Everybody Wins: Partnership Programs Outperform ‘Turnkey’ Solutions

Posted by Frank King, Sr. Director of Partnerships on Sep 17, 2019, 12:02:16 PM

Turnkey services. End-to-end solutions. A one-stop shop! We’ve all heard the buzzwords. In nearly every business-to-business industry, and especially in the technology world, vendors are quick to tout their unique ability to handle a customer’s entire project from start to finish, no matter how complex and wide-reaching the scope of work may be.

On the surface, it sounds great. What customer wouldn’t want to simplify their project by getting everything they need from a single provider? Unfortunately, the perceived convenience of the one-vendor approach rarely works out well – not for the customers, and not for the providers who bite off more than they can chew. Unlike a trip to Wal-Mart, where you can grab bananas, motor oil and a kayak under one roof, major technology implementations are complicated business endeavors requiring specialized expertise in an array of applications and equipment. A technology partner that is a jack of all trades but a master of none will usually fail to deliver a satisfactory result.

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Topics: Energy Providers, Energy Network of Things, Partnerships, Partner

Why the Status Quo of IoT Networks Must Change

Posted by Tom Ehart, Director of Marketing Communications on Apr 29, 2019, 9:32:19 AM

Distributed energy resources (DERs) and new energy services offer huge potential for both sides of the meter. Already, applications and services are transforming the functionality of large commercial and industrial (C&I) facilities as innovative energy service providers (ESPs) develop and deploy solutions that enable greater automation, flexibility, and efficiency.

The future of the new energy world is undeniably bright. But, for all of the justified excitement built around solutions, there is a major hurdle dimming their potential: the status quo of IoT networks.

Until the underlying approach to networks changes, new energy solutions and DERs will face critical challenges that undermine their impacts, and the promise of new energy solutions will fail to be fully realized.

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Topics: Energy IoT, Distributed Energy Resources

Unlocking the Value of Real Time Energy Management Systems

Posted by Tom Ehart, Director of Marketing Communications on May 31, 2018, 10:50:56 AM

As the pursuit of reduced energy usage and decreased energy spending as part of achieving corporate financial and sustainability goals continues to escalate on the world stage, the need for utility and energy service managers, property owners, building managers, and tenants to have real-time data on energy usage — as well as the ability to manage, monitor and analyze that data — becomes more critical than it has ever been before. Likewise, the demand for real-time energy services that can tap into current market prices increases each day, creating a necessity for technologies that can provide accurate, real-time energy data.

As a newly qualified System Provider for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) program, Blue Pillar’s Aurora® Energy Network of Things® platform is at the forefront of delivering on the promise of real-time energy data. With its ability to connect to the broadest variety of Energy Things® regardless of make, model or vintage, including access to data from Building Automation Systems and Building Management Systems, Aurora is a cloud-based solution for providing best-in-class, behind-the-meter energy networks and IoT-driven energy data with the ability to meet the needs of utilities, energy providers, applications solution providers, and Commercial and Industrial (C&I) customers alike. With a proven track record of achieving the highest levels of data accuracy and timeliness, Aurora’s cutting-edge, IoT technology is transforming the way companies manage, consume, and buy energy.

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Topics: DERs, Distributed Energy Resources, RTEM

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