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.

Rechargable Battery Technology Overview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bert McMahon   

Bert M PhotoRechargable batteries are used in many places as the power supply of choice. In this presentation Bert McMahon will provide an overview of the technology behind rechargeable batteries as well as examples of how they are being used today. Rechargeable battery issues and opportunities will also be discussed. Please join us for this interesting presentation.  

Some key areas to be discussed are:


  • What is a battery?
  • How does a rechargeable battery work?
  • What are the parts in a battery?
  • How is the Tesla battery configured?
  • How is the Nissan Leaf battery configured?
  • Overview of the Battery Management System


Presentation Slides Available Here


A Revolutionary New Battery for Grid Energy Storage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rod Kirk   

A Video Featuring Dr. Donald Sadoway


donald sadoway pictureOne of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, describes the development of a new revolutionary, cost effective, and very durable grid storage liquid metal battery which will revolutionize the electric grid and solve energy storage problems for renewable energy such as solar and wind energy. The presentation in this video was made at the February 18, 2015 MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas program in Houston. Please join us for this interesting viewing. 





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



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 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.


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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.

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