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Opus One Solutions Named One of Canada's Clean Technology Winners in Deloitte's Technology Fast 50TM Program

Opus One


TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opus One Solutions received a Clean Technology award, a new awards category in the Technology Fast 50 program that recognizes Canada’s top clean innovators providing processes, goods or services that reduce environmental impacts. The winning companies are ranked by their revenue-growth percentage their last four years of operation, proving minimum revenues of $50,000 in 2017 and $5 million in 2020.

Opus One Solutions CEO Joshua Wong, credits its industry leading GridOS® software and the software’s ability to help utilities to accelerate the energy transition with distributed energy resources (DER) and the safety, reliability, and operational performance of the electric grid, with the company’s sustainable and profitable growth. Wong stated, “Opus One Solutions has been leading the Canadian landscape in growing clean tech domestically and abroad. Since its inception our vision of digitalizing, decentralizing and decarbonizing the planet has motivated us to work on enacting change and accelerating transition towards a low carbon economy. Clean technologies like Opus One’s are no longer just an option, but an urgent call to action necessary for meeting climate and environmental goals. Opus One Solutions is proud to be honored as an inaugural winner of Deloitte’s Clean Technology award and a leader in Canada’s clean technology industry.”

“We’re delighted to recognize Clean Technology winners, the program’s newest category. These outstanding companies are amongst the elite of Canada’s technology sector as clean innovators helping create a more resilient and sustainable future for the environment,” stated Anders McKenzie, partner and national leader for the Technology Fast 50 program at Deloitte Canada. “With reduction of our carbon footprint and environmental impact of paramount importance, this new category awards innovators spearheading the clean technology movement, creating the sustainable business and technology landscape of the future.”

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Virtual Peaker Partners with Google's Nest Renew to Support a Clean Energy FutureVirtual Peaker


Louisville, KY – 
Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based SaaS company that empowers modern utilities with the friendliest distributed energy platform on the planet, has announced its expanded support for a clean energy future through Google’s Nest Renew, which was announced in October. The new service makes it easier for utilities to engage consumers with time-of-use rates, increase demand response program participation and facilitate consumer support for renewable energy.

Consumers with compatible Nest thermostats can support a clean energy future by enrolling in demand response programs and engaging with time-of-use (TOU) programs. During the past decade, Nest thermostats have already helped homeowners save more than 80 billion kWh, enough energy to power 23 million electric cars for a year.

Most homes are cooled and heated by electricity from a mix of clean and not-so-clean energy sources that vary based on the time of day they’re used. Virtual Peaker and many of its utility clients already are long-time partners with Google Nest through the Google Rush Hour Rewards program, a service that lets customers earn rewards for using less when energy consumption is high and makes it easier for utilities to manage the grid during times of peak demand.

With Nest Renew’s feature called Energy Shift, customers can automatically shift their heating and cooling electricity usage to times when the grid is cleaner, without sacrificing comfort. For utilities with certain time-of-use rates, Energy Shift can help customers automatically prioritize usage of less expensive energy.

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IBACOS Team Selected as a Partner in DOE’s $61 Million Connected Communities InitiativeTierra

The accelerated development of energy efficient, sustainable communities and the advancement of a connected, clean energy grid

On October 13, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the 10 selected teams for its $61 million “Connected Communities” initiative awards, and the team led by Pittsburgh-based housing innovation company, IBACOS is among them.

The 10 awarded pilot projects – managed by teams that represent a cross-section of the buildings industry including utilities, local governments, homebuilders, home performance contractors, and end-users – will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, grid-connected, energy-efficient buildings. This project will help achieve the Biden Administration's goal of reaching a net-zero carbon economy by providing a model for reducing the building sector’s contribution to the climate crisis.

“We believe this is an incredible moment for a new level of collaboration and collective innovation to help accelerate the advancement of home and community energy efficiency and grid connectivity, driven by the development and utilization of leading-edge technologies and new business paradigms,” says Mark Tilley, CEO of IBACOS. “Our team is delighted and proud to be a partner with DOE and the Connected Communities initiative in this critically important work.”

The ‘Advanced Clean Communities Collaborative’ (AC3) team, led collaboratively by IBACOS and Walnut Creek, California-based Tierra Resource Consultants, includes a diverse group of highly experienced and accomplished companies and organizations that are leaders in the utility, housing construction and retrofit, and renewable energy industries. The AC3 team includes:

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Acquisition of WSO Enhances E Source's Capabilities for Water UtilitiesE Source

We’re excited to announce that we’re continuing to expand our offerings by acquiring Water Systems Optimization (WSO). WSO partners with national, state, and local water agencies to reduce water loss and optimize much-needed investments. The WSO team consists of experts in water-loss research, analysis, strategy, related field work, and capital investments to address losses.

“WSO’s proven expertise in water-loss analytics and consulting allows us to expand our water market offerings,” says E Source CEO Ted Schultz. “This is a critical time to be focusing on water conservation. Our mission is to build a sustainable future in partnership with utilities and cities. A crucial part of that is ensuring that we’re optimizing our water resources. We’re proud to welcome WSO to the E Source family.”

WSO is the seventh company we’ve acquired in the past 24 months. The acquisition represents continued efforts to build a broad offering of tech-enabled, customer-first solutions that help utilities manage the customer and infrastructure sides of their business reliably, efficiently, safely, and sustainably.

In October 2015, the California State Senate passed a bill requiring all retail urban water suppliers to report annually on distribution efficiency. Since that time, WSO has completed more than 500 water audit validations in California, along with additional validations in Georgia and Hawaii.

“There is a tremendous opportunity for innovation and cost savings for water utilities,” says Reinhard Sturm, CEO of WSO. “With the combination of our talented teams, data, and domain expertise, we are now uniquely positioned to offer necessary and sophisticated analytics and services to this market. This is an exciting time, and we are thrilled to be part of the E Source team.”

“Water has quickly become one of our scarcest resources. With the acquisition of WSO, E Source is better able to be part of a sustainable solution,” says Rob Langley, managing partner and cofounder of Align Capital Partners. “The WSO team brings a high level of sophistication to their work in guiding clients to decrease water loss while optimizing capital investments to safely reduce losses over time. Combining these skills and expertise with an already mature set of services for the water market is going to make a big impact.”

 

Encycle Introduces Swarm for Heating to Help its Customers Offset Surges in Heating Bills Caused by Dramatic Increases in Natural Gas PricesEncycle

Encycle expands its Swarm Logic® technology offering to include HVAC system optimization for commercial building heating

SAN MARCOS, Calif., October 18, 2021
 – 
Encycle Corporation, a software technology company focused on helping commercial and industrial customers dramatically improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems and energy efficiency programs using IoT-enabled services, is pleased to announce the expansion of its SwarmLogic™energy management technology to the heating side of HVAC system optimization.

Swarm Logic deployed on cooling systems has been the mainstay of Encycle's autonomous Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) offering until now. The development and testing of Swarm Logic for heating has been underway for over a year. Its unveiling comes at an opportunistic time for Encycle's current and potential customers who, like everyone else, are bracing for exponentially higher electric and gas utility bills this heating season, with natural gas prices jumping 112% since January 2021. The alarming price increase will directly affect customers with gas-fired furnaces and electric heating customers whose electricity is supplied by gas-fired power plants.

"Facing the burden of much higher heating bills this winter, companies already struggling from the economic and labor effects of the Covid-19 pandemic now have a new financial threat to contend with," said Steve Alexander, Encycle President and COO. "With HVAC accounting for as much as 40% of a building's overall energy consumption and spend, customers will be scrambling to find new opportunities to reduce peak demand and consumption," Alexander added. "Swarm Logic provides a compelling and low-risk solution, requiring little to no capital expenditures and delivering 2X to 5X returns on program fees almost immediately after deployment."

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