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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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Sep 10, 2014

Each year, billions of dollars are spent connecting industrial machines, automating manufacturing operations and coordinating these often disparate automation systems.

But connecting these machines to the Internet of Things gives them the ability to join an intelligent network that can help reduce the significant costs associated with automation.


Sep 9, 2014

Blog Images-microgridStates across the country are looking to microgrids—small-scale power grids that support local loads and can operate independently or in conjunction with the main grid—as a way to improve grid resilience and incorporate on-site renewable power generation and storage into the grid. Realizing this potential, however, will require overcoming a number of challenges, among them the need for microgrid-connected facilities to transition seamlessly from one power source to another. We see a solution.

Sep 5, 2014

Blog Images-Spara HWCompanies that have developed custom PLCs to manage their energy use often wonder how a commercial product like Spara DM™ could match the performance of a system designed for their facility. It may be counterintuitive, but Spara actually offers more finely tuned control than most custom controllers. Here’s how Spara stacks up against the typical custom PLC in three key areas:

Aug 27, 2014

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Demand Response Program Update: Texas

Demand response (DR) has not been nearly as important in Texas as in other major electricity markets—but that may soon change, as Texas has one of the biggest (of course) DR opportunities.

A recent Brattle Group analysis found that “energy efficiency and demand response provide substantial opportunities to displace future capacity additions and lower overall electricity costs.” The report estimated that new DR programs in Texas could cut demand by 2 to 4 gigawatts, and that energy efficiency and DR together could cut projected peak demand growth by 40 to 50 percent.

Aug 20, 2014

Charts/Graphs-Demand Response Powerit smallDemand Response Program Update: Northeast

System operators across the country are increasingly looking at demand response (DR) programs as a significant resource that reduces the need for new generation and enables integration of expanding renewable power sources—and the Northeast is home to some of the most aggressive programs.

The New York State Department of Public Service (DPS) made a huge splash in the smart grid world when it announced in April that it plans to recast utilities as “distributed system platform providers” in a bid to optimize the full spectrum of energy resources. Demand management is one of those resources, and the overhaul is likely to include both more DR and new technology incentives for DR automation. Already, Central Hudson Gas & Electric is proposing expanded DR programs as part of a rate case it filed in late July. 

Aug 14, 2014

Charts/Graphs-Demand Response Powerit smallDemand Response Program Update: California

California utilities are facing a mandate to adopt the new OpenADR 2.0 specification (see our explanation of the benefits) for demand response (DR), and policy makers are putting increasing emphasis on DR to help the state meet its system reliability and renewables integration goals.

The state’s 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR), released earlier this year, notes, “There is an urgency to expand DR as a frontline resource for maintaining system reliability and taking full advantage of the contributions of low‐carbon renewable generation.” And the California ISO has produced a road map to advance DR and energy efficiency based on the belief that “properly configured demand response and energy efficiency can simultaneously contribute to the reliable and efficient management of a greener electricity grid and reduce or defer the need for conventional fossil-fueled generating resources and new transmission assets.”

So what are California utilities doing to respond to these calls to action? Here’s a summary of Auto-DR programs offered by the state’s largest utilities.

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