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.
In the first of this five-part series, we explored how a facility’s ability to connect to energy assets has evolved. In this second post of the series exploring disruptive trends in 2016, we now take a deeper look at unleashing the power of energy management data through a cutting-edge connectivity platform that is open to all energy assets at the connectivity layer and third-party energy management software through an open Application Programming Interface (API).
Blue Pillar was on hand at this year’s DistribuTech conference, where one of the major trends discussed was the rapid uptick in Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) behind-the-meter. There has been a 400% growth in DERs behind-the-meter within the Commercial + Industrial (C+I) sector, operating some of the most complex facilities in the world, including hospitals, universities, and large commercial buildings. With the availability of new IoT platforms offering simplified, ubiquitous connectivity to DERs, it now becomes possible to engage the largest electricity users in the C+I market and provide new revenue generating services.