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

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

Outage-Proofing Your Businesses and Data Centers Part I

Posted by Tom Ehart, Director of Marketing Communications on Sep 5, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Summer may be winding down, but the hurricane season seems to be just starting to heat up! Outages have already wreaked havoc throughout Texas and Louisiana, and more storms are brewing as we're publishing this blog. But how can your facility be sure it’s prepared for the next storm? It’s easy to pretend your facility isn’t at risk until one storm affects thousands of people in the blink of an eye.

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Topics: Facility Management, Emergency Power Management, Critical Power, Resiliency, Energy IoT

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