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Encycle and Lightstat Form Software/Hardware Partnership to Streamline Cloud-Based Energy Management Capabilities

Encycle

Encycle’s patented Swarm Logic® software will now be integrated with Lightstat’s smart programmable thermostats to deliver packaged HVAC electric cost savings of up to 20%

SAN MARCOS, Calif. and Barkhamsted, Conn., August 13, 2018 – Encycle Corporation, a technology company focused on helping commercial and industrial customers dramatically improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems using IoT-enabled services, and Lightstat, an innovative HVAC and lighting control solutions provider, today announced a partnership that integrates Encycle’s patented Swarm Logic® HVAC energy savings software with Lightstat’s intelligent thermostat platform.

The partnership brings IoT-enabled thermostatic control into a networked, cloud-based system that allows commercial and industrial building energy managers to reduce their HVAC energy consumption and costs by 10%-20%. Working in tandem with Lightstat’s smart programmable thermostats, Encycle’s Swarm Logic software dynamically synchronizes power-hungry HVAC rooftop units (RTUs), enabling them to operate most efficiently in response to changing conditions such as outdoor temperature, building occupancy levels, and RTU performance. Instead of operating in isolation, the RTUs become part of an IoT-based closed-loop system that coordinates RTU activity, thereby apportioning energy consumption more logically among the individual RTUs without the need for additional hardware or equipment in most cases.

“Encycle is excited to take our relationship with Lightstat to the next level,” said Robert Chiste, Chairman, President and CEO of Encycle. “The decision to form this partnership and incorporate Lightstat’s smart thermostats into our Energy-as-a-Service by Encycle™ (EASE™) model shows the value we place in each other’s capabilities and expertise. Encycle is transforming the HVAC industry with unprecedented energy savings and returns on investment, and Lightstat is equally driven to help energy managers control their buildings’ consumption more efficiently,” Chiste added.

Lightstat’s contribution to commercial/industrial energy management is impressive. “Lightstat is excited to bring this partnership and the incredible value it represents to our customers. We continue to drive creative new concepts into the marketplace with custom solutions to match our customers’ needs. Working with Encycle to integrate the Swarm Logic software into our product offering is an example of this drive to bring the best in technological solutions to our customers. With rising energy and infrastructure costs, companies need to take advantage of every possible savings opportunity to protect their bottom line,” commented Robert Gallagher, CEO of Lightstat. “Together with Encycle, we can provide a proven, simple-to-use, integrated, and transparent solution that maximizes HVAC energy efficiency automatically.”

Encycle’s Swarm Logic technology is already employed across hundreds of facilities in North America including retail stores, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, offices, schools, distribution centers, and light/medium manufacturing buildings. Typical Encycle customers achieve 10%-20% reductions in HVAC-related kW, kWh, and CO2 with Swarm Logic.

For additional information regarding the Encycle / Lightstat strategic partnership, please call Encycle at 1-855-875-4031 in the U.S. or 1-877-634-0081 in Canada.

About Encycle:
Encycle is a technology-driven company that is transforming energy management for multi-site commercial and industrial companies. The company leverages its patented cloud-based technology to lower its clients’ electric costs, maximize energy efficiency, and reduce environmental impact. Companies using Swarm Logic® routinely reduce HVAC electric costs and consumption by 10%-20% with little or no capital investment. For more information about Encycle, visit www.encycle.com.

About Lightstat:
Lightstat is an environmental control industry leader that has enabled businesses with intuitive, integrated, and automated thermostat and lighting control systems for over 36 years. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty, Lightstat products are easy to use, customizable and scalable, requiring little or no training. Lightstat prides itself on being at the forefront of emerging facility management technologies. For more information about Lightstat, visit www.lightstat.com.

 

Encycle Introduces Swarm Service™ for Cloud-Based Control of HVAC Rooftop Units

Encycle

First of its kind service helps building managers achieve sustainability goals while saving up to 20% on electric costs.

SAN MARCOS, Calif., August 1, 2018 – Encycle Corporation, an IoT-enabled, service-based company focused on helping commercial and industrial customers dramatically improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems, is pleased to introduce Swarm Service™ as part of its SaaS offering, which Encycle has named EASE™ - Energy as a Service by Encycle. Swarm Service is a cloud-based, enterprise-level solution that delivers the benefits of Encycle’s Swarm Logic® technology across hundreds of facilities without the need for additional hardware. 

Swarm Logic’s multi-patented, cloud-based software integrates with existing building automation systems (BAS), programmable thermostats, or IoT providers to dynamically synchronize power-hungry HVAC rooftop units (RTUs). Swarm Logic enables RTUs to operate most efficiently in response to changing conditions such as outdoor temperature, building occupancy levels, and RTU performance. Instead of operating in isolation, the RTUs become part of an IoT-based closed-loop system that coordinates RTU activity, thereby apportioning energy consumption more logically among the individual RTUs. This approach maximizes efficiency while maintaining desired building comfort levels. 

The combination of Swarm Service and the EASE business model has proven to reduce HVAC electricity costs and consumption for typical Encycle customers by 10% to 20%. Swarm Service is almost instantaneously cash-flow positive for commercial and industrial customers since little or no capital expenditure is required. All that is required is the establishment of connectivity between the building’s BAS, thermostats, or IoT system and Swarm Logic’s software, which is developed via a cloud-based application program interface (API). Swarm Service can be quickly deployed, is simple to operate, and is virtually invisible regarding building comfort. Encycle’s patented algorithms and advanced methodologies mean customers enrolled in Swarm Service always have next-generation control and reporting capabilities that include predictive maintenance recommendations to preserve their RTU equipment investments. 

“Encycle’s Swarm Logic technology is transforming the HVAC industry, providing building owners with solutions to help them meet their energy-based sustainability goals,” said Robert Chiste, Encycle Chairman, President and CEO. Many companies have already substantially reduced their energy costs by embracing the emergence of LED lighting technology over the past 5 to 10 years. These companies are now looking for the “next big thing” in energy efficiency, with HVAC being a natural target given that it makes up as much as 40% of a building’s overall energy consumption and spend. 

“Traditional approaches to HVAC energy efficiency have had limited success as they required significant capital expenditures, increased complexity in operating and maintaining HVAC systems, and inadequate returns on investment. Our EASE model is truly unlike any other service on the market today, delivering up to 20% reductions in HVAC-related kW, kWh, and CO2,” explained Chiste. 

With the increasing use of cloud deployment, Encycle allows building managers to coordinate their automation strategies with integrated IoT solutions that are swift and scalable. “Because every building is unique, we work closely with our customers to reduce peak demand and consumption while ensuring their critical requirements are met,” stated Chris Hensley, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Encycle. “Our solutions allow our customer to achieve significant energy efficiency gains while still creating the desired environment for customers and employees.” Encycle conducts a thorough preliminary assessment to understand each client’s specific operating requirements and to calculate expected savings, according to Hensley. 

Encycle serves a broad range of industries including retail stores, grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, offices, schools, distribution centers, and light/medium manufacturing. Customer buildings ranging from 7,500 square feet to 2 million square feet or more realize the greatest benefit from Encycle’s Swarm Service. 

For more information regarding Encycle’s cloud-based Swarm Service offering, please visit www.encycle.com or call 1-855-875-4031 in the U.S. or 1-877-634-0081 in Canada. 

About Encycle: Encycle is a technology-driven company that is transforming energy management for multi-site commercial and industrial companies. The company leverages its patented cloud-based technology to lower its clients’ electric costs, maximize energy efficiency, and reduce environmental impact. Companies using Swarm Logic® routinely reduce HVAC electric costs and consumption by 10%-20% with little or no capital investment. For more information about Encycle, visit www.encycle.com

 

Call for Self-Nominations for PLMA At-Large Director Positions Ends October 8

Self-nominations are now being accepted from PLMA At-Large Representatives to run for election for one of up to four positions as a PLMA At-Large Director for the Fall 2018 - Fall 2020 term. If you plan to seek election, please complete the At-Large Director Nomination Form. The form requests that you include a brief statement of your qualifications, your goals for the organization, and initiatives that you want to champion. Self-nominations will be accepted through Monday, October 8, 2018. You must be signed in to access the form. You must be signed in as a At-Large Representative to access the nomination form. if the link does not work, cut and paste this url into your browser: https://plma.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mcform&view=ngforms&id=2003445

PLMA seeks nominations from At-Large Representatives to be At-Large Directors. All At-Large Directors' (see roster at www.peakload.org/plma-leadership) terms expire at the conclusion of the 38th PLMA Conference in Austin.  Up to four (4) At-Large Directors will be elected to two-year terms with no term limits by current At-Large Representatives in good standing.

Job Description.  At-Large Representatives from all Associate-level and Academic-level member organizations have the opportunity to elect At-Large Directors to serve as voting members of the PLMA Board of Directors.  The current At-Large Directors and Board of Directors members are listed at www.peakload.org/Leadership.  PLMA has two "in-person" meetings of the Board each year, the first being the evening before the Spring Conference and the second one being the evening before the start of the Fall Conference. Although it is rare, PLMA does infrequently have an all board conference call or email that requires your member input/vote. Board members will have advanced notice of the timing and subject matter for either of these as they occur. PLMA’s Officers and Executive Committee provide on-going oversight for PLMA, then present recommendations to the entire board for final decisions. The Officers and Executive Committee members are listed at www.peakload.org/LeadershipBoard policies can be accessed online at www.peakload.org/Policies.  

Nomination Process. Any PLMA At-Large Representative of an Associate-level or Academic-level member organization in good standing may self-nominate. If someone other than the  At-Large Representative from a PLMA member organization wishes to self-nominate, they must become the designated  At-Large Representative for their organization.

Election Process. The At-Large Director election will be conducted electronically before the Board meeting takes place on November 12, as well as on-site during the board meeting. At-Large Representatives may choose to vote either electronically or in person at the Board Meeting. Votes submitted in person will over-ride electronic votes submitted by the same organization. Candidates will be invited to record a brief statement for a Meet the Candidates webcast to be produced for At-Large Representatives in October. The Election Policy and By-laws are posted behind your member password at www.peakload.org/at-large-rep-home-page.

Sincerely,
Joseph E. Childs
Secretary and Election Officer

Primary Contact: Ed Thomas, Executive Director, PLMA, [email protected]; (707) 652-5333

 

Con Edison Seeks DR Specialist by Oct. 17 


Job title:  Specialist or Senior Specialist for Demand Response Team at Con Edison

Con Edison has an exciting opportunity for a motivated professional on its Demand Response (DR) team. The DR team manages demand response programs to help improve electric and gas service reliability while minimizing impacts to customer bills. DR is often called the Smart Grid in action since it utilizes dynamic customer actions to better manage the electric and gas supply system. The (Senior) Specialist supports the execution of the Company's DR programs, including design, operations, administration, budgetary, marketing, performance analysis, reporting, process improvement, and stakeholder engagement. This is a great opportunity to work on the first performance based gas DR program and continue the development of one of the largest distribution level reliability electric DR programs.

Deadline: 10/17/2018

Details and Job Application at http://careers.coned.com/jobs/3138236-specialist-1h-or-sr-specialist-2l-energy-efficiency-demand-response

 

Contact: Shira Horowitz, [email protected]

 

 

Demand Response Not Just for Grid Emergencies Any More

Technology, policy and customer demand drove 10.7 GW of DR energy savings in 2017

DR Snapshot Cover

While the energy industry seems focused on energy storage as a critical solution to many of the challenges of integrating renewables on the grid, a new industry report documents the growth of demand response (DR) as an increasingly valuable and flexible resource. 

Based on data gathered directly from 155 utilities across the country, the 2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot finds that, in 2017, an increasingly broad range of DR programs dispatched 10.7 gigawatts (GW) of energy savings to the grid. Total enrolled capacity -- that is, how much saved power was potentially available -- was 18.3 GW. 

Produced by Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) in partnership with Navigant Consulting and the PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance), the Snapshot is a unique industry report combining detailed data analysis and broad market insights.  For a free report download, CLICK HERE

“We are in a very exciting time for demand response,” said Brenda Chew, SEPA Research Analyst and lead author on the report. “Technology, customer interest and new business and regulatory models are driving enormous changes as DR is integrated with other distributed energy resources, and becomes an increasingly flexible and valuable resource, providing benefits for customers and the grid.” 

Key takeaways from the report include: 

  • The C&I edge: C&I customers provided more than half of enrolled DR capacity in 2017 -- about 12 GW.  On the residential side, traditional air conditioning switch programs remain the most common form of DR, with 3.7 GW of enrolled capacity, 
  • Solar sponge: DR is helping utilities and grid operators absorb excess solar generation and adjust for changing seasonal loads through reverse DR and load shifting.
  • Non-wire alternatives: Utilities are also looking at locational DR and pairing DR with other distributed energy resources. A number of non-wire alternatives projects in the U.S. are leveraging DR to offset the growth of peak loads and defer investments in distribution systems.
  • Peak load standards: Going forward, the DR market has a number of opportunities for expansion, including continuing participation in wholesale power markets, and the peak load standards being considered by a handful of states, including Arizona and Massachusetts.
  • Price signals: The introduction of innovative time-of-use rates, often combined with DR programs, is widening among residential and small to medium business customers, allowing for a more dynamic approach to management of load curves. 

“DR is not just an emergency resource anymore, but can be used for purposes like renewables integration, customer engagement and offsetting constraints in natural gas supply,” said Brett Feldman, Associate Director at Navigant. “An increase in utility response to this year’s survey provides a more robust picture of the the demand response market and the trends we have seen in the industry. New technologies, program designs and use cases will expand DR for both residential and C&I customers. ” 

“PLMA is proud to collaborate on this year’s report, which offers a concise glimpse of the evolving demand response industry. Together with SEPA and Navigant, we used our peer-to-peer network of practitioners to help increase the survey responses by over 50% to 155 utilities, and to enhance the peer review editorial process,” said Michael Brown, PLMA Chair and Manager of Demand Response and Distributed Energy Resources at Berkshire Hathaway NV Energy.  

About SEPA.  The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the electric power industry's smart transition to a clean and modern energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International (now North American Smart Energy Week) and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit www.sepapower.org.

About Navigant.  Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage, and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy, and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at navigant.com.

About PLMA.  PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 as the Voice of load management practitioners.  PLMA’s over 140 member organizations share expertise to educate each other and explore innovative approaches to demand response programs, price and rate response, regional regulatory issues, and technologies as the energy markets evolve represent a broad range of energy professionals.  Learn more at www.peakload.org.

Free Utility DR Snapshot Report Download at CLICK HERE

 
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