Smart Energy Benefits Businesses

9/12/2013

For companies and organizations around the world, smart energy is making a difference in business. By integrating smart energy capabilities into buildings, a company can cut down on expenses while promoting environmental sustainability. Smart metering programs allow utilities to better serve their customers by monitoring the amount of energy being used, helping to prevent issues such as brownouts and giving customers access to data on their consumption.

Energy management programs can drive efficiencies for corporations. For instance, Procter & Gamble, www.pg.com, is trialing a smart energy technology from Jones Lang LaSalle, www.jll.com. The IntelliCommand smart building management technology is being used in a test group of Procter & Gamble laboratories, offices, and manufacturing facilities. According to the company, the system resulted in first-year average energy cost savings of 10%.

IntelliCommand provides around-the-clock realtime remote facility monitoring and control for multiple locations. It can integrate with a smart grid, as well as building system sensors. The system uses predictive analytics to detect building performance abnormalities before they occur, allowing staff to take action.


Procter & Gamble deployed IntelliCommand across 12 buildings, including the company’s global headquarters campus in Cincinnati. Within 11 months, the company reported overall savings of 10%, which equates to 4,400,000 kilowatt hours.

Monitoring building energy data resulted in savings for Procter & Gamble. Managing the data collected from smart meters can also help energy providers better serve their customers. E.ON Metering, a company of E.ON, www.eon.com, an investor-owned power and gas company, is using a technology solution from IBM, www.ibm.com, for its smart meters.

E.ON Metering will use IBM’s Intelligent Energy Service Enablement Platform to operate its Smart Metering IT infrastructure in a private cloud. The platform is designed to improve the deployment and management of smart meters and simplify the integration of renewable energy sources, among other services.

E.ON will host the infrastructure in a private cloud, employing IBM SmartCloud. Customers will gain new capabilities, such as viewing time-of-use rates and changes in their consumption patterns. Historical data will be available for comparison.

Overall, both E.ON and Procter & Gamble are using smart energy technologies to increase their productivity. Connecting energy systems to analyze the data allows businesses to trim costs and operate most efficiently.

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