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Universal Devices Brings “Energy Management In a Box” to Small & Medium Business Customers in California

Demand Response Program, Using OpenADR, Complies with State’s Title 24 Building Requirements  

October 17, 2014 Encino, Calif. – Universal Devices, a leader in energy management and automation devices, today announced the deployment of “Energy Management In a Box.” The new offering, the first low-cost system configured for the small and medium business (SMB) market, complies with California’s Title 24 building requirements and further extends demand response (DR) using OpenADR.

“This new offering integrates our powerful ISY994 automation platform with wireless thermostats to curb energy usage for small and medium business,” said Mike Ippolito, Chief Product Officer, Universal Devices. “This is the first product that allows business’ to take advantage of advanced energy management functions to monitor, manage, and automate their environment affordably”

Distributed exclusively by HD Supply Power Solutions [NASDAQ HDS] and through select contractors, the “Energy Management In a Box” product combines the powerful Universal Devices ISY994 Automation platform with up to 64 thermostats in an easy-to-configure solution. The powerful programmability of the ISY994 platform allows installers and building managers complete flexibility to define advanced “If-Then-Else” conditions using schedules, current and forecast weather, occupancy and room temperatures to manage a comfortable work environment. With easily integrated optional sensors, light controls, or other IoT devices, the business can securely manage all aspects of energy management with one simple interface from their computer or mobile device.

The “Commercial Advanced Thermostat Upgrade Program” necessitated this new energy management offering. The program is administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E contacts businesses during pre-defined peak periods to voluntarily shed electric loads using the OpenADR 2.0b specification for communication. Using advanced logic, the ISY994 platform allows the business owner to define rules to intelligently respond to these messages or simply opt-out at any thermostat. More information on this program is available at http://www.pgeadvancedthermostatupgrade.com/ 

“The combination of automation and demand response eligibility makes the ‘Energy Management In a Box’ the future of controls for air conditioning systems,” said Victor Valladares, president, Valley Mechanicals.

More on Universal Devices ISY994

The Universal Devices ISY994, the most powerful automation controller for home, business and industry, provides a low cost automation platform for truly controlling energy costs. It is capable of communicating with a wide variety of off-the-shelf devices such as thermostats, lighting, security systems and pumps wirelessly using ZigBee, Z-Wave, INSTEON, or via Network and direct contacts. In addition, the ISY994 series, when properly equipped, can read energy consumption from individual devices and smart meters.  Unlike other solutions that use ‘the cloud’ to process and store information, the ISY994 allows users to keep their information private by running everything local, but yet accessible from a variety of devices.  More information is available at www.universal-devices.com

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EnTouch Controls Leading Industry with OpenADR 2.0 Certification; Company
Provides Demand Response Services to Restaurants and Retailers

RICHARDSON, TEXAS – Oct. 14, 2014 – EnTouch Controls, a market leader of energy management as a service (EMaaS) and contributing member of the OpenADR Alliance, today announced that its EnTouch Controls EnTouch360° DR is OpenADR 2.0 certified.

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EcoFactor Delivers Verified Energy and Demand Results that Surpass the Competition

Third Party report shows EcoFactor outperforms all other Home Energy Management solutions including Nest and Opower by achieving 4kW per home demand savings and 11 percent AC energy savings

Redwood City, Calif. — August 26, 2014 — EcoFactor®, the leader in cloud-based home energy management services, today announced third-party measurement and verification results from its deployment as the heart  of NV Energy’s mPowered program, one of the country’s largest and most successful residential integrated demand side management (IDSM) programs, with more than 22,000 customers so far. The report, filed with the PUC of Nevada by NV Energy, confirms that in 2013 EcoFactor reduced AC usage by 11 percent and reduced peak loads by more than 4 kW per connected home and more than 2.7 kW per connected thermostat. The EcoFactor solution accomplished all this while maintaining consumer comfort and saving them an average of $100 per year. As a result, the program has now proven both that it is cost-effective and that it delivers an 86 percent customer satisfaction rating, as measured by NV Energy.

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Universal Devices integrates real time weather with OpenADR and home automation platform.

June 11, 2014 Encino, CA – Universal Devices, an industry leader in energy management and automation devices, announced today general availability of its enhanced weather reporting and forecast module. Together with HAMweather's Aeris service, users can now utilize weather data to make smart energy management decisions with the ISY994 platform.

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Powerit Solutions Receives OpenADR Alliance 2.0b Profile Certification

 

Full-Feature Specification for Complex Energy Management Solutions Enriches Demand Response and Distributed Energy Resource Management at Wholesale and Retail Levels

Seattle, WA., May 21, 2014 – Powerit Solutions, an international energy management technology company, today announced receipt of the OpenADR 2.0b Profile Specification certification. 

OpenADR 2.0b is a full-feature specification for complex energy management solutions supporting automated demand response (DR) and distributed energy resource management for both wholesale and retail programs.

Released in July 2013, OpenADR 2.0b builds on OpenADR 2.0a and the earlier OpenADR 1.0, which has been supported by Powerit Solutions.

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IPKeys, PJM, Walmart, Berkeley Lab and Schneider Electric Demonstrate Energy Management Advances with OpenADR 2.0b Market Pilots

EATONTOWN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IPKeys announced today the successful conclusion of multi-phase pilots at PJM Interconnection for Ancillary Services (Synchronous Reserve and Regulation) utilizing IPKeys’ OpenADR 2.0b certified Energy Interop Server & System (EISS™). The pilot participants - Walmart, PJM, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Schneider Electric – succeeded in showing the technological feasibility of using the OpenADR 2.0b profile in the field for ancillary services and regulation signaling.

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ecobee Becomes First Thermostat Company to Receive OpenADR 2.0b Certification

New certification provides homeowners and businesses with improved energy savings

Toronto, CANADA, April 17, 2014 – Today, ecobee, makers of the world’s first smart thermostat, announced it has received OpenADR 2.0b certification from the OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit corporation created to foster the development, adoption, and compliance of the OpenADR smart grid standard. ecobee is the first company to have a 2.0b certified  thermostat  which provides standard-based communication between utilities and its customers to help improve energy savings and ease of participation in demand response (DR) programs.

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Closing the Demand Response Loop Between Buildings and the Grid

OpenADR 2.0 integration and the potential for smart-building-enabled demand response

JEFF ST. JOHN: AUGUST 30, 2013

Last week saw a host of companies launch products and platforms enabled to deliver thelatest version of OpenADR, the technology meant to standardize fast and reliable automated demand response. There’s plenty of information out there about how utilities, grid operators and third-party aggregators are using automated demand response, including OpenADR, to achieve their goals.

But what about the building side of the equation? Each building, whether it be a factory, office complex, or a humble home, has a different way to interpret, act on, and verify what it’s done to shed energy use in response to these automated signals. Closing that loop is also critical for utilities that want to know just how much power use reduction, at what speeds and levels of reliability, it’s getting out of the price signals and power-down commands that are being sent out. Read more . . .

 

In California, Building Codes and Demand Response Align

Title 24, OpenADR and the California smart grid/smart building experiment

JEFF ST. JOHN: JUNE 26, 2013

Last year, the California Energy Commission approved its latest version of Title 24, the state’s master building code -- a massive 244-page document covering everything from household windows and insulation to factories and skyscraper building management systems. Set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, the rules include a few changes that could really push automated, open-standards-based demand response into the mass market.

At least, that’s the hope of the OpenADR Alliance, a group with a very definite interest in the outcome. On Tuesday, the Alliance announced that OpenADR now officially “enables compliance” with the new Title 24 code when it comes to building management, lighting control and other building systems. Read more . . .

 
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