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Energy Management Systems Investment to Top $10B in US by 2016
April 8, 2011 -- Commercial and residential buildings are the largest consumers of electricity in the US, representing nearly two-thirds of all electricity used. As property owners and managers look for ways to reduce their energy expenditures and environmental impact through efficiency measures, they are increasingly adopting "smart building" technologies including automation and controls, high-efficiency systems and equipment, and a broadening array of energy management services. These enhancements are being unified in Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), which are information technology (IT) based hardware and software systems being employed in a holistic approach to optimize the efficiency of a buildings energy consumption. According to a recent report from Pike Research, the BEMS market holds significant opportunity for growth in the next few years, and the firm forecasts that investment in the sector will total $10.1 billion in the U.S. during the period between 2010 and 2016, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.4%.
AP (10/27)   Read Full Story

Obama putting $3.4B toward a 'smart' power grid
ARCADIA, Fla. -- President Barack Obama made a pitch for renewable energy Tuesday, announcing $3.4 billion in government support for 100 projects aimed at modernizing the nation's power grid. Touring a field of solar energy panels in west-central Florida, the president urged greater use of several technologies to make America's power transmission system more efficient and better suited to the digital age. The projects include installing "smart" electric meters in homes, automating utility substations, and installing thousands of new digital transformers and grid sensors.
AP (10/27)   Read Full Article

BofA wins award for building automation project
The Bank of America Building Automation project was selected by an independent panel of automation industry experts as the gold award winner in the building automation category at the fifth annual Machine-To-Machine Value Chain Awards. Bank of America is deploying a nationwide energy and maintenance management solution that will significantly reduce both the energy and maintenance costs at 3,200 branches.
PRWeb (10/23)   Read Full Story

Buildings gain by putting energy efficiency over other LEED aspects
Building owners can get the most out of their LEED status by focusing on energy efficiency over other LEED aspects, according to research conducted by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). CNT analyzed how projects performed over multiple years in areas including energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions, operating costs, commute transportation and occupant comfort.
Environmental Leader (10/27)   Read Full Story

Glenborough�s Aventine project optimizes HVAC
Glenborough, LLC, owner of the Aventine complex, a 250,000 sq. ft. multi-use building in La Jolla, CA was researching various solutions to lower energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint. Their objective was to deploy a solution that provided the greatest payback with minimal additional costs. One of the green technologies implemented was OptimumHVAC by Optimum Energy. �Installing the HVAC software system allows us to maximize our energy savings while also betting positioning this asset with LEED,� stated Carlos Santamaria, Director of Engineering for Glenborough. �We�re projecting total payback in under three years.�    Read Full Case Study

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