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Powerit Solutions provided our business with a system that controls our electrical demand very well and they were able to meet our tight delivery requirements at a competitive cost.

Doug Smith
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Rochester Metal Products

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Nov 20, 2014

Charts/Graphs-Demand Response Powerit smallThe recent Demand Response World Forum in Orange County, Calif., provided a snapshot of global activity, from hydro-based frequency regulation in Sweden and direct load control of hot-water heaters in France to Schneider Electric’s virtual power plants and a bid to use capacity stored in electric vehicles as a demand response (DR) resource in California. What tied it all together? Chris Villarreal, a senior regulatory analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission, captured the event’s overarching theme when he said the best way to get DR to scale is to enable customers to respond to price.


Nov 13, 2014

Blog Images-2014 Automation FairAs a Rockwell Automation Encompass™ partner, we're excited to be exhibiting next week at the annual Automation Fair.  This year’s event will take place in at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.  Come visit us at booth 369 to learn about industrial energy demand management solutions or drop by one of our presentations on "Internet of Things - Take Advantage of Connectivity to Optimize Energy Usages" on November 19 or November 20. 


Nov 5, 2014

Charts/Graphs-spara hub diagram“How is it possible to reduce my energy costs without losing production capacity?”

We hear this question all the time. And we get it; on the face of it, that result doesn’t seem feasible. But it is—Powerit’s Spara system really does enable industrial businesses to reduce energy costs and peak usage without compromising production.

Broadly speaking, Spara combines sophisticated load prediction and control algorithms, built-in load-shedding intelligence, and data drawn from equipment, electricity meters, and utility transmissions to optimize facility energy use. 


Oct 29, 2014

Charts/Graphs-Demand Control PoweritChanges in utility rates can send energy-intensive businesses reeling from steeply rising costs. But facilities with advanced demand management can roll with these punches, controlling their energy use to knock back price rises.

Demand control allows facilities to prevent demand spikes, eliminate inefficiencies, and shift power demand to the lowest-rate periods. With Powerit’s Spara DM® system, users can reduce demand charges by 10 to 30 percent, lowering the overall utility bill by 5 to 10 percent.


Oct 22, 2014

Blog Images-Solar2Renewable power sources like solar and wind present a challenge for grid operators: balancing intermittent production with power users’ needs. Facilities that produce solar power on-site face a similar challenge. While facilities can draw power from the grid to balance demand that shoots higher than solar production, they’re likely paying more for that power than they need to, which undercuts their solar investment. That’s why, if you’re considering solar, you should also consider a demand management system (DMS).

One advantage of solar power is that production is fairly regular, barring inclement weather and depending on the location (unlike wind, which is highly dependent on weather patterns). For example, you might be able to rely on solar power kicking in at 7 a.m. and dying at 6 p.m. on most days. But there’s some variability within that window, and in some cases the solar power will drop off and the facility will start drawing grid power during the utility’s highest peak period. In short, if your facility has a fairly steady demand level and you add solar, you’ll decrease peak demand, but you’ll probably also introduce some variability. 


Oct 15, 2014

Masthead Images-News Room - ImagesWe’ve been pointing to demand management for some time now as the solution to Europe’s challenges in managing renewables-rich energy grids, so it’s exciting to see rising interest in the strategy—illustrated particularly by the emerging demand response (DR) market.

As Greentech Media recently put it, “Europe’s appetite for demand response is growing, not just to provide grid stability and energy balancing on its solar and wind power–influenced grids on a day-to-day basis, but for years to come.”

Europe’s success in ramping up renewables is accelerating the turn to DR. The need to balance intermittent renewable supplies is a primary driver in some countries, which means those markets initially are likely to skew toward regulation services: DR programs that require participants to dial their energy use up or down on short notice for short periods to maintain grid stability. 


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