How NYSERDA is Revolutionizing Commercial Energy Management Through Better Incentive Programs

Incentives for renewable energy sources like solar are nothing new, but now as public and private sectors converge in support of energy efficiency, state and local governments are broadening their investments for a modern (smarter) grid. As governments continue to prioritize funding for energy projects, businesses can take part in various programs creating a win-win solution for both parties: reduced costs and reduced emissions. One popular class of energy efficiency is promoting commercial building optimization through energy management.

Energy management can be pursued in many ways, but any effective program will enable operators and managers to quickly and efficiently make energy changes without much effort or impact to on-going operations. When most commercial energy customers get a bill, they see their energy use and demand for the entire building.  However, this gives little insight into how the energy is being used, how efficiently equipment is operating, or when something being left on unnecessarily. In order to intelligently reduce energy consumption, a building manager must first discern what is occurring within the building in real-time. Imagine that the total energy profile of a building is now broken down to individual pieces of equipment. Asset-level metering, also called submetering, uses sensors to collect energy data at the equipment-level for HVAC units, lighting, refrigeration, etc. This submetering data paired with powerful software and tools can give building managers the visibility, in real-time, to optimize their facilities, cut costs and reduce energy consumption.

New York is a leader in the promotion of clean energy and efficiency programs. In 2014, Governor Cuomo launched a new energy policy, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), with aggressive goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy sources. As a part of this new policy the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) was formed to advance and promote energy efficiency solutions in ways that improve New York’s economy and environment.

NYSERDA’s Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) program offers New York businesses that implement approved submetering systems 30% off the solution’s costs for the next five years.  Energy management solutions provide a compelling business case in almost any environment and a 30% cost reduction through the RTEM program will empower building owners and operators with an opportunity to implement energy management technology rapidly and at scale. As a RTEM-approved vendor, GridPoint can deliver these incentives directly to any customer purchasing their solution for a qualified commercial building in New York. Buildings can include retail or restaurant locations, industrial complexes, educational institutions, public or government buildings, and more.

For more information on the program visit www.GridPoint.com/NYSERDA or fill out the form below and a member of our team will reach out to you.

 

Jason Narod
SVP, Sales and Business Development

 

 

 


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New Features: Mobile 3.0 Helps Kick-start Small Businesses Energy Efficiency

Small business owners have unique challenges that make investing in their facilities and energy projects seem extraneous. Capital, time, and manpower often limit priorities to core business goals leaving facility maintenance and repairs to be completed retroactively. While these projects generally do require some initial investment, they result in greater savings over time.

Larger enterprises have the capital and manpower to sign and manage preventative maintenance contracts. Outsourced contractors ensure equipment is running optimally keeping energy costs low and repair costs minimal. These contracts make sense for large enterprises, but are not as feasible for small businesses leaving owners in-the-dark. The lack of knowledge into a facility’s health leads to increasing energy costs, and a capital black-hole when a location needs to be shut down for costly equipment repairs.

GridPoint’s new Mobile 3.0 features bring energy and facility management opportunities to small businesses by reducing complexity of the solution and delivering it in an easily accessible way. These on-the-go tools visualize site issues and patterns, and indicate when action should be taken to avoid negative impacts on a business.

Jane Smith started a new quick-serve restaurant last year with three locations. She is passionate about making it big in the food service industry by creating one-of-a-kind, healthy food recipes and a friendly ambience. Being a small business owner is overwhelming as she must manage her staff, food quality, and costs all while providing the best possible customer experience. She is good at managing core operations and can control most costs, but she has noticed her energy bills increasing and doesn’t know why.

Here are a few ways Mobile 3.0 features can support Jane’s restaurants and keep her facilities and energy optimized:

 

HVAC Health
Like most restaurant owners, Jane has no idea how efficient her HVAC units are – she expects them to cool when it’s hot and heat when it’s cold. No one on her management team would know if a unit was malfunctioning until it ultimately breaks down, resulting in uncomfortable customers.

GridPoint’s system monitors and analyzes HVAC performance and can indicate when a unit is not performing well. The Mobile HVAC Health tool details each individual unit, and shows which ones are functioning correctly and which ones are declining in performance. Now she can proactively call an HVAC technician and have better control over her maintenance and repair expenses.

 

 

Comfort Control & Override Management
Jane realizes that adjusting her temperature to more moderate set-points can make a large impact on her energy bill, but she’s not willing to sacrifice customer comfort for those savings.

GridPoint’s comfort control and override features enable her to set multiple setpoint schedules for each HVAC unit to maximize savings. For instance, during the summer she could automate her temperature in the dining room to go up 3 degrees during slow hours, while keeping the kitchen cool for employees, and have the dining temperature return to normal during the lunch rush. If by chance she notices more customers than usual during an off-time, she can open her mobile app and immediately override the set-point.

 

 

Energy Dashboard
Jane’s mobile energy dashboard details how much energy is being consumed by individual appliances. She can focus energy efforts on the highest consumers for the greatest impact of controlling her energy bill. The dashboard also shows the peak load of her building and which appliances are creating the peak demand. She can use this to create a strategy to reduce the costly demand charges on her bills.

GridPoint strives to be the best in the world at collecting energy-related data and making it actionable for our customers. We do this by continuing to develop products and features with three goals in mind; integration, automation, and simplification. Our latest mobile release, 3.0, is designed to support the goal that makes our customers’ lives easier – simplification. This is GridPoint’s most feature-packed release to-date, and enables our customers to do so much more on-the-go. For more information, or to view a demo video visit http://www.gridpoint.com/mobile/, or contact GridPoint using the form below.

 

 

 

Deepak Budhiraja
VP, Product Management


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GridPoint Announces New, Feature-packed Mobile Release: GridPoint Energy Manager 3.0

Latest features enhance GridPoint’s market-leading Smart Building platform with automated HVAC health tools and out-of-the-box readiness for channel partnerships

Reston, VA – December 12, 2017 GridPoint, a smart buildings technology innovator, today announced the latest release of its mobile application, GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile 3.0. This release, GridPoint’s most feature-packed to-date, is designed to make the GridPoint Smart Building platform more powerful by adding HVAC health tools, hours and HVAC schedule editing, and a savings dashboard enabling customers to do more on-the-go.

The GridPoint Energy Manager platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend, and proactively manage day-to-day operations. GridPoint’s solution is unique because it utilizes three dimensions of data to create the most accurate picture of energy usage within a building: granular data at the equipment-level, real-time data, and historical data.

GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile delivers the same intuitive and data-rich experience that GridPoint customers enjoy on their computers to iOS and Android devices. Energy and facility managers can use the application as diagnostic tools to triage HVAC or other failures at a site before dispatching a technician, to inform dispatched personnel with specific knowledge to make trips more efficient, and to validate resolutions before a technician leaves the site to reduce return trips.

Mobile 3.0 delivers a more compelling solution to GridPoint’s channel partners by requiring less training and time to go-to-market. Partners may opt to leverage new white-labeling features to produce a branded, more mobile-focused experience unique to them and their customers. The release further supports channel end users or small businesses with simple bill entry tools and savings dashboards that show lifetime or monthly savings graphs to validate efforts.

Enhanced functionality, including more powerful controls and insights, enable users to regulate store hours and HVAC schedules more effectively. GridPoint further extends its leadership in HVAC intelligence by introducing a new HVAC Health feature. Users can now see a history of heating or cooling issues, along with the issue’s severity, for all HVAC units at a site.

“Most people do not know if their HVAC units have issues until after a unit breaks down and needs costly repairs,” says Deepak Budhiraja, Vice President of Product Management at GridPoint. “Features like HVAC Health fundamentally shift the reactive maintenance and repair approach to a proactive, need-based approach saving customers time and money.”

To learn more about GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile 3.0, go to www.gridpoint.com/mobile.

 

About GridPoint
GridPoint is a smart buildings technology leader that makes site optimization simple. GridPoint’s platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend and proactively manage day-to-day operations. GridPoint’s customers include 4 of the top 10 retailers by total sales, 3 of the top 10 casual dining restaurants, 5 of the top 20 quick serve restaurants, leading commercial and industrial enterprises, and major government and educational institutions. Powered by the best data, GridPoint is validated in a variety of industries across North America. To learn more, visit www.GridPoint.com.


Hardee’s Franchisee, Boddie Noell, Completes Deployment of GridPoint’s Smart Building Solution Across Entire Fleet

Large Franchisee Reduces Energy Spend and Drives Sustainability Through Energy Management

Reston, VA – November 16, 2017 – GridPoint today announced the completion of a 337 site rollout with the largest Hardee’s franchisee in the country, Boddie Noell. The enterprise-wide rollout supports Boddie Noell’s initiative to further drive sustainability, energy savings, and increase operational efficiency.  The franchisee has achieved significant energy savings using GridPoint’s solution, on top of their previously installed energy management solution, and plans to include the technology in all future construction of new facilities.

GridPoint is a smart buildings technology company that makes site optimization simple. The GridPoint Energy Manager platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend, and proactively manage day-to-day operations. GridPoint’s solution is unique because it utilizes three dimensions of data to create the most accurate picture of energy usage within a building: granular data at the equipment-level, real-time data, and historical data.

Boddie Noell began working with GridPoint in 2006, and will continue to leverage extensive submetering and controls for HVAC units, coolers and freezers, lighting, and cooking equipment.  GridPoint’s solution provides full visibility into energy usage and facility health of each location to Boddie Noell’s facilities team, and enables them to create optimized energy strategies. As food safety is a growing concern, temperature monitoring in freezers, coolers, water heaters, and restaurant zones supports food safety requirements, and ensures that customers and employees are comfortable.

The data collected is visualized through GridPoint Energy Manager and GridPoint Energy Manager Mobile, providing Boddie Noell with on-the-go access to their data and site schedules 24/7. The mobile app is also used by their regional facility managers for equipment diagnostics and troubleshooting when issues arise. Further, Boddie Noell’s solution incorporates GridPoint’s Energy Advisory and Control Support Services to help them manage and optimize their locations, monthly meetings are held to discuss opportunities for improvement and technological advancements.

“Deploying GridPoint’s solution in all of our locations gives our facilities teams full visibility and control in order to maximize energy savings and achieve our operational goals,” says Greg Ferrell, Director of Facilities Management at Boddie Noell. “We could not be happier with GridPoint’s innovative tools and excellent service they provide.”

“Boddie Noell is an exemplary customer who has taken full advantage of the benefits GridPoint’s solution provides,” says John Richmond, SVP of National Accounts at GridPoint. “Their commitment to improvement is remarkable, and is proven through strong savings numbers achieved across hundreds of sites, sustained over time.”

About GridPoint
GridPoint is a smart buildings technology leader that makes site optimization simple. GridPoint’s platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend and proactively manage day-to-day operations. GridPoint’s customers include 4 of the top 10 retailers by total sales, 3 of the top 10 casual dining restaurants, 5 of the top 20 quick serve restaurants, leading commercial and industrial enterprises, and major government and educational institutions. Powered by the best data, GridPoint is validated in a variety of industries across North America. To learn more, visit www.GridPoint.com.


Managing Consumption & Demand Charges

Understanding Time of Use

Certain times of the year put huge strains on our energy grid due to high demand.  To combat this strain, utilities implement rate increases for specific Time of Use (TOU) periods which increases the cost of energy during these high-demand times.  What does this mean?  Utilities establish higher on-peak and lower off-peak rates for kWh consumed during a specific period – for example, between June 1 and September 30 a utility sets an on-peak rate of $.29 between 3pm-6pm and off-peak rate of $.10 for any time outside of the peak period. As a business owner, you want to understand how you are being billed and find ways to manage your energy consumption during on-peak times to keep utility bills as low as possible.

Understanding Your Demand Charges

Your utility will typically identify a period during the month, quarter, or year (varies by utility) where the overall demand on the grid is high, and will add a peak demand charge to your bill based off your peak during that selected period. If your peak demand happens to be low during this time you could be in luck, especially if your utility sets demand charges annually.  You will continue to be billed at that rate until the next change cycle. To avoid additional energy, spend, facility managers must avoid setting new demand peaks by shifting consumption during the high-demand times.

For more information on utility charges view our previous blog on understanding electric consumption and demand charges.

5 Ways to Manage Your Energy Charges

Your car today likely tells you how many miles you have until you run out of gas, what the car’s average mpg is, and when it is in need of maintenance. These are fundamental tools to understanding how your car operates and when you need to take action. The same “smart” principles apply to buildings. Below are five ways smart building technology can help manage peak charges and TOU periods, and keep your energy costs in-check:

 

1)   Advanced Scheduling: Customers can use advanced scheduling to establish create a schedule that uses less energy when the rate is high and uses more energy when rates are lower to shift energy loads to lower cost time-periods.  Multiple periods can be added to the schedule so the customer is not limited to just setting open-close schedules. Lastly, HVAC schedules can be altered throughout the day to reduce exposure to TOU pricing and create additional savings.

2) Efficiency Algorithms: GridPoint’s setback and recovery algorithms efficiently transition HVAC units, by zone, from unoccupied hours to occupied hours and vice versa.  This limits unnecessary expenditure and ensures that locations are ready for business hours, keeping customers and employees comfortable. Additionally, this reduces a peak energy spike in the morning by staggering the ramp up period for HVAC units.

3) Load Curtailment: GridPoint’s load curtailment algorithm will predict a building’s peak demand on a daily basis and set thresholds to ensure new peaks are avoided every week.   As demand approaches the threshold automated controls can shut off equipment for short intervals to reduce the load. For example, if a restaurant is approaching peak on a hot summer day, the algorithm could call for various HVAC units to reduce its call for cooling for 15-minute intervals to maintain customer comfort and avoid surpassing the threshold. In order to control comfort within the building, the algorithm will stagger which HVAC units are in “curtailment” mode. Once the load is stabilized below the peak, the unit(s) will resume the normal schedule.

4)  Override Management: Override management features control to what level a setpoint schedule can be altered in a location. This gives employees the ability to make slight changes as needed, while staying within company policy to ensure energy efficiency. However, it prevents operational drift from employees creating permanent holds on thermostats that end up wasting energy by running constantly.

5)  Preventative Maintenance: Tools like HVAC Scope and the GridPoint mobile app give managers insight into equipment health and can help identify issues before they occur. Proactively identifying and correcting these issues avoids a costly malfunction which would negatively impact consumption and/or peak charges.

 

Utilities understand the benefits of smart building technology and energy efficiency tools, and often offer rebates or incentives to customers that invest in efficiency programs and products.  Each building is different and these new technologies can identify and respond to trends or other factors that have an impact on behavior or contribute to unnecessary costs. Click here for more information regarding utility requirements or to see if you are eligible for rebate or incentive programs within your state.

 

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GridPoint and ServiceChannel Collaborate to Offer Enhanced Asset and Equipment Management Solution

Streamlined Equipment Monitoring and Failure Resolution for Facilities Managers Saves Energy, Cost, and Enhances Customer Comfort

Reston, VA – October 2, 2017 – GridPoint announced today that the company has joined ServiceChannel’s new solution partner ecosystem to combine proactive equipment monitoring with predictive failure resolution for building owners and managers. The collaboration with ServiceChannel, the leading SaaS service automation platform for facilities managers and contractors, simplifies and automates the identification of a facilities-related problem, as well as the actions needed for resolution, for mutual customers.

The streamlined process will help ensure optimal operation and uptime for critical equipment such as HVAC units, refrigerators, lights, and more. When GridPoint’s smart building solution detects an issue, ServiceChannel will automatically dispatch a qualified technician and track the ensuing workflow, saving critical time, minimizing unnecessary energy use, and allowing for ultimate transparency in the resolution process.

GridPoint provides critical insights into equipment health and performance to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend, and proactively manage day-to-day operations. The solution utilizes three dimensions of data to create the most accurate picture of energy usage within a building: granular data at the equipment-level, real-time data, and historical data. The data is then visualized through a state-of-the-art software platform and mobile application, enabling customers to learn more about their energy patterns and adapt operations to maximize savings.

ServiceChannel recently announced its solution partner program, allowing validated partners, like GridPoint, to provide an integrated solution with the ServiceChannel platform, granting customers a broader set of capabilities, greater system transparency, and more advanced automation and efficiency through one common user experience.

“Lower costs, less energy, and better customer comfort – that’s what our customers care about,” said Tom Buiocchi, ServiceChannel’s CEO. “Our collaboration with GridPoint enables us to leverage our respective technical strengths to deliver these benefits more holistically and automatically.”

“ServiceChannel’s advanced service automation solutions and ability to quickly bring visibility and transparency to equipment issues are the obvious next steps to GridPoint’s issue identification abilities,” says Mark Danzenbaker, President at GridPoint. “Our goal is to make the life of the facilities manager easier by taking that in-between responsibility off of them and drastically reduce downtime when an issue occurs.”

About ServiceChannel
ServiceChannel provides facilities managers with a single platform to source, procure, manage and pay for repair and maintenance services from commercial contractors across their enterprise. By delivering unprecedented transparency and data-driven analytics of service quality, across all trades, locations and contractors, facilities managers drive significant brand equity and ROI for their organizations without outsourcing or investing in new infrastructure. The world’s leading global brands use ServiceChannel solutions daily to help optimize millions of transactions and billions of dollars of spend annually. Learn more: servicechannel.info.

About GridPoint
GridPoint is a smart buildings technology leader that makes site optimization simple. GridPoint’s platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend and proactively manage day-to-day operations. GridPoint’s customers include 4 of the top 10 retailers by total sales, 3 of the top 10 casual dining restaurants, 5 of the top 20 quick serve restaurants, leading commercial and industrial enterprises, and major government and educational institutions. Powered by the best data, GridPoint is validated in a variety of industries across North America. To learn more, visit www.GridPoint.com.


GridPoint Launches Energy Management IoT Solutions for Canadian Businesses Through Partnership with Bell

Bell is the exclusive Canadian carrier of GridPoint’s data-driven energy management solution that enables businesses to optimize energy consumption, reduce costs and increase sustainability of assets

RESTON, VA –July 25, 2017 – GridPoint announced today a partnership with Bell, Canada’s largest communications company, to deliver smart energy management solutions (EMS) to help Canadian businesses transform the way they manage their energy usage. This out-of-the-box Internet of Things (IoT) solution will broaden Bell’s EMS portfolio by offering energy management “as a service” to simplify the process of managing complex systems. The solution will be supported end-to-end by Bell, including the management of devices, applications and connectivity for customers.

“Energy costs and environmental management are significant expenses for businesses of all kinds, and Bell is pleased to partner with GridPoint to offer flexible EMS IoT solutions that can be simply integrated into existing building management systems,” said Nauby Jacob, Vice President, Products and Services for Bell Mobility. “Bell’s EMS portfolio offers a range of turnkey and customizable solutions across all sectors that will help customers achieve their energy management goals.”

“Energy management is a core pillar within IoT, and enabling GridPoint’s technology through Bell’s network to its customer base delivers Canada’s best end-to-end service,” says Evan Conley, Director of Strategic Partnerships at GridPoint. “We are excited to welcome Bell to our growing Partner Program.”

Energy management is a key solution in Bell’s smart city offering that can support productivity enhancements, improve environmental and asset sustainability, and drive profitability. Solutions are supported by secure and reliable connectivity on Canada’s largest and fastest broadband wireless network to enable machines and devices, across departments, to communicate with each other and deliver actionable data quickly. This combined data helps customers streamline processes, speed up decision-making, and get services to market faster through automation.

GridPoint’s smart building technology provides critical insights into equipment health and performance so that customers can automate the control of HVAC and lighting schedules, and troubleshoot equipment issues remotely. The solution collects and displays data in real-time through a state-of-the-art software platform and mobile application, enabling customers to learn more about their energy patterns and adapt operations to maximize savings.

About GridPoint

GridPoint is a smart buildings technology leader that makes site optimization simple. GridPoint’s platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend and proactively manage day-to-day operations. GridPoint’s customers include 4 of the top 10 retailers by total sales, 3 of the top 10 casual dining restaurants, 5 of the top 20 quick serve restaurants, leading commercial and industrial enterprises, and major government and educational institutions. Powered by the best data, GridPoint is validated in a variety of industries across North America. To learn more, visit www.GridPoint.com.


[Grid]Pointers on Getting your Sites Ready for Summer

Only a few days until summer officially begins but the temperature changes have already set records! Weather reports estimate that the 2017 season will be hotter than average, and facility managers need to factor this into their seasonal adjustments to ensure smooth operations during the sweltering months. Here are a few tips to protect your equipment against the heat, increase uptime, and keep everyone comfortable this summer:


Update your store hours

Many businesses open earlier and close later in the summer months, but if hours aren’t updated in your EMS (or BMS) the temperature inside won’t reflect the open hours, resulting in uncomfortable customers.  Updating these hours can be a tedious task, but by using GridPoint’s bulk edit feature, users can update multiple locations simultaneously with just a few clicks. The advanced scheduling feature compliments your store hours by enabling multiple sets of hours to be set up by GridPoint support teams with different energy settings. These could be for when employees are on-site but the location is closed, during busy periods, or during slow periods.

 

Establish setpoints

Who doesn’t love the feeling of walking in a cool building after being outside on a 100 degree day? But over-cooling your space can kill your energy budget and put unnecessary strain on your HVAC units. GridPoint’s smart building technology considers external weather data to ensure that location’s internal temperature remains comfortable and that HVAC functionality is optimized.  GridPoint’s Dynamic Setpoint Algorithm is a safety net that makes sure your HVAC units adjust automatically to unexpected temperature changes. Users can then set a more modest setpoint without fear of fluctuation. Of course, overrides can be done from the on-site controller or remotely by a mobile device if needed.

 

Assess HVAC unit health proactively before an issue occurs

HVAC maintenance can be costly, but not as costly as a replacement unit or the downtime that results from a unit that has failed. Instead of scheduling a traditional, seasonal maintenance checkup, GridPoint’s automated HVAC Scope test tool should be run to test each HVAC unit, at each stage, before the hottest months arrive. This test provides insight into the health of each unit and enables facility managers to identify and prioritize maintenance needs. The tool not only optimizes a technician’s time on-site, but can also validate a repair immediately to eliminate any additional truck rolls.

 

Implement additional algorithms aligned with your business needs

GridPoint’s technology incorporates patented algorithms to further optimize energy usage, increase comfort, and protect equipment. Curtail your loads automatically to meet target load limits, efficiently transition zones between unoccupied and occupied temperatures, remove humidity from your sites, improve your air quality, or shield equipment during a voltage imbalance.

 

Enroll in a Demand Response program
Demand Response programs are offered by many local utilities, contact your provider to inquire about opportunities in your area. These programs enable utility customers to contribute to energy load reductions during times of peak demand in exchange for an incentive. This results in improved service to the whole geographic area, saves energy, and saves energy expense. This is a great way to be environmentally supportive, save money, and still operate your facility with comfort in mind.

 

Run reports to benchmark your usage
Reports are a great way to compare equipment performance or energy usage at a site against itself or across other sites over a period of time.  Reports visualize anomalies or failures, and can also help identify opportunities for performance improvements.  By establishing a baseline, users can adopt realistic energy strategies that are aligned with their department and company goals.

 

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GridPoint’s Smart Building Platform Earns Top Product of the Year Award from Environmental Leader

Recognized Third Year in a Row for Superior Technology

Reston, VA – June 7, 2017 – GridPoint, a smart building technology company, today announced that its solution received a Top Product of the Year Award in the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards. GridPoint’s smart building platform is considered by judges as an exemplary product due to its data driven approach and newly released pricing structure.

One judge said “GridPoint collects data at equipment level in order to effectively diagnose malfunctioning equipment. This value proposition takes reliability engineering and predictive maintenance to the next level while demonstrating early adoption by commercial and service organizations. Its virtually zero up-front cost combined with total ownership of equipment by the company makes them a very attractive model for many different customers.”

Another added, “GridPoint’s Smart Building Solution provides an impressive turn-key solution that utilizes IoT technology, cash-flow positive pricing, and real-time data analytics to deliver real economic and environmental savings. Clearly it’s effective if such large customers have deployed to ~12,000 sites.”

GridPoint is a smart buildings technology company that makes site optimization simple. The platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend, and proactively manage day-to-day operations. GridPoint’s solution is unique because it utilizes three dimensions of data to create the most accurate picture of energy usage within a building: granular data at the equipment-level, real-time data, and historical data. Customers include 4 of the top 10 retailers by total sales, 3 of the top 10 casual dining restaurants, 5 of the top 20 quick serve restaurants, leading commercial and industrial enterprises, and major government and educational institutions. Powered by the best data, GridPoint is validated in approximately 12,000 locations.

The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line.

Scores were determined by a panel of independent judges headed by Peter Bussey of LNS Research and also including judges from Advanced Micro Devices, ATT, Best Buy, C&A, Caesars, Cox Enterprises, Fetzer Vineyards, General Motors, Harbec, Kellogg, LNS Research, Marriott, MillerCoors, Newell Brands, Novartis, Oldcastle Inc., Panasonic, Parker Hannifin, Paul Leavoy/Consultant, Safeway, Sears Holdings Corporation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Strategic Sustainable Consulting, Tyco Global Products, Wellborn Cabinet, and Zee Company/Member of the Vincit Group.

With rapid advancements and a continuous rate of change in the field, sustainability and energy professionals have a notoriously difficult time knowing what products to choose to help their companies increase energy, environmental, and sustainability performance. The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards give companies a solid base of products, vetted by experts, from which to choose, as well as a variety of successful projects to illustrate how sustainability and energy management is helping companies improve.

“With a highly respected (and critical) judging panel and a strict set of judging criteria, entrants faced an extremely high bar for the level of product or project to qualify for an award,” says Tim Hermes, publisher of Environmental Leader parent company, Business Sector Media. “Those who entered needed to bring their A-game to get even a sniff of award-nirvana. And they delivered.”

“Winning this award for the third year in a row validates GridPoint’s continuous innovation in our solution,” says Deepak Budhiraja, Vice President of Product Management at GridPoint. “We take pride in helping our customers become more sustainable while achieving significant energy and operational savings. We believe that our new, all-inclusive, service oriented pricing structure will be transformational in the industry and will help new customers adopt energy efficiency measures at much lower risks and capital investments.”

For a complete list of winners, visit www.environmentalleader.com/environmental-leader-product-project-awards-2017/

About Environmental Leader

Since 2006, Environmental Leader’s website and daily email newsletter have provided the definitive and objective voice in reporting on business-related energy, environmental, and sustainability issues, while Energy Manager Today is the leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives informed about energy management news. For more information visit www.environmentalleader.com or www.energymanagertoday.com.

About the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards

In its fifth year, the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards recognize excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in corporate projects that improved environmental, sustainability or energy management and increased the bottom line. It is a five-point rating system designed to offer companies feedback and recognition. Third-party judges came from the following companies: Advanced Micro Devices, ATT, Best Buy, CandA, Caesars, Cox Enterprises, Fetzer Vineyards, General Motors, Harbec, Kellogg, LNS Research, Marriott, MillerCoors, Newell Brands, Novartis, Oldcastle Inc., Panasonic, Parker Hannifin, Paul Leavoy/Consultant, Safeway, Sears Holdings Corporation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Strategic Sustainable Consulting, Tyco Global Products, Wellborn Cabinet, and Zee Company/Member of the Vincit Group.

 About GridPoint

GridPoint is a smart buildings technology leader that makes site optimization simple. The platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend and proactively manage day-to-day operations. GridPoint’s customers include 4 of the top 10 retailers by total sales, 3 of the top 10 casual dining restaurants, 5 of the top 20 quick serve restaurants, leading commercial and industrial enterprises, and major government and educational institutions. Powered by the best data, GridPoint is validated in approximately 12,000 locations. To learn more, visit www.GridPoint.com.

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GridPoint’s Smart Building Solution Earns Top Product of the Year Award from Energy Manager Today

 Recognized Second Year in a Row for Superior Technology

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Reston, VA – February 7, 2017 – 
GridPoint, a smart buildings technology leader that helps customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend, and proactively manage day-to-day operations, today announced that it has received a Top Product of the Year Award from Energy Manager Today.

GridPoint’s solution is unique because it utilizes three dimensions of data to create the most accurate picture of energy usage within a building: granular data at the equipment-level, real-time data, and historical data. The platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers advance savings through automated energy reduction and improved site management. GridPoint’s customers include 4 of the top 10 retailers by total sales, 3 of the top 10 casual dining restaurants, 5 of the top 20 quick serve restaurants, leading commercial and industrial enterprises, and major government and educational institutions. Powered by the best data, GridPoint is validated in 12,000 locations.

The Energy Manager Today Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with significant energy management benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved energy management and increased the bottom line.

Scores were determined by a panel of independent judges from the following companies: CapitalOne, COX Enterprises Inc., Fetzer Vineyards, General Motors, IBM, MUFG Union Bank, IBM, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, USG Corporation, University of Colorado, Vincit Group, and Wellborn Cabinet Inc.

With rapid advancements and a continuous rate of change in the field, energy professionals have a notoriously difficult time knowing what products to choose to help their companies increase energy savings and improve energy performance. The Energy Manager Today Awards give companies a solid base of products, vetted by experts, from which to choose, as well as a variety of successful projects to illustrate how successful initiatives in energy management are helping companies improve.

“The winners here show increasingly impressive innovations in field of energy management. Winning products have proven to bring significant improvements in energy savings to their customers. The winning projects show that smart companies are capitalizing on energy management opportunities to make vast strides in energy savings and reductions,” says Paul Nastu, publisher of Energy Manager Today’s parent company, Business Sector Media. “Entries that were awarded Top Product or Project of the Year are those that should be carefully considered by companies seeking to improve their own operations in a similar manner.”

“GridPoint is honored to receive the Product of the Year award for the second year in a row,” says Deepak Budhiraja, Vice President of Product Management at GridPoint. “This award is a market validation for GridPoint’s product innovations and for the unique approach towards energy management that creates energy and operational savings for commercial enterprises.”

 

About Energy Manager Today

Energy Manager Today is the leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives - those responsible for procuring and managing energy - fully informed. The publication includes daily news stories written by in-house staff writers and editors, a daily email newsletter sent to an extensive opt-in email list, webinars, research reports, videos, podcasts, a white paper library, an awards program, and other content geared toward energy directors and managers. It is published by Business Sector Media.

 

About the Energy Manager Today Awards
In its second year, the Energy Manager Today Awards recognize excellence in products/services and projects that provide companies with energy bene?ts and increase the bottom line. Scores were determined by a panel of independent experts actively working in the field of energy management.

For a complete list of winners, visit: http://www.energymanagertoday.com/energy-manager-product-project-awards-2017/

 

About GridPoint
GridPoint is a smart buildings technology leader that makes site optimization simple. The platform provides visibility into facility operations to help customers automate and control sites, lower energy spend and proactively manage day-to-day operations. GridPoint’s customers include 4 of the top 10 retailers by total sales, 3 of the top 10 casual dining restaurants, 5 of the top 20 quick serve restaurants, leading commercial and industrial enterprises, and major government and educational institutions. Powered by the best data, GridPoint is validated in 12,000 locations. To learn more, visit www.GridPoint.com.

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Katie O’Shea, Marketing Manager
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