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Use Cases

Problem

Restaurant equipment operating outside of scheduled times can significantly increase costs

Situation Analysis
  • Monitoring and optimizing the use of kitchen equipment, such as exhaust fans, fryers and broilers, can greatly impact the amount of energy used by a restaurant
  • Using GridPoint EMS, store managers identify equipment, such as exhaust fans, that are performing outside of preset schedule parameters
Results
  • Store manager adjusted exhaust fan settings to align with desired schedules, minimizing additional costs
Problem

With energy costs increasing year over year, restaurants must bring energy use and expense under control

Situation Analysis
  • GridPoint EMS allows facility manager to control lighting schedules and HVAC setpoints across all locations from a single platform
  • Equipment is maintained at maximum working efficiency 
Results
  • Controls eliminated costly site-by-site HVAC and lighting overrides
  • Immediate ROI with 12% monthly energy savings in the first eight weeks, equaling tens of thousands of dollars in annualized energy savings
  • Additional savings were achieved from equipment monitoring and preventative maintenance
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Use Case

Problem

Power quality issues can significantly shorten the lifetime of critical equipment, yet are difficult to diagnose and proactively correct

Situation Analysis
  • Power quality issues can detrimentally impact the site’s roof top units and freezer/coolers
  • GridPoint EMS monitoring of main load power quality alerted staff to voltage imbalance
Results
  • Facility manager contacted the utility for repair
  • Submetering and monitoring verified the issue had been resolved
  • Equipment lifetime was preserved, saving capital replacement costs

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Problem

Grocery chain needed to understand energy usage for various store sections (e.g. deli, bakery, etc.) to optimize equipment operating schedules

Situation Analysis
  • By determining specific store area energy usage, store management can optimize operating schedules
  • GridPoint data analyst team defined energy usage patterns using submetering data captured from various store sections
Results
  • GridPoint data analysts determine “typical” energy consumption behavior and offered insights into anomalies based on newly established baselines
  • Store management was armed with insightful information to make smarter operating decisions ultimately driving energy savings
Problem

A third-party timer automatically controls the lighting in refrigeration cases. However, an error caused the lights to be left on continuously

Situation Analysis
  • GridPoint EMS monitors consumption trends in refrigeration cases
  • Monitoring identified that refrigeration case lighting was left on, consuming an extra 281 kWh daily
Results
  • The lighting schedule was reset to the appropriate parameters, avoiding additional lighting costs
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Problem

A convenience store with fuel dispensers needs to monitor master fuel pump so as to proactively repair pump prior to possible catastrophic failure

Situation Analysis
  • GridPoint EMS monitors main pump motor kW
    • Erratic load indicates a failing tank pump, which may lead to customer frustration or loss of sale
    • Zero load indicates pump failure – no sales
  • GridPoint EMS alerted manager to load variation outside of performance parameters
  • Further detailed data analysis helped manager quickly identify a pump that showed signs of imminent failure
Results
  • Manager arranged for parts and repair in advance of complete failure, minimizing and/or avoiding outage
  • Convenience store limited/avoided lost revenue
Problem

Maintaining outdoor lighting schedules is critical to ensuring operational efficiency

Situation Analysis
  • GridPoint EMS monitors outdoor lighting schedule to ensure lights are off during the day and on at night
  • GridPoint EMS alarm alerted facility manager to an abnormal lighting load
Results
  • Analysis by facility manager quickly identified parking lights which were being left on during day time hours
  • Lighting schedule was adjusted, curtailing excess power usage

 

 

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Precise subtenant billing is difficult due to irregular meter management and inability to identify individual tenant energy usage data

Situation Analysis
  • A busy airport in the U.K. manages a number of utility and subtenant meters independently through nonintegrated Automated Meter Reading (AMR) systems
  • GridPoint EMS provided both airport-wide and individual tenant meter data on a daily basis including water, gas and electricity, providing comprehensive visibility into energy usage
Results
  • Operational efficiency was improved by having easy access to comprehensive and individual tenant energy data
  • Airport achieved accurate subtenant billing
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