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.

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

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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.


Thursday Morning Meeting, April 9, 2015
8:15am - 9:45am
Free, No reservations required, but it would
be appreciated if you sign up on our Meetup site.


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   

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On October 9, 2014 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.

Silicon Valley Energy Watch HomeBiz Energy Efficiency PDF Print E-mail
Written by Noelle Bell Copley   



Silicon Valley Energy Watch is a collaboration between PG&E, the city of San Jose, and Ecology Action. The partnership has a multitude of offerings, one of which is HomeBiz.


If you have a home office or operate your business out of a converted house, you qualify for a unique program called HomeBiz. HomeBiz offers no-cost energy efficiency services to eligible businesses.


A Brief Introduction to Residential Energy Efficiency: From Small to Major, Looking at the ROI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Scott E Petersen   

  • Why look at home energy efficiency
  • Energy Audits, Creating a baseline
  • Indoor Lighting, it’s not just light bulbs
  • Insulation & Sealing the Envelope
  • Heating, Cooling, & Hot Water Appliances


Scott has over 15 years as a high-tech project and training manager. About 5 years ago, he left the high-tech world to pursue his interests in the clean tech sector. He has received training at PG&E’s Pacific Energy Center in Building Commissioning & Recommissioning, Energy Auditing, Heat Pumps, Lighting, Food Service Energy Efficiency, and Energy Efficient house flipping. He is a Certified Green Building Professional from Build It Green and has taken the Solar Sales training at Ohlone College, as well as helped installed rooftop and ground based Solar PV systems.


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