News Article | December 12, 2016
Rex Tillerson, the CEO of fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil, is expected to be nominated as Secretary of State by Donald Trump. If confirmed, Tillerson's conflicts of interest could gut legal efforts to hold his company accountable for contributing to climate change. According to sources close to the Trump transition team, the 64-year-old businessman, who's spent four decades at ExxonMobil and nurtures a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, spent several hours meeting with the President-elect on Saturday. Other candidates still in the running for the position are former-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker. Tillerson, unlike most of Trump's Cabinet picks so far, offers shockingly little public sector experience, having spent his entire career at ExxonMobil where his first job was as a production engineer (he assumed the role of CEO in 2006). The oilman, however, has excelled at cutting deals in the energy industry—a quality that Trump personally prizes, and one that has opponents wondering whether American diplomacy could become an extension of fossil fuel interests. Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit that was recently targeted for its involvement in ExxonMobil investigations, believes that bigger issues are at hand. Kimmell worries that Tillerson's possible confirmation could seriously undermine Paris Agreement efforts if the oil executive is unable to put aside his vested interest in the company. Tillerson currently owns $233,078,184 in ExxonMobil stock, according to an SEC filing. "The goals set by the Paris Agreement can only be met if companies like Exxon radically change their business model. As Exxon is currently configured, its prosperity hinges on the international treaty not succeeding," Kimmell told me. "After you've spent whole career at Exxon, could you put that aside?" Over the last year, ExxonMobil has been the target of numerous probes by United States attorneys general. Lawmakers want to know if the company deceived the public about the effects that carbon emissions have on the environment. They're also hoping to find evidence that ExxonMobil misled shareholders about the negative impact climate change-related regulations would have on its assets by writing down the value of its reserves. "We don't do write-downs," Tillerson told Energy Intelligence last year. "We are not going to bail you out by writing it down," he added, despite the company's longstanding practice of doing just that. Under Tillerson, ExxonMobil has fought almost every request for access to internal documents. With the help of its lawyers, the company has attempted to subpoena and sue journalists, organizations, and attorneys general, citing violations to its First Amendment rights. What remains to be seen, however, is whether Tillerson, as Secretary of State, would have any influence on the ongoing investigations. And what happens if ExxonMobil is found guilty of the accusations leveled against it? GOP members who are sympathetic to the fossil fuel industry will almost certainly be emboldened by Trump's plan to "unleash an energy revolution." With the addition of Tillerson to the incoming Administration, ExxonMobil would have powerful friends in very high places. Already, House Science Committee chairman, Texas Republican Lamar Smith, has wielded his subpoena power to defend ExxonMobil against a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, calling the recent suite of probes a "witch hunt" and "fool's errand." In light of these questions, some environmental groups feel it will be necessary to take action against the company. "We'll be pressuring Senators to turn the confirmation process into a hearing on ExxonMobil's history of climate deception," May Boeve, executive director of the environmental advocacy nonprofit 350.org, said in a statement. "If Exxon is found guilty of working with other oil companies to deceive the public and their shareholders about the threat of climate change, they could be on the hook for fraud and racketeering charges." "Members of Congress should grill Tillerson about his history of supporting climate denial. ClimateTruth.org and our over 200,000 members will be scruitinizing every Senator as they proceed in the confirmation hearings," ClimateTruth.org, a grassroots environmental organization, also said in a statement. Where Tillerson and Trump slightly differ, however, is on the matter of climate change. At least, superficially. While the President-elect believes that man-made global warming is a manufactured hoax, Tillerson was responsible for ExxonMobil publicly stating that climate change is real and "warrants action." But many environmentalists argue that Tillerson's alleged progressivism toward climate change is a thinly veiled cover-up for ExxonMobil's destructive agenda. "ExxonMobil is still a leading funder of climate denial and is pursuing a business plan that will destroy our future. Tillerson deserves a federal investigation, not federal office," Boeve said. Under Tillerson's leadership, the oil and gas company also won the right to explore for oil in Russian-controlled Arctic waters that had opened up due to melting sea ice. The extremely high-profile deal, which was struck in 2011, later fizzled with the annexation of Crimea that caused the United States to issue sanctions on Russia, indefinitely halting ExxonMobil's business there. "The Paris Agreement has left many things for future years to work out," Kimmell added. "In a few years, countries will need to come back with newer, more ambitious pledges. I'm concerned that without US leadership, we're not going to get a successful result there."
News Article | November 3, 2016
Honeywell's Enacto Software Can Help ESCOs Reduce Operating Costs, Risks in Guaranteeing Energy Savings For Customers Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that Enacto™, the company's energy management software platform, is now available to energy services companies (ESCOs), enabling them to more easily manage and track their customers' energy efficiency programs and reduce the risk of shortfalls in guaranteed energy savings. Enacto is a flexible and scalable end-to-end energy monitoring and management solution that enables swift and efficient action on energy alarms and energy project deviations. The solution has been designed to maximise energy performance contracting savings for multi-site operators and is currently being used by some key global retailers. Enacto enable ESCOs to administer their customers' energy efficiency programs from a central platform, track energy savings by individual conservation measure, and help reduce the risk of a shortfall in guaranteed energy savings under the program. The software features an automatic reporting tool that saves time for ESCOs and supports multiple reporting schemes, including CRC and GHG. With Enacto, ESCOs can also help their customers achieve ISO 50001 certification, which will allow them to make informed decisions concerning energy use and consumption. Kristof Lamont, product manager of Energy Intelligence, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies said: "With Enacto, ESCOs can maximise the impact of their energy management programmes, influence behavioural change, and gain significant and sustainable cost savings over the long-term for their customers. This solution is testimony to our commitment of further developing and delivering a comprehensive, accurate and actionable energy intelligence solution." Dirk Den Haese, global director for Energy Management Solutions, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies said: "Enacto is the perfect fit for ESCOs as it allows them to tailor the software to their customers' energy programme. ESCOs are now able to track energy savings by energy conservation measure, taking into account automatic International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) normalisation. Enacto will also trigger an alarm if energy consumption diverts from a predefined threshold. Acting on these exceptions will minimise the impact on contracted savings and reduce the risk of penalty for the ESCO." Honeywell Home and Building Technologies (HBT) is a global business with more than 44,000 employees worldwide. HBT creates products, software and technologies found in more than 150 million homes and 10 million buildings worldwide. We help homeowners stay connected and in control of their comfort, security and energy use. Commercial building owners and occupants use our technologies to ensure their facilities are safe, energy efficient, sustainable and productive. Our advanced metering hardware and software solutions help electricity, gas and water providers supply customers and communities more efficiently. For more news and information on Honeywell Home and Building Technologies, please visit http://www.honeywell.com/newsroom. Honeywell (http://www.honeywell.com ) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit http://www.honeywell.com/newsroom.
News Article | December 5, 2016
BOSTON, Dec. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EnerNOC, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENOC), a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS) and demand response solutions, announced today that CONSOL Energy, which has been a demand response customer since 2014, has expanded its relationship with EnerNOC. CONSOL has purchased EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software for 19 of its sites to help better manage energy costs, which account for a substantial portion of the company’s operating expenses. “Energy-intensive organizations look at every opportunity to drive cost out of their businesses. Even though energy can be a significant operating expense, decision-makers and those that are best positioned to impact overall usage and costs have traditionally had very little visibility, particularly with regard to how much demand charges impact overall spend,” said Jay Zoellner, Managing Director, Industrial Solutions at EnerNOC. “With EnerNOC’s software, our customers are able to apply the same management rigor and cost-control discipline that they do to other major line items.” “For companies like CONSOL, any opportunity to improve energy management can have a direct impact on overall profitability,” said Tim Healy, Chairman and CEO of EnerNOC. “Demand response and conservation help businesses decrease electricity use and reduce emissions, which makes good economic and environmental sense for companies like CONSOL. By embracing EIS, CONSOL is demonstrating its commitment to running its operations with an eye towards maximum efficiency and productivity.” Prior to purchasing EIS, CONSOL enlisted EnerNOC’s support in conducting an Industrial Energy Intelligence Assessment, a three-step process designed to identify areas of strengths and opportunities for improvement, as well as quantify the potential value that may be available through improved energy intelligence. Details on EnerNOC’s Industrial Energy Intelligence Assessment are available at https://www.enernoc.com/industrial-energy-initiatives. EnerNOC is a leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS) and demand response solutions. With capabilities to better address budgets and procurement, utility bill management, facility analysis and optimization, sustainability and reporting, project tracking, and demand management, EnerNOC's SaaS platform helps enterprises control energy costs, mitigate risk, and streamline compliance and sustainability reporting. EnerNOC also offers access to more demand response programs worldwide than any other provider, offering enterprises a valuable payment stream to further enhance bottom line results and utilities and grid operators a reliable, cost-effective demand-side resource. For more information, visit www.enernoc.com. Statements in this press release regarding management's future expectations, beliefs, intentions, goals, strategies, plans or prospects, including, without limitation, statements relating to the Company's future financial performance on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, and the future growth and success of the Company's energy intelligence software and demand response solutions, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "could increase the likelihood," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "is planned," "may," "should," "will," "will enable," "would be expected," "look forward," "may provide," "would" or similar terms, variations of such terms or the negative of those terms. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including those risks, uncertainties and factors referred to under the section "Risk Factors" in EnerNOC's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as other documents that may be filed by EnerNOC from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of such risks, uncertainties and factors, the Company's actual results may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements discussed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. EnerNOC is providing the information in this press release as of this date and assumes no obligations to update the information included in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Energy Intelligence | Date: 2016-02-09
Among other things, an integrated portable energy conversion mat is to be installed at a pavement surface over which a car or truck is to pass. The mat has a width at least as wide as the distance between the outermost edges of the treads of the tires located at an axle of the car or truck. The mat has a top surface over which the tires of the car or truck are to pass. The mat includes a sealed enclosed space housing and energy conversion system. The energy conversion system includes two sets of channels that extend along a length of the mat and contain hydraulic fluid under pressure. An energy converter converts energy carried by the hydraulic fluid in response to the tires of the car or truck passing over the top surface into electrical energy. An electrical port is coupled to the energy converter and exposed at an outer surface of the mat. The two sets of channels are spaced apart across the width of the mat by a distance that corresponds to the distance between the treads of the tires located at an axle of the car or truck. The energy converter is located within the sealed enclosed space of the mat and in the portion of the mat that is between the two sets of channels.
Energy Intelligence | Date: 2011-12-30
Certain embodiments of the invention may include apparatus, systems and methods for efficient implementation of energy-recapture farms for conditioning electrical power from energy-recapture sources of vehicular mechanical energy, which would otherwise be dissipated, as exemplified by farms for energy-recapture that provide available electrical energy-for commercial distribution. Said farms may include one or more energy-recapture sources. One method for aggregation may include a plurality of mechanical energy-recapture devices comprising individual source energy output of one or more energy-recapture sources, measuring conditions of one or more energy-recapture sources via a controller that facilitates communication with one or more energy-recapture sources, and managing the distribution of the conditioned electrical energy to the national electrical grid.
Energy Intelligence | Date: 2011-07-07
A power-recapture method and system converts mechanical energy, which would otherwise be dissipated, into available electrical energy. A plurality of computer-coordinated Electric Generators are arranged with salient sensors that detect appropriate motion then adjust the phasing and intensity of electromagnets of the Electric Generator to optimally convert variable mechanical motion into electric current.
Energy Intelligence | Date: 2011-10-14
An intelligent LED lamp group control device using an existing wall switch for controlling a group of LED lamps includes an AC power converter, an interface for intelligent control using an interface circuit for upgrading the existing wall switch for scene group control. The device further includes a night lamp control input port, an emergency operation switch, an external set control box connector, a wall switch input unit, a control configuration set interface, a power failure battery input port and a night lamp and RS-485 serial port. The device enables one single controller to achieve control of and provide power supply to multiple LED lamps, and uses a communication control interface for converting the power supply originally provided to the LED lamps into a logic control signal so that the wiring layout and location of the original lighting control wall switch can be used.
Energy Intelligence | Date: 2011-10-14
A collective LED intelligent illumination control device includes a power converter for providing the necessary working power supply to a plurality of LED lamps, and a multipurpose controller for dimming control of each said LED lamp which includes a power measurement module for measuring the power consumed by each LED lamp and recording the measured data, a scene mode input interface in conjunction with at least one existing wall switch for group switching and multi-step dimming controls, and a built-in network card and a Zigbee communication interface for communication with a remote server for remote power and dimming controls and collection of power consumption data of each said LED lamp and for wireless communication with surrounding sensors and equipment for predetermined data collection and controls.
Energy Intelligence | Date: 2011-08-10
Certain embodiments of the invention may include control systems and methods for monitoring environmental variables, performance variables and conditioning electrical power in energy-recapture sources of mechanical energy, which would otherwise be dissipated, as exemplified by farms for energy-harvesting to provide available electrical energy. Said farms may include one or more energy-recapture sources. One method for controlling may include measuring individual source energy output of one or more energy-recapture sources and measuring conditions of one or more energy-recapture sources via a controller that facilitates communication with one or more energy-recapture sources.
News Article | November 1, 2016
Urjanet, the leading global provider of automated, standardized utility data, today announced a partnership with THG Energy Solutions, LLC, provider of web-based energy management solutions. Urjanet will provide customer utility data to THG for import into its Energy Intelligence Suite, a leading energy management platform. The partnership enables THG to leverage Urjanet’s proprietary technology and extensive utility network to acquire data from disparate sources, aggregating the data into a single feed that THG can utilize to streamline operations and improve customer satisfaction. THG provides utility bill management services for local governments, higher education institutions, healthcare providers, banking and finance facilities, retail electric providers, energy suppliers, and other market segments involving multi-facility, multi-commodity utility bill management. The company’s products collect and analyze customer utility data as well as interval and sub-metered data to help customers pinpoint areas for cost savings and improved utilization. Prior to Urjanet, THG relied on various methods of gathering data, including manually entering data from paper bills into its system. “Urjanet has built a broad, secure, and reliable process for utility data integration. This compliments and completes THG’s other data management capabilities,” says Daniel Frey, President at THG. ”Urjanet allows us to focus on providing the best and most complete energy and utility management service offerings to our clients across North America.” Urjanet’s cloud-based platform automatically collects and processes utility data as soon as it is made available by utilities, providing customers with a single feed of their utility bill data from hundreds or thousands of separate utility accounts. Urjanet provides a comprehensive set of data points covering usage, cost and tariffs in a standardized format, which can easily be used in analytics and reporting systems. THG will have immediate access to data, while eliminating data entry errors and enabling its customers to advance their energy management practices with the data necessary to control energy consumption and costs. Urjanet provides data from more than 3,500 electric, gas, water and waste utilities across North America, Europe, and Asia. “THG gathers data from hundreds of utilities that each use a different billing format, which creates a complex challenge that can’t be overcome by traditional methods,” says Sanjoy Malik, CEO at Urjanet. “THG can focus on delivering the powerful intelligence its customers love. We’re proud to work with a company that has such a long-standing and highly-respected reputation in energy management.” ABOUT THG ENERGY SOLUTIONS Based in Austin, THG Energy Solutions, LLC is a comprehensive energy and demand management solutions provider that helps commercial, industrial, and governments manage and implement cost savings through demand reduction strategies combined with energy and utility data management best practices. THG educates, organizes, and empowers clients to achieve savings by becoming more informed energy managers for the facilities they operate. THG’s private labeled energy intelligence platform helps industry partners such as energy consulting and supply companies provide state of the art demand management and energy intelligence offerings to commercial clients. ABOUT URJANET Urjanet’s mission is to provide the world with easy access to automated utility data. Our cloud-based platform connects directly to utilities to seamlessly acquire and normalize disparate utility bill and interval data. The processed data is delivered directly to industry-leading business applications. Public and private organizations across the world use Urjanet data to achieve sustainability goals and reduce energy consumption and cost. Urjanet is rapidly becoming the global standard for utility data and powers applications from the leading energy and sustainability solutions providers. Urjanet is a privately-held company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit urjanet.com.