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Mc Gowan, CEM
The McGowan Group
on June 19 in Las Vegas, don’t miss a hard hitting panel called Smart
Buildings to SMART GRID – Using Building Intelligence to Enable
Automated Demand Response. This session will be moderated by Scot
Duncan President of Enerliance, one of the most successful companies in
the California market for Automated Demand Response. The session
tackles the idea that large scale commercial comfort or heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are typically the
largest electrical load in the building. SO why not harness them
at scale for Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR)? What is
truly exciting is that the same technology and strategies that work for
HVAC can be applied to other building systems as well. Equally
exciting is that Building Intelligence can pay for itself quickly
through participation in Auto-DR programs, but can also position
building owners to save money every day and protect themselves from
what this author calls the Energy Triple Threat. This panel will bring
extensive ADR experience, and a broader perspective on why this topic
could get ever hotter.
This session is targeted at Automated Demand Response and Buildings, but there are a number of changes in play that could increase the scope of ADR in the context of an “Energy Triple Threat”. This triple threat focuses on Electricity, as both the highest quality form of energy, and a commodity that is essential to the high quality of life available in the developed world. The triple threat consists of these conditions that could blindside commercial building managers:
Without question, effectively managing Smart Buildings and their
interaction with the Smart Grid, is the most effective way for managers
to protect themselves from the Energy Triple Threat. Making time
for this session at IBcon in Las Vegas may be the best place to learn
how. Focusing specifically on Auto-DR, HVAC accounts for up to
40% of energy use in a commercial building and customers can get paid
for shedding these loads at critical times. Combining HVAC with
lighting makes it possible for Building Intelligence to harvest savings
from nearly 70% of building electric users. With the advent of LED
lighting, in many cases deployed with lighting control that allows
digital dimming and daylight harvesting, this is very achievable achievable and can pay dividends everyday.
Expanding the discussion beyond Auto-DR, the same technology and strategies that work for large commercial HVAC, or lighting, demand response can be applied to other building systems as well. This panel will highlight new ways that Building Intelligence can enable precise, dynamic control during curtailment events allowing utilities and facility owners to unlock the potential of HVAC based demand response. The panel will discuss past barriers to large scale commercial HVAC based ADR and the direct linkage between building intelligence, energy efficiency, demand limiting, and tariff optimization.
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