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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.



CPS Trophy

San Antonio, Texas – (July 21, 2020) – CPS Energy is proud to be recognized as a “Thought Leader for Public Engagement” by the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) in the 17th Peak Load Management Alliance Awards. The awards recognize industry leaders who created innovative ideas, methods, programs and technologies during the calendar year 2019, that manage end use loads to meet peak load needs and support successful grid integration of distributed energy resources.

“CPS Energy takes great pride in receiving the Thought Leader for Public Engagement Award from the Peak Load Management Alliance,” said Rudy Garza, Chief Customer Engagement Officer for CPS Energy. “Our team of over 3,100 employees are committed to bringing innovative solutions to our customers and community while continuing to provide them with the resilient service they have come to expect from CPS Energy. Our team continues to act as thought leaders in how we can help our customers save energy and money and look forward to the work we get to do on a daily basis.”

CLICK HERE to read the full news release.


Franklin Energy Announces Founder Paul Schueller Moving to Board of Directors, Industry Veteran Jim Madej New CEO

July 20, 2020


PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. – Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group, the leading demand-side management firm in the utility industry, announced today the appointment of Jim Madej as the company’s new chief executive officer. Madej succeeds founder Paul Schueller, who has served as CEO since Franklin Energy’s inception in 1994 and recently announced his transition to the company’s board of directors.

Madej will guide the strategic direction and lead the executive teams of Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group. With more than 30 years in the energy industry, Madej brings an extensive background in business transformation, operational leadership, energy efficiency and customer experience.

“I’m happy to welcome Jim into our Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group family,” said Schueller. “It was important for us to find someone with industry experience, who fits into our culture and could help our exceptional team continue to evolve. Stepping back isn’t easy, but I am confident that Jim will take the reins and continue to push this organization forward, while holding true to our core focus.”

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


American Public Power Association (APPA) Seeking an Energy & Operations Services Assistant

July 20, 2020


The American Public Power Association is looking for an enthusiastic, organized and customer service-oriented person to assist in executing program and administrative functions for APPA’s Energy and Engineering programs including the Reliable Public Power Program (RP3), the eReliability Tracker Program, and more.

This person should be passionate about any of the following areas: efficiency, energy, electric utilities, systems and software use and development, and science. The ideal candidate for this position should have:

  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Top notch organizational skills.
  • The desire to keep learning as a lot of new technologies would be learned.
  • Experience with energy, utilities, meetings, system walk throughs are a plus.

Some of the position’s responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a first point of contact for APPA members and nonmembers and ensuring a satisfactory outcome to their questions and comments.
  • Assisting with research on technical, regulatory, engineering, environmental, energy and related issues as needed.
  • Developing a thorough knowledge and understanding of APPA, its membership, the engineering services department activities and projects, and the role of APPA as a service organization.
  • Undertaking assignments as directed by the Vice President, Engineering Services.
  • Planning and executing relevant program meetings including, scheduling, arranging food, hotel needs, communications on the meetings, and agendas.
  • Working with the operations and engineering services team on development and implementation of programs in the Engineering Services Department such as the Engineering and Operations (E&O) Technical Conference, and others.
  • Monitoring and assisting with

CLICK HERE to read the full job posting.
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