Using a rules engine to manage energy in the water sector

What is a rules engine and how does it apply to energy analytics? According to Wikipedia, a business rules engine is a software system that executes one or more business rules in a run-time production environment. The rules might come from legal regulation, business goals, operational requirements, or optimization needs. But, it enables operational decisions to be processed separately from the…

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What is the Duck Curve?

The Duck Curve Explained If you’ve heard of the Duck Curve, then you may be aware of the impact that Solar PV is having on California’s electrical grid.  However, if you’re not familiar with the term, you will be soon. Solar PV is a tremendous alternative and sustainable resource for electricity and already produces gigawatts…

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How to Leverage Energy Analytics at Wastewater Treatment Plants

Energy Analytics at Wastewater Treatment Plants Moving and processing water in the state of California is energy intensive. Some estimates place energy consumption associated with moving and processing water near 30% of all electrical energy consumption within the state.   The cost of this energy, especially at wastewater treatment plants, is a large part of total…

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Water District Energy Demand Management

A Technology Approach to Water District Energy Demand Management In a contract awarded by the California Energy Commission (CEC), UC Davis’ Center for Water and Energy Efficiency will be running a project with Helio Energy solutions at the Moulton Niguel Water District to better understand how water utilities can become a key tool in helping…

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HelioPower Completes 343 kWDC Solar Power System for Ladera Sports Center

Solar Power System for Ladera Sports Center ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.—APRIL, 20, 2017—HelioPower is pleased to announce the successful completion of two commercial photovoltaic systems at the state-of-the-art Southern California sports center in Ladera Ranch. The 63,000 square-foot gym now sports a 343kW (kilowatt) system optimized with SolarEdge’s DC optimized inverter solution, coupled with the PredictEnergyTM…

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Energy Analytics Explained: Commercial Energy Management Software

Energy Analytics Explained with PredictEnergy™ Many of our clients initially believe that power draw or energy consumption is all there is to energy analytics. The truth is, for energy analytics to be truly useful, it needs to combine energy data with non-energy information. Non-energy information can include units produced, units shipped, unit energy cost, flow, and…

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Energy Competitive Advantage

Energy Competitive Advantage Mo Rousso has written extensively about the concept of eCOGS, or energy cost of goods sold.  By moving your energy costs above the gross margin line, you have much more visibility and control over that cost. For today’s topic, he writes about energy cost reduction as an energy competitive advantage. When a…

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PredictEnergy™ 1.9.5.0 Asset Manager Release Notes

Asset Manager Release Notes v1.9.5.0 PredictEnergy™ v1.9.5.0 Asset Manager Release now analyzes self-generation system performance.  Reports can now be generated by asset location and by portfolio. Here’s What’s New: Composite Load Curve View Users with multiple meters such as DER meters (e.g. solar), Facility Power, Total Site Energy Use, and Utility Power can simultaneously evaluate…

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Commercial Energy Storage Explained

Commercial Energy Storage Explained The current jargon heard these days when discussing energy, energy savings and energy management is all about commercial energy storage.  But what is exactly is “energy storage”? Energy storage can be any technology that captures energy from an available source and stores it for future use.  This means it’s converted from…

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PredictEnergy™ Release Notes

PredictEnergy™ version 1.9.3 Release Notes PredictEnergy™ has released v1.9.3, providing improved visualization and active decision making for your DER asset Performance. Here’s What’s New: Asset Manager Portfolio Dashboard   PredictEnergy™ provides improved visualization and  active decision making of your DER asset performance.  The Portfolio Dashboard monitors Performance Ratio (Actual vs. Expected KWh output)  to notify you…

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