Energent particpating at Globe 2012

Energent is excited to be part of the premiere global conference on sustainability and the environmental economy.  Globe 2012 brings together a worldwide audience to discuss and debate the pressing issues of the economics of environmental sustainability.  Energent is excited to be part of this world-class conference and tradeshow, and to participate as part of the Ontario Pavillion.

At the tradeshow, Energent will be showcasing two products.  The first product is Energent’s class-leading Energy Management Information System.  Energent’s EMIS platform provides visibility into the real-time energy consumption of operations in industrial, institutional, and commercial buildings.  The comprehensive reporting and alerting that is enabled because of the Energent platform drives companies to lower energy consumption and save money.

Energent will also be presenting it’s leading-edge Home Energy Smart Grid platform.  The Energy Hub Management System (EHMS) is being deployed across Ontario through partnerships with Hydro One, Ontario Power Authority, and the University of Waterloo.  Energent’s EHMS is a web-based, two-way communication and software optimization  engine, providing every home with the opportunity to optimize thier home energy consumption based on goals for the end user and the Utility.  Home owners see value through lower energy costs and improved visibility into their consumption, and Utilities will be able to optimize the distribution of electricity to thousands of homes, lowering peaks, and improving efficiency.

At the conference, Energenet will be presenting an update on the roll out across Ontario and will welcome other Utilities and jurisdictions that are interested in grid optimization to speak to them at Globe.

To arrange a meeting with Energent at the Globe 2012 conference on either the EMIS or the Smart Grid EHMS, please contact Craig Haney at chaney@energent.com, or by phone at 519-725-0906 x2007.  Energent is looking for productive meetings with utilities and municipalities interested in reducing peak demand on their grid through Home Energy Management plans.  Energent is also interested in meeting with commercial building operators, municipalities, and manufacturing organizations looking to lower their energy consumption through real-time reporting and ehanced energy analytics.

Look for Energent at Globe 2012 in booth 1117-13 at the Ontario Pavillion on the Globe Tradeshow Floor.

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Energy Management comes home

This week, the US Government announced the Green Button Initiative with the hopes that millions of home owners will be able to monitor and control their home utility bills through the web and smartphone apps.  The New York Times wrote a strong blog post on it today (you can see it here)This is definitely not another “big brother” initiative by the White House; this is a plan that will encourage and enable the private sector to build tools to support this government program.  Three of California’s largest utilties joined the Initiative to encourage adoption of a standard by which Utilities will home utility bill information can be viewed and downloaded directly from the Utility website.

It’s a very interesting strategy put forth from the White House.  Encourage the big utilties to share information in a consistent manner, then step out of the way and watch the private sector fill in the gaps.  More importantly, will home owners care enough to find this information on their Utility’s website, or will they just think it’s noise that needs to be drowned out?  Our hope is that people will care, but our belief is that they will only care if it makes financial sense to care.

Energent is deploying Home Energy Management Systems across the province with the goal to reduce electricity consumption and increase awareness.  The data isn’t in yet as to the impact on electricity reduction, but our research tells us that will coincide with the level of engagement.  So, what does this mean?  Energent believes that we have to engage the end consumer and make energy relevant to them.  To do this it must be easy to collect the data, interesting to read, and will save them enough money that it matters.

Creating a standardized platform to allow users to easily access and review this information is a great first step.  It is now up to the Utilities and the private sector to create compelling reasons and great products to drive this Home Energy Management business model.  Any business models that are based solely on government subsidies are at best mediocre, and at worst doomed.  Here’s hoping we can all do our part in Canada and the United States to build this market into a meaningful growth opportunity, not one of just speculation and government handouts.

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