Energy Management

Sustainable Energy Management includes three key components: price optimization, usage optimization and generation optimization. An awareness of the energy balance and prediction of consumption and production require an energy management system and a savings program. Energy management constitutes optimization of all the components to order to achieve the goal of ensuring a continuous supply of energy resources and water in the short and long range, in the quantity, availability and quality required, at an optimal economic and environmental cost, while ensuring the strategic security of the infrastructure.

Related Topic Areas: energy efficiency for residential buildings, energy efficiency for commercial buildings, energy audits, Energy Upgrade California (EUC), Building Performance Institute (BPI), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED, lighting, smartgrid, energy harvesting, energy storage.

Overview of Our Utilities and How They Relate to Sustainability PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

We are making available the presentation that Tony Green presented at the 05/07/15 meeting of the Ecogreen Group in Saratoga.


To access the presentation, click on the link to the right.  PRESENTATION



JB Straubel (Tesla) Video for August 6th Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

jb straubel 2014 storage symposium

This week we will view a very interesting video which was recorded at the 2014 Energy Storage Symposium. JB Straubel, CTO for Tesla, delivered a keynote address for the symposium. It is a very interesting keynote and provides some insite into Tesla's thinking behind battery energy storage and some roadmaps for the future. Following the video we will engage in discussion.


Come join us for this interesting session.


Thursday Morning Meeting, August 06, 2015
8:00am - 9:30am
Free! No reservations are required, but we would appreciate if you sign up on our Meetup site.


Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall
20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9). (Map)


The Internet of Things: A System That Pays You to Reduce Your Electricity Use PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

ohm connect logo

The speaker will present a primer on smart grid demand-response and a demo of Ohmconnect.  OhmConnect is a Demand/Response web-based application that allows many people to pool their response to fluctuations in demand on the grid.  OhmConnect sells "load reductions" to the Independent System Operator by having consumers of power reduce their demand at certain times when power is expensive to produce.  Some of this is automated – Internet-connected devices in the home can be directly controlled to reduce demand.  Some is manual: a Text message or email to users prompts them to turn off some load – defer laundry, turn off lights, etc.  Participants are paid for their contribution to the aggregate reduction that can be sold to the grid, as measured by their smartmeter vs. historical use pattern.


Energy Data: Big Decisions - Which Problems to Solve, What Data to Use? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mei-Ling Shek   


meterWhat energy challenges are best served with data, and what data sets are available for these applications?



  • Dr. Carrie Armel, Research Associate, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) at Stanford University
  • Ian Kalin, Director of Open Data, Socrata
  • Adam Rein, Principal, Mission Point Capital Partners
The Smart Grid is Getting Smarter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

Rod Kirk
Rod Kirk presented a talk entitled "The Smart Grid is Getting Smarter".  Work on the Smart Grid is accelerating. Smart Grid 3.0 is taking shape. In this talk Rod explored what Smart Grid 3.0 is all about, the driving forces, and some of the issues that need to be resolved.

IEEE 1588 - Precision Time Protocol on the Smart Grid PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   


Behind every advancement in the areas of renewable energy and energy management, are some underlying technologies which help make those advancements possible. The IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol is one of those underlying technologies which is helping to make the Smart Grid a reality. This presentation will provide an overview of this technology and some of its uses in the Smart Grid.


Rod_KirkRod Kirk, a San Francisco Bay area native, has held various Electrical Engineering positions in numerous companies in the areas of data storage, networks, and motion control. He has a degree from San Jose State University and an Energy Management certificate from De Anza College. Rod is currently providing Technical Writing services for emerging companies.


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