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

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

Universities Advance their Energy Management and Carbon Neutrality Strategies Forward with Blue Pillar Energy IoT

Posted by Eric Reichel, Vice President Product & Operations on Aug 29, 2017 9:03:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Behind-the-meter connectivity, DERs, Building Automation Systems, Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 4: Parting Thoughts for Utilities

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As we’ve pointed out in the blog series, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), particularly in commercial and industrial (C&I) settings, are mushrooming. The U.S. Energy Information Administration Between estimates behind-the-meter distributed generation in the U.S. C&I sector increased by 400 percent from 2011-2014. Navigant Research expects global DER capacity to grow up to five times faster than new central station generation over the next five years and DER capacity in the U.S. to double by 2024.

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Topics: Microgrids, Energy IoT, DER, DERs

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 3: Energy Network-as-a-Service

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Behing-the-Meter Connectivity, Energy IoT, DER, DERs, Energy Network-as-a-Service

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 2: Addressing the Chaos Behind the Meter

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The energy environment behind the meter is becoming increasingly complex. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United States has more than 12 million distributed generation units, representing about one-sixth of the capacity of the nation’s existing centralized power plants. Navigant Research expects global DER capacity to grow up to five times faster than new central station generation over the next five years.

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Topics: Internet of Things, Energy IoT, DER, DERs

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 1: The DER Opportunity

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Distributed energy resources (DERs) are mushrooming, particularly in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. Consider this: Between 2011 and 2015, distributed generation in the U.S. C&I sector increased by 400 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This growth represents a significant opportunity for energy and technology providers. Navigant Research says, “a new landscape is emerging in which a more sophisticated two-way grid of networked DERs is emerging which will pave the way for an Energy Cloud ecosystem valued at $1.3 trillion in new annual industry revenue by 2030.”

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Topics: Internet of Things, Energy IoT, DER, Energy Providers, DERs

Case Study: Health Care Providers Drive Energy Management Programs with Blue Pillar

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Energy management for healthcare clients is often a matter of life or death. When the grid fails, and extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances impact energy supplies, critical facilities like hospitals must continue to operate normally to ensure the quality of patient care and safety. To guarantee reliability and reduce costs, healthcare facilities requiring technology-centralized monitoring and control of their Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS) turn to Blue Pillar. This blog, is about two Blue Pillar healthcare customers who capitalized on significant energy savings of $20,000 to $200,000 per site by implementing an energy management strategy using our Aurora® Energy Network of Things™ platform. Below, are their stories.

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Topics: Energy Management, Healthcare Facilities, Energy IoT, DERs, Case Study

Case Study: Energy Service Provider Drives Value & Innovation at the Grid Edge with Blue Pillar

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What if you could navigate the increasingly complex energy environment at your largest commercial energy customers to increase engagement and offer new services without ever stepping foot behind-the meter? That’s what one of the largest ESPs in the United States asked themselves which lead to a nationwide search for Energy IoT platforms from companies with experience behind-the-meter at large  Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sites.

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Topics: Distributed Generation, Resiliency, Grid Edge, Energy Providers, DERs, Case Study