Thursday, October 24, 2013
On August 22, 2013, Utility Dive, an online energy and utilities industry dashboard and news source, featured an article by Davide Savenije titled, The future of energy management: EnerNOC’s VP on big data, business models and more. In the article, Savenije questioned Brad Davids, Vice President of Utility Solutions at EnerNOC, about the future of demand response and energy efficiency. What Davids had to say was pretty interesting—especially for us here at Enerliance—because his answer basically puts our LOBOS software at the forefront of this transforming industry.
Here’s the bit that’s important to us:
DEMAND RESPONSE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Why are we seeing an integration of demand response and energy efficiency?
“Demand-side management in general encompasses demand response and energy efficiency. What we’re hearing from a lot of utilities is that they’re interested in integrating those two activities, [whereas] in the past demand response has been managed out of a completely different group [within a utility] than energy efficiency. And there are some good reasons for that, in that demand response has a control room aspect to it, it’s real-time, it’s dispatchable and it has a different operational feel than energy efficiency does. [With energy efficiency] you change out the light bulbs, then you’re done and you get those savings for as long as the light bulbs are in place.
But […] the customers don’t really distinguish between the two. There’s an opportunity if you design a program properly to use the value of demand side management to help fund energy efficiency improvements. We’re talking to some utilities about the idea of, conceptually, if we go in and work with their customers, to identify opportunities for load reduction. A customer, for instance, says, ‘I’m willing to shut off a few hundred kilowatts a few times a year.’ Can the utility then, rather than just write them a check, give them a new building management system or fund some energy efficiency improvement based on the value of the demand response and thereby tie it together in a package deal?
Basically, we give the customer a real-time visibility into their load so they can make sure they’re dropping load as they need to during a DR event. They can use that same software platform to find efficiencies in their operations all the time—not just on peak days in the summer. […] That’s a trend we’re seeing—an integration of demand response and energy efficiency, both from a utility perspective and a customer implementation perspective, so they not only trim their peak but cut their kilowatt-hour usage all the time.”
We agree. Energy efficiency isn’t just for light bulbs anymore, and there is a real need and a huge market for a proven, effective and accepted integrated solution that could provide both EE and DR for the biggest load in the building—the HVAC system.
Guess who’s already meeting this need in 40 million square feet of building space nationwide?
If you guessed Enerliance’s LOBOS software, you’d be correct.
LOBOS is the only intelligent HVAC load based operating system designed to monitor and adjust the energy usage of every component in an HVAC system. The LOBOS system as an efficiency tool is second to none—LOBOS installed buildings are already saving millions in reduced energy costs—but what is really cool about LOBOS is its automated demand response capabilities. LOBOS makes it easy to comply with demand response programs which, in turn, makes building owners more willing to sign up. Plus, LOBOS energy efficiency technology sets the standard in maintaining tenant comfort—the constant micro-adjustments that LOBOS makes to the system results in efficiency that doesn’t adversely affect the building’s occupants.
The combination of these features in one operating software program is exactly what building owners, utility companies, and energy solutions and management companies, like EnerNOC, are looking for to take that next step in efficiency.
And, to add a little frosting to the cupcake, the utility companies that currently work with LOBOS are already helping to fund the necessary upgrades.
The demand is there—and LOBOS is our response.