5 Ways That IoT Can Take Utilities Beyond Lighting

October 27, 2015

Both supply and demand side energy management are changing rapidly in America, with a host of new technologies, many powered by the Internet of Things, creating enormous opportunities, and also industry uncertainty.

Here are five ways that utilities can benefit from Enlighted and the broader technological potential of the Internet of Things:

Reducing Peak Grid Load

When commercial building customers install Enlighted, they install advanced occupancy, light, and heat sensors at every light fixture in a commercial building. These sensors are connected to the building’s electrical and HVAC systems and both gather building data, and adjust lighting and heating profiles in real-time for spaces as small as 10ftx10ft.

These features, and others, give Enlighted customers an immediate 50-70% reduction in their energy bills upon installation.

Enlighted is also designed, out-of-box, with the ability to receive Demand Response Signals from utilities during peak hours. These are requests for a building to reduce power during peak hours, and Enlighted accepts these requests and immediately adjusts building energy consumption downward in response to utility signals.

Improving Utility Operational Performance

Enlighted buildings gather rich and anonymous data on building energy use and occupant activity patterns. This data can be shared in aggregate with utilities to improve operational performance of the utility across the grid through the collection and analysis of building-specific energy profiles.

Increasing Regulatory Savvy

The regulatory conversations regarding IoT and utilities are still early stage. While tech industry advocates call for regulatory patience in the face of the rapid emergence of new building technologies, utilities are engaged and seeking data and learning on the wide-range of impacts that IoT is expected to create – both within their customer bases and their business models.

Because Enlighted creates rich data on any building where it is installed, and because every building tends to use Enlighted and its data differently – partnering with Enlighted and Enlighted customers, and seeking to understand new and emerging building energy practices across a range of building and business types can be extremely valuable for utilities.

What follows is a more a nuanced, up-to-date understanding of the short and long-range impacts of IoT in the commercial building sector—and better data-driven policy positions.

Improving Incentive Programs

New building energy efficiency regulations are coming online across the United States and many are expected to require next-generation intelligent lighting and heating systems. The entire building industry must, therefore, undergo a steep learning curve to understand the benefits and technical implementation deals of intelligent lighting and heating systems.

In the face of sometimes daunting new regulatory regimes related to building energy efficiency, a certain amount of industry paralysis can become possible. Utilities stand poised, therefore, to take a leadership role in promoting and incentivizing early adoption of smart building technologies and practices to their customers.

Understanding Electricity Consumers

Enlighted helps utilities to understand their customers better, and to design and deliver services that meet the rapidly evolving needs of commercial electricity consumers.

Smart building technologies make much more possible for building owners and occupants, while at the same time creating reams of data and insight that did not exist in the past. By engaging their customers, harvesting this data for customer insight, and embracing these new technologies, utilities can deliver even greater value to the American economy, and to the businesses that rely on these foundational services.

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