Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. leaving more than 6 million without power for an extended period of time. While the ravages of the storm were nearly as brutal as those of Katrina seven years before, there were also lessons learned from Katrina the paid off during the storm and kept some facilities powered up. Varying forms of microgrids established at numerous locations proved to be invaluable in keeping facilities running as usual and individuals safe. For example, New York University’s co-generation system kept the campus up and running for days, as did Princeton University’s 40-megawatt co-gen facility that kept an entire multi-purpose complex of buildings, garages, homes and shopping facilities up and running as usual. But these examples only touch on part of what the true capabilities of a next-gen microgrid are.
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.
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.
In an age where forward-thinking organizations are under pressure to become more sustainable and energy efficient, universities come under some of the greatest scrutiny to meet net zero and lower carbon footprints. From profit-driven investors and Boards of Directors who regularly cheer their teams on in high-octane stadiums down to the tech-savvy and carbon-conscious students who fill the classrooms and dorms, universities are held to some of the highest standards of accountability, with no room for downtime. And while some of the more illustrious universities can claim to be on the cutting edge of energy autonomy, most still struggle with being able to manage campus systems existing of aging, legacy energy assets and buildings that are hundreds of years old to new state-of-the-art, next-gen green buildings and Distributed Energy Resources.
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.
Tired of getting stuck with old legacy and proprietary energy assets? Like you, we’ve seen it all. Stranded assets, trapped energy data, and projects with so much customized development they were too costly to complete. When it comes to your energy management strategy, there’s no reason to be left in the dust with old legacy proprietary assets that cannot communicate real-time data when you need it. To be successful, you need real-time data from your entire energy fleet that can be Internet-enabled so you can proactively act on conditions and feed data into predictive systems ready to shed intelligence about the state of your energy use.
Your facility can’t afford to lose power. Power outages cost businesses $150 billion annually, and the cost of a power outage at a data center has increased by 38% since 2010. By connecting the things that power your business into an Energy IoT platform, you can have the real-time information and control to avoid outages — regardless of make, model, type, or vintage of your “Energy Things™”. By connecting Things like backup generators or networking onsite generation into islandable microgrids, you can avoid your next business-crippling power outage and guard against lost revenue.