Pulse Energy and PECI to Assess Innovative Energy Monitoring Approach for Commercial Buildings
Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, B.C. – June 4, 2012 – PECI and Pulse Energy today announced they will jointly implement a technology assessment focused on boosting the energy performance of medium-sized commercial buildings. The assessment is designed to help building owners and operators save energy, cut costs and improve comfort in their facilities.
Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) Emerging Technology Program has contracted with PECI and Pulse Energy in designing the assessment, in which thirty buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area will initially participate. PG&E is testing an innovative approach aimed at streamlining the delivery of energy savings measures using Pulse™ Energy Manager Software and PECI’s building efficiency expertise.
Once deployed, PECI engineers can use the software’s detailed energy performance analysis to benchmark building performance, provide recommendations on energy efficiency improvements and best practices, and calculate the impact of completed upgrades on the building’s energy performance.
“PECI has conducted extensive research on monitoring systems and identified Pulse Energy as a proven technology platform with promise for tackling deeper, whole building energy savings,” said Hannah Friedman, PECI’s Director of Technical Research. “Our goal with this assessment is to demonstrate how technology can support actions based on better energy information, which could be game changing for large scale energy efficiency programs.”
David Helliwell, Pulse Energy’s co-founder and CEO added, “Our software equips customers with a deep level of building performance insight that, layered with PECI’s commissioning expertise, provides a powerful, whole building approach for managing and reducing energy consumption. We’re looking forward to seeing the significant benefits of applying this approach for these California customers.”
Due to initial cost barriers, owners and managers of medium-sized buildings have not had access to this level of building performance technology and expertise. But, analysis of California building survey data suggests that as much as 500 million square feet of commercial buildings in Northern California could ultimately utilize these services. This would provide significant cost savings and an economic boost to the businesses in this region.
About PECI: PECI is a leader in the field of energy efficiency solutions, with expertise in designing and delivering programs for utility and government agency clients. Through sustained market and customer engagement, PECI achieves persistent energy savings and reaches millions of residential, commercial and industrial customers. A nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating the new energy economy, PECI was founded in 1980 and has offices in Portland, Oregon as well as Northern and Southern California. To learn more visit www.peci.org.
About Pulse Energy: Pulse Energy helps utilities to achieve regulated efficiency targets and boost customer satisfaction. This is achieved through the Pulse™ Platform: a scalable software solution for commercial buildings that delivers insight to improve performance, engages occupants, and accurately measures and verifies energy performance. To learn more visit www.pulseenergy.com.