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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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Mar 26, 2015

Masthead Images-Resource Library BoardThe grid is still safe, but its reliability, effectiveness and affordability are increasingly being questioned, thanks to natural disasters and the growing popularity of distributed sources of renewable power.

This problem – and the solutions being implemented by forward-thinking utilities – is really well analyzed by Brian Warshay, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, in the current issue of Foreign Affairs.

“Utilities,” writes Warshay, “are investing in a smarter grid that will provide unprecedented insight into electricity distribution and consumption. The resulting technological improvements will enable grid operators to better manage the rise of renewable power, resulting in a cleaner, cheaper, more reliable grid than Edison and Westinghouse could have ever imagined.”

Mar 25, 2015

Blog Images-EcoSystemIndustrial automation, equipment and building management system vendors could be a key part of the smart grid ecosystem—they have an opportunity to build smart grid connectivity into their products, enabling customers to adopt money-saving demand management strategies that reduce both electricity expenses and the cost of technology ownership. The missing piece for these vendors is standard integration with smart grid signaling and advanced demand management software.

Equipment vendors such as furnace makers and refrigeration equipment and controls suppliers have been battling for years to make processes and equipment ever more efficient (drive down the kWh). They’ve now reached the point of vying for half-percent advantages. The next frontier is demand efficiency—focusing on using kW optimally. The companies that are first to market with this capability will enable their customers to reduce costs by incorporating utility rate schedules into production planning and participating in fast DR events. 

Mar 18, 2015

Blog Images-Grid 2015What’s stopping the smart grid from being a truly intelligent energy infrastructure? The biggest barrier is gaps in communications between users, suppliers and the grid—along with the limited means to act on the information that is received.

Each player in the smart grid field brings a technological strength, and some of the larger companies have strong offerings across categories. But in most cases, individual technologies are too purpose-built to provide a unified solution. This problem is particularly urgent in the commercial and industrial sector, which accounts for over 60 percent of US electricity sales and could be the most cost-effective method of balancing grid demand with capacity. C&I facilities have a lot of automation, but it’s not there specifically to manage energy loads. While some systems include energy overlays, they lack the level of load integration and real-time energy intelligence needed for participation in economic demand response and other grid-balancing programs.

When you map the smart grid ecosystem, these open spaces come into focus. Here’s how we see the landscape—and how sophisticated demand management technology can create a grid that maximizes value for energy users and utilities alike. 

Mar 9, 2015

Main Illustrations-Spara Go FrontAs part of our ongoing effort to make optimal energy use effortless and universal, Powerit is introducing Spara Go, a fast, low-cost way to get started with demand management.

Spara Go provides the full power of Spara DM® and Spara Hub® technology, designed for systems integrators and experienced facility engineers who need to manage commercial buildings and campus applications or smaller industrial sites with less energy-intensive loads than a typical Spara installation. This quick-start product is tailored for a simple implementation and plugs into existing automation technology and is easy to set up via a web-based interface. 

Mar 5, 2015

Blog Images-Four Star Fruit CSWhat do you do when your business is growing like crazy — and your electricity costs are growing even faster? From 2008 through 2010, Four Star Fruit, a premier grower of table grapes in Delano, California, grew 20 percent — and its power consumption doubled.

An energy audit showed a trend of high peak charges, revealing an opportunity for demand control and automated demand response. Four Star seized that opportunity, and has realized ongoing benefits. The company continued to grow 10 to 20 percent annually from 2011 through 2014, but its electric bills, happily, didn’t keep pace.

Feb 20, 2015

Blog Images-DR scaleRevenue from demand response for the commercial and industrial sector is expected to reach nearly $40 billion by 2023, according to a recent Navigant Research report. We see automated DR driving that growth, particularly through participation in ancillary services markets.

As energy management technologies become more prevalent and embedded in equipment, and industrial plants become more energy savvy, embracing the Internet of Things to create facilities full of connected devices, businesses will have the capacity to take advantage of new programs. At the same time, optimal energy use is becoming an increasingly important sustainability initiative for manufacturing and commercial facilities. These trends are converging with larger grid factors, such as the need to balance renewable generation with demand and mandates to increase capacity without increasing pollution, to create a perfect moment for ADR.

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