators, universities, data centers, and retail chains, who also suffered from power outages, turned to Blue Pillar to integrate their energy infrastructure. We realized we could do much more than connect generators to improve reliability by connecting any “Energy Thing”, regardless of make, model or vintage, to reduce waste energy and carbon footprints. This innovation marked a bold shake-up at the grid edge, poised to radically change the future of the energy sector at large.

In the energy industry, the right idea catches at lightning speeds. Large nationally-recognized energy providers looked to Blue Pillar to connect hundreds of megawatts of behind-the-meter distributed generation at their largest commercial and industrial consumers. This success led to the birth of Aurora as an energy control networking platform. The benefits of connecting energy things once and leveraging the connectivity many times allowed the Blue Pillar spark to catch fire, disrupting the industry and freeing our customers from stranded, proprietary equipment and data silos. Single-use applications or single-site installations are obsolete with the connectivity and flexibility of the Aurora platform.

From relative obscurity to being named one of the top 20 companies most likely to disrupt the grid edge, many believe Blue Pillar will disrupt the entire energy industry. We agree, and to truly scale this disruption we have three offerings that dramatically simplify and reduce deployment costs: Aurora Basic Connectivity Service, Aurora Managed Service and Aurora Energy Network-as-a-Service.

In our Basic Connectivity Service, Blue Pillar provides the initial installation and training allowing your IT team to support Aurora post-deployment. We’ll get out of the way and give you the keys to the car after we teach you to drive. A step up is our Managed Network Service, the On-Star inside the car. Here, Blue Pillar proactively monitors and manages your network. Our third option, Energy Network-as-a-Service, is our version of Uber. Just tell us where you want to go and we’ll drive a turnkey “no-touch” proactively monitored, sensor-to-cloud Aurora energy IoT network while you enjoy real-time data and control without ever setting foot behind-the-meter.

From a company that got its start connecting generators to creating an energy networking platform capable of disrupting an entire industry, Blue Pillar is changing the world one connected asset at a time.

If you want to learn more about Blue Pillar’s Energy Network as a Service (ENaaS) and how we can help you focus on what drives your business, check out the next entry in this series.

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Topics: Automated Demand Response, Behind-the-meter connectivity, Energy Efficiency, Energy IoT, DERs, Energy Network-as-a-Service

Blue Pillar and Dell Release Blueprint for Automated Demand Response

Posted by Eric Reichel, Vice President Product & Operations on Apr 19, 2016 11:51:35 AM

Today, Blue Pillar, Dell and Microsoft worked together to release their Blueprint for Automated Demand Response (ADR).  Through ADR solutions, facilities are able to improve profitability through DR incentives and reduce operational risks by receiving proactive notifications from their utility ahead of a potential power disruption. Utilities, on the other hand, are able to maintain grid reliability and stability while enabling their end customers to realize significant value from onsite power generation and reduced consumption. 

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Topics: Internet of Things, Automated Demand Response, Behind-the-meter connectivity

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