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IPKeys and ElectSolve accelerate growth strategies with the synergistic merger of Secure Demand Response and Meter Data Management platforms for the Public Power and Rural Electric Cooperatives Sectors

Encycle

 EATONTOWN, NJ and SHREVEPORT, LA October 17, 2018 – IPKeys Power Partners (IPKeys) announced today the completion of the merger and acquisition of ElectSolve Technologies & Services, Inc. (ElectSolve), the public power sector leader in Meter Data Management (MDM) with over 5 million Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) points served.

The acquisition accelerates IPKeys strategy of becoming the leading provider of highly secure Integrated Automated Demand Management (IADM) platforms for utilities and consumers. The merger enhances both organizations ability to deliver on the needs of utilities and grid operators by providing a unique technology and programmatic integration of Demand Response (DR), Meter Data and Event Management, Cyber Security and Network Engineering.

The merger will build a strategic value for utilities by expanding the role of AMI and the data it provides for billing electricity consumption. It leverages historical consumption data into predictive, economically efficient and highly secure automated electricity demand and peak load management capabilities for utilities.

As coal plants shut down and nuclear installations are being reduced, utilities are facing significant challenges to meet a changing fuel supply mix. IPKeys’ EISS® system and IADM combined with ElectSolve’s MDM platform provides utilities with the ability to trust reliable and secure demand resources for load management. This potentially saves billions of dollars in replacement capacity plant investments; particularly those required to support reserves for peak demands.

IPKeys automated demand response and ElectSolve’s utility Meter and Operational Data Management (MDM/ODM) platforms provides real time dispatch, measurement and verification of consumer side resource performance. The merged platform also includes the automated reconciliation and customer payment for participation providing utilities a tool to utilize demand side resources just as they do supply side generation. Utilities will be empowered with significant leverage to reduce peak demand charges for both their ratepayers and mitigate risk for utilities.

The benefits available to utilities and energy suppliers include but is not limited to:

  • Capital cost avoidance associated with providing power reserves for peak load situations
  • Avoidance of contract penalties associated with exceeding energy supply contracts
  • A demand control platform to absorb the growth of solar and wind power intermittency
  • A platform to enhance grid reliability and resiliency
  • Enhancing a green and carbon emissions reduction opportunity with economic rewards
  • Partnering with the residents and businesses of the community to work together to realize a cleaner, secure and more efficient electricity delivery and consumption program

“We are excited about coming together with the ElectSolve team and the value utilities will be able to realize with a cost-efficient delivery of cyber secure meter, electricity demand and network management” said Robert Nawy, CEO IPKeys. “The opportunity to provide our open standards-based servers, client premises hardware and large market wholesale Demand Response programmatic experience to the Public Power Sector will empower municipal and cooperative utilities to adopt best practices in technologies and program consulting for years to come”. Nawy added.

“With utilities facing an increasing level of risk associated with the cyber threat, the decision to combine our companies was the right choice for our current and future clients and partners.” said Mark Ponder, CEO ElectSolve. “Our combined companies will deliver the most secure utility data management, analytics and demand response platform available to the public power utility market today. Delivering software and hardware solutions that meet or exceed military grade security standards is not only practical for the utility industry but essential to this market to insure the reliable and secure delivery of services to customers.”

The merger of IPKeys Power Partners and ElectSolve provides for continuity for all employees of both organizations. The software development teams of both entities will have the opportunity to leap in advances by combining meter data and operational management with the ability to control electricity load consumption on an automated basis with customer premises hardware developed and manufactured by IPKeys, these include the OPEN ADR certified EISS® servers, EISS®Box and EISS®Cube.

Mark Ponder, founder and CEO of ElectSolve with over 30 years of experience will become the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for IPKeys Power Partners and the critical human resources of the ElectSolve team will also join on providing for a smooth transition.

About IPKeys
IPKeys founded in 2005 is a strategic partner in the Energy, DOD, Federal, and Commercial sectors, delivering expertise in the development, integration, and deployment of cyber secure Internet Protocol (“IP”) technology and communications systems.

IPKeys provides Demand Response and curtailment services provider services through its subsidiary IPKeys Power Partners and is co-headquartered in Eatontown, NJ and Stafford VA, and has offices in San Diego, CA and Annapolis Junction, MD.

About ElectSolve
ElectSolve was founded in 1999 and is based in Shreveport, LA and Austin, TX. ElectSolve’s flagship product, is a proven, vendor-neutral, next generation data management and integration platform for managing and integrating utility data. ElectSolve interoperates with a full suite of utility operational platforms including AMI, CIS, SCADA, OMS, GIS providing a full 360-degree view of all operational data with centralized management, analysis and reporting.

About the Public Power Sector
Over 1300 Public Power utilities in the US serve approximately 50 million customers in 49 states and 5 US territories. Generating over $60 billion in annual revenues, Public Power serves 1 in 7 customers in the US today and is vital to the continuing growth of the communities they serve. Public Power is locally controlled, highly reliable and provides low competitive rates to their communities.

For additional information please contact [email protected] or call William Zucosky at 732-982-3108.

 

 

Introduction to Demand Response Fundamentals

A new training online course from Enerdynamics with PLMA

2018 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot
Enerdynamics PLMA

This new online training course presents a detailed Introduction to the Fundamentals of Demand Response.  It is intended for utility professionals or anyone needing a better understanding of this increasingly important load management resource.

What you will learn:

  • What demand response is
  • The difference between demand response and energy efficiency
  • How demand response works and provides value
  • Alternative methods to justify the cost of demand response programs
  • The role of various stakeholders in demand response
  • The evolution of demand response 
  • The relationship of demand response to renewables and other distributed energy resources
  • Demand response’s role in a future transactive energy marketplace

Regularly $79 - PLMA Members save 20% 
Enter code PLMA when you register
 

CLICK HERE to Learn More and Take the Course

 

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

 
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