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Heating Degree Days (HDD) is a measure of how cold a location is over a period of time relative to a base temperature, most commonly specified as 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The measure is computed for each day by subtracting the average of the day’s high and low temperatures from the base temperature (65 degrees), with negative values set equal to zero. Each day’s heating degree days are summed to create a heating degree day measure for a specified reference period. Heating degree days are used in energy analysis as an indicator of space heating energy requirements or use.

A Decatherm is ten therms or 1,000,000 Btu. A Decatherm is the standard measurement for wholesale natural gas pricing and purchasing.

Bituminous Coal is a dense coal, usually black, sometimes dark brown, often with well-defined bands of bright and dull material, used primarily as fuel in steam-electric power generation, with substantial quantities also used for heat and power applications in manufacturing and to make coke. Bituminous coal is the most abundant coal in active U.S. mining regions. Its moisture content usually is less than 20 percent. The heat content of bituminous coal ranges from 21 to 30 million Btu per ton on a moist, mineral-matter-free basis. The heat content of bituminous coal consumed in the United States averages 24 million Btu per ton, on the as-received basis (i.e., containing both inherent moisture and mineral matter).

A balancing item represents differences between the sum of the components of natural gas supply and the sum of the components of natural gas disposition. These differences may be due to quantities lost or to the effects of data reporting problems. Reporting problems include differences due to the net result of conversions off low data metered at varying temperature and pressure bases and converted to a standard temperature and pressure base; the effect of variations in company accounting and billing practices; differences between billing cycle and calendar period time frames; and imbalances resulting from the merger of data reporting systems that vary in scope, format, definitions, and type of respondents.

An Aggregator is any marketer, broker, public agency, city, county, or special district that combines the loads of multiple end-use customers in negotiating the purchase of electricity, the transmission of electricity, and other related services for these customers.

 

Alternative fuels, for transportation applications, include the following:

  • methanol
  • denatured ethanol, and other alcohols
  • fuel mixtures containing 85 percent or more by volume of methanol, denatured ethanol, and other alcohols with gasoline or other fuels
  • natural gas
  • liquefied petroleum gas (propane)
  • hydrogen
  • coal-derived liquid fuels
  • fuels (other than alcohol) derived from biological materials (biofuels such as soy diesel fuel)
  • electricity (including electricity from solar energy)

“… any other fuel the Secretary determines, by rule, is substantially not petroleum and would yield substantial energy security benefits and substantial environmental benefits.” The term “alternative fuels” does not include alcohol or other blended portions of primarily petroleum-based fuels used as oxygenates or extenders, i.e. MTBE, ETBE, other ethers, and the 10-percent ethanol portion of gasohol.

Energy Invoice Management is the continuous review and audits of your energy invoice to ensure it is accurate and prevents any cash flow issues. Energy invoice management can be difficult given the number of variables on them and understanding which ones will change and when.

Energy Invoice Auditing is a process that Radiant Energy will take to initially review the status of your energy invoices. Radiant Energy performs energy invoice auditing measures for each client in the beginning to establish a benchmark. A continuous effort must be made to ensure that invoices are accurate and prevent any cash flow concerns.

Energy Invoice Analysis is crucial to a strategic energy management plan. Radiant Energy continuously analyzes your energy invoices to ensure that the invoices suppliers and utility companies send are accurate. Radiant Energy takes a proactive approach to energy invoice management.

An Energy Site Audit is reviewing and analyzing the locations in which energy is used for your home or business. The energy site audit determines how much energy is being used, how the energy is registered and saved by metering technologies. Understanding a location’s energy site is a crucial piece to proper energy management.

Energy cost budget is the method in which Radiant Energy will create a budget based on your energy costs. There are many different components to your overall energy cost and understanding them and having a budget is crucial to strategic energy management.

Energy rates are traded daily on the commodities exchange, the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). Radiant Energy monitors the current and future trading operations of the NYMEX that ultimately affect the energy pricing or energy rate consumers will pay. Radiant Energy sends alerts to its clients to notify them of any changes in rates that are beyond the threshold for that particular client’s energy strategy. Energy rate alerts are essential to taking advantage of the price volatility of the energy industry.

Energy Rate Analysis is the process in which all costs related to the energy rate are scrutinized to determine inaccuracies and areas for improvement. Factors such as  tariff, tax, utility negotiations, utility invoice audits are key components to a full and detailed energy rate analysis. Conducting a review of these components is the first step in a successful energy management strategy.

Radiant Energy has experts involved in energy rate analysis in every market. Call us!

Energy rates are traded daily on the commodities exchange, the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). Energy Rate Analysis is the process in which all costs related to the energy rate are scrutinized to determine inaccuracies and areas for improvement. monitors the current and future trading operations of the NYMEX that ultimately affect the energy pricing consumers will pay. Radiant Energy sends alerts to its clients to notify them of any changes in rates that are beyond the threshold for that particular client’s energy strategy. Energy rate monitoring and alerts are essential to taking advantage of the price volatility of the energy industry.

Energy Market Monitoring is essential for any successful energy management firm and its clients they serve. Energy market monitoring is continuing education on new technologies, trends, industry movements and rate monitoring. Radiant Energy consistently monitors each respective aspect of the energy market so that we are providing the most accurate and helpful solutions to our clients.

You’ve heard it before: you can’t manage what you don’t measure. That’s why EPA created ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment. You can use Portfolio Manager to manage the energy and water use of any building. Seriously. Any building. K-12 school? Check. Office building? Check. Stadium? Check. We could keep going. All you need are your energy bills and some basic information about your building to get started.

Energy Star Portfolio is a site used to benchmark the energy performance of buildings. The purpose of the Energy Star Portfolio is to track and compare your building’s energy performance with others like it, around the country. Radiant Energy has help its clients manage their energy star portfolio which has improved efficiency and savings across their portfolio of buildings.

A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), also known as a Renewable Energy Credit, is created for each megawatt-hour (1 MWh, or 1,000 kilowatt-hours) of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the power grid. Renewable energy credits represent the legal rights to the environmental benefits associated with the generation of renewable energy. Renewable energy credits are purchased by a number of different entities for several reasons:

  • Utilities and Load Serving Entities  purchase renewable energy credits so they can offer their residential and commercial customers green power through voluntary programs.
  • Businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits purchase renewable energy credits in order to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their energy use and make their operations, products, and services more sustainable.
  • Green building professionals purchase renewable energy credits to mitigate the environmental impact of the electricity used in their buildings, helping them qualify for points under the LEED Green Power Credit.

Radiant Energy can help find and facilitate the sale of renewable energy credits to achieve the highest possible price for our clients.

Government agencies, utilities and others offer a variety of tax credits, rebates and other incentives to support energy efficiency, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, and support efforts to conserve energy and lessen pollution. Nationally available rebates, federal tax credits and savings may be available to you or your business.

Let Radiant Energy help find the right rebates, incentives or federal tax credits that you deserve.

Government agencies, utilities and others offer a variety of energy tax credits, rebates and other incentives to support energy efficiency, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, and support efforts to conserve energy and lessen pollution. Nationally available rebates, energy tax credits and savings may be available to you or your business.

Let Radiant Energy help find the right rebates, incentives or energy tax credits that are right for you.

A carbon credit (often called a carbon offset) is a financial instrument that represents a tonne of CO2 (carbon dioxide) or CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent gases) removed or reduced from the atmosphere from an emission reduction project, which can be used, by governments, industry or private individuals to offset damaging carbon emissions that they are generating.

Carbon credits are associated with either removing existing CO2 or CO2e emissions from the atmosphere in the case of carbon sequestration from forests and planting of trees or the reduction of future CO2 or CO2e emissions from renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that displace fossil fuel power generation production or industrial processes.

Clean energy includes energy efficiency and clean energy supply options like highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) as well as renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydropower and more.

Green Energy is often referred to as Renewable Energy which is generally energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Green energy pricing programs allow electricity customers to express their willingness to pay for renewable energy development through direct payments on their monthly utility bills.

Government agencies, utilities and others offer a variety of energy tax credits, rebates and other incentives to support energy efficiency, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, and support efforts to conserve energy and lessen pollution. Nationally available rebates, energy tax credits and savings may be available to you or your business.

Let Radiant Energy help find the right rebates, incentives or energy tax credits that are right for you.

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) or Solar  Energy Credits are a form of a Renewable Energy Credit (REC) or “Green tag”. Solar Energy Credits exist in states that have Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) legislation with specific requirements for solar energy, usually referred to as a “solar carve-out”. The additional income received from selling Solar Energy Credits increases the economic value of a solar investment and assists with the financing of solar technology. In conjunction with state and federal incentives, solar system owners can recover their investment in solar by selling their Solar Energy Credits through spot market sales or long-term sales, both described below.

Radiant Energy has the experience and comprehensive knowledge in the market to achieve the best outcome for the sale of your Solar Energy Credits.

Government agencies, utilities and others offer a variety of energy tax credits, rebates and other renewable energy incentives to support energy efficiency, encourage the use of renewable energy sources, and support efforts to conserve energy and lessen pollution. Nationally available rebates, energy tax credits and savings may be available to you or your business.  Energy resources that are naturally replenishing but flow-limited. They are virtually inexhaustible in duration but limited in the amount of energy that is available per unit of time. Renewable energy resources include biomass, hydro, geothermal, solar, wind, ocean thermal, wave action, and tidal action.

Let Radiant Energy help find the right rebates, tax credits and renewable energy incentives that are right for you.

A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), also known as a Green Energy Credit, is created for each megawatt-hour (1 MWh, or 1,000 kilowatt-hours) of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the power grid. Green energy credits represent the legal rights to the environmental benefits associated with the generation of renewable energy. Green energy credits are purchased by a number of different entities for several reasons:

  • Utilities and Load Serving Entities  purchase renewable energy credits so they can offer their residential and commercial customers green power through voluntary programs.
  • Businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits purchase renewable energy credits in order to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their energy use and make their operations, products, and services more sustainable.
  • Green building professionals purchase renewable energy credits to mitigate the environmental impact of the electricity used in their buildings, helping them qualify for points under the LEED Green Power Credit.

Radiant Energy can help find and facilitate the sale of green energy credits to achieve the highest possible price for our clients.

A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), also known as a Alternative Energy Credits, is created for each megawatt-hour (1 MWh, or 1,000 kilowatt-hours) of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the power grid. Alternative energy credits represent the legal rights to the environmental benefits associated with the generation of renewable energy. Alternative energy credits are purchased by a number of different entities for several reasons:

  • Utilities and Load Serving Entities  purchase renewable energy credits so they can offer their residential and commercial customers green power through voluntary programs.
  • Businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits purchase renewable energy credits in order to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their energy use and make their operations, products, and services more sustainable.
  • Green building professionals purchase renewable energy credits to mitigate the environmental impact of the electricity used in their buildings, helping them qualify for points under the LEED Green Power Credit.

Radiant Energy can help find and facilitate the sale of alternative energy credits to achieve the highest possible price for our clients.

A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), also known as a Energy Credit, is created for each megawatt-hour (1 MWh, or 1,000 kilowatt-hours) of renewable electricity generated and delivered to the power grid. Energy credits represent the legal rights to the environmental benefits associated with the generation of renewable energy. Energy credits are purchased by a number of different entities for several reasons:

  • Utilities and Load Serving Entities  purchase renewable energy credits so they can offer their residential and commercial customers green power through voluntary programs.
  • Businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits purchase renewable energy credits in order to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their energy use and make their operations, products, and services more sustainable.
  • Green building professionals purchase renewable energy credits to mitigate the environmental impact of the electricity used in their buildings, helping them qualify for points under the LEED Green Power Credit.

Radiant Energy can help find and facilitate the sale of energy credits to achieve the highest possible price for our clients.

Alternative energy is any energy source that is an alternative to fossil fuels. These alternatives are intended to address concerns about such fossil fuels. The nature of what constitutes an alternative energy source has changed considerably over time, as have controversies regarding energy use. Today, because of the variety of energy choices and differing goals of their advocates, defining some energy types as “alternative” is highly controversial.

In a general sense, alternative energy as it is currently conceived, is that which is produced or recovered without the undesirable consequences inherent in fossil fuel use, particularly high carbon dioxide emissions (greenhouse-gas), a key factor in global warming.

Radiant Energy is a large proponent on alternative energy sources. If you are considering using an alternative energy source for you or your business, we can help.

Renewable Energy Use is applying any number of renewable energy sources to what would otherwise be used by the general electricity provided by the utility company. Renewable energy use — wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower and biomass — provides substantial benefits for our climate, our health, and our economy: Each source of renewable energy has unique benefits and costs for the different applications in which they are used whether it be at home or your business.

If you’re interested in using renewable energy, Radiant Energy can help!

A renewable energy system can be used to supply some or all of your electricity needs, using technologies like:

  • Small solar electric systems
  • Small wind electric systems
  • Microhydropower systems
  • Small hybrid electric systems (solar and wind).

Planning for a home renewable energy system is a process that includes analyzing your existing electricity use (and considering energy efficiency measures to reduce it), looking at local codes and requirements, deciding if you want to operate your system on or off of the electric grid, and understanding technology options you have for your site.

Investing in our future with efficient renewable energy systems shouldn’t be difficult, unfortunately, it is but Radiant Energy can help!

Energy Procurement is simply the purchase of energy in deregulated energy markets where there are a number of energy suppliers to choose from, creating a competitive environment. In competitive energy markets, consumers have a considerable opportunity to gain handle over and lower energy costs through choosing their energy suppliers. The concept of energy procurement sounds simple enough, but getting the best price with a contract that aligns with your budget and risk-tolerance can be a complex, time-consuming trial. Most businesses find it crucial to have a partner engaged with them on procurement services every step of the way.

Our team of energy procurement advisers is uniquely positioned to maximize the benefit to your business and get you the best possible pricing and contract for your energy supply needs. The energy procurement process isn’t a one-time transaction; as a strategic energy partner we help you make the most informed decision possible, stay abreast on evolving market developments, and modify the procurement strategy as your business needs and the energy market change.

Our team has been actively captivated in all aspects of competitive energy markets and procurement services since the inception of deregulation, for clients of all sizes in every industry. Our understanding of the priorities and value of these markets allows Radiant Energy to deliver both savings and financial value for our customers.

Energy Performance is the operational routine in which energy is used in any facility. There are several factors that can affect the energy performance of a building. Radiant Energy can conduct a building energy performance evaluation to determine the strengths and weaknesses of a building to make adjustments and improve the building’s energy performance. More buildings are creating energy data now than ever before, due to advances in technology, markets, and policies. This makes the energy performance of a building all the more important.

Radiant Energy analyzes the energy performance of your building and creates a plan to better manage a building’s performance.

Carbon Process Management is a management process which promotes environmental effectiveness in organizations. It is designed to reduce inefficiencies in the consumption of resources that contribute to climate change. Effective Carbon Management techniques can reduce operating costs, promote brand quality, create competitive advantage and stakeholder value. Governments often resort to legal mechanisms and regulation in certain industries to deal with the risks of climate change, techniques such as Carbon Process Management are directed towards a corporate approach in helping reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. 

Radiant Energy has helped many clients create effective strategies to reducing their carbon foot-print, ensuring EPA compliance and reducing costs.

Environmental management programs support the National Institute of Environmental Health Services (NIEHS) Environmental Policy and the overall goal of reducing negative environmental impacts. These programs were established to assure compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations. Each program includes specific requirements that are documented in the NIEHS EMS Manual as well as a corresponding written plan, procedure, or instruction.

Here is a list of each of the programs: Air Emissions, Energy Management, Green Purchasing, Hazardous Materials Management, Hazardous Waste Management, Natural Resources, Pesticides, Solid Waste Management, Stormwater Management, Wastewater and Water Consumption.

 

Biomass power comes from plants – crop and forest residues, corn kernels and stalks, energy crops, perennial grasses, and fast-growing trees like poplars, to name a few. It can be used to make liquid bio-fuels that serve as alternatives to oil, or to produce heat or electricity to power our homes. Biomass power accounts for roughly half of all the renewable energy produced in the United States, and we use more of it than any other country in the world.

Plants capture and store the sun’s energy as they grow. Today’s biomass energy comes from annual row crops, such as corn and soybeans, agricultural leftovers, such as rice husks and pressed sugar cane, and wood, including whole trees, from forests — a highly problematic source of biomass. Researchers are developing ways to produce energy from special, fast-growing, and higher-yielding “energy crops” such as willow, miscanthus, and switchgrass.

Biodiesel and other renewable diesel fuel or diesel fuel blending components derived from biomass, but excluding renewable diesel fuel coprocessed with petroleum feedstocks.

Waste Management Recycling  is seizing every opportunity to turn waste into a resource that benefits our communities and the environment. Check out your local waste management companies to find out which waste items are being recycled. If you are a business looking to implement a waste management recycling program, contact Radiant Energy today!

As renewable energy technologies continue to be developed and adopted, the more affordable they can be. Affordable renewable energy is key to transforming the way we use energy now and for our future. Renewable energy is created in a number of different ways such as solar, wind, hydropower, etc.

Radiant Energy can help put together a number of affordable renewable energy options for you. Contact us, today!

Sustainability Culture is the embracing of energy conversation and overall better energy practices in a workplace environment. Implementing a sustainability culture in the workplace can reduce energy expenses and fully align a company’s corporate responsibility.

Radiant Energy has transformed a number of corporations through corporate responsibility efforts and cultivating a sustainability culture for its employees. Contact us to see how we can help transform your energy culture and save some money, too.

Conservation efforts are a reduction in energy consumption that corresponds with a reduction in service demand. Service demand can include buildings-sector end uses such as lighting, refrigeration, and heating; industrial processes; or vehicle transportation. Unlike energy efficiency, which is typically a technological measure, conservation is better associated with behavior. Examples of conservation include adjusting the thermostat to reduce the output of a heating unit, using occupancy sensors that turn off lights or appliances, and car-pooling.

HVAC conservation features, lighting conservation features, any conservation features, and other conservation features incorporated by the building. However, this category does not include any demand-side management (DSM) program participation by the building. Any DSM program participation is included in the DSM Programs.

Radiant Energy performs an alternative energy review or a renewable energy review to determine the overall cost, implementation timeline, impact and return on investment would be for a particular energy project.

Renewable Energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Renewable energy is derived from natural processes that are replenished constantly. In its various forms, it derives directly from the sun, or from heat generated deep within the earth. Included in the definition is electricity and heat generated from solar, wind, ocean, hydropower, biomass, geothermal resources, and biofuels and hydrogen derived from renewable resources.

Water management is the management of water resources under set policies and regulations. Water, once an abundant natural resource, is becoming a more valuable commodity due to droughts and overuse.

Waste management is a set of activities that include the following:

  1. collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste;
  2. control, monitoring and regulation of the production, collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste; and
  3. prevention of waste production through in-process modification, reuse and recycling.

There are a number of different energy certification programs available today. There are a few large known energy certifications such as LEED or Energy Star Certified.

If you’re interested in learning about the energy certifications you may qualify for, Radiant Energy can help!

Building commissioning is the process of verifying, in new construction, all (or some, depending on scope) of the subsystems for mechanical (HVAC), plumbing, electrical, fire/life safety, building envelopes, interior systems (example laboratory units), co-generation, utility plants, sustainable systems, lighting, wastewater, controls, and building security to achieve the owner’s project requirements as intended by the building owner and as designed by the building architects and engineers. Recommissioning is the methodical process of testing and adjusting the aforementioned systems in existing buildings.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.

Radiant Energy has helped a number of clients pursue each different certification offered by LEED. Let Radiant Energy help your business obtain a LEED certification!

A building doesn’t have to be new to be efficient. Today’s leading building owners are retrofitting buildings, converting existing buildings into models of sustainability.  While most building owners still pursue single technology improvements, market leaders bundle together energy saving technologies to get deeper savings in a more comprehensive approach. Energy performance contracting is one business model that enables building owners to implement whole building retrofits and significantly lower energy consumption and operating costs. Essentially, the upgrades are paid for through energy savings over time!

Radiant Energy has implemented energy retrofitting strategies with its clients and have achieved an average of 26% savings. Contact Radiant Energy to see what we can save your business through energy retrofitting!

Corporate sustainability is a business approach that creates long-term consumer and employee value by creating a “green” strategy aimed toward the natural environment and taking into consideration every dimension of how a business operates in the social, cultural, and economic environment. Companies of all shapes and sizes have implemented corporate sustainability programs and achieved energy savings, brand improvement and improved operations.

Radiant Energy has implemented corporate sustainability programs around the world. ContactRadiant Energy to see why and find out what we can do for your company!

Electrical grids or energy grids are an interconnected network for delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers. It consists of generating stations that produce electrical power, high-voltage transmission lines that carry power from distant sources to demand centers, and distribution lines that connect individual customers.Power Stations may be located near a fuel source, at a dam site, or to take advantage of renewable energy sources, and are often located away from heavily populated areas. They are usually quite large to take advantage of the economies of scale. The electric power which is generated is stepped up to a higher voltage at which it connects to the bulk power transmission network.

The bulk power transmission network will move the power long distances, sometimes across international boundaries, until it reaches its wholesale customer (usually the company that owns the local electric power distribution network).On arrival at a substation, the power will be stepped down from a transmission level voltage to a distribution level voltage. As it exits the substation, it enters the distribution wiring. Finally, upon arrival at the service location, the power is stepped down again from the distribution voltage to the required service voltage(s).

For more information about energy grids, contact Radiant Energy!

Electrical grids or utility grids are an interconnected network for delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers. It consists of generating stations that produce electrical power, high-voltage transmission lines that carry power from distant sources to demand centers, and distribution lines that connect individual customers.Power Stations may be located near a fuel source, at a dam site, or to take advantage of renewable energy sources, and are often located away from heavily populated areas. They are usually quite large to take advantage of the economies of scale. The electric power which is generated is stepped up to a higher voltage at which it connects to the bulk power transmission network.

The bulk power transmission network will move the power long distances, sometimes across international boundaries, until it reaches its wholesale customer (usually the company that owns the local electric power distribution network).On arrival at a substation, the power will be stepped down from a transmission level voltage to a distribution level voltage. As it exits the substation, it enters the distribution wiring. Finally, upon arrival at the service location, the power is stepped down again from the distribution voltage to the required service voltage(s).

For more information about utility grids, contact Radiant Energy!

Smart grids are a modernized electrical grid that uses analog or digital information and communication technology to gather and act on information – such as information about the behaviors of suppliers and consumers – in an automated fashion to improve the efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity. Electronic power conditioning and control of the production and distribution of electricity are important aspects of the smart grid.

Through the different functions available with smart grids, consumers can manage their consumption on the grid in a strategic method to improve savings. Radiant Energy has helped clients launch smart grid operations, improving energy expenses and creating ancillary revenue. Call Radiant Energy to see how we can help your business!

Demand Management is a planning methodology used to forecast [predict], plan for and manage the demand for products and services. This can be at macro levels as in economics and at micro levels in public service organizations both governmental and non-governmental, industries including energy. Demand Management has a very defined set of processes, capabilities and recommended behaviors for companies that produce all manner of goods and services. Consumer electronics and goods companies often lead in the application of demand management practices to their demand chains; demand management outcomes are a reflection of policies and programs to influence demand as well as competition and options available to users and consumers. Effective demand management follows the concept of a “closed loop” where feedback from the results of the demand plans is fed back into the planning process to improve the predictability of outcomes. Many practices reflect elements of the theory of Systems Dynamics. Increasingly volatility is being recognized as significant an issue as the focus on variance of demand to plans and forecasts.

Building Technologies include a variety of energy technology solutions available for buildings today, such as: occupancy sensors, lighting controls, building automation systems, energy modeling software, grid management applications and so much more. Today more than ever, companies and buildings have access to a full suite of building technologies to create tailored strategies and achieve energy savings. Implementing building technologies are highly desirable for both owners and tenants alike. Through careful and precise execution, building technologies can yield a savings to swiftly achieve return on the investment.

Let Radiant Energy help find the right building technologies for your business.

Demand response programs are incentive-based programs that encourage electric power customers to temporarily reduce their demand for power at certain times in exchange for a reduction in their electricity bills. Some demand response programs allow electric power system operators to directly reduce load, while in others, customers retain control. Customer-controlled reductions in demand may involve actions such as curtailing load, operating onsite generation, or shifting electricity use to another time period. demand response programs are one type of demand-side management, which also covers broad, less immediate programs such as the promotion of energy-efficient equipment in residential and commercial sectors.

Contact Radiant Energy and let us help find the right demand response programs for you.

Demand response programs are incentive-based programs that encourage electric power customers to temporarily reduce their demand for power at certain times in exchange for a reduction in their electricity bills. Some demand response programs allow electric power system operators to directly reduce load, while in others, customers retain control. Customer-controlled reductions in demand may involve actions such as curtailing load, operating onsite generation, or shifting electricity use to another time period. demand response programs are one type of demand-side management, which also covers broad, less immediate programs such as the promotion of energy-efficient equipment in residential and commercial sectors.

Let Radiant Energy help to find the right demand response program for your company!

To ensure stability on the electricity grid, electricity supply and demand must remain in balance in real time. Traditionally utilities have called upon peaking power plants to increase power generation to meet rising demand. Demand-side generation, which includes energy efficiency and demand response (DR), works from the other side of the equation – instead of adding more generation to the system, it compensates energy users to reduce consumption. Utilities pay for demand-side generation capacity because it is typically cheaper and easier to procure than traditional generation.

Demand-side generation allows energy users of all kinds to act as “virtual power plants.” By voluntarily reducing their demand for electricity, these businesses and organizations help balance the grid, and they are compensated for providing this important service. Utilities and grid operators treat demand response capacity as a dispatchable resource that is called upon only when needed.

A standby generator is a back-up electrical system that operates automatically. Within seconds of a utility outage an automatic transfer switch senses the power loss, commands the generator to start and then transfers the electrical load to the generator. The standby generator begins supplying power to the circuits. After utility power returns, the automatic transfer switch transfers the electrical load back to the utility and signals the standby generator to shut off. It then returns to standby mode where it awaits the next outage. To ensure a proper response to an outage, a standby generator runs weekly self-tests. Most units run on diesel, natural gas or liquid propane gas.

Automatic standby generator systems may be required by building codes for critical safety systems such as elevators in high-rise buildings, fire protection systems, standby lighting, or medical and life support equipment. Residential standby generators are increasingly common, providing backup electrical power to HVAC systems, security systems, and household appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, and water heaters.

Battery Storage is a method of storing energy that was powered using a renewable energy source or standard energy service during off-peak hours to be utilized during on-peak hours to help reduce energy costs and provide grid relief. Battery storage is a great technology used in homes, businesses and for utility companies. The used of battery storage has significantly increased since Tesla’s release of their battery products. Battery storage technologies are paired well with demand-response programs and smart grid systems. The evolution this technology provides will certainly change the energy industry for the best.

Asset management, broadly defined, refers to any system that monitors and maintains things of value to an entity or group. It may apply to both tangible assets such as buildings and to intangible assets such as human capital, intellectual property, and goodwill and financial assets. Asset management is a systematic process of deploying, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of assets cost-effectively. Alternative views of asset management in the engineering environment are: the practice of managing assets to achieve the greatest return (particularly useful for productive assets such as plant and equipment), and the process of monitoring and maintaining facilities systems, with the objective of providing the best possible service to users (appropriate for public infrastructure assets).

Maintaining strategic asset management programs and procedures will ensure efficiency, cost reduction and improved lifespan of a buildings tangible assets. Radiant Energy has worked with a number of different vendors and clients to create fruitful asset management solutions.

An occupancy sensor is a lighting control device that detects occupancy of a space by people and turns the lights on or off automatically, using infrared, ultrasonic or microwave technology. Occupancy sensors are typically used to save energy, provide automatic control, and comply with building codes. Occupancy sensors can significantly reduce a building’s energy consumption and improve building efficiency. Technology of occupancy sensors have expanded beyond lighting controls to new areas such as power strips and other plugs to reduce vampire loads or wasted energy.

Installing occupancy sensors can be seamless, efficient, and cost-effective. Radiant Energy works with a variety of partners supplying occupancy sensors for many applications and can help map out the best options for your business.

A lighting control system is an intelligent network based lighting control solution that incorporates communication between various system inputs and outputs related to lighting control with the use of one or more central computing devices. Lighting control systems are widely used on both indoor and outdoor lighting of commercial, industrial, and residential spaces. Lighting control systems serve to provide the right amount of light where and when it is needed.

Lighting control systems are employed to maximize the energy savings from the lighting system, satisfy building codes, or comply with green building and energy conservation programs. Lighting control systems are often referred to under the term Smart Lighting.

HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; also heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort. Its goal is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality. A HVAC system’s design is a subdiscipline of mechanical engineering, based on the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.

HVAC systems are important in the design of medium to large industrial and office buildings such as skyscrapers and in marine environments such as aquariums, where safe and healthy building conditions are regulated with respect to temperature and humidity, using fresh air from outdoors.

Building automation is the automatic centralized control of a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting and other systems through a Building Management System or Building Automation System (BAS). The objectives of building automation are improved occupant comfort, efficient operation of building systems, and reduction in energy consumption and operating costs. Building automation is an example of a distributed control system – the computer networking of electronic devices designed to monitor and control the mechanical, security, fire and flood safety, lighting (especially emergency lighting), HVAC and humidity control and ventilation systems in a building.

Radiant Energy’s team of experts have a diverse experience managing projects with building automation and has played a vital role in energy savings for many companies.

Continuous Energy Monitoring & Management helps clients manage energy consumption and maintenance activities for optimal system performance, ensuring that critical business systems, such as HVAC, lighting, controls and refrigeration systems function properly while maintaining a comfortable environment and achieve savings. No one person can be everywhere or see everything at once and that’s why multi-site companies rely on continuous energy monitoring services for critical systems. Do you have the time or resources to identify and manage critical building issues before they become larger, more costly problems?

Radiant Energy has helped single business buildings as well as multi-site building owners with continuous energy monitoring.

When you’re looking to improve, the first question you or your management might ask is, “How are we doing?” The next is, “how do we know?”

Energy Star Benchmarking helps you answer these important questions. Put simply, energy star benchmarking is the process of comparing your energy performance to something similar. “Something similar” might be internal, like performance at the same time last year. Or it might be external, like performance compared to similar facilities elsewhere.

Energy Benchmarking is no different than benchmarking anything you wish to measure to get an assessment of where things stand. Energy benchmarking is typically initiated before performing any energy conservation or savings efforts. As new goals and benchmarks are scheduled, there is an ongoing energy benchmarking process to help companies achieve continued success in whatever their energy goals may be. The core energy efficiency policy that Radiant Energy supports is the energy benchmarking and transparency of buildings’ energy use. Energy Benchmarking means measuring a building’s energy use and then comparing it to the average for similar buildings. It allows owners and occupants to understand their building’s relative energy performance, and helps identify opportunities to cut energy waste.

Radiant Energy performs all stages of energy benchmarking and can help your company, too!