In this final in a five-part series exploring the disruptive trends impacting facility and energy management, we look to 2016 and beyond. We will explore how the elements of the first four posts come together to create an open collaboration between facilities, energy service providers and solutions providers, in order to achieve resiliency, efficiency and self-sufficiency.
In this fourth installment of our a five-part series exploring the disruptive trends impacting facility and energy management in 2016, we will take you beyond what companies can do with their connected assets, and explore what connected assets can do for them.
In the first and second posts in this series, we reviewed how disruptive technologies are making it possible for facility and energy managers to connect to, and collect and control data from, energy assets. In this third installment of the five-part series, we take a step back and examine another disruptive trend that allows facility and energy managers to take a new level of energy control to their organization.
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).
Disruption often conjures images of something going wrong, but by its very definition, to disrupt is to interrupt the normal activity of something. Much of our approach to modern life has been achieved through disruptive changes in how we do everything, from talking on the phone to shopping and even to ordering a taxi cab. Companies like Apple, Amazon, and Uber often come to mind as disruptors that have dramatically changed our daily lives, but disruptive approaches in business operations are also yielding significant benefits.
Last week, Greentech Media announced that Blue Pillar was selected to receive a Grid Edge 2016 Award. This prestigious award is given to the top 20 companies and projects that have demonstrated potential to shape tomorrow’s distributed energy future and embody grid edge industry transformation.
Between 2010-2015, we witnessed a 400 percent increase in behind-the-meter distributed generation assets in the Consumer & Industrial sector. This exponential growth is radically changing the boundaries at the grid edge and we believe Blue Pillar’s ability to provide ubiquitous connectivity greatly simplifies the chaos behind-the-meter—essential to transforming the grid for the 21st century. As the grid evolves, it will require technologies and business models that can link utilities and customers to turn distributed energy resources into grid assets and help make facilities more resilient, efficient and self-sufficient.
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.
Final in a 4-part series...
The dawn of the Internet of Things is upon us, and the technology world is abuzz with all of the spectacular new capabilities that IoT will make possible (beyond what’s already happening). But if there’s one thing people are talking about even more than IoT, it’s cybersecurity. As all types of organizations seek to capitalize on the promise of digital transformation, they also become more vulnerable to disaster than ever before.
Topics: Internet of Things
Part 3 in a 4-part series...
Anyone who’s ever been involved with a new system implementation knows that it’s easier said than done. The grand declarations made during the planning phase often fail to become reality, as the project becomes mired in complexity and unforeseen snags. The same fate could befall many companies wishing to capitalize on the Internet of Things (IoT), particularly as it relates to energy management. Without a proven implementation methodology and a clear, cross-functional execution plan, the incredible potential of IoT to help reduce energy usage may never be fulfilled.
Topics: Internet of Things