GridPoint Announces Release of The GridPoint Energy Manager Platform
GridPoint, Inc. has announced the release of a new enterprise utility energy management platform. Called the GridPoint Energy Manager, the software-based solution helps its users manage the deployment and operation of energy endpoints, such as building management systems, solar arrays, electric vehicle and home energy management technologies. Customers can achieve a savings of up to 20% on their and energy operational expenses by being able to manage multiple locations through one user-interface, establish energy management control measures at their locations. The company already has more than 7,000 existing sites using the new software and its customers are realizing an 18-24 month payback on the cost of the new solution.
DOE funds $7.5M in Research for better Wind Turbine Drivetrains
The Department of Energy has announced that California, Colorado, Florida, and New York – have been awarded a total of almost $7.5 million over two years to research and design new drivetrains for wind turbines. Advanced Magnet Lab, Boulder wind Power, Clipper Windpower, Dehlsen Associates, LLC, GE Global Research, and the National Renewable Energy Lab were the organizations that received funding for this initiative. Drivetrains, which include a turbine’s gearbox and generator, are at the turbine’s core and are responsible for generating electricity from the rotation of the blades. The goal of this initiative is to accelerate the development and rollout of advanced turbines for offshore wind power in the U.S.
Weston, Florida installing LED’s to save more than $250K each year in lighting related costs
The city of Weston, Florida, has announced that they will be installing 1,200 LED street lights as part of a project to lower energy costs. The project will save the city up to $160,000 in energy costs and $100,000 in maintenance costs each year because the LED’s are 60% more efficient than the bulbs that the city is replacing them with.