Energy forecasting - a new approach to managing demand


By: SGN Staff


Quick Take: As the story below illustrates, the grid is gradually moving from reactive to proactive, from historical to predictive. Like many other building management systems, this firm is working to predict demand in advance, so it can adjust usage to avoid expensive peak rates.


Utility professionals - your customers are moving into the next era. Are you ready to respond with the programs and prices they will demand? - By Jesse Berst


Intelligent energy management systems company GridNavigator and energy management control systems contractor ATS Automation have installed a new service that provides day by day energy demand forecasts at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, near Seattle, Washington. That ability allows users to provide additional energy efficiency and reduce demand, meaning they can avoid spendy peak energy rates.


Pete Segall, energy services manager for ATS Automation, explained it simply: "Our customers look to us for ways to save money and reduce energy usage while minimizing capital expenses. GridNavigator's energy forecasting service allows us to predict energy and demand spokes and launch automated reduction strategies before the demand event occurs."


Having that real-time information means operators can achieve smarter building management with remote adjustment of numerous devices and systems, like boilers and lighting. GridNavigator says engineers can now optimize BACnet (data communications protocol for building automation and control networks) building management systems based on day to day energy use patterns to avoid peaks and to respond to building occupant behavior to reduce demand.


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