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GridPoint Releases Whitepaper on Aggregating Emergency Response Capacity to Stabilize the Clean Grid Transition

How California Leveraged Grid-Interactive Small Buildings as a Resource

Gridpoint report cover

During August 14 – 21, 2020 the California grid experienced Stage 3 emergency conditions which resulted in rolling blackouts across the state. These events uncover clear risks utilities assume when transitioning their portfolios to include more renewable power, especially in regions subject to extreme weather. Dispatchable capacity available on-demand at scale will be required in the transition to a decarbonized grid. This whitepaper discusses the events in California, how GridPoint leveraged its network of commercial buildings as a grid resource, and how demand response will play a pivotal role in the transition to a dynamic DER-driven grid of the 21st Century.

CLICK HERE to download the report.


Resideo Technologies is Seeking an Operations Specialist


Resideo Technologies is hiring for an operations specialist who would be responsible for directly interacting with customers for the purpose of supporting our vision and ensuring the customer can fully participate in our programs. They will support customers by providing helpful information, answering questions, and responding to complaints. They're the front line of support for clients and customers and they help ensure that customers are satisfied with products, services, and features.

The operations specialist will also assist in managing the flow of a workplace and optimizing day-to-day activities. They will track and analyze various reports for making the necessary improvements to our process.

CLICK HERE to read about this job opportunity.


ENTOUCH and Encycle Announce Agreement to Help Multi-site Companies Save an additional 10-20% on HVAC-Related Energy Costs

July 31, 2020

Entouch Encycle

DALLAS, Texas and SAN MARCOS, Calif., – ENTOUCH, an industry leader in smart building technologies, and Encycle Corporation, a technology company focused on helping commercial and industrial customers dramatically improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems using IoT-enabled services, today announced a commercial partnership agreement that integrates Encycle’s patented Swarm Logic® energy management software with ENTOUCH’S building software and technology platform. The integration enables ENTOUCH customers to leverage the Swarm Logic software-as-a-service (SAAS) solution within the ENTOUCH ecosystem.

Working in tandem with the ENTOUCH platform, Encycle’s Swarm Logic software uses Machine Learning to dynamically synchronize HVAC rooftop units (RTUs), enabling them to operate most efficiently in response to changing conditions such as outdoor temperature and building occupancy levels. RTUs become part of an IoT-based closed-loop system that coordinates their activity and distributes energy consumption more logically among the individual RTUs without the need for additional hardware or equipment in most cases. Swarm Logic, a cloud-based system, can result in HVAC energy consumption and demand reductions of 10 to 20 percent.

“We are excited to work with Encyle to bring Swarm Logic to our managed service clients,” said Jon Bolen, ENTOUCH CEO. “Swarm Logic’s machine learning algorithms will optimize our industry leading EMS platform and provide additional energy reductions, cost savings, and enhanced sustainability for our customers, something of particular importance during this exceptionally challenging time for many of our clients,” continued Bolen. ENTOUCH provides smart building solutions and managed services to vertical industries including multi-site restaurant, retail, fitness, healthcare, financial services, and childcare facilities across North America. Starting with its purpose-built hardware products through its best-in-class software suite to its industry leading ENTOUCH.360 managed services, ENTOUCH provide multi-site clients with real-time insights and control of their entire asset portfolio. ENTOUCH solves the IoT challenge for facilities executives, providing a single platform to connect their facilities using flexible, scalable architecture and robust open APIs to access the data, analytics, and insights needed to optimize efficiencies and sustain profitability.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


Encycle Announces New Patents for its Swarm Logic® HVAC Energy Management Technology

August 1, 2020


SAN MARCOS, Calif., August 1, 2020 – Encycle Corporation, a software technology company focused on helping commercial and industrial customers dramatically improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems using IoT-enabled services, today announced the issuance of two new patents for its Swarm Logic® HVAC energy management technology. The new patents bring Swarm Logic’s total number of patents to 19.

Swarm Logic is a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that enables commercial and industrial customers to lower electric costs, maximize efficiency, and reduce environmental impact. Companies using Swarm Logic routinely reduce HVAC electric costs and consumption by 10 to 20 percent with little or no capital investment.

“We are pleased to strengthen our intellectual property while adding greater benefits for customers who rely on Encycle’s technology to meet their energy reduction goals,” said Robert Chiste, Encycle Chairman and CEO. “Encycle consistently strives to improve our flagship product and expand its accessibility in an increasingly complex energy environment. We consider the growth of our patent family to be an indicator of our company’s value, as well as our commitment to research and innovation,” Chiste added.

The new patents focus on enhancements to Swarm Logic’s proprietary big data and cloud capabilities. One key enhancement is the development of a highly accurate HVAC power estimation model that expands Swarm Logic’s machine learning capabilities. The company has also added new functionality to its Swarm Portal®, the web-based reporting and analytics platform that provides centralized access to Swarm Logic. These new developments within Swarm Portal include:

  • HVAC fault diagnostics and detection to help customers quickly identify and resolve issues involving faulty HVAC units across the enterprise
  • Identification of new and recurring HVAC performance issues with ranking / filtering according to impact, duration, and type of issue
  • Automatic site meter and HVAC submeter data importing for enhanced energy and HVAC operational reporting and analytics
  • Real-time energy savings reporting and analytics at enterprise and site levels

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


CPS Energy Seeks RFI to Identify Solar, Battery, and New Technology Solutions for FlexPOWER Bundle RFP

CPS Energy

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – (July 27, 2020) — CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned, fully-integrated electric and gas utility in the United States, is taking a significant step to diversify its generation portfolio and meet the energy demands of one of the fastest growing regions in the country. The San Antonio, Texas based utility, is releasing a global Request for Information (RFI) that will help in the development of a future Request for Proposal (RFP) that will incorporate non- or low-emitting generation and demand-side resources consistent with the utility’s Flexible Path vision.

The RFI will inform the design of two strategic CPS Energy initiatives, the FlexPOWERBundle and FlexSTEP. The FlexPOWER Bundle is the next step in CPS Energy’s Flexible Path, the over- arching strategy to transform the utility’s generation fleet to lower and non-emitting sources for decades to come.

The information obtained through the RFI process will help CPS Energy seek a partner or partners through a future request for proposal process to implement the FlexPOWER Bundle. The FlexPOWER Bundle package of cutting-edge generation and firming capacity technologies will supplement 1,700 megawatts (MW) of aging power generation capacity and be broadly designed to meet the needs of a growing metropolitan service area. The FlexPOWER BundleRFP will seek to add up to 900 MW of solar, 50 MW of battery storage, and 500 MW of new technology solutions.

The RFI is also seeking information for innovative solutions and technologies for the next phase of the utility’s successful energy efficiency program, the Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP). STEP was launched in 2009 and was designed to empower customers to manage their energy consumption through efforts like energy efficiency, conservation and adoption of renewable energy (i.e. rooftop solar). The goal of the program was for savings of up to 771 MW, roughly the equivalent of a power plant, over the course of 12 years. The goal was reached early – in August of 2019 – a year ahead of schedule. Read more...

Key Dates for the RFI:

Milestone Date
RFI Issuance July 27, 2020
Deadline for Respondent's Questions August 5, 2020
CPS Energy Responses for Submitted Questions August 12, 2020
Respondent Information Submittals Due August 31, 2020


CPS Energy is open to pre-partnered proposals; it encourages respondents to engage with others to propose more creative and well-thought-out solutions.

To access the RFI, visit the CPS Energy website. Shortly after receiving feedback, CPS Energy will launch the RFP for up to 900 MW of solar, 50 MW of battery storage, and 500 MW of firming capacity.

Background on CPS Energy

Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas, and electric company, providing safe, reliable, and competitively-priced service to 860,934 electric and 358,495 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities – while generating $8 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio for more than seven decades. As a trusted and strong community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development, and educational investment. True to our People First philosophy, we are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism in giving back to our city and programs aimed at bringing value to our customers. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation.

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