Content related to ‘Energy’

FM Alert: CABA Report Highlights Role of Controls In Zero Net Energy Buildings


Monitoring and control systems are at the nexus of buildings and successful zero net energy (ZNE) performance, according to a new study from the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA).

FM Alert: “Facility Smart Grid Information Model” Reaches Key Milestone


A recent public review of the Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM), is bringing homes, offices, factories, and other buildings significantly closer to becoming full partners in supporting and managing the electric grid.

Inland Empire Utilities Agency Takes on “Water-Energy Nexus”

Inland Empire Utilities Agency Takes on “Water-Energy Nexus”

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) has launched a landmark water-energy project using advanced energy storage systems to integrate solar, wind, biogas and grid resources in order to optimize renewable generation, reduce demand on the electric grid, and lower energy costs. As part of this first-of-its-kind project, IEUA will install approximately 3.5 MW of advanced energy storage systems at its regional water-recycling facilities and pump stations in Southern California. The agency signed an agreement with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to design, install, and manage the project. The energy storage systems will range in size from 150 kW to 1,250 kW and will be custom-designed to optimize IEUA’s on-site generation including solar, wind, and biogas resources. The batteries will store excess renewable energy and use stored energy to power facilities when demand on the electric grid is high. The energy storage systems will also provide an added layer of protection against outages and enhance the agency’s ability to share the benefits of renewable resources between facilities. “We are proud of our investments in energy efficiency, renewable generation and sustainable water management practices,” said IEUA Board President Terry Catlin. “Energy storage is the key to maximizing the value of those investments, allowing us to use our resources more efficiently, reduce costs for our customers and participate in building a more resilient electric grid for the whole region.” “IEUA’s leadership when it comes to technology and water management is recognized across the whole industry,” said Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS. “Tackling the water-energy nexus head on takes that leadership to a whole new level.  This groundbreaking project is designed to optimize energy resources in the management, treatment and distribution of water while enhancing the reliability and resiliency of both the electric grid and water management systems.” Integrating IEUA’s on-site renewable energy resources will reduce its peak demand from the grid by as much as 14% and reduce total energy costs by 5-10%. The ability to store excess energy also provides the most cost-effective means of sharing on-site renewable generation from among its facilities and provides an added layer of reliability for critical equipment in the event of power outages. AMS will use “Powerpack” commercial battery systems procured from Tesla Energy for the IEUA project. “We’ve invested heavily in clean, efficient resources,” Catlin said. “Using energy storage to optimize those resources and dynamically control consumption is the next crucial step forward in IEUA’s strategic energy plan to go ‘Gridless’ by 2020 with almost no capital outlay by the Agency.” State and Federal energy agencies have found that… …Read More…

Green Gigawatt Partnership Boosts Renewables in Higher Education


AASHE has launched the Green Gigawatt Partnership (GGP), which seeks to catalyze one gigawatt of green power development by 2020 by recognizing colleges and universities who purchase green power and help more campuses do the same.

Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard


Massachusetts edges out California as most energy-efficient state, Maryland among most improved, according to the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Webinar: Smart Buildings, Internet of Things, And What It All Means For Your Career


This webinar explores the convergence of Operational Technology platforms such as lighting and temperature controls, and Information Technology (IT).

FM Alert: Proposed Facility Smart Grid Model Standard Open for Public Review

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ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, would provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts.