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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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Apr 9, 2014

Masthead Images-cloudCloud-based platforms are a compelling solution to big data analysis for the smart grid. They are readily accessible via the Internet, and they streamline feature development, provide a powerful analysis engine to crunch data, and simplify maintenance of external connections. But there are some limitations to using a cloud-based system to manage equipment, especially in an industrial setting. Not all decision-making capacity and controls need to be remote, and not all should be. 


Apr 8, 2014

Managing a facility’s electrical demand can be an effective way to control energy costs.  Some foundries have found that to be most effective, such control must involve automation that enables the facility to intelligently regulate its energy use.  The automation system, whether it’s furnace management software, a programmed PLC or a facility wide energy management system, must provide assurances that the facility’s loads are controlled properly and safely and production throughput isn’t impacted.  This same strategy can also be used to participate in emerging utility Demand Response (DR) programs.  These new “Fast DR” programs require automated interfaces with the utility


Apr 4, 2014

Masthead Images-General ManufacturingA recent McKinsey article, “Bringing Lean Thinking to Energy,” provides several powerful examples of companies that have dramatically reduced their energy consumption by applying lean manufacturing principles. It’s a compelling opportunity—and we think adding automated demand management strategies could multiply the benefits.

McKinsey estimates that many manufacturers could reduce the amount of energy they use in production by as much as 30 percent, “in part by applying lean principles and by shifting mind-sets to focus the organization on eliminating anything that doesn’t add value for customers.” Our experience is that companies can also reduce their energy costs by up to that amount when they optimize their energy use through automated demand control and participation in demand response programs.


Apr 1, 2014

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Author: Patty Solberg 

Big Data—especially the need to make it usable and the advantages when you do—was a common theme of last week’s EnergySMART 2014 conference, which focused on practical strategies energy managers can employ now to drive savings for their organizations. In that brass-tacks spirit, here are some event highlights with a focus on the numbers.

$1,600: An example of the savings a business might achieve by preventing an energy usage peak. “When you put things in dollars, you can make the business case for changes,” said Micah Remley, EnerNOC’s vice president of product strategy and technology. He talked about EnerNOC’s new software platform release, which uses Genability’s rate schedule engine to analyze customers’ energy use and costs, and then send them alerts, such as a text message pointing out, “You’re going to have a peak from 2 to 3 p.m. If you control it, you can save $1,600.” 


Mar 25, 2014

Blog Images-EnergySMARTThe EnergySMART 2014 Conference is about stepping out of the day-to-day rush, engaging with your peers, and developing the strategies that will help you run your organization more efficiently.  Sessions will be led by industry experts and your peers – the people who are faced with making energy decisions day in and day out


Mar 19, 2014

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When:              March 25, 2014

Session:           Benefits of a Comprehensive Electrical

                        Demand Management System  

Time:               1:00pm  

Where:             Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA- Cocoa Suite 6

Speaker:          Jared Burke, Channel Manager

 


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