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20130030585SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSESSING AND MANAGING DATA CENTER AIRFLOW AND ENERGY USAGE - A system and method for providing energy assessment and optimization in a data center that includes at least one cooling provider, and at least one cooling consumer, the at least one cooling consumer having cooling requirements. The method according to one aspect includes receiving data regarding cooling availability and power consumption for the at least one cooling consumer, cooling capacity of the at least one cooling provider, and a physical relationship between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider in the data center, storing the received data, determining airflow distribution effectiveness between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider, and displaying at least one value representative of the effectiveness of the distribution of airflow in the data center between the at least one cooling consumer and the at least one cooling provider.01-31-2013
20130030584POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - A power distribution system is provided, including at least one capacitor bank with a capacitor bank controller, a transformer, at least one voltage regulating device with a voltage regulating device controller, and a controller. The capacitor bank is selectively connected to the feeder and a capacitor bank controller. The capacitor bank controller controls a switch for selectively connecting the capacitor bank to the feeder. The transformer delivers power to the power distribution system through the feeder. The transformer converts a transmission or a sub-transmission voltage into a distribution voltage. The controller is in communication with the capacitor bank controller, the voltage regulating device, and the transformer. The controller selectively switches the at least one capacitor bank to adjust voltage in the feeder. The controller selectively sends commands to the voltage regulating device to change a source voltage.01-31-2013
20130030583Non-binding consumer premises energy forecast sharing in energy management system - An energy management system is augmented with sharing of non-binding consumer premises (CP) energy forecasts. Generally speaking, information sourced at a CP is received by CP equipment. The CP equipment creates a non-binding energy forecast for the CP using the CP-sourced information. The forecast is transmitted from the CP equipment to management premises (MP) equipment. The MP equipment may use the forecast to regulate at least one of electricity supply or demand at the CP.01-31-2013
20100161147Method and System for Using Renewable Energy Sources - Method for using renewable energy sources, comprising 06-24-2010
20120173030METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING FEEDER CIRCUIT LOSS USING DEMAND RESPONSE - A system and method that analyzes at least one aspect of the power grid for demand response in order to reduce feeder circuit losses is provided. The system and method may use a demand response model to select one or more factors for the demand response, such as selecting a subset of customers for demand response from a larger pool of available demand response customers. The demand response model may include a grid structure component, such as an indication of the particular customer's position in the grid, and a dynamic operation component, such as a real-time measurement of current in the feeder circuit. By using the demand response model, feeder circuit losses may thereby reduced.07-05-2012
20090192655Power System - A data acquiring unit (07-30-2009
20110196544INPUT PARASITIC METAL DETECTION - A system and method of controlling inductive power transfer in an inductive power transfer system and a method for designing an inductive power transfer system with power accounting. The method of controlling inductive power transfer including measuring a characteristic of input power, a characteristic of power in the tank circuit, and receiving information from a secondary device. Estimating power consumption based on the measured characteristic of tank circuit power and received information and comparing the measured characteristic of input power, the information from the secondary device, and the estimated power consumption to determine there is an unacceptable power loss. The method for designing an inductive power transfer system with power accounting including changing the distance between a primary side and a secondary side and changing a load of the secondary side. For each distance between the primary side and the secondary side and for each load, measuring a circuit parameter on the primary side in the tank circuit and a circuit parameter on the secondary side during the transfer of contactless energy. The method further including selecting a formula to describe power consumption in the system during the transfer of contactless energy based on coefficients and the circuit parameters, and determining the coefficients using the measured circuit parameters.08-11-2011
20120179302Methods and Apparatus for Controlling Loads Coupled to an Electrical Grid - An energy meter configured to couple to an electrical grid for monitoring energy consumption of an electrical load connected to the energy meter is described. The energy meter includes a processor and at least one input device coupled to the processor. The at least one input device is configured to receive energy usage data from at least one of the electrical loads and pricing data from a utility company. The energy meter also includes a communication device coupled to the processor and configured to wirelessly communicate with a portable electronic device associated with a customer of the utility company.07-12-2012
20110202192AGGREGATION SERVER FOR GRID-INTEGRATED VEHICLES - Methods, systems, and apparatus for aggregating electric power flow between an electric grid and electric vehicles are disclosed. An apparatus for aggregating power flow may include a memory and a processor coupled to the memory to receive electric vehicle equipment (EVE) attributes from a plurality of EVEs, aggregate EVE attributes, predict total available capacity based on the EVE attributes, and dispatch at least a portion of the total available capacity to the grid. Power flow may be aggregated by receiving EVE operational parameters from each EVE, aggregating the received EVE operational parameters, predicting total available capacity based on the aggregated EVE operational parameters, and dispatching at least a portion of the total available capacity to the grid.08-18-2011
20130079940DATA COLLECTING APPARATUS AND DATA COLLECTING METHOD - There is provided a data collecting apparatus in which a collector collects, from demanders, demand record data and demand forecast data of the energy; a data history manager; a reliability level calculator calculates, for each demander, a reliability level of the demand forecast data; a supply plan data receiver receives an acquisition request of demand forecast data of a future predetermined time range with respect to each demander from an energy management system; and a data acquisition plan maker makes a collection plan such that the demand forecast data of the future predetermined time range and the demand record data are collected earlier from a demander with a higher reliability level, wherein the data collector collects according to the collection plan, and the data history manager provides the collected demand forecast data to the energy management system before a start time of the future predetermined time range.03-28-2013
20130079941NETWORK-BASED POWER SUPPLY EFFICIENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND A METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to a network-based power supply efficiency management system and a method thereof, and more particularly, to a method for managing a power supply efficiency by comparing a predefined scenario on a server side with a real environment condition, and then issuing a usage control command to a managed unit via a network connection.03-28-2013
20130079939SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTIMIZING MICROGRID POWER GENERATION AND MANAGEMENT WITH PREDICTIVE MODELING - Systems and methods for coordinating selective activation of a multiplicity of emergency power generation equipment over a predetermined geographic area for distribution and/or storage to supply a microgrid of electrical power for a substantially similar geographic area.03-28-2013
20130079938CUSTOMER SEGMENTATION BASED ON SMART METER DATA - A method and system to determine customer segmentation based on energy consumption patterns is provided. An example system includes a communications module, a clustering module, and a matching module. The communications module obtains energy consumption data in the form of a plurality of value days. The clustering module groups the value days associated with a certain period of time into a set of clusters. The matching module identifies a customer profile as associated with a cluster from the set of clusters based on results of examining value days associated with the customer profile.03-28-2013
20130035799METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT COLLABORATIVE HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING CONTROL - A method and system for enabling facility managers and occupants of commercial buildings to collaboratively define energy policy for building energy control is disclosed.02-07-2013
20120185106INTEGRATION OF DEMAND RESPONSE AND RENEWABLE RESOURCES FOR POWER GENERATION MANAGEMENT - System and method of solving, in a single-period, an optimal dispatching problem for a network of energy generators connected via multiple transmission lines, where it is sought to find the lowest operational cost of dispatching of various energy sources to satisfy demand. The model includes traditional thermal resources and renewable energy resources available generation capabilities within the grid. The method considers demand reduction as a virtual generation source that can be dispatched quickly to hedge against the risk of unforeseen shortfall in supply. Demand reduction is dispatched in response to incentive signals sent to consumers. The control options of the optimization model consist of the dispatching order and dispatching amount energy units at generators together with the rebate signals sent to end-users at each node of the network under a demand response policy. Numerical experiments based on an analysis of representative data illustrate the effectiveness of demand response as a hedging option.07-19-2012
20120185105DYNAMIC LOAD PROFILING - A method for dynamic load profiling in a power network can include receiving static load data in the power network, generating a load forecast from the static load data, generating dynamic load data from data related to distributed assets in the power network and modifying the load forecast based on the dynamic load data for profiling the dynamic load data.07-19-2012
20120185104METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTEXTUALIZING ENERGY CONSUMPTION DATA - Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with contextualizing energy consumption are described. One example method includes accessing stored energy consumption data and stored operation status data from production-related equipment; correlating the operation status data with the energy consumption data; and categorizing energy consumed by the production-related equipment as value-added or non-value-added based, at least in part, on the correlating of the operation status data with the energy consumption data. The example methods may also include determining an energy classification for an energy-consuming entity; identifying child entities of the energy-consuming entity; accessing energy consumption data for the energy-consuming entity and the child entities; aggregating the energy consumption data for the energy-consuming entity and the child entities; and classifying the aggregated energy consumption data with the energy classification for the energy-consuming entity.07-19-2012
20100063643POLICY-BASED ENERGY MANAGEMENT - In general, the present invention discloses a policy-based decision system to manage energy consumption within a complex system, such as a municipality, business or home. These policies help to control energy usage, either for the purpose of conservation or to contend with a shortage situation. In general, policies may be set based on business requirements, including energy demand, energy supply, safety, Quality of Service (QoS) settings per object or groupings, convenience, risk analysis output or events. Among other things the approach described herein discloses the following: creation and management of policies; selection of optimal throttling plan to achieve energy conservation requirements; running of simulation scenarios based on different policies and/or reduction requirements; conducting of risk analysis for different scenarios; etc.03-11-2010
20110010016Enterprise Smart Grid and Demand Management Platform and Methods for Application Development and Management - A computer-implemented platform server and method is provided for energy management operations in a Smart Grid environment. The platform server includes an application module configured to operate any of a plurality of Smart Grid Applications. A consumer-side module is configured for bi-directional communication with a plurality of consumer-side intelligent appliances. An Operations Technology (OT) module is configured for communication with an electrical grid Energy Management System (EMS). A translation module is coupled to, and configured to translate data received from, the application, consumer-side, and OT modules, so that the platform is configured to selectively receive, translate, and transmit data from and among any of said application, consumer-side, and OT modules, to facilitate automated energy management operations in a Smart Grid environment.01-13-2011
20090326725Managing Electric Power Consumption - A system for monitoring and managing electric power consumption at a customer location includes a plurality of devices located at various points on a mains distribution network at the customer location, each of the devices being programmed to monitor electric power consumption, and a central processing device located at the customer location, the central processing device being programmed to receive the electric power consumption information from the devices, analyze the electric power consumption information, and manage future electric power consumption based on the electric power consumption information.12-31-2009
20130123994USING PLANNING TO CONTROL DEMAND RESPONSE AND SUPPLY CHOICES IN A MANAGED ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - One embodiment of the present invention provides an energy-management system for managing energy within a predominantly closed power system. The system includes an identifying mechanism configured to identify a number of components coupled to the energy-management system, a receiving mechanism configured to receive current status information of the components, an evaluating mechanism configured to evaluate future energy need, a planning mechanism configured to plan future energy activities based on the energy need and the current status information, and a controlling mechanism configured to control operations of the components based on the planned energy activities.05-16-2013
20130073103ELECTRICAL MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM - A system for monitoring and controlling the electrical infrastructure of a building includes at least one sensor for sensing an operating characteristic in the building, and a processor for receiving information from the at least one sensor and predicting a future operating characteristic.03-21-2013
20130073101Systems and Methods for Startup of a Power Plant - Embodiments of the invention can provide systems and methods for startup of a power plant. According to one embodiment of the invention, a system can be provided. The system can include a computer processor. The system can also include a memory operable to store computer-executable instructions operable to determine a current state of the power plant; determine an anticipated future state of the power plant; and determine a startup profile between the current state of the power plant and the anticipated future state of the power plant based on at least one parameter and a desired result.03-21-2013
20130073102METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND ANALYZING ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS - A computer-implemented method for monitoring and analyzing energy consumption of at least one industrial building is provided, the method comprising determining a building type specific theoretical energy consumption optimum value (TEO) based on a corresponding modeled building, identifying and grouping parameters contributing to an increased energy consumption of the building due to an actual use of the building (CEC), due to intrinsic characteristics of the building (BEO), due to optimised designated operating conditions in an actual state of the building (OEO), respectively, providing energy contribution rates of the respective parameters, partly by an automatic, and whenever required, periodic retrieval, and periodically graphing the energy consumption of the at least one building via a bar graph starting from the building type specific theoretical energy consumption optimum value and arriving at a current energy consumption of the at least one building by adding the provided single energy consumption rates of the respective parameters in groups thus forming an energy cascade which allows to monitor at least a part of the individual parameters and to compare the current energy consumption of the at least one building with an energy consumption of another building and/or with a previous energy consumption of the at least one building with respect to the individual parameters. Furthermore, an appropriate system is provided.03-21-2013
20110015799SMART CHARGING VALUE AND GUARANTEE APPLICATION - A system and methods that enables smart charging for electric resources. A smart charging method may include smart charging customer guarantees. The charging behavior guarantee may comprise a guaranteed charging schedule that matches a regular charging schedule of an electric resource and provides power flow flexibility. In addition, a smart charging method may manage electric resources via a smart charging benefit analysis. A smart charging benefit may include an impact resulting from the energy management system which is beneficial to an electric resource. A smart charging method may manage the charging behavior of the electric resources on a grid based on the smart charging benefit. Further, a smart charging method may manage electric resources via a smart charging benefit analysis and smart charging customer guarantees.01-20-2011
20110015798Building Energy Usage Auditing, Reporting, and Visualization - Systems and methods for energy monitoring and for providing the user with contextual information on the energy usage of a building area are disclosed. The methods may comprise performing an energy audit of a building and using the audit data and a building physics simulator to construct a computational model of the building's energy usage. An energy budget may be derived based on the computational model. The building's actual energy usage is reported with contextual information on energy usage from the computational model, the energy budget, historical data on energy usage, and other sources. The systems generally include energy monitoring hardware, a building physics simulator engine, and an interface. The interface may be implemented in hardware or software. The components of the system may be located in one building, or a central monitoring station with a building physics simulator engine may communicate with energy monitoring hardware in several buildings.01-20-2011
20110015797METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HOME AUTOMATION AND ENERGY CONSERVATION - A system for reducing utility consumption of at least one subsystem of a facility is disclosed. A utility meter is coupled to the subsystem for monitoring utility consumption of the subsystem and provides data corresponding to the measured energy consumption. A controller in communication with the subsystem and the energy meter is configured to control the operation of the subsystem by employing an operating protocol with the protocol dependent on the data received from the utility meter. The system measures the reduction in utility consumption and generates a credit based on the measured reduction.01-20-2011
20130060392ENERGY PREDICTION SYSTEM - An energy management system includes a controller receiving electrical pricing information from an electrical utility company, measuring electrical power usage of a customer, and providing the electrical power usage to the electrical utility company. The controller is suitable to receive information regarding energy storage of a customer's electrical power storage and receive power information regarding a power generation source of the customer. The controller modifies the power usage of the energy management system based upon the pricing information, the electrical power usage, the energy storage, the power information, wherein the pricing information includes a plurality of temporal pricing levels and a temporal peak pricing level.03-07-2013
20130060394SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO GENERATE FACILITY RECONFIGURATION PLANS THAT CAN BE USED TO RECONFIGURE ENERGY SYSTEMS OF FACILITIES TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL OBJECTIVES - Provided herein are systems, methods and computer programs for generating a facility reconfiguration plan (FRP) useful to reconfigure a facility's energy system to achieve a financial objective. The facility's energy system and associated economics are characterized prior to any modifications. Additionally, there's a determination of which of a plurality of potential modifications, if any, is to be added to the FRP by determining which of the potential modifications provides a financial benefit useful to achieve the financial objective, and has a greatest financial attractiveness. The FRP is generated by repeating the aforementioned determination multiple times, wherein during iterations following an initial iteration, potential modification(s) already identified as providing a greatest financial attractiveness during previous iteration(s) is/are removed from consideration. This process can be repeated for different fuel price schemes, resulting in a separate FRP being generated for each fuel price scheme, with each FRP having a corresponding total financial value.03-07-2013
20130060391ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An energy management system includes a controller that receives a signal representative of current electrical generation. A storage source stores energy from the current electrical generation associated with the controller. The controller predicts the amount of storage of energy in said storage source over time, receives pricing information, includes a model of a temperature system of a building, and includes a comfort model of a user. The controller selects a desirable temperature based upon the current electrical generation, the stored energy, the pricing information, the building model, and the comfort model.03-07-2013
20130060393HOME AND BUSINESS DEVICE ENERGY CONSUMPTION TRIPPER - An energy management device receives a first user-specified energy consumption limit associated with a first device, and receives a second user-specified energy consumption limit associated with a second device. The energy management device receives a first energy consumption report associated with the first device, and receives a second energy consumption report associated with the second device. The energy management device selectively switches off, or performs a graduated reduction of power consumption of, the first or second devices based on the received first and second energy consumption reports. The first and second devices include appliances resident in a household or business and the energy management device connects to each of the first and second devices via a network or link.03-07-2013
20090271046ESTIMATING A POWER UTILIZATION OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM - One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that estimates a power utilization of a computer system. During operation, a set of performance parameters of the computer system is monitored, wherein the computer system includes a processor. Then the power utilization of the computer system is estimated based on the set of performance parameters and a power-utilization model, wherein the power-utilization model was trained by measuring a power utilization of the computer system while the processor is operating at a first frequency and measuring a power utilization of the computer system while the processor is operating at a second frequency.10-29-2009
20130066477ENERGY MANAGEMENT CONTROL SYSTEM BASED ON CLOUD COMPUTING AND METHOD THEREOF - An energy source management control system based on cloud computing includes: a field controller (03-14-2013
20130066476SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO AGGREGATE LOADS FOR DEMAND RESPONSE EVENTS - A method includes receiving at least one event parameter for a demand response event and identifying a pool of customers. The pool of customers includes a plurality of customers potentially usable to support the demand response event. Characteristics of each customer in the pool of customers are retrieved and a plurality of groups of customers are created from the pool of customers based on the retrieved characteristics and the at least one event parameter.03-14-2013
20110022242METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING ENERGY USAGE IN BUILDINGS - A method and system for managing energy usage in a building is provided. The method includes collecting data on energy consumption in the building on a generally continuous basis for at least a given time period. Information relating to the energy consumption is displayed to a user on one or more devices. The information includes (a) the data collected on energy consumption to be displayed in real-time on the one or more devices, (b) a comparison of the data collected on energy consumption in the building to energy consumption data of a cohort or group of cohorts, (c) recommendations for reducing energy consumption in the building based on the data collected on energy consumption, and (d) progress report data comparing the data collected on energy consumption to a desired consumption level.01-27-2011
20110022241QUALIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHILLED WATER PLANT OPERATIONS - A qualification system for determining the effects of one or more upgrades or modifications to a chilled water plant is disclosed herein. The qualification system my collect various data from operating logs of a chilled water plant. The data may be collected in stages, where at least one first stage may be used to collect data used to identify representative log data. The representative log data may then be used to perform an accurate analysis to determine the effects of one or more upgrades or modifications. In this manner, the qualification system provides accurate analysis while reducing data entry. In addition, the qualification system may accept varying amounts of data such as to reduce percentage error or the like in its analysis.01-27-2011
20120197451ELECTRICAL INSTRUMENT, POWER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A power management system includes a plurality of electrical instruments and a power management apparatus. Each of the plurality of electrical instruments has at least one characteristic function and an arbitration function which is discriminated from the characteristic function and requires power arbitration. Each electrical instrument includes a plurality of operation algorithms having at least one characteristic function, operation levels respectively corresponding to the plurality of operation algorithms, power information for the respective operation levels, and power information of the arbitration function. The power management apparatus receives power rate information from a power provider, determines the operation levels of the plurality of electrical instruments and controls the electrical instruments to be driven at the determined operation levels. When an arbitration function selection signal is received from at least one of the electrical instruments while the electrical instruments are driven, the power management apparatus adjusts operation levels of other electrical instruments.08-02-2012
20130166083METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STATION ENERGY CONSUMPTION MANAGEMENT AND PRESENTATION - The present invention discloses a station energy consumption management method, which includes: obtaining location information of a station and an energy consumption value that corresponds to the station; according to the obtained location information and corresponding energy consumption value of the station, graphically representing the station and the energy consumption value on a display interface; generating an energy consumption value selection control that is graphical and presented on the display interface; obtaining the at least one target energy consumption value or the target energy consumption value range through the energy consumption value selection control, and accordingly highlighting, the graphical station complying with a preset display rule and the corresponding graphical energy consumption value.06-27-2013
20130166084SYSTEM, METHOD AND CONTROLLER FOR MANAGING AND CONTROLLING A MICRO-GRID - A system, method and controller for managing and controlling a micro-grid network. The system includes a plurality of energy resources including at least one dispatchable energy resource and at least one intermittent energy resource, wherein the at least one of the energy resources is an energy storage element and at least one of the intermittent energy resources is responsive to environmental conditions to generate power, a controller configured to record operational constraints of the energy resources, obtain an environmental condition prediction and generate a component control signal based on the environmental condition prediction and the operational constraints corresponding to the energy resources. The controller is further configured to receive a network disturbance signal and generate a dynamic control signal based on such disturbances.06-27-2013
20130166085Dynamic Distributed Power Grid Control System - A system for dynamically managing and controlling distributed energy resources in a transmission/distribution power grid is disclosed. A plurality of regions within a transmission/distribution power grid is autonomously managed using regional control modules. Each regional control module oversees the management and control of the transmission/distribution power grid and is further associated with a plurality of local control modules that interface with distributed energy resources within a region. Power production and power consumption are monitored and analyzed by the enterprise control module which, upon determining that power consumption within a region does not match power producing capability, dynamically reallocates distributed energy resources throughout the grid keeping the system balance. Power flow at key nodes within the network are monitored and analyzed by the local control modules, regional control modules, and enterprise control modules with compensating actions taken in the event that system parameter risks violating safety, stability, or operational thresholds.06-27-2013
20090012654System and Method for Remote Monitoring and Controlling of Facility Energy Consumption - A method for remote monitoring and controlling of energy consumption of a facility includes receiving energy consumption data associated with the facility at a processor disposed remotely from the facility. The method also includes receiving environmental data associated with the facility. The method includes determining whether an operating parameter of an energy consumption system of the facility requires modification to increase efficiency using the energy consumption data and the environmental data. The method further includes automatically modifying the operating parameter of the energy consumption system corresponding to the required modification.01-08-2009
20100292856METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING A LOAD DEMAND ON AN ELECTRICAL GRID - A method for managing electrical demand on a power grid in response to electrical supply conditions is described. The method includes determining a first energy demand forecast using stored information, determining a first energy supply forecast based on a known energy production and transmission capacity, and comparing the first energy demand forecast to the first energy supply forecast. The method also includes transmitting at least one of an adjusted price signal and an electrical load shedding signal to a customer over a bidirectional communication system based on the comparison of the first energy demand forecast to the first energy supply forecast.11-18-2010
20080281473ELECTRIC ENERGY BILL REDUCTION IN DYNAMIC PRICING ENVIRONMENTS - A system that can save energy and reduce electric utility costs is disclosed. The system may include one or more current measurement devices communicating with a processor as well as one or more switching devices for controlling power consumption in response to utility rate pricing systems.11-13-2008
20110282506HISTORICAL UTILITY CONSUMPTION DISAGGREGATION - A computer-implemented method for itemizing energy consumption to generate and present a utility consumption profile based on disaggregated historical utility consumption data is disclosed. The computer-implemented method comprises obtaining data indicating historical utility consumption of a dwelling over a time period. A non-seasonal portion of the historical utility consumption data is then determined by first computing an average utility consumption based on one or more predetermined intervals within the time period, and then computing the non-seasonal portion by applying the average to the time period. The non-seasonal portion is then subtracted from the historical utility consumption data to obtain a seasonal portion of the historical utility consumption data. The seasonal and/or non-seasonal portion may be further disaggregated by end-use methods, and presented to the user in the utility consumption profile.11-17-2011
20110282505POWER DEMAND-SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SERVER AND POWER DEMAND-SUPPLY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A power demand/supply management server (11-17-2011
20080228325Utility demand forecasting using utility demand matrix - One embodiment of the application provides a method of forecasting utility demand of a utility consuming entity for a future time period. The method includes: selecting a utility demand matrix from a set of utility demand matrixes as a function of a future date, wherein the set of utility demand matrixes are classified by type-of-day, and representing a relation of past utility demand of the entity to time-in-day interval and outdoor temperature in the vicinity of the entity during the type-of-day; identifying a utility demand element from the utility demand matrix as a function of a future time-in-day and a known factor (e.g., future outdoor temperature) thereof; and generating a utility demand forecast of the entity for the future time period as a function of the identified utility demand element.09-18-2008
20110282504Submetering Power Consumption of Appliances - A system and methods are provided for monitoring the power consumption of a particular energy consuming device of a plurality of energy consuming device devices and particular components thereof in real time. An energy management system can enable components of a device within a home network to power to different operational modes in order to determine different power consumption levels. The system can sort out anomalies and extract them from a power consumption profile created.11-17-2011
20100262309ACTIVE NETWORK MANAGEMENT - A method for defining one or more ANM zones in an electricity network that has at least one energy producing/consuming device that has an output that has to be regulated. The method comprises determining the maximum power and/or current transmittable to or from a node or branch in the network at which an energy producing/consuming device that has to be regulated is to be added; determining the maximum capacity of power and/or current transmittable through that node or branch; and defining a zone (zone 10-14-2010
20110125337Household appliance adapted to work with time of use electricity rates - An electrical appliance with reduced operating costs is described. The appliance incorporates electrical storage which is charged from the grid during periods of low electricity pricing and discharged during periods of high pricing. Storage cycles are engineered to minimize energy losses and reduce appliance operating costs. Energy losses are minimized by only charging the storage to a portion of full capacity and only discharging to a specified value. In one embodiment the storage consists of a battery and a capacitor. The capacitor provides additional current during high demand intervals. In another embodiment the external supply provides this. Storage lifetime is improved by maintenance cycles. The appliance computes the cost of an operation for multiple scenarios and either selects the optimal scenario or allows user selection. The appliance can communicate with a home energy server to manage multiple appliances and communicate with ancillary grid services.05-26-2011
20110071692SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SCHEDULING STARTUP OF A COMBINED CYCLE POWER GENERATION SYSTEM - A method for forecasting a start period for a combined cycle power generation system including a gas turbine engine, a steam turbine and a computer control system, the method including: inputting a desired time at which the power generation system is to reach a dispatchable load; inputting a current value of a predetermined operational condition of the power generation system; the computer control system retrieving historical data relating the predetermined operational condition to prior start periods of the power generation system or a similar power generation system; the computer control system executing an algorithm which generates a forecasted start time based on the desired time, current value and the retrieve data, wherein the power generation system is predicted to reach the dispatchable load at the desired time when started at the forecasted start time, and the computer system outputting the forecasted start time to the output device.03-24-2011
20100138063SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERFACING RENEWABLE POWER SOURCES TO A POWER GRID - Systems and methods for interfacing renewable power sources to a power grid are provided. In certain systems and methods, at least one weather condition that may affect the power output of a renewable power source is identified. A potential impact of the identified at least one weather condition on the renewable power source is determined. Historical data associated with the impact of at least one prior weather condition on the renewable power source is accessed. An output of the renewable power source that is supplied to the power grid is adjusted based at least in part on the determined potential impact and the historical data.06-03-2010
20110264290THERMOSTAT LOAD REDUCTION BASED ON PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN ENERGY PRICE - A thermostat capable of receiving signals transmitted by a utility provider communicating a usage rate schedule or a request for a load curtailment period, and controlling one or more systems based on the information communicated by the utility. The thermostat changes the set point for each system to the stored predetermined control set point corresponding to the current usage rate schedule period or the curtailment mode period when requested. The thermostat is further capable of discontinuing operation of one or more systems for a minimum predetermined time period during following a request for a load curtailment period.10-27-2011
20090326726AGGREGATOR, MONITOR, AND MANAGER OF DISTRIBUTED DEMAND RESPONSE - The invention broadly encompasses a system including a database to store demand response data, the demand response data including demand response agreement parameters, demand response load and energy demand characteristics of one or more demand response customers, the demand response load characteristics including power consumption capacity of each of one or more demand response loads, an aggregator to aggregate the demand response loads based on the demand response data and forecast data into a demand response portfolio, a monitor to monitor power demand of one or more demand response customers and one or more power grids, and a dispatcher to notify the one or more demand response customers of the demand response portfolio and to notify a utility of a response from the one or more demand response customers whether to control the demand response load to return the power consumption capacity of the demand response load back to the one or more power grids.12-31-2009
20100114389DISTRIBUTING POWER TO NETWORKED DEVICES - A method and an apparatus to distribute power to a networked apparatus are provided. The apparatus may comprise a communication module to receive sensor data via a communication network connected to a plurality of sensors operatively located within a building. The plurality of sensors may be to provide sensor data identifying a presence of one or more persons in the building. The apparatus includes a policy engine including a plurality of rules, each rule associated with at least one powered device located within the building. A power control module is configured to adjust power supplied to the at least one powered device based on the rule. Power to the powered devices may be provided over a power over Ethernet network.05-06-2010
20110270454System and Method for Providing Power Distribution System Information - A system, method and computer program product for processing utility data of a power grid is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a datamart comprised of a plurality of physical databases storing utility data, a plurality of applications comprising an automated meter application configured to process power usage data from a plurality of automated meters, a power outage application configured to identify a location of a power outage, and a power restoration application configured to identify a location of a power restoration. The system may include an analysis engine comprising a plurality of analysis objects with each analysis object configured to process data to provide a specific analysis, wherein said analysis engine is accessible via one or more of the plurality of applications, and the system may include a report module configured to receive an output from the analysis engine and to output a report. The plurality of applications may also include a fault analysis application, a transformer analysis application, a theft detection application, a power flow application, a substation automation application, a load shed application and others.11-03-2011
20090018705DEMAND CONTROL DEVICE - A demand control device includes a storing unit (01-15-2009
20120109394Household Energy Management System - A household energy management system includes: a schedule condition storage unit for storing schedule conditions that include operation-permitting time zones indicating time zones during which household electric appliances are permitted to operate, necessary operation times indicating operation times taken for the household electric appliances to finish operation, and operation time power consumption amounts indicating electric power consumed during the operation of the household electric appliances; a schedule calculation unit for receiving a CO2 emission intensity from a grid energy management system and for preparing operation schedules indicating operation times of the household electric appliances based on the CO05-03-2012
20120109392SCHEDULING TO MAXIMIZE UTILIZATION PREFERRED POWER SOURCES (SMUPPS) - A power utilization scheduling system and methods are disclosed. A prioritized energy consumption schedule is determined based on a prioritized energy consumption. A per-process energy consumption model is determined based on an energy consumption model, and an operation is scheduled based on the prioritized energy consumption schedule and the per-process energy consumption model.05-03-2012
20120109391MANAGING ENERGY DEMAND IN AN INFRASTRUCTURE - In a method for managing energy demand in an infrastructure, a coefficient of performance (COP) of the infrastructure as a function of time is determined. The COP is a measure of efficiency of the infrastructure. In addition, an energy demand on the infrastructure as a function of time is determined and an energy demand schedule for the infrastructure that temporally reallocates the energy demand based upon the determined COP of the infrastructure is determined.05-03-2012
20120239213ENERGY DEMAND PREDICTION APPARATUS AND METHOD - An energy demand prediction apparatus according to an embodiment includes an image analysis unit and a prediction unit. The image analysis unit generates analysis data including at least one of human information and environment information of a prediction target area based on image data acquired by an image sensor. The prediction unit generates prediction data by executing an energy demand prediction based on the analysis data and an energy demand prediction model generated using previous data corresponding to the analysis data.09-20-2012
20110172836POWER PROFILE MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM - A power profile management method and system. The method includes retrieving by a computer processor input data associated with a user of power consumption devices at a specified location. The computer processor retrieves power consumption data comprising power consumption levels for the power consumption devices. The computer processor generates and transmits a mobile usage portfolio associated said user and the power consumption devices. The computer processor generates a load usage prediction report associated with the user and the power consumption devices. The load usage prediction report is generated based on the mobile usage portfolio and said power consumption data. The computer processor transmits the load usage prediction report to a power provider utility for analysis.07-14-2011
20110270452SCHEDULING AND MODELING THE OPERATION OF CONTROLLABLE AND NON-CONTROLLABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for controlling and scheduling power distribution in a power network, such as household power network. One disclosed embodiment is a system comprising a central controller and a control device coupled to a household appliance. The central controller can comprise computing hardware coupled to a wireless transceiver. The central controller can be configured to generate and transmit control signals for controlling the operational state of the household appliance according to the schedule. Furthermore, the control device can be configured to receive the transmitted control signals from the central controller and to control the operational state of the household appliance in response to the control signals.11-03-2011
20100100250REAL-TIME PERFORMANCE MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A real-time performance monitoring system for monitoring an electric power grid. The electric power grid has a plurality of grid portions, each grid portion corresponding to one of a plurality of control areas. The real-time performance monitoring system includes a monitor computer for monitoring at least one of reliability metrics, generation metrics, transmission metrics, suppliers metrics, grid infrastructure security metrics, and markets metrics for the electric power grid. The data for metrics being monitored by the monitor computer are stored in a data base, and a visualization of the metrics is displayed on at least one display computer having a monitor. The at least one display computer in one said control area enables an operator to monitor the grid portion corresponding to a different said control area.04-22-2010
20090276103OPTIMAL LOAD DISTRIBUTING SYSTEM - To provide an operation schedule that minimizes the fuel cost that involves a minimum number of input parameters, is calculated offline, and is arranged taking into account the output distribution among a plurality of units that minimizes the fuel cost.11-05-2009
20100292854INTEGRATING ENERGY BUDGETS FOR POWER MANAGEMENT - Power consumption of a device (e.g., flash storage driver, hard drive, etc.) connected to a host computer system is managed to promote efficient power usage and improved service. Communication between a host computer system (e.g., an operating system) and a device is enabled so that the host system can ascertain a power footprint of the device. Taking the power footprint of the device into consideration, along with the power consumption of the system as a whole (e.g., including the power consumption needs of other devices), a power manager can provide a power budget to the device based upon an informed decision. This allows for improved system power management through a coordination of the device's power consumption by the host system, specifically during operation allowing device performance to be enhanced for the task at hand.11-18-2010
20100191385SYSTEM FOR PREDICTION AND COMMUNICATION OF ENVIRONMENTALLY INDUCED POWER USEAGE LIMITATION - Disclosed are a power management system and associated method that not only initiate a “greenout” to avoid the negative impact of high loads (i.e., to avoid high power cost, negative environmental impact, brownouts, and ultimately blackouts), but can also predict the initiation of such a “greenout”. Predicting the initiation of a “greenout” and communicating the prediction to one or more of the various electronic devices connected to the power grid allows the electronic device(s) to take preparatory action to avoid and/or limit any negative impact that may be caused by the “greenout”.07-29-2010
20100204844Local power tracking for dynamic power management in weather-sensitive power systems - A power source affected by a geographically propagating condition (e.g. a weather-related condition) is monitored to detect changes in its power output. Characteristics of the monitored changes are analyzed to detect whether the changes are being caused by a geographically-propagating condition that could affect other power sources nearby. The information obtained from the measurements is used to extrapolate impending power-output changes in the same source, in one or more other sources, or in a collection of sources subject to effects of the propagating condition. The extrapolations enable one or more power generating systems associated with the source(s) to maintain the changes in its total power output within operating requirements.08-12-2010
20100145534SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AND UTILIZING CUSTOMER ENERGY PROFILES FOR LOAD CONTROL FOR INDIVIDUAL STRUCTURES, DEVICES, AND AGGREGATION OF SAME - A system and method for creating and making use of customer profiles, including energy consumption patterns. Devices within a service point, using the active load director, may be subject to control events, often based on customer preferences. These control events cause the service point to use less power. Data associated with these control events, as well as related environment data, are used to create an energy consumption profile for each service point. This can be used by the utility to determine which service points are the best targets for energy consumption. In addition, an intelligent load rotation algorithm determines how to prevent the same service points from being picked first each time the utility wants to conserve power.06-10-2010
20100138062METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR UTILIZING EXCESS ENERGY GENERATED BY A RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION SYSTEM TO TREAT ORGANIC WASTE MATERIAL - A method for using excess energy generated by a renewable power generation system including at least one renewable power generator to treat organic waste material to generate crude oil. The method includes providing a renewable power generation management system operatively coupled to the renewable power generation system. The renewable power generation management system receives operational data from a pump load operatively coupled to the renewable power generator, and/or operational data from an electrical grid operatively coupled to the renewable power generator. Based at least in part on anticipated energy requirements, excess energy is supplied to the pump load to facilitate treating the organic waste material to generate crude oil.06-03-2010
20080249665Method for administering an intermittent uncontrollable electric power generating facility - A method for administering an intermittent source of electrical power generation, such as a wind powered electric power generating facility, to produce electric power at a level up to a pre-set level during a selected time period.10-09-2008
20110208365OPTIMIZED ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Methods and systems are provided for optimizing the control of energy supply and demand. An energy control unit includes one or more algorithms for scheduling the control of energy consumption devices on the basis of variables relating to forecast energy supply and demand. Devices for which energy consumption can be scheduled or deferred are activated during periods of cheapest energy usage. Battery storage and alternative energy sources (e.g., photovoltaic cells) are activated to sell energy to the power grid during periods that are determined to correspond to favorable cost conditions.08-25-2011
20110144818METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DYNAMICALLY ALLOCATING POWER IN A DATA CENTER - Embodiments of the invention relate generally to the field of power management of computer systems, and more particularly to a method and apparatus for dynamically allocating power to servers in a server rack. The method comprises: measuring power consumption of a computer system having one or more servers; estimating probability distribution of power demand for each of the one or more servers, the estimation based on the measured power consumption; estimating performance loss via the estimated probability distribution; computing power capping limits for each of the one or more servers, the computation based on the estimated probability distribution and the performance loss; and dynamically allocating the power capping limits to each of the one or more servers by modifying previous power capping limits of each of the one or more servers.06-16-2011
20120296482METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR MANAGING ENERGY ASSETS - The apparatuses and methods herein facilitate generation of energy-related revenue for an energy customer of an electricity supplier, for a system that includes an energy storage asset. The apparatuses and methods herein can be used to generate operating schedules for a controller of the energy storage asset. When implemented, the generated operating schedules facilitates derivation of the energy-related revenue, over a time period T, associated with operation of the at least one energy storage asset according to the generated operating schedule. The energy-related revenue available to the energy customer over the time period T is based at least in part on a wholesale electricity market.11-22-2012
20100145533POWER RAMP RATE CONTROL FOR RENEWABLE VARIABLE POWER GENERATION SYSTEMS - Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems and methods for controlling power ramp rates in renewable variable power generation systems. According to an exemplary embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for limiting power ramp rates. The method can include regulating collective power output of a plurality of variable energy sources by monitoring collective power output of the plurality of variable energy sources, predicting collective available power levels of the variable energy sources based at least in part on ramp rate limits, modifying the predicted collective available power levels based at least in part on the limiting rate of change of the predicted collective available power levels, determining a power regulation setpoint, generating a net power command signal based at least in part on the power regulation setpoint or the modified predicted collective available power levels, generating a plurality of power control signals based at least in part on the net power command signal, and controlling collective power output of the plurality of variable energy sources with the plurality of power control signals.06-10-2010
20090177331Energy-Saving Service Offering Method And Apparatus Therefor - An energy saving support service offering method includes introducing an inverter at least in a load facility having a motor with an expense of an energy saving support service provider and/or its cooperatives, and performing an electric power saving operation by an inverter control operation.07-09-2009
20090187284System and Method for Providing Power Distribution System Information - A system, method and computer program product for processing utility data of a power grid is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a datamart comprised of a plurality of physical databases storing utility data, a plurality of applications comprising an automated meter application configured to process power usage data from a plurality of automated meters, a power outage application configured to identify a location of a power outage, and a power restoration application configured to identify a location of a power restoration. The system may include an analysis engine comprising a plurality of analysis objects with each analysis object configured to process data to provide a specific analysis, wherein said analysis engine is accessible via one or more of the plurality of applications, and the system may include a report module configured to receive an output from the analysis engine and to output a report. The plurality of applications may also include a fault analysis application, a transformer analysis application, a theft detection application, a power flow application, a substation automation application, a load shed application and others.07-23-2009
20120095606ENERGY MANAGEMENT OF APPLIANCE CYCLE LONGER THAN LOW RATE PERIOD - An energy management system for an appliance comprising an interface to receive a schedule having an off-peak time segment and an on-peak time segment; a control to determine an operation to be performed by the appliance; a mode selecting device to select between an energy management mode and an immediate start mode; and a controller connected to the interface, the control, and the mode selecting device. The controller is arranged such that upon selection of the energy management mode, the controller initiates the operation when a majority of the energy consumption of the operation is within the off-peak time segment; and upon selection of the immediate start mode, the controller initiates the operation immediately.04-19-2012
20090076661APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD TO MANAGE THE GENERATION AND USE OF HYBRID ELECTRIC POWER - An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed to manage the generation and use of hybrid electric power. A monitoring module receives signals from one or more sensors. The signals comprise power level information of an electric energy storage device, power level information of one or more energy converters, and power level information of an electric load. A determination module compares the signals to determine whether electric power from the energy converters satisfies the electric load. A regulation module adjusts the electric power from the energy converters in response to a determination by the determination module that the electric power from the energy converters does not satisfy an electric load threshold.03-19-2009
20090062969Hybrid robust predictive optimization method of power system dispatch - A method of power system dispatch control solves power system dispatch problems by integrating a larger variety of generation, load and storage assets, including without limitation, combined heat and power (CHP) units, renewable generation with forecasting, controllable loads, electric, thermal and water energy storage. The method employs a predictive algorithm to dynamically schedule different assets in order to achieve global optimization and maintain the system normal operation.03-05-2009
20090204267SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC MULTI-OBJECTIVE OPTIMIZATION OF MACHINE SELECTION, INTEGRATION AND UTILIZATION - The invention provides control systems and methodologies for controlling a process having computer-controlled equipment, which provide for optimized process performance according to one or more performance criteria, such as efficiency, component life expectancy, safety, emissions, noise, vibration, operational cost, or the like. More particularly, the subject invention provides for employing machine diagnostic and/or prognostic information in connection with optimizing an overall business operation over a time horizon.08-13-2009
20110231028OPTIMIZATION OF MICROGRID ENERGY USE AND DISTRIBUTION - Systems and methods for energy optimization may receive receiving energy provider data, near-real time individualized energy usage data for each of a plurality of end-uses or near-real time individualized whole premise energy usage data, customer preferences, and near-real time and forecasted weather information. The systems and methods may forecast, for a selected time period, individualized energy usage for each of the plurality of end-uses or individualized whole premise energy usage data for a customer location using: (1) the energy provider data, (2) the near-real time individualized energy usage data, (3) the customer preferences, and (4) the near-real time and forecasted weather information. The systems and methods may optimize, for the selected time period, energy usage at the customer location using (1) the individualized energy usage, (2) the energy provider data, and (3) the customer preferences.09-22-2011
20110231027Systems for monitoring power consumption - Systems for monitoring power consumption. The system includes at least one circuit breaker having a sensor for measuring current flowing through the circuit breaker and for sending a sensor signal commensurate with the current and a first electrical connector connected to the sensor. The system also includes a controller spaced apart from the circuit breaker and adapted to receive the sensor signal from the circuit breaker, a second electrical connector adapted to detachably engage the first electrical connector and connected to the controller, and an external device for communicating an electrical signal with the controller to control the controller.09-22-2011
20110231026INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, NETWORK SYSTEM, AND POWER-SAVING CONTROL METHOD - In an information processing device, an operation executing unit executes a requested operation in one of a plurality of operating modes. A monitoring unit monitors an electric power consumed by the execution of the requested operation. Information related to the consumed electric power is stored in a memory unit. A setting unit defines a consumption period and an allowable consumed electric power within the consumption period. A control unit computes a consumed-electric-power log of the consumed electric power monitored at intervals of a predetermined time and a consumed-electric-power total log, and stores consumed-electric-power log related information in the memory unit. When an operation request is received within the consumption period, the control unit controls the execution of the requested operation based on the consumed-electric-power log related information and the allowable consumed electric power.09-22-2011
20120078427Electric device, power management system including the electric device, and method for controlling the same - A power management apparatus includes an electric device including a plurality of operation algorithm information and power information for each operation level corresponding to each operation algorithm information, and a power management unit to receive power rate information from a power provider, determine an operation level of the electric device on the basis of the received power rate information and power information for each operation level of the electric device, and control an operation of the electric device at the determined operation level. As a result, the power management apparatus performs different operation algorithms according to power rate information, and controls power consumption of the electric device, such that energy efficiency at the user side can be maximized. In response to the changed power rate information, the currently-driven electric device and the electric device to be driven can be driven at the optimum operation level appropriate for their power consumption characteristics.03-29-2012
20090222143METHODS AND APPARATUS USING HIERARCHICAL PRIORITY AND CONTROL ALGORITHMS FOR GRID-INTEGRATED VEHICLES - A method and apparatus for managing system energy flow. The apparatus includes an energy storage unit to store energy to be used by a system and a power conversion unit configured to be coupled between the energy storage unit and a utility grid. The apparatus also includes a controller to selectively control the power conversion unit to transfer energy between the utility grid and the energy storage unit based at least in part on an anticipated use of the system.09-03-2009
20110144819METHOD FOR NON-INTRUSIVE LOAD MONITORING USING A HYBRID SYSTEMS STATE ESTIMATION APPROACH - A method for non-intrusively monitoring a load including a plurality of appliances includes retrieving a plurality of mathematical models for modeling operation of a respective subset of the appliances. A value of a respective operational parameter is predicted for each of the subsets of appliances. An output of the load is measured. A respective value of each of the operational parameters is calculated based on the mathematical models and the outputs of the load. The predicting, measuring and calculating steps are repeated until a metric pertaining to a difference error between the measured output and the predicted output calculated from the operational parameter and the mathematical models is equal to or below a threshold for one of the subsets of appliances. It is decided that the one subset of appliances is currently operating whose metric pertaining to a difference error is equal to or below the threshold.06-16-2011
20090210099Systems and methods for computer equipment management - Methods of placing computer equipment within a server room. The methods may comprise receiving a reservation request for a first piece of computer equipment and selecting a first zone of the server room. The reservation request may specify a type of the first piece of computer equipment. Also, the power dissipated by computer equipment currently present in the first zone plus a power dissipated by the first piece of computer equipment may be less than a maximum power capacity of the first zone. The methods may also comprise selecting a first cabinet within the first zone. The first cabinet may comprise free physical space sufficient for the first piece of computer equipment. In addition, the methods may comprise reserving a portion of the first cabinet for the first piece of computer equipment.08-20-2009
20090222142Electrical monitoring and control system - A system for monitoring and controlling the electrical infrastructure of a building includes at least one sensor for sensing an operating characteristic in the building, and a processor for receiving information from the at least one sensor and predicting a future operating characteristic.09-03-2009
20090248215CONTROL DEVICE AND ELECTRIC POWER ESTIMATING METHOD - To estimate the instantaneous electric power consumption of an actuator, such as a heater, with excellent accuracy, while using an existing structure. A control device comprises a PID control calculating unit for calculating, and for outputting to the actuator, an manipulated variable MV based on a produced variable PV of an object to be controlled; and an electric power estimating unit for estimating the electric power consumption of the actuator using an electric power estimating function equation that has been set in advance, using, as input variables, the manipulated variable MV, the produced variable PV, and an electric current value CT of the electric current that flows through the actuator in response to the output of the manipulated variable MV. The electric power estimating function equation is derived in advance through multivariate analysis from actual measured data from the input variables and actual measured data for the electric power consumption of the actuator.10-01-2009
20100179704OPTIMIZATION OF MICROGRID ENERGY USE AND DISTRIBUTION - An energy distribution may include a server and one or more databases. The system may communicate with an energy provider to receive energy provider data, at least one information collector to receive information collector data such as individualized energy usage data, customer preferences, and customer or location characteristics, and the one or more databases for receiving data for optimization. The system may calculate a cost of service or avoided cost using at least one of the individualized energy usage data and a system generation cost at a nearest bus. The system may also forecast individualized demand by end-use, individualized demand by location, energy prices, or energy costs. The system may optimize energy distribution, energy use, cost of service, or avoided cost using the forecasted individualized demand by end-use, the forecasted individualized demand by location, the forecasted energy prices, and the forecasted energy costs.07-15-2010
20100179703REFRIGERATION SYSTEM ENERGY MONITORING AND DIAGNOSTICS - A management center is configured to communicate with a refrigeration system controller for a refrigeration system at a remote location. The management center is configured to receive ambient temperature data corresponding to an ambient temperature at the remote location, to calculate a projected energy consumption value for at least one component of the refrigeration system based on the ambient temperature data, and to receive an actual energy consumption value for the at least one component from the refrigeration system controller. The management center is also configured to compare the actual energy consumption value with the projected energy consumption value and to generate an output based on the comparison.07-15-2010
20100161146VARIABLE ENERGY PRICING IN SHORTAGE CONDITIONS - This disclosure enables energy providers and users to establish variable pricing or maximum thresholds for individual components (aka appliances) or groups of components. The consumer (individual or business) defines a usage policy for each device or component which defines limits the consumer is willing to pay in a supply shortage. The usage policy also defines safety parameters as well as energy limiting capabilities of the appliance or component. Energy suppliers use this usage policy to determine which devices get managed or powered off in a shortage situation. With the detailed consumer supply and demand data available from this invention, energy providers may use economic analysis to better understand customer price sensitivity. This information will enable the provider to run simulations of different energy shortage scenarios.06-24-2010
20100161145SEARCH ENGINE DESIGN AND COMPUTATIONAL COST ANALYSIS - A computer implemented system for search engine facility architecting and design. The system estimates the costs of power and networking based on system parameters, such as average CPU utilization, connection time, and bytes transferred over the network. Regional distribution of facilities may be evaluated to take into account the various parameters and optimize the cost and speed of the systems being designed. The parameters used in analyzing and formulating an architecture are independent of a particular indexing or query processing technique.06-24-2010
20100262311PROCESS FOR MANAGING AND CURTAILING POWER DEMAND OF APPLIANCES AND COMPONENTS THEREOF, AND SYSTEM USING SUCH PROCESS - A system and process for managing power demand of appliances. The process includes forecasting for each of the appliances a future energy consumption profile corresponding to its setting, summing the future energy consumption profiles, determining if the sum indicates one or more peaks in power demand, and providing a new energy consumption profile to one or more of the appliances to level the total power consumed by the appliances in the future.10-14-2010
20100262310OPERATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF ELECTRIC POWER CONSUMING FACILITIES USING FACILITY MODELS - There is a method to model large electric power consuming facilities for power system studies. A general facility model, for example a template, is created for different types of industrial or commercial facilities. A template includes all necessary and general electric system information such as the common electric network configuration of a specific type of facilities. The template, stored in a database, is then scaled and adjusted based on the power demand level of the case-specific facility to be modeled based on facility specific parameters acquired for the facility. The result is a full, case-specific model of the facility to be modeled. The case-specific model is simplified into an equivalent model with varying details according to a user's specification. The results are the case-specific facility model of interest to the user. The model is normally included into the power system model of the utility network for power system simulation studies.10-14-2010
20120197450Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Coordinated Volt/VAR Control in Power Distribution Networks - Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for providing coordinated volt/volt-amps-reactive (VAR) control in power distribution networks. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for coordinating voltage and volt-amps-reactive (VAR) control (VVC) in power distribution networks. The method can include receiving one or more VVC objective functions from a distribution management system (DMS); determining at least one microgrid conservation voltage reduction factor (CVRF); forecasting microgrid load profile for a predetermined period of time; controlling microgrid VVC resources based at least on the one or more received VVC objective functions; and communicating the at least one microgrid CVRF and the forecasted load profile to the DMS.08-02-2012
20120197449SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS OF A SOLAR ENERGY GRID INTEGRATED SYSTEM WITH ENERGY STORAGE APPLIANCE - A system, method, and apparatus for integrating distributed energy sources, energy storage, and balance of system components into a single device with systems and control for monitoring, measuring, and conserving power generated on the premise. A data processing gateway, hybrid inverter/converter and charge controller provide flexibility in the multi-voltages, output capacities, and photovoltaic array sizes coupled to the apparatus and system. The system and apparatus may be used in various commercial and residential applications. A user may store energy provided by one or more alternate energy sources coupled to an energy storage module. The system provides a compact enclosure that fits within a utility workspace and enclosures that can be mechanically coupled together, placed in parallel or in a series. A method, computer implemented apparatus, computer readable medium, computer implemented method and a system for monitoring energy consumption, selling energy back to a utility company and peak shaving are also provided.08-02-2012
20100185337METHOD OF FORECASTING THE ELECTRICAL PRODUCTION OF A PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE - A method of forecasting the electrical production of a photovoltaic device comprising photovoltaic modules (07-22-2010
20100217451ENERGY USAGE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention provides a coordinating node in an energy usage control system. The coordinating node receives trade-off functions from energy consuming nodes. The coordinating node and the energy consuming nodes collectively form a domain. A trade-off function from an energy consuming node describes a relationship between a result of energy consumption by the energy consuming node and a degree of satisfaction towards the result. The coordinating node develops policies respectively for the energy consuming nodes, based on the received trade-off functions. The policies each contain at least one goal and/or at least one procedure to guide the respective energy consuming node to control its energy usage such that the energy consuming nodes collectively achieve an optimum energy saving for the domain.08-26-2010
20100217450METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENERGY DEMAND MANAGEMENT - Methods, apparatuses and systems for managing energy demand of one or more appliances. In one example, an appliance controller apparatus is provided, comprising a user interface configured to receive a user input indicative of a demand flexibility associated with an appliance, a communication interface configured to receive a control input indicative of a request to modify a power demand of the appliance, and a processor programmed to determine whether the power demand of the appliance is to be modified based on the user input and the control input. In a further aspect, a meter controller apparatus is provided, comprising a communication interface configured to receive a message from an appliance controller apparatus coupled to an appliance, the message comprising information regarding a power demand of the appliance and a demand category associated with the appliance. The meter controller apparatus may further comprise a processor programmed to compute an updated meter controller model based on the message received from the appliance controller apparatus and a present meter controller model.08-26-2010
20100217449SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MANAGE POWER CONSUMPTION - A method implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code having programming instructions tangibly embodied on a computer readable storage medium. The programming instructions are operable to detect an occurrence of at least one of a geoboundary event, a radio frequency identification (RFID) event; and a local area network (LAN) event. Additionally, the programming instructions are operable to adjust one or more power consumption settings of an environment based on the occurrence.08-26-2010
20100222935SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING AND PROVIDING DISPATCHABLE OPERATING RESERVE ENERGY CAPACITY THROUGH USE OF ACTIVE LOAD MANAGEMENT - A utility employs a method for estimating available operating reserve. Electric power consumption by at least one device serviced by the utility is determined during at least one period of time to produce power consumption data. The power consumption data is stored in a repository. A determination is made that a control event is to occur during which power is to be reduced to one or more devices. Prior to the control event and under an assumption that it is not to occur, power consumption behavior expected of the device(s) is estimated for a time period during which the control event is expected to occur based on the stored power consumption data. Additionally, prior to the control event, projected energy savings resulting from the control event are determined based on the devices' estimated power consumption behavior. An amount of available operating reserve is determined based on the projected energy savings.09-02-2010
20130218355ELECTRICITY GRID DATA ANALYTICS AS A MODULED SERVICE FOR PRODUCTION, DELIVERY, AND DISTRIBUTION OF POWER AS A DYNAMIC DEMAND RESPONSE WITHIN A RENEWABLE ENERGY-BASED ELECTRICITY GRID INFRASTRUCTURE - A renewable energy-based electricity grid infrastructure utilizes distributed data analytics to enable modeling and delivery of an appropriate, time-sensitive, dynamic demand response from multiple renewable energy components to an intelligent power distribution network. Data processing resources are identified and aggregated within a distributed computing infrastructure to provide dynamic demand response as a service of a dedicated grid data analytics module. Aggregation of processing resources for grid data analytics also enables the electricity grid infrastructure to virtually, optimally and adaptively make decisions about power production, distribution, and consumption so that a demand response is a moduled service of the electricity grid infrastructure, and enables distributed energy generation from multiple renewable energy resources that is responsive to various types of grid demand situations, such as customer demand, direct current-specific demand, and security issues, and so that power production is substantially balanced with power consumption.08-22-2013
20130218356ENERGY CONTROL METHOD FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An energy control method for an energy management system provides an operation plan for the energy management system for monitoring and controlling an energy charging and discharging state according to an energy storage type, since energy self-sufficiency at home is enabled through association between an energy storage system (ESS) such as an electric vehicle charging station and home as a renewable energy power supply in the form of a distributed energy resource (DER) is constructed at home. The energy control method adds functions of a home energy management system (HEMS) managing and controlling a renewable energy power supply, the ESS, and the electric vehicle charging station that may be constructed at home afterwards, thereby providing consumers with a control order of various facilities not considered before. Therefore, information on settlements caused by energy supply and demand procedures and energy trading details and management evaluation functions may be provided.08-22-2013
20100198421Methods and Apparatus for Design and Control of Multi-port Power Electronic Interface for Renewable Energy Sources - Methods and systems for energy management are disclosed. An example system includes a first port connected to an energy storage device for bidirectional flow of energy, a second port connected to an energy source device for unidirectional flow of energy, a third port connected to a utility grid for bidirectional flow of energy, and a unified control system with control logic configured to simultaneously control energy flow between the first, second, and third ports based on at least two factors from the group consisting of: a state of charge of the energy storage device, a state of the energy source device, and a state of the utility grid. Other embodiments are described and claimed.08-05-2010
20090319090ENERGY OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM - A system for optimizing a usage of energy based on cost, carbon footprint, and/or other criteria. The usage may be optimized for the next day or more. The optimization may deal with renewable energy, grid energy and stored energy. Various inputs may be considered for optimization, which could include energy costs, weather forecasts, characteristics of renewable energy, the load and storage, and other items. The optimizer may use equipment models with numerical transfer functions to take inputs and provide optimized estimates for the next day or so of energy usage. The outputs of the models may go to an optimization algorithms module for providing an output based on the inputs. The output may provide control information for the selection and amounts of the different types of energy in a scheduled manner.12-24-2009
20110112698METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENERGY AND EMISSION REDUCTION - A method of performing energy estimations operations in an intensive energy consuming site or system environment, the method comprising the steps of: (a) inputting a series of energy, emission and influencing data variables related to the intensive energy consuming site or system environment; (b) performing a first energy use prediction operation utilising a first prediction technique; (c) performing a second (simultaneous) similar energy use prediction operation utilising a second prediction technique; (d) correlating the results of the two techniques and; (e) providing a pass or fail signal depending on the level of correlation between the two techniques.05-12-2011
20110251730ELECTRIC ENERGY BILL REDUCTION IN DYNAMIC PRICING ENVIRONMENTS - A system that can save energy and reduce electric utility costs is disclosed. The system may include one or more current measurement devices communicating with a processor as well as one or more switching devices for controlling power consumption in response to utility rate pricing systems.10-13-2011
20090069950Electric power control apparatus, power generation system and power grid system - An electric power control apparatus outputs output from a power generation apparatus to a power system has a power converter that converts power output from the power generation apparatus and a power storage apparatus that stores output from the power generation apparatus or output from the power converter as well as discharges stored electric power as necessary detects an amount of electric power generated at the power generation apparatus within a predetermined time period, sets an output pattern of the electric power control apparatus in a next predetermined time period based on the amount of electric power of each predetermined time period, and controls the output of the electric power control apparatus in accordance with the output pattern. By so doing, for example, even where the output from the power generation apparatus fluctuates, the amount of electric power output to the power system is decided in advance, and electric power equivalent to the difference between the predetermined amount and the output amount is stored in a power storage apparatus or discharged from the power storage apparatus.03-12-2009
20110029141Method for integrating individual load forecasts into a composite load forecast to present a comprehensive synchronized and harmonized load forecast - A method is provided for merging different load forecasts for power grid centers. Area load forecasts are accepted from load forecast engines. A relational database saves load forecast engine data. A comprehensive operating plan integrates individual load forecasts into a composite load forecast to present a comprehensive, synchronized and harmonized load forecast.02-03-2011
20130144452POWER CONSUMPTION DISPLAY APPARATUS AND POWER CONSUMPTION DISPLAY METHOD - A display is estimating every day working time of a worker involved in a load based on power consumption data in which electricity supplied to the load is measured in a certain period; calculating power consumption of the load during working time a day to calculate an average of the power consumption in a predetermined period; and calculating estimated daily power saving for every day based on a difference between maximum power during working time a day and power for each of the time, in which an index in which a proportion of the daily estimated power saving to a sum of the estimated electric saving and the power consumption serves as a parameter while a proportion of the power consumption a day to an average of the power consumption in a predetermined period serves as another parameter is displayed with the measured power consumption for each of the time.06-06-2013
20100332044METHOD FOR DETERMINING AND USING A CLIMATE ENERGY INDEX - A system and method for determining at least one climate energy index, comprising: at least one server and/or at least one client coupled to at least one application, the at least one application capable of: identifying at least one geographic location; identifying at least one human comfort zone; performing at least one energy calculation for weather ordinates associated with the at least one geographic location and the at least one human comfort zone; summing the at least one energy calculation for at least one time period; combining all the energy calculations to produce at least one energy total for the at least one geographic location; and determining at least one first index value associated with delivered energy based on the at least one energy total for the at least one geographic location.12-30-2010
20100332043Prediction Engine to Control Energy Consumption - In a particular embodiment, an apparatus is disclosed that includes at least one controllable energy consuming module and a prediction engine. The prediction engine includes detection logic configured to determine a historical usage pattern of the at least one controllable energy consuming module, prediction logic configured to create a prediction rule that predicts future usage of the at least one controllable energy consuming module based on the historical usage pattern, control logic configured to selectively control an energy level of the at least one controllable energy consuming module based on the prediction rule, and learning logic configured to update the prediction logic in response to detecting usage of the at least one controllable energy consuming module in a manner that differs from the usage predicted by the prediction rule.12-30-2010
20110130886SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MEASURING AND VERIFYING ENERGY SAVINGS IN BUILDINGS - A computer system for use with a building management system in a building includes a processing circuit configured to use historical data received from the building management system to automatically select a set of variables estimated to be significant to energy usage in the building. The processing circuit is further configured to apply a regression analysis to the selected set of variables to generate a baseline model for predicting energy usage in the building.06-02-2011
20110130885METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING THE PROVISIONING OF ENERGY TO OR FROM A MOBILE ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE - A method and system for managing the provisioning of energy to or from mobile energy storage devices are disclosed. For example, the method receives a current intended energy use for a mobile energy storage device associated with a user, and analyzes whether the current intended energy use is achievable based upon a current energy state of the mobile energy storage device. The method then provides a recommendation to an endpoint device associated with the user in response to the current intended energy use.06-02-2011
20110035073OPTIMIZATION OF MICROGRID ENERGY USE AND DISTRIBUTION - An energy distribution may include a server and one or more databases. The system may communicate with an energy provider to receive energy provider data, at least one information collector to receive information collector data such as individualized energy usage data, customer preferences, and customer or location characteristics, and the one or more databases for receiving data for optimization. The system may calculate a cost of service or avoided cost using at least one of the individualized energy usage data and a system generation cost at a nearest bus. The system may also forecast individualized demand by end-use, individualized demand by location, energy prices, or energy costs. The system may optimize energy distribution, energy use, cost of service, or avoided cost using the forecasted individualized demand by end-use, the forecasted individualized demand by location, the forecasted energy prices, and the forecasted energy costs.02-10-2011
20110040417Task Scheduling Based on Financial Impact - Times at which certain tasks are performed by a computer system, such as a data storage center, may be selected to reduce the cost of electrical energy in running the tasks. Tasks may be performed when the cost of electrical energy is relatively low. Alternatively, or in addition, tasks may be performed when there is a reduced call for air conditioning to cool the electronics of the computer system.02-17-2011
20110040418METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING OPERATION OF A POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A method for controlling operation of a power supply system (02-17-2011
20090048716Method and Apparatus for Optimization of Distributed Generation - An energy optimization method and control apparatus may be used in a single building or a group of buildings to optimize utility-supplied and renewable sources in order to minimize the total energy cost. Simultaneously, it may also produce and store energy, such as electricity or hydrogen, that can be used to fuel vehicles, provide a means for independent production of household energy needs, or both. Various factors, such as the production of thermal energy and electricity from the renewable sources, the current store of stored energy, the current and expected thermal and electricity requirements of the building (based on a profile), the current and expected electricity loads of the equipment used to process stored energy, the expected thermal and electricity generating capacity of the renewable sources and other factors can be used to determine the mix of renewable-based and utility-based energy that minimizes the total energy cost.02-19-2009
20110046804ENERGY LIMIT IN A SLIDING WINDOW IN POWER AND HEAT MANAGEMENT - A system and method for specifying a temporal window of a fixed size that slides along time; specifying energy consumption as the accumulated power consumption in a temporal window; and applying a threshold that limits the energy consumption in a sliding window, while the power consumption can fluctuate within the window. Power-aware systems apply energy limit as a constraint in performance optimization.02-24-2011
20100250014METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REDUCING FEEDER CIRCUIT LOSS USING DEMAND RESPONSE - A system and method that analyzes at least one aspect of the power grid for demand response in order to reduce feeder circuit losses is provided. The system and method may use a demand response model to select one or more factors for the demand response, such as selecting a subset of customers for demand response from a larger pool of available demand response customers. The demand response model may include a grid structure component, such as an indication of the particular customer's position in the grid, and a dynamic operation component, such as a real-time measurement of current in the feeder circuit. By using the demand response model, feeder circuit losses may thereby reduced.09-30-2010
20110082596REAL TIME MICROGRID POWER ANALYTICS PORTAL FOR MISSION CRITICAL POWER SYSTEMS - Systems and method for providing a microgrid power analytics portal for mission critical power systems are provided. The techniques disclosed herein provides for real-time modeling, evaluation, and commodity market pricing and optimization for an electrical network that includes microgrids using data collected from virtually any digital data source. The portal is platform independent and can be configured to collect and aggregate real-time data from sensors interfaced with components of the electrical network regardless of proprietary architectures or vendor-specific limitations imposed by the sensors or data collection software.04-07-2011
20110077790METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR UTILITY NETWORK OUTAGE DETECTION - The present invention provides a system including a utility network including a product distribution pathway for delivering a product, a plurality of electronic utility devices associated with the utility network to monitor at least one parameter associated with the product distribution pathway, and a management processor in communication with the devices and operable to poll at least a subset of the electronic utility devices in response to an input to evaluate performance of one of the utility network and the system in response to information relating to the at least one parameter. The evaluation can include a rule-based analysis of one of the parameter and the information relating to the parameter.03-31-2011
20100030391Method and System of Real Time Management and Modulation of Electricity Consumption - A method of managing and modulating in real time the electrical consumption of a set of consumers, includes measurement in real time of the electrical consumption of a plurality of targeted sets of electrical equipment in operation, each set of equipment being situated in the home of a consumer, the measurement of the consumption of such equipment being performed by means of an electrical regulation module situated in the home of the consumer. The consumption measurements are transmitted by the modules to a central server. If a global setpoint, at a given moment, indicates that a certain total power should be cancelled, sending by the server, to certain of the modules, the instruction to selectively and temporarily cut the electrical power supply to the electrical equipment. Instruction sent by the server are received and executed by these modules.02-04-2010
20100222934SYSTEM FOR MANAGING ENERGY AT LOADS - According to one embodiment, an energy management system is provided, which has the DSM function of controlling energy loads. The system has a database and a load adjustment range prediction unit. The unit predicts a load adjustment range by using the history data stored in the database and outputs the load adjustment range thus predicted.09-02-2010
20120245750ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SCHEDULING SYSTEM - A charging prediction database stores information on electric vehicles expected to arrive for charging. A profile/charging information database stores information on electric vehicles that have arrived and been waiting for charging. A power database stores information on a power source including at least one of a power grid and a stationary battery. An energy calculating unit calculates energy available from the power source based on the power database. A scheduling unit schedule charging of the electric vehicles waiting for charging in consideration of the electric vehicles expected to arrive.09-27-2012
20100004790Water Heater Demand Side Management System - A system for shifting energy demand from on-peak time windows to off-peak time windows by using hot water heater load shifting, while providing the end user with the level of service (i.e., availability of hot water) according to the user's customary use described by service quality criteria. The shift is accomplished by a controller located at the end user establishment and in communication with a central control server. The controller monitors local water heater upper and/or lower temperature and controls upper and/or lower water heater heating elements in accordance with a demand shift process commanded by the central control server. The controller may determine usage and remaining capacity for reporting back to the central control server. A volumetric capacity and usage determination is disclosed. The control server may select water heaters according to use patterns and/or measured capacity. One embodiment is adapted for use with existing water heaters without disrupting safety features of the existing water heater.01-07-2010
20120245749SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING AN ENERGY DISTRIBUTION NETWORK - A system includes a first computer including an energy distribution network model. The first computer identifies a plurality of energy consumers associated with an energy distribution constraint within the energy distribution network. The system also includes a second computer configured to receive data from the first computer. The second computer is also configured to identify a plurality of customers subscribed to a demand response program and identify a subset of the plurality of energy consumers that are associated with the plurality of customers. The second computer is further configured to identify a device associated with each energy consumer of the subset of energy consumers and cause a demand response request to be transmitted to at least one identified device.09-27-2012
20120245751Modular Implementation of Correlative Electricity Consumption Management Systems - Modular consumption management systems provide benefits of adaptability, customization, and progressive investment to electrical utility customers, particularly those with loads and electrical systems capable of curtailment and mitigation. Providing modules based on measurements made and consumption patterns detected in load profiles of individual loads and the site as a whole is described. Control and mitigation capabilities and methods are described in conjunction with identifying correlative modules that will best serve the needs of the site being monitored by a measurement module. Combined measurement and control modules or control and mitigation modules are also described, as well as interchangeable modules that can be put in place when excess consumption patterns at the site change over time.09-27-2012
20100063642FRAMEWORK FOR MANAGING CONSUMPTION OF ENERGY - This invention discloses an intelligent framework for the overall management of energy allocated to components of a system. When conservation is desired or a shortage occurs, it is desirable to modulate energy to components, or to notify components and allow them to modulate themselves. It also discusses the establishment of a standard communications API between entities and components within the system. Among other things, this framework: manages device and entity enrollment into the system; provides an interface to heterogeneous devices; establishes standard communication methods between entities and components; dictates throttling to entities and components when conservation is required; and monitors energy throttling and compliance with modulate requests.03-11-2010
20120035776Building energy management method and system - An energy management system within a building obtains energy usage data over several cycles to determine a minimum feasible load. The minimum feasible load corresponds to operational conditions of the building, such as occupied or unoccupied. The energy usage data is binned according to the operational condition under which it was obtained. A threshold based on the minimum feasible load is used to monitor energy usage within the building and to identify anomalies in energy demand for possible action.02-09-2012
20110087380System, Method, and Program Product For Synthesizing Non-Thermodynamically Constrained Heat Exchanger Networks - Systems, methods, and program product to synthesize a grass-roots heat exchanger network for non-thermodynamically constrained problems for a plurality of hot process streams to be cooled and a plurality of cold process streams to be heated according to a plurality of utilities targets, are provided. An exemplary system includes a heat exchange network synthesizing computer and heat exchange network synthesizing program product configured to analyze the waste heat recovery problem without decomposition to produce a result having an optimal number of network heat exchanger units through application of advanced process-to-process matching schemes for non-thermodynamically constrained problems.04-14-2011
20110087382PROCESS FOR MANAGING AND CURTAILING POWER DEMAND OF APPLIANCES AND COMPONENTS THEREOF - A process for managing power demand of simultaneously operating appliances some of which are capable of executing multiple cycles of operation.04-14-2011
20110087381METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATION SCHEDULING FOR ENERGY STORAGE EQUIPMENT - In various energy systems which handle a plurality of types of energy, a method and device for operation scheduling for energy storage equipment are provided, which determines optimal operation of an energy storage equipment and improves the efficiency of the energy system overall. An energy storage equipment operation scheduling part 04-14-2011
20110071693Multi-interval dispatch system tools for enabling dispatchers in power grid control centers to manage changes - A system tool that provides dispatchers in power grid control centers with a capability to manage changes. Included is a user interface and a plurality of scheduler engines. Each scheduler engine is configured to look ahead at different time frames to forecast system conditions and alter generation patterns within the different time frames. A comprehensive operating plan holds schedules generated by the plurality of scheduler engines. A relational database is coupled to the comprehensive operating plan. Input data is initially received from the relational database for each scheduling engine, and thereafter the relational database receives data from the scheduling engines relative to forecast system conditions.03-24-2011
20110153104APPLIANCE WITH ENERGY CONSUMPTION REPORTING AND METHOD - A system is provided for determining and displaying the cost of consuming power comprising an appliance including one or more power consuming functions wherein each of the one or more power consuming functions includes an associated power consumption amount. The system compensates for line voltage variations by sensing line voltage and adjusting the power consumption amount. The system further provides a home energy management system (HEM) including a controller in communication with the appliance and configured to provide the HEM with the associated power consumption amount of each of the one or more power consuming functions. The controller being configured to convert the current cost of supplied energy into a power consumption cost of the associated power consumption amount of the one or more power consuming functions.06-23-2011
20110153102METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DEMAND RESPONSE MANAGEMENT IN A NETWORK - A method and system for controlling demand events in a utility network with multiple customer sites. The value of a demand response parameter threshold for invoking a demand response event is calculated based on the number of available demand response events and the number of opportunities remaining to issue the available demand response events. This parameter represents the utility objectives for using the demand response program (e.g., cost savings, reliability, avoided costs). A current value of the demand response parameter is compared to the threshold value, and a determination is made whether or not to call a demand response event for the current opportunity, or to save the event for a future opportunity based upon this comparison.06-23-2011
20110077788Wireless Power Distribution System and Device - The invention pertains to a system for monitoring and controlling power distribution including a power distribution device which has a module, a input line, and an output line. The input and output lines carry electrical power into an out of the module. The module has a switch in open or close position and a device wireless unit and a sensor. The sensor sends information regarding the electrical characteristics of the electric power being carried to the device microcontroller which causes a data to be sent wirelessly to the base unit. The base unit maintains a wireless connection for transmitting and receiving RF signals. The base unit receives the information regarding the electrical characteristics and sends it to a computer over a network.03-31-2011
20110077789SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR POWER MANAGEMENT - The present invention relates to a system and a method of power management. The system at least includes a power consumption detector and a controller. The power consumption detector is disposed between a socket and an electric appliance for detecting power consumption of the electric appliance. The controller is used for acquiring the power consumption detected by the power consumption detector, and estimating a total allowance according to long-term total power consumption. When the user input target allowance through the controller, and the target allowance is different from the total allowance, the controller schemes out an operation rule and an operation time of the electric appliance according to the characteristic of the electric appliance, the total allowance and the target allowance.03-31-2011
20110046806SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING THE EFFECTS OF A REQUEST TO CHANGE POWER USAGE - Systems and methods for estimating the effects of a request to change power usage are described. Device data about one or more devices may be received. User behavior data about past and anticipated user behavior may be received. Effects of a request to change power usage on a power grid may be estimated using the device data and the user behavior data. Whether to send the request to change power usage may be determined based on the estimated effects.02-24-2011
20110029142System tools that provides dispatchers in power grid control centers with a capability to make changes - A system tool provides dispatchers in power grid control centers with a capability to manage changes. A user interface and a plurality of scheduler engines are provided. A comprehensive operating plan has multiple dispatch engines that are security constrained unit commitments and economic dispatch sequences with different look-ahead periods. The comprehensive operating plan is configured to integrate the dispatch engines into a unified scheduling system. The comprehensive operating plan has a data structure for capturing scheduling data, transaction scheduling, load forecast and time series data. The comprehensive operating plan is configured to coordinate scheduling data to and from power grid system applications and present a comprehensive, synchronized and harmonized view of scheduling data to at least one of, applications, power grid system operators and other stakeholders for power grid system operations.02-03-2011
20110046805CONTEXT-AWARE SMART HOME ENERGY MANAGER - A context-aware smart home energy management (CASHEM) system and method is disclosed. CASHEM dynamically schedules household energy use to reduce energy consumption by identifying contextual information within said household, selecting a comfort of service preference, wherein said comfort of service preference is based on different said contextual information, and extracting an appliance use schedule for maximum energy savings based on said contextual information in light of said comfort of service preferences, by executing a program instruction in a data processing apparatus. CASHEM correlates said contextual information with energy consumption levels to dynamically schedule said appliance based on an energy-saving condition and a user's comfort. Comfort of service preferences are gathered by CASHEM by monitoring occupant activity levels and use of said appliance. CASHEM can also recommend potential energy savings for a user to modify comfort of service preferences.02-24-2011
20110257805Power Generation Systems - A power generation system is provided that includes an internal combustion engine configured to provide rotational mechanical energy. A generator is configured to receive the rotational mechanical energy and generate electrical power in response to the rotational mechanical energy. A fluid medium is provided to the internal combustion engine and to the generator for removing thermal energy from the internal combustion engine and from the generator.10-20-2011
20120277924ENERGY CONSERVATION ANALYSIS SYSTEM - A terminal device sets a beneficial use time slot for regarding the electrical consumption in the beneficial use time slot as the beneficial, a waste use time slot for regarding the electrical consumption in the waste use time slot as the waste, and an efficiency improvement time slot for regarding the electrical consumption in the efficiency improvement time slot as the electrical consumption to be reduced. On the basis of the data of an amount of the electrical consumption of the device to be monitored, calculating an amount of the electrical consumption in each the time slot and displaying an amount of the electrical consumption in each time slot are preformed.11-01-2012
20100298997AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL APPARATUS AND AIR CONDITIONING CONTROL METHOD - An air conditioning control apparatus for controlling an air conditioner in a room which accommodates a computer, includes obtaining repetitively a detected value of a total power consumption of the computer and the air conditioner and a detected value of a air temperature at the air inlet, storing the obtained values into a memory, determining an approximate expression representing a relation between the total power consumption and the air temperature on the basis of the values stored into the memory, determining a value of the air temperature corresponding to the lowest value of the total power consumption, by using the calculated approximate expression, and controlling the air conditioner so that the air temperature become equal the calculated air temperature.11-25-2010
20110153101HOUSEHOLD ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ONE OR MORE APPLIANCES - A household energy management system and method for one or more appliances includes a controller for managing power consumption within a household. The controller is configured to receive and process a signal indicative of one or more energy parameters of an associated energy utility. The controller includes a user interface for receiving energy management input for at least one appliance of the one of more appliances from a user. The controller at least one of controls and operates the at least one appliance in one of a plurality of operating modes, including at least a normal operating mode and an energy savings mode, in response to the input received by the user via the user interface in conjunction with the received signal.06-23-2011
20110160927Method for Prediction for Nonlinear Seasonal Time Series - A method predicts nonlinear seasonal time series data. More particularly, the method predicts short term power demand. The method uses an exponential smoothing technique and dynamic modeling of seasonal time series data with kernels. The kernels are used to predict future values of the time series from past values using nonlinear functions such as a least-squares radial basis function or support vector regression using a Gaussian kernel.06-30-2011
20100004791SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTING SAVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A method for presenting saving opportunities for electronic devices is disclosed. Experience based data learned from past power behavior of one or more devices is received. One or more power saving opportunities are generated based on the experience based data. Estimated cost savings is calculated. A notification message is presented to a user that describes the power saving opportunities and associated cost savings for the opportunities.01-07-2010
20120203387POWER CONTROL SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC DEVICE - A power control system controls electric devices so as to consume a power generated by a self-generated power facility using a natural energy, which is provided with a surplus power detection unit that detects the surplus portion of power generated by the self-generated power facility, and a device control unit that controls the operation of a plurality of electric devices. When the surplus power detection unit detects the surplus power, the device control unit controls one or more of a plurality of electric devices to perform predetermined operations so as to consume the surplus power.08-09-2012
20120203386SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND DEVICE AUTOMATION SYSTEM - An integrated energy management and device automation system for managing a premises electrical system having a plurality of electrical circuits. The energy management and device automation system comprises a central controller. The central controller is configured to receive, over the premises electrical system, energy usage data from a plurality of modules and module originated notifications that a module has been connected to the premises electrical system. The central controller is configured to receive and send, over the premises electrical system, messages for device automation and control from a plurality of modules. The energy management system additionally comprises a plurality of modules. Each module comprises a processor, a powerline interface operatively connected to the processor and to one of the plurality of electrical circuits and a sensor operatively connected to the electrical circuit so that the sensor can sense at least one of current and voltage. Each module is configured to collect data relating to energy usage using the sensor and to transmit the data to the central controller. The central controller uses energy usage data to indentify, profile and analysis connected devices and their usage.08-09-2012
20110153103SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PREDICTIVE BUILDING ENERGY MONITORING - A system and method for predictive modeling of building energy consumption provides predicted building energy load values which are determined using kernel smoothing of historical building energy load values for a building using defined scaling factors for scaling predictor variables associated with building energy consumption. Predictor variables may include temperature, humidity, windspeed or direction, occupancy, time, day, date, and solar radiation. Scaling factor values may be defined by optimization training using historical building energy load values and measured predictor variable values for a building. Predicted and measured building energy load values are compared to determine if a preset difference threshold has been exceeded, in which case an alert signal or message is generated and transmitted to electronically and/or physically signal a user. The building energy monitoring system may be integrated with a building automation system, or may be operated as a separate system receiving building energy and predictor variable values.06-23-2011
20120065792SUPPLY-DEMAND BALANCE CONTROLLER - A first predicting unit predicts a power demand required by each customer. A first reliability value calculator calculates the reliability value of the predictive power demand for each customer. Predicted power supply from a power system is calculated with respect to each power generating unit. A second reliability value calculator calculates the reliability value of the predictive power supply for each power generating unit. A balancing unit obtains a supply-demand margin level based on the difference between: a first weighted sum obtained by performing weighted sum on the predictive power demand and a weight depending on the reliability value; and a second weighted sum obtained by performing weighted sum on the predictive power supply and a weight depending on the reliability value. A plan creator creates a plan for controlling power used by the controllable appliance of the customer based on the supply-demand margin level.03-15-2012
20120065790ELECTRICAL LOAD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An electrical load life-cycle management and analysis system and method are disclosed. In the system and method, a database module stores electrical system configuration data and electrical system requirements, and an electrical system analysis module determines electrical system performance characteristics as a function of and based on the electrical system configuration data. In addition, an electrical system configuration management module manages at least one change to the electrical system configuration data, and compares the electrical system performance characteristics to the electrical system requirements to enable optimal performance and to provide compliance information.03-15-2012
20120065788MANAGING COMPUTATIONAL WORKLOADS OF COMPUTING APPARATUSES POWERED BY RENEWABLE RESOURCES - A method described herein includes an act of receiving data that is indicative of predicted weather conditions for a particular geographic region, wherein the particular geographic region has an energy generation system therein, and wherein the energy generation system utilizes at least one renewable energy resource to generate electrical power. The method also includes the act of scheduling a computational workload for at least one computer in a data center based at least in part upon the data that is indicative of the predicted weather conditions for the particular geographic region.03-15-2012
20110257803POWER CONTROL METHOD, AND POWER CONTROL APPARATUS - A power control method for a power supplying unit for supplying power from a commercial power supply and a battery to a load. The method includes (a) calculating a deviation amount between an actual power demand and a predicted power demand in a predetermined unit period on the basis of power demand transition data and power demand prediction data, (b) correcting, by a computer, a leveling target value on the basis of the calculated deviation amount, and (c) controlling the power supplying unit so that the power supplying unit supplies power corresponding to the corrected leveling target value from the commercial power supply. The power demand transition data is stored in a power database, and the power demand prediction data is stored in a prediction data storing unit. The leveling target value is a target value of power to be supplied from the commercial power supply.10-20-2011
20110257802POWER DISTRIBUTION CONSIDERING COOLING NODES - A method, system, and computer usable program product for power distribution considering cooling nodes in a data processing environment. A power demand of a data processing environment is determined for a period. The data processing environment includes a set of computing nodes and cooling nodes. A determination is made that the power demand will exceed a limit on electrical power available to the data processing environment for the period if the computing nodes and the cooling nodes in the data processing environment are operated in a first configuration. A first amount of power is redistributed from a cooling node in the data processing environment to a computing node in the data processing environment such that a temperature related performance threshold of a subset of computing nodes is at least met.10-20-2011
20110054712METHODS, APPARATUS, AND MEDIA FOR CONTROLLING SUPPLY OF A UTILITY SERVICE TO A LOAD - Methods, apparatus, and media for controlling supply of a utility service to a load are disclosed. Generally, the embodiments can involve receiving representation of utility service supply to a load, receiving and storing in a storage device a usage range representation comprising at least one expected value of utility input to the load and/or at least one expected value of output from the load, and producing a control signal for use by a utility service supply controller when usage is outside of usage range representation. Control signal can be operable to cause the utility service supply controller to restrict or interrupt the supply of the utility service to the load.03-03-2011
20110071694SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING POWER CONSUMPTION IN A RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL BUILDING VIA A WALL SOCKET - A system and method to measure power usage within a residence having a plurality of electrical circuits electrically connected to an over-current protection device may include measuring, by a power measurement device electrically connected to one of the electrical circuits by which power loads draw power, an electrical parameter of the electrical circuits. The electrical parameter may be modeled as a lumped complex impedance. Alternatively, the electrical parameter may be a complex impedance of individual appliances. The measurement may be of AC voltages that may be utilized to calculate complex impedance. Alternatively, the measurement may be made using a reflectometer technique used to compute complex impedance. A data value representative of power being drawn by the power loads connected to the electrical circuits using the measured electrical parameter may be computed. An indicia representative of the computed data value representative of the power being drawn on the electrical circuits may be displayed.03-24-2011
20100292855Battery Charging Control Methods, Electrical Vehicle Charging Methods, Battery Charging Control Apparatus, and Electrical Vehicles - Battery charging control methods, electrical vehicle charging methods, battery charging control apparatus, and electrical vehicles are described. In one arrangement, battery charging control methods include accessing price information for electrical energy supplied by an electrical power distribution system and controlling an adjustment of an amount of the electrical energy from the electrical power distribution system used to charge a rechargeable battery at different moments in time using the price information. Other arrangements are described.11-18-2010
20110035071System tools for integrating individual load forecasts into a composite load forecast to present a comprehensive synchronized and harmonized load forecast - A system tool merges different load forecasts for power grid centers. A plurality of load forecast engines are coupled to a load forecast interface and a relational data base that saves load forecast engine data as an input through the load forecast interface. A comprehensive operating plan is coupled to the load forecast engines and the relational database. The comprehensive operating plan is configured to integrate individual load forecasts into a composite load forecast to present a comprehensive, synchronized and harmonized load forecast. A program interface provides access to the composite load forecasting schedule.02-10-2011
20110137482POWER SUPPLY AND DEMAND CONTROL APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY AND DEMAND CONTROL METHOD - A power supply and demand control apparatus includes a power generation planning unit that calculates one day's power outputs of multiple distributed power sources and a power flow target of a linking point to another power system, a long-cycle control unit having a long-cycle supply-demand balancing control unit that performs control every few minutes so as to ensure the supply-demand balancing of electric energy in a given amount of time at the linking point in order to perform control for making deviations between total power output calculated by the power generation planning unit and load power in the power system constant, and a short-cycle control unit having a short-cycle supply-demand balancing control unit that performs similar control every few seconds. In the power supply and demand control apparatus, the long-cycle control unit and short-cycle control unit perform the supply-demand balancing control in a hierarchical fashion to determine output assignments of the distributed power sources.06-09-2011
20110137481SYSTEM AND METEHOD FOR PROVIDING POWER GRID ENERGY FROM A BATTERY - A system for providing energy and other ancillary services to a power grid including a renewable energy source. One or more power converters are integrated with the renewable energy source. A battery-based energy storage system is also integrated with the renewable energy source. A control system including an algorithmic software operates to control at least one power converter together with the battery-based energy storage system to supply stored battery energy to the grid when the cost of extracting the stored battery energy supplied to the grid via the battery-based energy storage system is less than the market price paid for the stored energy supplied by the battery-based energy storage system.06-09-2011
20110082597MICROGRID MODEL BASED AUTOMATED REAL TIME SIMULATION FOR MARKET BASED ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION - Systems and methods for optimizing energy consumption in multi-energy sources sites are provided. These techniques include developing a real-time model and a virtual model of the electrical system of a multi-energy source site, such as a microgrid. The real-time model represents a current state of the electrical system can be developed by collecting data from sensors interfaced with the various components of the electrical system. The virtual model of the electrical system mirrors the real-time model of the electrical system and can be used to generate predictions regarding the performance, availability, and reliability of cost and reliability of various distributed energy sources and to predict the price of acquiring energy from these sources. The virtual model can be used to test “what if” scenarios, such as routine maintenance, system changes, and unplanned events that impact the utilization and capacity of the microgrid.04-07-2011
20100324745Method for estimating generation limits - Method is provided for estimating generation limits.12-23-2010
20110082598Electrical Power Time Shifting - An energy management system and method can include functions such as monitoring a status of the electrical energy storage device; receiving a first demand from a first power load for electrical power, and determining whether to supply the electrical power to satisfy the first demand from the electrical energy storage device or from one or more power sources connected to the energy management system. The determining can include applying an algorithm to determine a power provision arrangement based on at least one preset criteria. The algorithm can have data input that includes the status of the electrical energy storage device, one or more load characteristics of the first power load and any other loads supplied with electrical power from the energy management system, and one or more source characteristics of each of the one or more power sources. Electrical power can be supplied to the first power load in satisfaction of the first demand and in accordance with the determined power provision arrangement.04-07-2011
20110178648Aircraft Power Management System - A method and associated system for managing power within an aircraft electrical system, the aircraft comprising a generator driven by a gas turbine engine for the supply of electrical power to the system, wherein the generator and electrical system are connected to a common energy store. The method comprises determining predicted electrical energy demands of the system and predicted thrust demands for the gas turbine engine over at least a portion of a flight. A plurality of time periods within at least said portion of the flight are defined and a desired rate of charge of the energy store for each time period is determined based upon the predicted thrust and electrical energy demands over said time period. The rate of charge of the energy store is controlled during the flight in accordance with the determined desired rate of charge for each time period. The desired rate of charge of the energy store may represent an optimal energy efficiency charge profile based on a global assessment of the operational characteristics of the flight.07-21-2011
20120209440COMPARIBLE DIAGNOSTICS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY POWER SYSTEMS - A computer processor implemented method of measuring, monitoring, comparing and diagnosing the power generated of at least two renewable power systems provided to at least two consumers and alerting at least one of consumers in the event of comparative underperformance, the method taking into account at least two diagnostic variables including weather and the renewable power system cover status (such as covered by snow), wherein the at least one data server determines comparative information for a predetermined geographic area based upon at least two diagnostic variables, and at least two normalized performances to provide a comparative value; and informing the consumer of the comparative value in the event of an underperforming comparative value.08-16-2012
20110190954ENERGY SAVING SUPPORT DEVICE - An energy saving support device supports energy saving of an air conditioner and includes an acquiring unit, a first energy calculating unit, a second energy calculating unit, an information generating unit and a reporting unit. The acquiring unit acquires operating data regarding the air conditioner. The first energy calculating unit determines a total consumed energy or a standard consumed energy of the air conditioner as a comparison target energy based on the operating data acquired by the acquiring unit. The second energy calculating unit determines a low-COP consumed energy based on the operating data acquired by the acquiring unit. The information generating unit generates room-for-energy-saving information in order to determine a potential for energy saving based on the comparison target energy and the low-COP consumed energy. The reporting unit reports the room-for-energy-saving information.08-04-2011
20110190953METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING OPERATIONS OF DEVICES BASED ON INFORMATION ABOUT POWER CONSUMPTION OF THE DEVICES - A method and apparatus for controlling operations of a controlled devices in a network including a control device and at least one controlled device are provided. The method includes: receiving information about a device usage history of a user for the at least one controlled device from the at least one controlled device; setting an optimum power consumption level corresponding to the controlled device from among a plurality of power consumption levels classified based on power consumption of the controlled device, based on the received information about the device usage history and information about time-based price; and controlling operations of the controlled device based on the set optimum power consumption level.08-04-2011
20110190952Method and System for an Integrated Intelligent Building - Described herein are systems and methods for integrated intelligent buildings, improved building security, and cost-efficient energy management. An exemplary embodiment relates to a method comprising monitoring energy usage within a facility to generate energy usage data (“EUD”), analyzing the EUD to determine a short-term energy requirement (“STER”) and a long-term energy requirement (“LTER”) of the facility, obtaining energy market data (“EMD”) of energy, the EMD including energy rate fluctuation data, and obtaining a pre-determined amount of energy from a utility provider, the pre-determined amount being determined as a function of at least one of the STER, the LTER, and the EMD.08-04-2011
20110190951ASSESSING, FORECASTING AND SIMULATING ENERGY CONSUMPTION OF BUILDINGS USING ENERGY EFFICIENCY COEFFICIENTS - Energy consumption data of a building and temperature data outside the building collected over a period of time are correlated and segmented into a plurality of segments including at least a heating consumption segment, a cooling segment, and temperature-insensitive segment. An energy efficiency coefficient for heating from the heating consumption segment, an energy efficiency coefficient for cooling from the cooling consumption segment, an energy efficiency coefficient for other energy consuming activities from the temperature insensitive segment are determined, and scaled. The energy efficiency coefficient for heating, the energy efficiency coefficient for cooling and the energy efficiency coefficient for other energy consuming activities are used to assess energy efficiency among one or more buildings, forecast future consumption of energy in the building based on forecasted temperature and simulate impact of hypothetical temperature and hypothetical energy efficiency on energy consumption in the building.08-04-2011
20110264291Methods and Systems for Analyzing Energy Usage - Systems and methods consistent with the present invention allow an energy consumption index to be generated from DR response data and influencer data. The energy consumption index may indicate the energy consumption of a consumer before receiving a DR signal, the change in the consumption after the consumer receives a DR signal, and the consumer's propensity to respond to a DR signal. Systems and methods consistent with the present invention also allow energy providers to monitor, forecast, and plan for changes in consumer demand for energy. Various energy planning tools may facilitate an energy provider's ability to monitor, forecast, and plan for such changes.10-27-2011
20100017044HYBRID VEHICLE RECHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION - A system and method for recharging a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The system includes a controller that schedules the recharging of the vehicles on local electrical distribution networks. The system arranges the schedule to minimize the demand loading on the local distribution network to more efficiently operate power plants providing electrical power to the distribution networks. A system for collecting charges associated with the recharging of plug-in hybrid vehicles is also disclosed providing for prepaid utility accounts.01-21-2010
20100017043HYBRID VEHICLE RECHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION - A system and method for recharging a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The system includes a controller that schedules the recharging of the vehicles on local electrical distribution networks. The system arranges the schedule to minimize the demand loading on the local distribution network to more efficiently operate power plants providing electrical power to the distribution networks. A system for collecting charges associated with the recharging of plug-in hybrid vehicles is also disclosed providing for prepaid utility accounts.01-21-2010
20110035072SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN A COMPUTE ENVIRONMENT - A system, method and non-transitory computer-readable storage medium are disclosed for managing workload in data centers. The method includes receiving information associated with at least one of energy consumption and a temperature of nodes each data center of a group of distributed data centers to yield received information. The method further includes analyzing workload associated with at least one second data center of the group of distributed data centers to yield an analysis of the workload, and modifying use of resources of the group of distributed data centers based on the received information and the analysis of the workload. One application can include migration of workload from one data center to another data center based on a variety of factors.02-10-2011
20110153100DEMAND RESPONSE APPLIANCE POWER CONSUMPTION FEEDBACK - A system is provided for determining and displaying the cost of consuming power comprising an appliance including one or more power consuming functions wherein each of the one or more power consuming functions includes an associated power consumption amount. The system further provides a home energy management system (HEM) including a controller in communication with the appliance and configured to provide the HEM with the associated power consumption amount of each of the one or more power consuming functions. The controller is in signal communication with an associated utility, wherein the controller receives and processes a signal from the associated utility indicative of current cost of supplied energy. The controller being configured to convert the current cost of supplied energy into a power consumption cost of the associated power consumption amount of the one or more power consuming functions.06-23-2011
20110307111AUTOMATIC MATCHING OF SOURCES TO LOADS - A method of matching sources to loads includes receiving load activity data and source activity data corresponding to samples of activity over a time period at a plurality of loads and a plurality of sources, respectively. The method of matching sources to loads further includes scoring similarity between the load activity and the source activity based on the load activity data and the source activity data, and matching loads to sources based on the scoring.12-15-2011
20110307113CONTROL ASSEMBLY AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SUPPLYING POWER TO ELECTRIFIED RAIL VEHICLES - A control assembly includes a monitoring module and a switching module. The monitoring module determines a load demand of a first rail vehicle traveling along a track, wherein the first rail vehicle is supplied with electric current from a plurality of power sources over a conductive pathway extending along the track. The switching module is communicatively coupled with the monitoring module and is joined with a switch controller disposed between the power sources and the conductive pathway. The switching module directs the switch controller to change which of the power sources supply the electric current to the first rail vehicle over the conductive pathway based on the load demand.12-15-2011
20110307110MANAGEMENT OF A VIRTUAL POWER INFRASTRUCTURE - A virtual power infrastructure for managing distribution of power to a plurality of power demanding units from a plurality of power generators includes a demand manager having logical descriptions of the power demanding units, in which the demand manager is configured to determine power load demands of the power demanding units using the logical descriptions of the power demanding units, and a capacity manager having logical descriptions of the power generators. The capacity manager is configured to determine allocation of power capacity supplied to the power generators from one or more of the power generators to meet the power load demands of the power demanding units, while satisfying one or more predetermined constraints associated with at least one of the power demanding units and the power generators.12-15-2011
20110307109Smarter-Grid: Method to Forecast Electric Energy Production and Utilization Subject to Uncertain Environmental Variables - A method to forecast the energy sources and energy sinks to facilitate continuous capacity planning, regulation and control of energy state of an entity under variable weather condition is established. Energy sources of specific focus are related to renewable energy forms from wind, solar and wave that are highly dependent on prevailing weather conditions.12-15-2011
20110307112GOAL-BASED CONTROL OF LIGHTING - A goal-based control system may be provided that controls lighting based on high-level management goals for the operation of a lighting system. The system may include a lighting system model. The system may convert the high-level management goals into low-level device control parameters that include a power level for each respective one of the light fixtures, where the system determines that a modeled operation of each respective one the light fixtures at the power level meets the management goals based on the lighting system model. The system may cause each respective one of the light fixtures to operate at the power level. The system may determine a likelihood of satisfying the management goals.12-15-2011
20100082172LOAD FORECASTING ANALYSIS SYSTEM FOR CALCULATING CUSTOMER BASELINE LOAD - A load forecasting analysis system for calculating a customer baseline load (CBL). The load forecasting analysis system includes a CBL forecaster for receiving a load profile and providing a CBL forecasting method, a period selector for selecting conditions used to calculate the CBL using the load profile, a CBL processor for calculating a forecasting value by forecasting the CBL using the CBL forecasting method according to the load profile and the conditions, and a CBL determiner for calculating an error value by comparing the load profile with the forecasting value.04-01-2010
20110172837SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING AND PROVIDING DISPATCHABLE OPERATING RESERVE ENERGY CAPACITY THROUGH USE OF ACTIVE LOAD MANAGEMENT - A utility employs an active load management system (ALMS) to estimate available operating reserve for possible dispatch to the utility or another requesting entity (e.g., an independent system operator). According to one embodiment, the ALMS determines amounts of electric power stored in power storage devices, such as electric or hybrid electric vehicles, distributed throughout the utility's service area. The ALMS stores the stored power data in a repository. Responsive to receiving a request for operating reserve, the ALMS determines whether the stored power data alone or in combination with projected energy savings from a control event is sufficient to meet the operating reserve requirement. If so, the ALMS dispatches power from the power storage devices to the power grid to meet the operating reserve need. The need for operating reserve may also be communicated to mobile power storage devices to allow them to provide operating reserve as market conditions require.07-14-2011
20120046796ENERGY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, METHOD, AND SYSTEM - A first energy management apparatus (02-23-2012
20120046795METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING LIFETIME FOR RECHARGEABLE STATIONARY ENERGY STORAGE DEVICES - A flexible management system and method for efficiently operating energy storage devices to extend the lifetime and decrease costs includes (a) determining an active energy consumption period for the energy storage device; (b) determining an inactive energy consumption period for the energy storage device; (c) operating the energy storage device in a usage mode during the active energy consumption period; and (d) operating the energy storage device in a storage mode during the inactive energy consumption period.02-23-2012
20120004784APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT - Apparatus and method for energy management are disclosed. An operating state of each energy consumption device is estimated by detecting a variation in total energy consumption amount per unit time using a meter and then comparing the variation with a previously inputted energy consumption amount per unit time for each of the energy consumption devices. If the operating state of each of the energy consumption devices is estimated, it is possible to detect the consumption time and power consumption amount for each of the energy consumption devices, thereby predicting a current or future energy consumption rate. The predicted result is applied in various manners so as to effectively use energy.01-05-2012
20120004783Integrated Demand Response For Energy Utilization - A method for managing power consumption within a facility includes receiving a request to reduce a total level of power consumption within the facility by a predetermined measure (S01-05-2012
20120004782METHODS FOR MANAGING POWER CONSUMPTION IN A SENSOR NETWORK - Methods for reducing sensor support power in a sensor network include a primary node locating a secondary node. The primary node has a primary node sensor profile, and the secondary node has a secondary node sensor profile. The secondary node sensor profile is compared to the primary node sensor profile. A virtual sensor profile is constructed based on the comparison between the primary and secondary sensor profiles. The virtual sensor profile reduces redundant sensor data gathering between the primary and secondary sensor nodes. A power consumption optimization hardware configuration for the secondary node is determined to provide sensor data for the virtual sensor profile, and the determined hardware configuration is assigned to the secondary node.01-05-2012
20120209439UTILIZATION START INTERVAL PREDICTION DEVICE AND UTILIZATION START INTERVAL PREDICTION METHOD - A prediction device for predicting a prediction interval being a time interval predicted with a high possibility of appliance utilization starts includes: an evaluation unit calculating, using utilization interval history data, an evaluation value for determining a prediction scheme for each appliance; a determination unit, based on the evaluation value at least for each appliance, determining at least one of a first and a second prediction scheme as the scheme of the prediction interval for the appliance, the first prediction scheme using a property that the appliance is utilized in a predetermined cycle, and the second prediction scheme using a property that the utilization of a second appliance being the appliance is started in a period from a start or an end of utilization of a first appliance being another appliance to a passage of a predetermined time; a prediction unit predicting a prediction interval according to the determined scheme.08-16-2012
20120116600DEMAND RESPONSE LOAD REDUCTION ESTIMATION - Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for estimating demand response load change. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for estimating energy usage change associated with a demand event. The method may include determining energy potential change during a demand event for one or more devices associated with a location; estimating energy usage patterns for the location over predefined time periods before and after the demand event; determining pre-demand event and post-demand event energy rebounds based at least in part on the estimated energy usage patterns; determining an energy change profile associated with the location based at least in part on the determined energy potential change, and the pre-demand event and post-demand event energy rebounds.05-10-2012
20120116599Allocation of Energy Budgets to Individual Partitions - A mechanism is provided for allocating energy budgets to a plurality of logical partitions. An overall energy budget for the data processing system and a total of a set of requested initial energy budgets for the plurality of partitions are determined. A determination is made as to whether the total of the set of requested initial energy budgets for the plurality of partitions is greater than the overall energy budget for the data processing system. Responsive to the total of the set of requested initial energy budgets exceeding the overall energy budget, an initial energy budget is allocated to each partition in the plurality of partitions based on at least one of priority or proportionality of each partition in the plurality of partitions such that a total of the initial energy budgets for the plurality of partitions does not exceed the overall energy budget of the data processing system.05-10-2012
20120010758OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM USING AN ITERATIVELY COUPLED EXPERT ENGINE - An energy management system uses an expert engine and a numerical solver to determine an optimal manner of using and controlling the various energy consumption, producing and storage equipment in a plant/communities in order to for example reduce energy costs within the plant, and is especially applicable to plants that require or that are capable of using and/or producing different types of energy at different times. The energy management system operates the various energy manufacturing and energy usage components of the plant to minimize the cost of energy over time, or at various different times, while still meeting certain constraints or requirements within the operational system, such as producing a certain amount of heat or cooling, a certain power level, a certain level of production, etc. In some cases, the energy management system may cause the operational equipment of the plant to produce unneeded energy that can be stored until a later time and then used, or that can be sold back to a public utility, for example, so as to reduce the overall cost of energy within the plant.01-12-2012
20120010757ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An energy management system uses an expert engine and a numerical solver to determine an optimal manner of using and controlling the various energy consumption, producing and storage equipment in a plant/communities in order to for example reduce energy costs within the plant, and is especially applicable to plants that require or that are capable of using and/or producing different types of energy at different times. The energy management system operates the various energy manufacturing and energy usage components of the plant to minimize the cost of energy over time, or at various different times, while still meeting certain constraints or requirements within the operational system, such as producing a certain amount of heat or cooling, a certain power level, a certain level of production, etc. In some cases, the energy management system may cause the operational equipment of the plant to produce unneeded energy that can be stored until a later time and then used, or that can be sold back to a public utility, for example, so as to reduce the overall cost of energy within the plant.01-12-2012
20110166719Monitoring Power Usage - Disclosed are various embodiments for monitoring power usage. A plurality of power usage cycles are monitored using a controller. Each of the power usage cycles includes a plurality of current draw periods. Each of the current draw periods has a different average current draw. A current draw reading is determined to be abnormal when the current draw reading meets a threshold associated with one of the current draw periods, while the one of the current draw periods is predicted to be active. An action is performed when the current draw reading is determined to be abnormal.07-07-2011
20120016528REMOTE ENERGY MANAGEMENT USING PERSISTENT SMART GRID NETWORK CONTEXT - A server device includes a storage device to store policies that govern the manner in which a curtailment operation or a replenish operation are performed. The policies include a threshold associated with a quantity of power consumption permitted by smart grid devices or another threshold associated with a minimum quantity of power to be supplied by a smart grid device. The server device also includes a processor to obtain, via a web service enabled by a tunneling protocol, a quantity of power consumed by the smart grid devices and another quantity of power to be supplied by the smart grid device; compare the threshold with the quantity of power; send an instruction to perform the curtailment operation when the quantity of power exceeds the threshold; compare the other threshold with the other quantity of power, when the quantity of power is less than the threshold; and send another instruction to perform the replenish operation when the other quantity of power is less than the other threshold.01-19-2012
20120016529Method For Estimating Maximum Power Of A Circuit And Apparatus Thereof - The present invention provides a method for adjusting a maximum power of a circuit having a first voltage output and a first power. The method includes the following steps: (a) obtaining a voltage coefficient by measuring the first power of the circuit and calculating an open-circuit voltage of the first voltage output; (b) estimating an estimated power based on the voltage coefficient; and (c) repeating the steps (a) to (b) for a specific number of times, in which the specific number of times is determined based on a variation of the estimated power during a time period.01-19-2012
20120059526System and Method for Monitoring and Controlling Energy System - A method and system for identifying at a remote location provide at least one condition associated with an energy system (03-08-2012
20110093126Intra-Area Environmental Control System and Intra-Area Environmental Control Method - An environmental control system according to the present invention is a system for controlling environmental devices by which a work status and a behavior status are monitored and the environmental devices are finely controlled in accordance with the statuses to improve comfort. The environmental control system includes a communication unit, a unit for detecting environments, a unit for detecting a work status, a unit for obtaining power consumption, a unit for determining the control of a device, and a unit for transmitting a control signal, and enables fine control in accordance with a work type.04-21-2011
20110093125Electricity Management System and Method - A method for managing electricity usage of an electrical system comprises providing an electricity usage budget for the electrical system, the electricity usage budget being associated with at least a desired or predetermined electricity usage in a predetermined time period. Electricity usage in the electrical system is monitored periodically at time intervals corresponding to the predetermined time period. The monitored electricity usage is compared to the electricity usage budget or information associated therewith for the predetermined time period. Finally, electricity use within the electrical system is limited for a predetermined limitation time period according to predetermined rules if the monitored electrical usage is greater than the electrical usage budget for the predetermined time period.04-21-2011
20120065789DETERMINING ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN A STRUCTURE - Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided for measuring the supply of a consumable product/energy source, such as electrical power, to a facility over time and analyzing the measurements to determine the consumption or supply of the product by one or more loads and/or sources in the facility, and to determine induced and residual heat flow through the facility's envelope. Various aspects compare the measured supply of the consumable product to a database of consumption signatures, which characterize access to the consumable product by particular users. In doing so, costs for the product may be more accurately divided between different tenants of the facility without having to install individual services or measurement equipment for each individual tenant. Operating conditions and facility characteristics, such as temperatures, load factors, insulation factors, etc., may be further considered in determining a particular user's access of the consumable product. To aid in the controlling of energy use, thermal resistance factors of the building are determined, which are based on the induced and residual heat flow through the facility. Various algorithms are used including smart agents (e.g. neural networks) to determine the consumption of the consumable product by a particular user, to create the database of consumption signatures, and to determine the thermal resistance factors.03-15-2012
20120065793DEMAND AND SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS, DEMAND AND SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A supply-and-demand control apparatus (03-15-2012
20120158198SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING COLD LOAD PICKUP USING DEMAND RESPONSE - A system and method for simultaneously restoring power to loads in a distribution network that experienced an outage. The pickup load on the feeder in the distribution network is estimated and the load limit on the feeder is determined. The load on the feeder is divided into groups based on the load limit. A restoration load control process is determined, and power is restored to each of the groups simultaneously based on the power restoration control process.06-21-2012
20120072040Demand/supply control device, demand/supply control methodm, and demand/supply control system - The supply-and-demand control apparatus (03-22-2012
20120072039Dynamic Contingency Avoidance and Mitigation System - The disclosed subject matter provides systems and methods for allocating resources within an infrastructure, such as an electrical grid, in response to changes to inputs and output demands on the infrastructure, such as energy sources and sinks. A disclosed system includes one or more processors, each having respective communication interfaces to receive data from the infrastructure, the data comprising infrastructure network data, one or more software applications, operatively coupled to and at least partially controlling the one or more processors, to process and characterize the infrastructure network data; and a display, coupled to said one or more processors, for visually presenting a depiction of at least a portion of the infrastructure including any changes in condition thereof, and one or more controllers in communication with the one or more processors, to manage processing of the resource, wherein the resource is obtained and/or distributed based on the characterization of said real time infrastructure data.03-22-2012
20120072038ONBOARD MANAGEMENT OF MOVABLE ASSET FOR ASSET PROTECTION - A solution for managing an asset, such as a movable asset, deployed to a fixed location, is provided. Location and/or power information is periodically acquired for the asset and assessed to determine whether the asset has moved from a desired physical area and/or the power is insufficient to continue with planned operations. In response to either condition, the operation of various devices on the asset can be adjusted to minimize an inferred risk caused by the asset moving outside of the physical area and/or maximize an inferred probability of recovering the asset.03-22-2012
20120109393ELECTRIC POWER DEMAND/SUPPLY PLANNING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - An electric power planning apparatus is provided. The apparatus has an initial plan creating section, a generation amount probability density distribution creating section, an economic load dispatch calculating section, and a display section. The initial plan creating section creates an initial plan based on a demand predicted value, a predicted value of a natural energy electric power source power generation output amount, and electric power source equipment data. The generation amount probability density distribution creating section creates a probability density distribution using fluctuation bands of the demand and of the natural energy electric power source power generation output amount. The economic load dispatch calculating section calculates an output allocation based on the initial plan and the probability density distribution to create a prediction distribution of a power generation output of the controllable electric power source. The display section displays the prediction distribution.05-03-2012
20110066300METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DEMAND RESPONSE IN A DISTRIBUTION NETWORK - A method and system for controlling load in a utility distribution network are provided that initiates a shed event for a node in the distribution network by selecting premisess associated with the node that are participating in a demand response program to reduce the load at the node to desired levels. More specifically, the system and method provide for selecting only enough participating premisess associated with the node that are necessary to reduce the load to desired levels.03-17-2011
20110066299SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MODELING AND MONITORING AN ENERGY LOAD - A system, method, and computer program product for predicting operation for physical systems with distinct operating modes uses observable qualities of the system to predict other qualities of the system. Independent variables including temperature or production volume are observed to determine the degree to which a dependent modeled variable, including energy load, is influenced. Partition variables representing operating conditions of the dependent variables are defined as discrete values. Reference datasets with coincident values of the dependent variable, independent variable, and partition variables are received, and models are created for each discrete value of the partition variables in the reference dataset. Each model is populated with the values of the dependent variable and the independent variable. The dependent variable is modeled as a function of the independent variable. Model accuracy is evaluated by processing new input data to generate output data that includes values of the coincident dependent variable, the independent variable, and the partition variable from the input dataset.03-17-2011
20090240378CONCENTRATING CONTROL METHOD OF GENERATING SETS FOR GRID ENERGY SAVING AND REDUCTION OF SO2 DISCHARGE - A real-time and concentrating control method for generating sets for grid energy saving and reduction of SO09-24-2009
20110106326POWER CONSUMPTION PROJECTION - The present invention provides a way to more effectively estimate energy usage by devices such as servers, including traditional mainframes as well as other enterprise systems. One core idea surrounds the fact that when detailed power consumption information is unavailable for a specific configuration, power consumption is computed/projected/estimated by de-rating the maximum power rating by a power adjustment factor that would more closely project the true power consumption. Under this approach, the power consumption is then provided as a range specifying probable expected lower and upper limits for a given device. This range is more meaningful for planning and decision-making and shows the client a more likely best and worst case energy consumption scenario for their specific device(s), and hence is helpful for planning or server comparison decisions. Cooling, energy costs, energy efficiency, and energy expanded per MIPS are also projected and given as a range instead of a single number. This gives the IT decision maker more accurate information upon which to base IT decision-making.05-05-2011
20110106329METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CHARGING STATION WITH SMS USER INTERFACE - A charging station, together with methods and systems, for charging the batteries of plug-in vehicles may be controlled with a mobile communications terminal via SMS text messages and provides an availability prediction system. One more charging stations with charging modules or ports are connected to a power source and to a control server. The control server communicates to a prospective user by text message an estimate of how long a given available charging port will remain available. A charging station with charging ports in use communicates to a prospective user that the port will be available at a particular time. Advantageous features provide hybrid switches to reduce the risk of arcing when a charging cord is unplugged for a port, demand response to modulate current draw from the power source based on usage conditions, power cord protection, illuminated user interface with ambient light sensitive illumination level, and charging ports for level one and level two charging.05-05-2011
20110106327ENERGY OPTIMIZATION METHOD - A method for optimizing customer utility usage in a utility network of customer sites, each having one or more utility devices, where customer site information is communicated between each of the customer sites and an optimization server having software for optimizing customer utility usage over one or more networks, including private and public networks. A customer site model for each of the customer sites is generated based upon the customer site information, and the customer utility usage is optimized based upon the customer site information and the customer site model. The optimization server can be hosted by an external source or within the customer site. In addition, the optimization processing can be partitioned between the customer site and an external source.05-05-2011
20120166002POWER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING CONSUMPTION POWER AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - An aspect of the present invention relates to a power management apparatus, including a communication unit communicating with a power management network and a control unit determining a restricted power amount, determining a restricted power amount for an electronic device connected to the power management network, transmitting a power restriction request, including the restricted power amount, to the electronic device, receiving a response to the power restriction request, and controlling power consumed by the power management network on the basis of the received response.06-28-2012
20120166004ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN HOME NETWORK INTERWORKING WITH SMART GRID - An energy management system in a home network interworking with a smart grid includes: a power management apparatus for managing power consumption of a power consumption apparatus; a power storage apparatus for storing or supplying power to the power consumption apparatus; a power production apparatus for transmitting status information of its power production to the power management apparatus; a mobile power storage/supply apparatus for transmitting its power status to the power management apparatus; a smart meter for transmitting a real-time price and demand response information to the power management apparatus; and a wireless terminal for inputting a schedule of a home power consumer.06-28-2012
20120166003System for Evaluating, Measuring and Verifying Power Consumption Based on Price-Point Control - A system and method for evaluating, measuring and verifying energy consumption at a facility requires initially establishing a benchmark at the facility based on price-point variations for energy costs, set by the regional ISO. The benchmark is established by measuring the facility's Energy Consumption Level (ECL) over a 30-day period, while no conservation efforts are being taken. To obtain an incentive award, a target value Energy Saving Factor (ESF) is identified relative to the benchmark. Energy conservation efforts are then implemented to control the ECL of the facility in response to price-point variations. When the target value ESF is maintained for a predetermined time, an incentive award is warranted and, once verified, can be given immediately.06-28-2012
20120083932SYSTEM FOR MANAGING ELECTRICAL POWER DISTRUBUTION BETWEEN INFRASTRUCTURE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A system for managing electrical power requirements between at least two power grids including a number of automotive vehicles each of which has an electric motor which propels the vehicle at least partly during its operation. An electric battery is contained in each vehicle as well as a wireless transmitter. A processor contained within each vehicle communicates with the wireless transmitter to transmit information to a base station indicative of the state of charge of the battery, vehicle identification information, and vehicle destination. The base station or upstream entity processes the data from the multiple vehicles to estimate the geographic power requirements necessary to recharge the batteries and then redirects power among at least two different power grids in order to meet those geographic power requirements.04-05-2012
20120130557SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTING SAVING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - A method for presenting saving opportunities for electronic devices is disclosed. Experience based data learned from past power behavior of one or more devices is received. One or more power saving opportunities are generated based on the experience based data. Estimated cost savings is calculated. A notification message is presented to a user that describes the power saving opportunities and associated cost savings for the opportunities.05-24-2012
20120130556VIRTUAL POWER PLANT SYSTEM AND METHOD INCORPORATING RENEWAL ENERGY, STORAGE AND SCALABLE VALUE-BASED OPTIMIZATION - Methods and systems provided for creating a scalable building block for a virtual power plant, where individual buildings can incorporate on-site renewable energy assets and energy storage and optimize the acquisition, storage and consumption of energy in accordance with a value hierarchy. Each building block can be aggregated into a virtual power plant, in which centralized control of load shifting in selected buildings, based on predictive factors or price signals, can provide bulk power for ancillary services or peak demand situations. Aggregation can occur at multiple levels, including developments consisting of both individual and common renewable energy and storage assets. The methods used to optimize the system can also be applied to “right size” the amount of renewable energy and storage capacity at each site to maximize return on the capital investment.05-24-2012
20120130555HYBRID ENERGY CUBE - A resource management system includes an electrical module having inputs and outputs, a water module having inputs and outputs, a gas module having inputs and outputs, a control module for monitoring on-site demand and managing operation of the electrical, water, and gas modules for converting and redistributing at least one of electric, chemical, mechanical, and heat energy to effect low operational costs, and a control bus interconnecting the electrical, water, gas, and control modules.05-24-2012
20120130554DYNAMICALLY PLACING COMPUTING JOBS - This document describes techniques for dynamically placing computing jobs. These techniques enable reduced financial and/or energy costs to perform computing jobs at data centers.05-24-2012
20120215369METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT08-23-2012
20100204845Demand Control System, Demand Controller, Demand Program, and Demand Controlling Method - A demand control system 08-12-2010
20120136496SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING DEMAND RESPONSE IN ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS - A system and method for use in a network of utility customers to estimate demand response for various utility DR programs. The system first aggregates the premises into clusters based upon customer information for each of the premises. A response estimation function is developed for each of the clusters. The demand response event request is then processed according to the clusters and the response estimation functions.05-31-2012
20120136497COMPUTER BASED ENERGY MANAGEMENT - Computer based energy management including an adaptor having a server network interface and a control device interface. The server network interface receives commands from the energy management host software, the commands specify a control device and include control instructions and requests for energy usage data. The control device interface transmits the commands to the control device and receives energy usage data from the control device. The server network interface transmits the energy usage data to the energy management software in response to receiving the energy usage data from the control device. In this manner, the adaptor provides a bridge between the server network and the copper wire network to provide control and measurement of energy usage at a control device level in response to commands from a remote computer system.05-31-2012
20110184574ANALYTICS FOR CONSUMER POWER CONSUMPTION - A system and method for centralized statistical analysis and control of power consumption is provided. The centralized statistical analysis, performed by a centralized power utility management system, may then be compared with one or more goals of the customer. Based on the comparison of the statistical analysis with the one or more goals of the customer, one or more actions may be taken including controlling one or more appliances resident at the customer premises.07-28-2011
20120173029ADAPTIVE APPLIANCE SCHEDULING FOR MANAGING ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION - A scheduler detects a change in one of an electricity consumption pattern and appliance cycle scheduling that affects electricity consumption in a future time slot of an appliance cycle schedule for a plurality of appliances. The appliance cycle schedule comprises a plurality of future time slots. Appliances scheduled for use during the future time slot are determined. A total electricity consumption for the future time slot is then computed. The total electricity consumption comprises a sum of predicted background electricity consumption during the future time slot and predicted appliance cycle electricity consumption during the future time slot. It is determined that the total electricity consumption exceeds a threshold electricity consumption associated with an electric meter associated with the plurality of appliances. A new appliance cycle schedule with each of the plurality of future time slots having total electricity consumption below the threshold electricity consumption is generated.07-05-2012
20120259474Systems and Methods for Analyzing Energy Usage - Systems and methods for analyzing energy usage are provided. In various embodiments, the systems and methods may receive weather information for a first set of geographical locations and correlate the weather information with energy demand information and economic information to generate one or more models indicating at least one energy usage pattern for a geographical location of interest based at least in part on the correlation of the weather information, the energy demand information, and the economic information.10-11-2012
20120253532SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FORECASTING ELECTRICAL LOAD - Systems and methods for forecasting electrical load are provided. A baseline load forecast for a future time period may be determined by a forecasting system associated with a power utility. As desired, the forecasting system may include one or more computers. Information associated with at least one of (i) a scheduled demand for the future time period or (ii) a planned outage associated with the future time period may be determined by the forecasting system. Based at least in part on the determined information, the forecasting system may modify the baseline load forecast. Based at least in part on the modified baseline load forecast, the forecasting system may generate a bid contract for the future time period.10-04-2012
20100049371AGGREGATED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An aggregated management system for managing a commodity, such as electricity or gas, is disclosed comprising a plurality of commodity resources; an availability calculation means; a resource aggregator, wherein each resource, depending on availability data from the availability calculation means, is aggregated to represent an aggregated resource; a resource controller, wherein each commodity resource, depending on availability, is selectively operated by the resource controller in response to a resource instruction; and an interface to provide information regarding the aggregated resource and receive resource instructions regarding the aggregated resource for the resource controller02-25-2010
20100298996METHOD FOR OPERATING A POWER STATION - A method for operating a power station and a process control technique for a power station is provided. The method includes determining at least one desired operating parameter for a future moment in time when the power station is running. An artificial neuronal network integrated into the process control technique of the power station determines a characteristic which is valid for the future moment and depends on a plurality of influencing variables, or a characteristic derived therefrom. The process control technique automatically uses the characteristic to carry out a regulating and/or controlling intervention in the operation of the power station in order to achieve the desired operating parameter. The control and protection system for a power station including the integrated artificial neuronal network is also provided.11-25-2010
20100274404PROCESS AND METHODOLOGY TO COLLECT, ANALYZE, AND SIGNAL REAL-TIME ELECTRON SOURCES OF AN ELECTRICAL GRID - Embodiments of methods and apparatuses for collecting, analyzing, and transmitting real-time electron sources of an electrical grid are disclosed herein. In various embodiments, a computing device may be configured to collect data describing present generating source or sources for one or more present supplies of electricity to an electrical grid. Additionally, the computing device may be configured to analyze the data, and determine an amount of a present electricity flow on the electrical grid being generated from one or more renewable sources. Further, the computing device may be configured to generate and transmit a signal or message to one or more devices associated with consumption and/or storage of electricity supplied by the electrical grid, based at least in part on the result of said analysis and determination. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.10-28-2010
20100274403ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Provided is an energy management system which can increase the awareness of energy saving. The energy management system according to the present invention includes a home appliance A located in a home, an external portable terminal PT, and a center device SV connected to the home appliance A and portable terminal PT via internet NT. The home appliance A includes an energy management unit 10-28-2010
20100274402SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING PREDICTIVE ENERGY CONSUMPTION - In one embodiment, a method includes identifying a first time that is associated with a first demand amount for a resource. The method also includes providing the resource to a device such that the device changes an area temperature from a first temperature to approximately a second temperature that is reached at approximately the first time. The resource is withheld from the device when the second temperature is approximately reached at approximately the first time.10-28-2010
20110106328ENERGY OPTIMIZATION SYSTEM - A system for optimizing customer utility usage in a utility network of customer sites, each having one or more utility devices, where customer site is communicated between each of the customer sites and an optimization server having software for optimizing customer utility usage over one or more networks, including private and public networks. A customer site model for each of the customer sites is generated based upon the customer site information, and the customer utility usage is optimized based upon the customer site information and the customer site model. The optimization server can be hosted by an external source or within the customer site. In addition, the optimization processing can be partitioned between the customer site and an external source.05-05-2011
20100268396SYSTEM FOR COMPARING REAL-TIME DATA AND MODELING ENGINE DATA TO PREDICT ARC FLASH EVENTS - A system for making real-time predictions about an arc flash event on an electrical system is disclosed. The system includes a data acquisition component, an analytics server and a client terminal. The data acquisition component is communicatively connected to a sensor configured to acquire real-time data output from the electrical system. The analytics server is communicatively connected to the data acquisition component and is comprised of a virtual system modeling engine, an analytics engine and an arc flash simulation engine. The arc flash simulation engine is configured to utilize the virtual system model to forecast an aspect of the arc flash event.10-21-2010
20120316688COORDINATING ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND INTELLIGENT ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION GRID CONTROL SYSTEMS - Aspects of a multi-level electrical distribution control system associated with an electrical distribution grid are disclosed. Coordination between the multi-level control system, the electrical distribution grid and an electrical transmission system can provide improved utilization of energy within the electrical distribution grid. Further, dynamic reconfiguration of the electric distribution grid can improve reliability of the electric distribution grid and can provide additional energy utilization pathways to reduce demand on the electrical transmission system. Moreover, improved control of the topography and energy utilization of the electrical distribution grid can improve forecasting for development of the electrical transmission system.12-13-2012
20120221158SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOAD FORECASTING - A method of load forecasting for a present day includes obtaining past observed load values of at least three earlier days and identifying a relationship between the present day's load forecast and the past observed load values including unknown weights associated with the past observed load values. The values of unknown weights are determined by comparing at least one previous day's load forecast with the observed load value of the at least one previous day. The determined weight values are then used in the relationship between the present day's load forecast and the past observed load values to forecast the present day's load.08-30-2012
20120226384SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AND PROVIDING DISPATCHABLE OPERATING RESERVE ENERGY CAPACITY THROUGH USE OF ACTIVE LOAD MANAGEMENT - A utility employs a method for generating available operating reserve. Electric power consumption by at least one device serviced by the utility is determined during at least one period of time to produce power consumption data, stored in a repository. A determination is made that a control event is to occur during which power is to be reduced to one or more devices. Prior to the control event and under an assumption that it is not to occur, power consumption behavior expected of the device(s) is generated for a time period during which the control event is expected to occur based on the stored power consumption data. Additionally, prior to the control event, projected energy savings resulting from the control event, and associated with a power supply value (PSV) are determined based on the devices' power consumption behavior. An amount of available operating reserve is determined based on the projected energy savings.09-06-2012
20120232711CONTROL SYSTEM, CORRECTION DEVICE, AND POWER CONTROL METHOD - Disclosed is a control system (09-13-2012
20120265357Measure Energy Consumption and Determine Energy-Consumption Patterns for Electricity-Consuming Devices - In one embodiment, one or more electronic devices access energy-consumption data at each of a plurality of electricity-consuming devices, the energy-consumption data at each of the electricity-consuming devices indicating for each of a plurality of past pre-determined time periods an aggregate energy usage by the electricity-consuming device over the past pre-determined time period, an energy-measurement unit at the electricity-consuming device having measured and recorded the aggregate energy usage by the electricity-consuming device for each of the past pre-determined time periods for later access, each of the energy-measurement units having a substantially unique identifier (ID), each of the electricity-consuming devices having its own one of the energy-measurement units; and based on the energy-consumption data, determine one or more energy-consumption patterns across the electricity-consuming devices over at least the past pre-determined time periods.10-18-2012
20120239212System And Method For Generating An Energy Usage Profile For An Electrical Device - A system for generating an energy usage profile of an electrical device is provided. The system includes a meter configured to measure electric energy usage; a memory area for storing an energy usage profile corresponding to one or more electrical devices associated with the electric meter, and at least one processor. The at least one processor is programmed to receive a request to turn off power to each of the one or more electrical devices associated with the meter, receive a request to turn on a first electrical device of the one or more electrical devices, obtain a ramp up waveform of energy usage of the first electrical device, convert the ramp up waveform to a digital signature, and store the ramp up digital signature of the first electrical device in the memory area.09-20-2012
20120239214Charge/Discharge Control Device and Power Generation System - A charge/discharge control device capable of increasing the lifetime of a storage portion while suppressing effects of fluctuation in power generated by a power generator on a power grid is provided. This charge/discharge control device is so formed as to start charge/discharge control of the storage portion if an amount of change in power detected by a power detection portion detecting power passing through a prescribed portion of a line between the power generator and the power grid is at least a prescribed amount of change when the detected power changes from first power to second power while the detected power does not return to power in the vicinity of the first power from the second power within a first period from a time point when the detected power changes from the first power to the second power.09-20-2012
20120265358SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE IN CORRECTING INTERMITTENT UTILITY SERVICE OUTAGES - Systems and methods for use in identifying and correcting intermittent utility service outages. Service interruptions associated with a site are identified. An interruption occurrence rate corresponding to the site is determined based at least in part on the identified service interruptions. An intermittent outage notification is transmitted to a remote device when the determined interruption occurrence rate exceeds a predetermined maximum interruption occurrence rate.10-18-2012
20120330472POWER CONSUMPTION PREDICTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A power consumption prediction system includes a plurality of power meters, each power meter being coupled to a particular consumer in a local usage area and configured to measure power provided to the particular consumer and to form a power usage profile for the particular consumer based on the measured power. The system also includes a consumption monitor in communication with the plurality of power meters that includes storage for storing power usage profiles received from the power meters and is configured to couple demographic information to the power usage profiles to form a local usage area profile. The system also includes a usage predictor that forms a usage prediction for a new local usage area, different than the local usage area, based on the local usage area profile and demographic information related to the new location usage area.12-27-2012
20120330473SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING LOADS - According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a system for a facility, comprising a central controller configured to monitor power drawn by loads in the facility from a power source, and a plurality of load controllers, each configured to control an operational status of an associated load, to be coupled to the central controller, and to transmit a power request from the associated load to the central controller, and wherein the central controller comprises a power profile for each one of the associated loads, and is configured to receive a power request and conduct an evaluation of the power request based on current power drawn by loads in the facility, power capacity available, and the power profiles, and based on the evaluation provide a response to control an operational state of a load associated with the at least one of the plurality of load controllers.12-27-2012
20120323387POWER SYSTEM FOR RESIDENCE - The present invention provides a household electric power system, comprising an electric control device that predicts whether voltage suppression will occur at the system side according to the historical data including voltage fluctuation at the system side, date and time, outdoor air temperature, and meteorological condition, etc. when voltage suppression occurred at the system side previously, and the present data including voltage fluctuation at the system side, date and time, outdoor air temperature, and meteorological condition, etc. The electric control device stores the surplus power generated by a solar electric power generation device as energy into an energy storage device, if voltage suppression is predicted to occur at the system side; thus, the purpose of the surplus power generated by the solar electric power generation device can be switched from selling electricity to the system side, to storing as energy.12-20-2012
20120323386ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - An electric power supply system has, as multiple storage units, an output type battery of high output and small capacity and a capacity type battery of low output and large capacity. The charge-discharge electric power of each of the storage units is controlled by a controller according to a charge-discharge schedule for a prediction period. Based on a predicted power consumption schedule, a predicted power generation schedule, and a charge-discharge characteristic of each of the storage units, the controller determines a charge-discharge schedule with regards to an optimal evaluation index, and controls the storage units in accordance with the charge-discharge schedule.12-20-2012
20120323385PROVIDING ENERGY MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS WITH AN ENERGY MANAGEMENT DEVICE - Devices, systems, and methods for providing energy management recommendations are provided. One method includes recording a number of interactions between a user and a computing device, creating an energy usage profile according to the number of interactions between the user and the computing device, computing energy usage analytics associated with the energy usage profile, presenting the energy usage analytics to the user, and providing a number of energy management recommendations that account for the usage analytics and the energy usage profile.12-20-2012
20110213508OPTIMIZING POWER CONSUMPTION BY DYNAMIC WORKLOAD ADJUSTMENT - A system and associated method for optimizing power consumption of a data center by dynamic workload adjustment. A current workload distribution of the data center is shifted to an optimal workload solution that provides acceptable level of service with the least amount of power consumption. The sum of power cost and migration cost that corresponds to the optimal workload solution is the lowest among all sums that correspond to respective candidate workload solutions. The power cost is determined by a maximum temperature of the data center and accompanying cooling cost for each candidate workload solution. The migration cost is determined by performance degradation that occurs during shifting a workload distribution of the data center from the current workload distribution to each candidate workload solution.09-01-2011
20110238232ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, ENERGY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT METHOD - An energy management system includes an equipment data management unit which manages charging/discharging loss of a battery and heat radiation loss of an electric water heater, and causes a control unit to perform control to give priority based on the comparison to the energy storage facility more reducing loss and store energy. The energy management system includes a system operation calculation unit which predicts voltage distribution of the next day of a distribution system or demand-and-supply balance amount of the entire system by state monitoring data of a power system, calculates a demand amount increasing target value necessary for avoiding a photovoltaic power generation amount suppression on a consumer end by the voltage distribution of the next day of the distribution system or the demand-and-supply balance amount, and controls the energy storage facilities so as to satisfy the demand amount increasing target value on the consumer end.09-29-2011
20100235008SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING CARBON CREDITS UTILIZING TWO-WAY DEVICES THAT REPORT POWER USAGE DATA - A load management system controller employs a method for determining carbon credits earned as a result of a control event in which power is reduced to at least one service point serviced by a utility. The controller is located remotely from the service point(s) and determines power consumed over time by at least one device located at the service point(s) to produce power consumption data. The controller stores the power consumption data. At some later point in time, the controller initiates a control event and determines an amount of power reduced during the control event based on the stored power consumption data. The controller also determines a generation mix for power that would have been supplied to the service point(s) if the control event had not occurred. The controller then determines a quantity of carbon credits earned based at least on the amount of power reduced and the generation mix.09-16-2010
20100235007METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MODELING, MONITORING, SIMULATING AND CONTROLLING POWER CONSUMPTION IN BATTERY-OPERATED DEVICES - A computer-based processing system (e.g., host server) is operable for receiving historical device operation information (power consumption data) collected during operation of the remote battery-operated device in accordance with a first set of operating parameters. The first set of operating parameters enable operation of the battery-operated device in a first operating mode. The processing system calculates an observed battery life for the device based on the received historical power consumption data and a power capacity value representing a power capacity of the battery resident in the device. This observed battery life may be output to a user and used to determine whether the device will meet a predetermined operational life. If not, parameters for the device can be modified and a new projected battery life calculated (simulation), with the new modified parameters controlling power consumption in the device.09-16-2010
20120277925Queuing access to a shared power supply - A method of queuing access to a power supply shared by a set of electrical access points. The access points turn on independently from one another and thus have independent power draws. Each access point has a specific power draw when on. The on state and associated power draw of each of access point is identified, and a load duration curve for each access point is normalized (i.e., combined with load duration curve(s)) from the other access points) into a probability distribution function. The probability distribution function is a normalized load duration curve that thus accounts for a varying set of “operating states” that may occur with respect to the set of access points (when viewed collectively). Each operating state has an associated probability of occurrence. As the operating state of the set (of access points) changes, access to the power supply is selectively queued, or de-queued (if previously queued).11-01-2012
20120277923POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A power supply system includes a solar power generator, a storage, a controller, a calculator calculating a predicted amount of electricity consumed and a predicted amount of electricity generated, a calculator calculating a shortage amount that is a difference between the predicted amount of electricity consumed and the predicted amount of electricity generated, and a device setting a predicted amount of electricity stored. In a specified time in which electricity cost is lower than in other times, the controller controls such that the storage is supplied with electricity supplied to a building until an amount of electricity stored reaches the predicted amount of electricity stored. In the other times when an amount of solar power generation is larger than an amount of electricity consumed by an electric load, the controller controls such that the storage stores a surplus of the solar electricity.11-01-2012
20120277922DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REDUCING THE ENERGY CONSUMPTION OF A MACHINE IN THE FIELD OF AUTOMATION ENGINEERING - A device and a method for reducing the energy consumption of a machine in automation engineering are disclosed. The device includes an operating unit with a display configured to display an operating mode of the machine and an operating functionality of the machine associated with the operating mode, wherein parameters associated with a selected operating functionality can be entered by an operator of the machine, and wherein the operating unit is configured to determine an energy consumption state for a selected operating functionality and the entered parameters. The energy consumption of a machine in the field of automation engineering can thereby be reduced.11-01-2012
20120277921CROSS-PROFILE COORDINATION OF ENERGY CONSUMPTION POLICIES - In one embodiment, a policy coordination device receives soft policies from a plurality of localized energy consumption control devices, and examines the received soft policies to determine corresponding energy consumption. From this, the policy coordination device creates a global policy to reduce overall peak energy consumption between the received soft policies. As such, the policy coordination device transmits corresponding policy control commands to one or more of the plurality of localized energy consumption control devices based on the global policy. In another embodiment, a particular localized energy consumption control device discloses its soft policies and in response, receives a policy control command from the policy coordination device to control operation of one or more energy consuming devices (within soft limits of the soft policies) based on the global policy.11-01-2012
20110257804Administration of Power Environments - In certain embodiments, a power administration system includes a memory module storing power management data for managing elements of a first power environment. The elements include a power system, one or more sensors, and one or more power consumers. One or more processing modules collect operational data for elements of the first power environment and translate the operational data from a first format to a first abstracted format associated with an abstraction layer for interacting with heterogeneous power environments. The processing modules collect external data from external information sources, including an environmental source providing environmental data, and translate the external data from a second format associated with a corresponding external information source to a second abstracted format associated with the abstraction layer. The processing modules update the power management data according to the translated operational data in the first abstracted format and the translated external data in the second abstracted format.10-20-2011
20120089263Power management apparatus, power management system including the power management apparatus, and method for controlling the power management system - A power management system includes a smart socket to meter power consumption of an electric device by connecting to the electric device, and be assigned a code, a power management apparatus to display a code image when a registration mode of the smart socket is performed, and a terminal to acquire a code image of the power management apparatus and a code image of the smart socket, receive information of an electric device to be coupled to the smart socket, read the acquired code images of the power management apparatus and the smart socket, pair the read power management apparatus and the smart socket code with the electric device information, and transmit the paired information to the power management apparatus. Users of all ages and dexterity can easily register, change, and release the smart socket and the electric device, such that user efficiency and accessibility are increased.04-12-2012
20110320055ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic apparatus includes a power measurement unit that measures a consumed power value, which is a value of power consumed by a cooling target, a power measurement value storage unit that stores a history of the consumed power value measured by the power measurement unit, a power prediction unit that predicts a power value to be consumed by the cooling target using the history of the consumed power value stored by the power measurement value storage unit, and a cooling control unit that controls a cooling unit so as to change a cooling strength on the cooling target according to the power value predicted by the power prediction unit.12-29-2011
20110320054SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING RESOURCE SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE - Resource sustainability performance of a facility is managed using real time resource monitoring data, and resource sustainability performance values for the facility determined using the real time monitoring data are provided in real time. In addition, resource sustainability feedback information is distributed in real time to cause a resource sustainability action to be executed in connection with the facility. The feedback information is determined from sustainability result information, which is determined from real time resource sustainability action information and the real time resource performance values determined for the facility.12-29-2011
20120101649METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING ARTICLE OF COMMERCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION USING IDENTIFICATION INDICIA - Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and apparatus for obtaining energy consumption data associated with an article of commerce. Identification indicia associated with an article of commerce is received. The identification indicia is transmitted and, in response to transmitting the identification indicia, energy consumption data is received and displayed. The energy consumption data is associated with the article of commerce.04-26-2012
20120101648Energy-Optimal Control Decisions for Systems - Methods, systems, and apparatuses are provided for controlling an environmental maintenance system that includes a plurality of sensors and a plurality of actuators. The operation levels of the actuators can be determined by optimizing a penalty function. As part of the penalty function, the sensor values can be compared to reference values. The optimized values of the operation levels can account for energy use of actuators at various operation levels and predicted differences of the sensor values relative to the reference values at various operation levels. The predicted difference can be determined using a transfer model. An accuracy of the transfer model can be determined by comparing predicted values to measured values. This accuracy can be used in determining new operational levels from an output of the transfer model (e.g., attenuating the output of the transfer model based on the accuracy).04-26-2012
20120101647METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A BATHING SYSTEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH AN ENERGY SAVINGS MODE - A method and device for use in connection with a bathing system that comprises a heating module and a filtration system. The bathing system is adapted to receive power from an energy provider that supplies power in accordance with a power consumption profile. The method comprises receiving an input from a user conveying a desire that at least one of the heating module and the filtration system is operated in accordance with an energy savings mode, and causing the heating module and the filtration system to acquire an actuated state and a non-actuated state on a basis of a usage profile associated with the energy savings mode. The usage profile causes the at least one of the heating module and the filtration system to acquire the actuated state according to a schedule established at least in part on a basis of the power consumption profile.04-26-2012
20120101646INTERACTIVE SYSTEM FOR PRICE-POINT CONTROL OF POWER CONSUMPTION - A system and method for controlling energy consumption at a facility requires categorizing operational devices at the facility into first and second groups, and prioritizing them within the group according to their energy demand requirements. A meter is provided for monitoring an actual real-time energy consumption for each device at the facility, and a totalizer is connected to the meter for measuring a total Energy Consumption Level (ECL) for all devices. A computer/controller is provided for comparing the total ECL with a first price-point (PP04-26-2012
20100168931SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ALARM FILTERING AND MANAGEMENT WITHIN A REAL-TIME DATA ACQUISITION AND MONITORING ENVIRONMENT - A system for filtering and interpreting real-time sensory data from an electrical system is disclosed. The system includes a data acquisition component, a power analytics server and a client terminal. The data acquisition component acquires real-time data output from the electrical system. The power analytics server is comprised of a virtual system modeling engine, an analytics engine, and a decision engine.07-01-2010
20120290142NETWORK SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING NETWORK SYSTEM - Provided are a network system and a method of controlling the same. The network system includes a metering device metering energy supplied from a power supply source, a communication device by which energy information related to the energy communicates, an energy management device recognizing the energy information to control an operation of an electric product, and an environment information management device recognizing a carbon amount or a carbon dioxide amount, which is generated according to the operation of the electric product. A power-saving operation of the electric product is selectively performed, based on the carbon amount or the carbon dioxide amount recognized by the environment information management device. Since a power management program is executed using an environment information management unit, energy may be further efficiently managed within an intellectual power supply network.11-15-2012
20100198420Dynamic management of power production in a power system subject to weather-related factors - Tracking movement of clouds is used to predict the effects of cloud cover on irradiation of a solar-powered distributed power generation system. The predictions enable a solar power plant to maintain the changes in its total power output within operating requirements with less or no dependence on energy storage, back up generation, or load control, use centralized and/or local coordination of solar farm control systems to use storage to its best advantage, alternately reduce power fluctuations without cloud knowledge and use real time solar output prediction capabilities to be able to provide utilities with advance information regarding power fluctuations.08-05-2010
20100198422INTEGRATED VOLTAGE AND VAR OPTIMIZATION PROCESS FOR A DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - The method determines the optimal settings for the controllable taps u08-05-2010
20100168930METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND ANALYZING ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN OPERATED CHEMICAL PLANTS - The present disclosure refers to a computer-implemented method for monitoring and analyzing energy consumption of at least one operated chemical plant, the method comprising determining a plant type specific theoretical energy consumption optimum value based on a corresponding modeled plant, identifying and grouping parameters contributing to an increased energy consumption of the plant due to processes running on the plant, due to internal characteristics of the plant, due to operating conditions of the plant, respectively, providing, such as partly automatically retrieving energy contribution rates of the respective parameters, and periodically graphing the energy consumption of the at least one plant via a bar graph starting from the theoretical energy consumption optimum value and getting up as an energy cascade to a current energy consumption of the at least one plant by adding the provided, partly retrieved single energy consumption rates of the respective parameters in groups such that the resulting energy cascade allows to monitor at least a part of the individual parameters and to automatically compare the current energy consumption of the at least one plant with an energy consumption of another plant and/or with a previous energy consumption of the at least one plant with respect to the individual parameters. Furthermore, an appropriate system is provided.07-01-2010
20100168929METHOD OF DETERMINING DEMAND THRESHOLD, AND METHOD AND SYSTEM OF DEMAND CONTROL - A method of setting a demand threshold is provided. The method comprises: (a) a control unit arranging a plurality of demand data in a descending or an ascending order as a curve; (b) the control unit connecting a maximum demand datum and a minimum demand datum with a line; and (c) the control unit setting a demand datum with a longest perpendicular distance to the line as a demand threshold.07-01-2010
20130013120INTELLIGENT ENERGY SYSTEM - An adaptive, Web-assisted energy management technology works harmoniously with geo-specific natural environments and human interactions. Adaptive algorithms of the technology increase a building's thermodynamic efficiency by simplifying and optimizing the occupant-equipment-environment interactions. Energy-using features of a building are connected and communicate via a neural net whereby AI facilitates an intelligent energy usage feedback system. A linguistic user interface enhances personal control of the system.01-10-2013
20130013121INTEGRATION OF COMMERCIAL BUILDING OPERATIONS WITH ELECTRIC SYSTEM OPERATIONS AND MARKETS - Buildings or facilities containing energy consuming or energy generating devices may be optimized for efficient energy usage and distribution. Energy consumption or generation by a building or components may be controlled by a system comprising a building model for predicting behavior of the building given predicted future conditions and possible control inputs. An optimization component running an optimization algorithm in conjunction with the building model may evaluate the predicted building behavior in accordance with at least one criterion and determine a desired set of control inputs. Commercial building thermal mass may be harnessed to continuously and optimally integrate large commercial building HVAC operations with electric grid operations and markets in large metropolitan areas. The service may be deployed using scalable, automated, web-based technology.01-10-2013
20120150359Apparatus and method for controlling consumer electric power consumption - A computer-based electrical power management and allocation system is provided that collects demand for electric power usage and allocates electric power supply in satisfaction thereof. A load control server is used to collect and schedule electrical power start requests according to policies established by either or both of the electric power consumers and electric power suppliers. The energy system collects electrical power start requests and holds them in a reservation pool for later satisfaction according to prescribed customer and supplier policies and according to an overall optimization criterion of the energy system. Start messages are then subsequently issued to begin device operation once the energy system's operational criterion is relaxed and the devices are then removed from the reservation pool. Similar queuing for later satisfaction may also be applied to the distribution of other utilities, such as water, natural gas, or guaranteed interne bandwidth.06-14-2012
20130018517SOLVING LARGE-SCALE SECURITY-CONSTRAINED ECONOMIC DISPATCH PROBLEM IN REAL-TIMEAANM Kalagnanam; Jayant R.AACI TarrytownAAST NYAACO USAAGP Kalagnanam; Jayant R. Tarrytown NY USAANM Phan; DungAACI OssiningAAST NYAACO USAAGP Phan; Dung Ossining NY US - A system, a method and a computer program product for determining an amount of an electric power to be generated in an electric power system and determining a total cost for generating the amount of electric power while satisfying at least one contingency constraint and one or more customer request. The system creates an optimization problem for calculating amount of the electric power to be generated and a total cost for generating the calculated amount of the electric power while meeting the at least one contingency constraint. The system runs the optimization problem in real-time. The system outputs, from the optimization problem, an output specifying the calculated amount of the electric power and the total cost to generate the calculated amount of the electric power.01-17-2013
20130024034ELECTRICAL QUANTITY ADJUSTING APPARATUS, ELECTRICAL QUANTITY ADJUSTING METHOD, ELECTRICAL QUANTITY ADJUSTING PROGRAM AND POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, an electrical quantity adjusting apparatus connected to an electrical facility includes a memory unit that stores a target level which is a target electrical quantity, a presenting level deciding unit that decides a presenting level to an exterior, the presenting level being an electrical quantity relating to the electrical facility and corresponding to at least a part at the target level, a presenting level output unit that outputs the presenting level decided by the presenting level deciding unit to the exterior via a communication network, a presenting level receiving unit that receives a presenting level from the exterior via the communication network, and an adjusting unit that adjusts the electrical quantity relating to the electrical facility based on the target level, the presenting level decided by the presenting level deciding unit, and the presenting level received by the presenting level receiving unit.01-24-2013
20130024036AGGREGATOR, MONITOR, AND MANAGER OF DISTRIBUTED DEMAND RESPONSE - A system includes a database storing demand response data, the demand response data including demand response agreement parameters, demand response load and energy demand characteristics of one or more demand response customers, the demand response load characteristics including power consumption capacity of each of one or more demand response loads, an aggregator to aggregate the demand response loads based on the demand response data and forecast data into a demand response portfolio, a monitor to monitor power demand of one or more demand response customers and one or more power grids, and a dispatcher to notify the one or more demand response customers of the demand response portfolio and to notify a utility of a response from the one or more demand response customers whether to control the demand response load to return the power consumption capacity of the demand response load back to the one or more power grids.01-24-2013
20130024035POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A power supply system for supplying a grid power to a building includes a power generator, a power storing device, and a power controller. The power generator generates off-grid power from a predetermined energy. The power storing device stores the grid power and the off-grid power and supplies the stored power to the building. The power controller controls consumptions of the grid power and the off-grid power. The power controller calculates predicted consumption data related to power consumed in the building and predicted generation data related to power generated by the power generator. The power controller calculates a charging-discharging schedule for the power storing device based on the predicted consumption data and the predicted generation data by formulating the charging-discharging schedule as a mixed integer programming problem.01-24-2013
20130024033SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR A POWER DISTRIBUTION TRANSFER CAPACITY CALCULATOR - In an embodiment, a method includes determining a path between a power source and a tie switch in a feeder within a model of a power distribution network. The method also includes determining one or more ratings respectively associated with one or more transformers located on the path. The method also includes determining one or more loads respectively associated with the one or more transformers located on the path. The method also includes determining one or more available capacities respectively associated with the one or more transformers based, at least in part, upon the one or more ratings and the one or more loads respectively associated with the one or more transformers. The method also includes assigning an available capacity to the tie switch in the model based, at least in part, on the one or more available capacities respectively associated with the one or more transformers, such that the model indicates how much power may be supplied by the feeder, upon activation of the tie switch, to restore power to a portion of the power distribution network.01-24-2013
20130024032APPARATUS FOR DECENTRALIZED COORDINATED VOLT/VAR CONTROL (CVVC) - A system for enhancing decentralized coordinated Volt/Var control (CVVC) includes a memory device configured to store a plurality of operational measurements of an electric distribution system. The electric distribution system includes a plurality of capacitive devices. The system also includes a processor coupled in communication with the memory device. The processor is programmed to determine a plurality of potential configurations for the plurality of capacitive devices. The processor is also programmed to determine a priority of switching of each of the plurality of capacitive devices as a function of at least one of at least one actual voltage measurement of the electric distribution system, at least one power factor determination of the electric distribution system, at least one voltage parameter, at least one power factor parameter, and an availability of each of the capacitive devices.01-24-2013
20130024031STATISTICAL METHOD TO OBTAIN HIGH ACCURACY IN FORECASTING PLANT ENERGY USE - Methods of forecasting and modulating energy consumption at a production facility are provided. The amounts of energy consumed during production and non-production times are used to obtain highly accurate hourly energy use rates for different energy use activities which are used to estimate the amount of energy that will be consumed during a subsequent time period. The forecasting and modulating methods provide a more tailored estimate of energy usage that prevents the unnecessary expense of using on-demand energy without the benefit of a pre-purchased or pre-reserved discount. The forecasting and modulating methods also help prevent overestimation of the amount of energy used.01-24-2013
20130173075POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD - A power management system includes: customer terminals; and a power management apparatus connected to the customer terminals, wherein each of the customer terminals includes a weather forecast acquisition unit that acquires a local weather forecast for a corresponding customer terminal, and a power prediction unit that predicts a power consumption and an amount of power that can be reduced for a predetermined period based on the weather forecast, and the power management apparatus includes an integration processing unit that integrates the power consumptions and the amounts of power that can be reduced that are predicted for the respective customer terminals to calculate a total power consumption and a total amount of power that can be reduced for all of the customer terminals.07-04-2013
20080234873Power efficient resource allocation in data centers - A data center may be operated to achieve reduced power consumption by matching workloads to specific platforms. Attributes of the platforms may be compiled and those attributes may be used to allocate workloads to specific platforms. The attributes may include performance attributes, as well as power consumption attributes.09-25-2008
20130178993AUTOMATED DEMAND RESPONSE ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The power flexibility of energy loads are maximized using a value function for each load and outputting optimal control parameters per load. These loads are aggregated into a virtual load by maximizing a global value function that includes the value function for each individual load. The solution yields a dispatch function providing: a percentage of energy to be assigned to each individual load, a possible time-varying power level within a time interval for each load, and control parameters and values. An economic term of the global value function represents the value of the power flexibility to different energy players. A user interface includes for each time interval upper and lower bounds representing respectively the maximum power that may be reduced to the virtual load and the maximum power that may be consumed by the virtual load. An energy trader modifies an energy level in a time interval relative to the reference curve for the virtual load. Automatically, energy compensation for the other intervals and recalculation of upper and lower boundaries occurs and is displayed. The energy schedule for the virtual load is distributed to the actual loads using the dispatch function.07-11-2013
20120253531SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMAL LOAD PLANNING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING - A system for optimal planning of electric power demand is presented. The system includes a node comprising one or more smart charging plug-in electric vehicles (SCPEVs), a processing subsystem, wherein the processing subsystem receives relevant data from one or more sources; and determines an optimized SCPEV load and optimal charging schedule for the node by applying an operations research technique on the relevant data.10-04-2012
20110270453APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRIVACY-DRIVEN MODERATION OF METERING DATA - According to an embodiment there is provided a system comprising an input for connecting the system to a power supply, at least one further power source, at least one power consumer, an identifying unit arranged to identify, based on information originating from within the system, an ongoing and/or future power consumption event by the at least one power consumer and a power router that comprises a controller and that is arranged to route power to the power consumer from at least one of the power supply and the at least one further power source, the power router storing rules that define at least part of the routing operation of the router. The power router is arranged to route power to an power consumer in accordance with the rules so that at least a part of the power consumed by the power consumer during the power consumption event is provided by the at least one power source, rather than through the input, in response to the identifying unit identifying a power consumption event.11-03-2011
20130096726Home Appliance That Can Operate In A Time Range - A home appliance can operate in a future time frame. Information is obtained from a power distributor in order to determine a time when to operate the home appliance in this future time frame. The home appliance then operates at the time determined with information from the power distributor.04-18-2013
20130096728ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE CONTROL - In a method of controlling energy consumption from an electrical power distribution system by energy storage devices, a first electrical load range for a first period in the future is communicated to the electrical power distribution system using a controller comprising a processor. A plurality of commands from the electrical power distribution system are received during the first period using the controller. A rate of electrical energy consumption by the group of energy storage devices is adjusted during the first period to a value within the first electrical load range responsive to each of the commands using the controller. A portion of the energy consumed by the group of energy storage devices is then stored in energy storage mediums of the devices during the first period.04-18-2013
20130103216METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENERGY DEMAND MANAGEMENT - To manage energy demands of a plurality of appliances, a meter controller apparatus receives a first message from a first appliance controller apparatus coupled to a first appliance of the plurality of appliances. The first message comprises first information regarding a first power demand of the first appliance and a first demand category associated with the first appliance, wherein the first demand category is one of a plurality of demand categories. The meter controller apparatus computes an updated meter controller model for the plurality of appliances based at least in part on the first message received from the first appliance controller apparatus and a present meter controller model for the plurality of appliances.04-25-2013
20130103218PROVISIONING AGGREGATE COMPUTATIONAL WORKLOADS AND AIR CONDITIONING UNIT CONFIGURATIONS TO OPTIMIZE UTILITY OF AIR CONDITIONING UNITS AND PROCESSING RESOURCES WITHIN A DATA CENTER - Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for provisioning aggregate computational workloads and air conditioning unit configurations to optimize utility of air conditioning units and processing resources within a data center are provided. Embodiments include for each air conditioning unit within the data center, determining a thermal zone generated by the air conditioning unit; for a given aggregate computational workload, identifying a plurality of computational workload configurations, each computational workload configuration indicating spatial assignments of the aggregate computational workload among a plurality of processing resources within the data center; for each computational workload configuration, calculating a total minimum energy consumption of the air conditioning units and the processing resources; and selecting the computational workload configuration with the lowest total minimum energy consumption and the determined lowest power air conditioning unit configuration corresponding with the selected computational workload configuration.04-25-2013
20130103217POWER DEMAND FORECAST DEVICE, METHOD AND SYSTEM AND POWER FAILURE DETECTION SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a power demand forecast device including: an absence detection section adapted to detect whether a consumer is absent at a given location; and a power demand forecast section adapted to forecast a power demand on a forecasted date and time in future based on an absence detection result obtained by the absence detection section.04-25-2013
20130103215UTILITY CONSUMPTION DISAGGREGATION USING LOW SAMPLE RATE SMART METERS - Utility meter readings generated at low sampling rates are disaggregated to identify consumer usage activities. Time intervals between readings can include a plurality of consumer usage activities. By employing a model which recognizes associations among consumer usage activities, effective disaggregation is possible using only aggregated consumption data and interval start times. Consumers and utility managers can design and assess conservation programs based on the disaggregated consumption usage activities.04-25-2013
20130103214Provisioning Aggregate Computational Workloads And Air Conditioning Unit Configurations To Optimize Utility Of Air Conditioning Units And Processing Resources Within A Data Center - Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for provisioning aggregate computational workloads and air conditioning unit configurations to optimize utility of air conditioning units and processing resources within a data center are provided. Embodiments include for each air conditioning unit within the data center, determining a thermal zone generated by the air conditioning unit; for a given aggregate computational workload, identifying a plurality of computational workload configurations, each computational workload configuration indicating spatial assignments of the aggregate computational workload among a plurality of processing resources within the data center; for each computational workload configuration, calculating a total minimum energy consumption of the air conditioning units and the processing resources; and selecting the computational workload configuration with the lowest total minimum energy consumption and the determined lowest power air conditioning unit configuration corresponding with the selected computational workload configuration.04-25-2013
20130123995POWER MANAGEMENT DEVICE, POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND DEMAND NOTIFYING DEVICE - A power management device includes a power demand predicting section, demand control section, demand issuing section, and acceptance receiving section. The power demand predicting section calculates a first predicted amount of power demand, representing a result of prediction of power demand of a power consumer on a date and time in a future, and a second predicted amount of power demand, being calculated after the first predicted amount of power demand, and represents a result of prediction of power demand of the consumer on the date and time in the future. The demand control section determines a demand for prompting the consumer to adjust the amount of power demand based on the first and the second predicted amounts of power demand. The demand issuing section issues the demand determined by the demand control section to the consumer. The acceptance receiving section receives acceptance of the issued demand by the consumer.05-16-2013
20130123996METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PLANNED POWER CONSUMPTION DEMAND RESPONSE EVENTS - A method and system for defining and optimizing demand response events is disclosed where at least one initial input parameter is received for selection of a demand response event, a power demand forecast is retrieved, a demand response event is automatically calculated based on the at least one initial input parameter and the power demand forecast, and an interactive user interface, the interactive user interface is generated and includes the power demand forecast, an expected power capacity forecast, and the demand response event.05-16-2013
20130123993HIERARCHICAL MODEL COMMUNICATION AND CONTROL IN A MANAGED ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - One embodiment of the present invention provides an energy-management system for managing energy within a predominantly closed power system. The system includes an upper-level energy-management module, at least one lower-level energy-management module coupled to the upper-level energy-management module, and at least one component coupled to the lower-level energy-management module. The component is configured to provide a performance model associated with the component to the lower-level energy-management module. The lower-level energy-management module is configured to provide an aggregated model to the upper-level energy-management module.05-16-2013
20130131880POWER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD - A power management apparatus and method are disclosed. The power management apparatus includes a communication unit to receive power management data including information about a pricing system being used by a consumer of power, a controller to create a power management screen on which the amount of power consumed is displayed according to the pricing system being used by the consumer, and an output unit to output the power management screen. According to the power management apparatus, a power consumer can be provided with information about various electricity pricing systems. Furthermore, information about current power rates and information on current power consumption can be displayed such that the consumer checks the information and efficiently uses power.05-23-2013
20130144453COMPUTER BASED ENERGY MANAGEMENT - Aspects include an adaptor and a method for providing computer based energy management. Commands specifying a control device from energy management host software located on a host system are received at an adaptor via a server network. The commands include control instructions and requests for energy usage data. Energy usage data are received from the control device in response to a command including a request for energy usage data. The energy usage data includes energy usage for one or more energy devices. The energy usage data are transmitted to the energy management host software. Sensor data are received from one or more sensors and transmitted to the energy management host software. Control commands are received from the energy management host software. The control commands are transmitted to the control device to alter a function of at least one of the one or more energy devices.06-06-2013
20130144451RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A method and system of managing a residential or commercial energy system is described. The method includes predicting power consumption of a building, scheduling one or more appliances sufficient to optimize a consumer's energy usage, collecting usage profiles and demand and re-calculating the predicting of power consumption of a building.06-06-2013
20110060474Power control device for a power grid, comprising a control unit for controlling an energy flow between the power generation unit, the energy storage unit, the consumer unit and/or the power grid - The invention relates to a power control device for a power grid and to a method for controlling the operation of a power control device. To allow a consumer unit connected to the power control device to be supplied with energy in an optimized manner in accordance with its requirements, a power control device according to the invention is proposed, said device comprising a power generation unit, in particular a photovoltaic unit, for generating power from renewable resources, an energy storage unit for storing energy, a load connection unit for connecting the power control device to a consumer unit for consuming energy, a grid unit, in particular an inverter unit, for connecting the power control device to a power grid, for drawing energy from the power grid and for feeding energy into the power grid, and a control unit for controlling a flow of energy between the power generation unit, the energy storage unit, the consumer unit and/or the power grid.03-10-2011
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20130151022Systems and Methods for Assessing Future Power Plant Capabilities - Embodiments of the invention can provide systems and methods for assessing future power plant capabilities. In one embodiment, a method may be provided, the method comprising: receiving one or more power plant historic operation parameters; receiving one or more power plant intrinsic performance capabilities based at least in part on an as-built configuration; receiving at least one client input; receiving at least one power plant performance model based at least in part on the one or more performance parameters of similar power plants or the one or more power plant historic operation parameters; and outputting via a user interface at least one dataset of the power plant capabilities in the future.06-13-2013
20130151023LIBRARY DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LIBRARY DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR LIBRARY DEVICE CONTROL PROGRAM - A library device having a plurality of processing units that control data access to one or more drive units includes a processor and a memory coupled to the processor. The processor executes collecting state information of each drive unit processed in each of the processing units, predicting a number of drive units in use a certain amount of time later, based on the state information of each drive unit in the processing units, predicting a number of the processing units in demand a certain amount of time later, based on restricting information that indicates the number of the drive units to be controlled by the processing unit and the number of the drive units that has been predicted, and controlling supply of electric power to the processing units, based on the number of the processing units in demand predicted by the predicting of the number of the processing units.06-13-2013
20130184886SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SMART CHARGING TECHNIQUES, VALUE AND GUARANTEE - A system and methods that enables smart charging for electric resources. A smart charging method may include smart charging customer guarantees. The charging behavior guarantee may comprise a guaranteed charging schedule that matches a regular charging schedule of an electric resource and provides power flow flexibility. A smart charging method may also include periodically updated schedules. In addition, a smart charging method may manage electric resources via a smart charging benefit analysis. A smart charging benefit may include an impact resulting from the energy management system which is beneficial to an electric resource. A smart charging method may manage the charging behavior of the electric resources on a grid based on the smart charging benefit. Further, a smart charging method may manage electric resources via a smart charging benefit analysis and smart charging customer guarantees. A smart charging method also may schedules with overrides, and may involve a method for local load management in the presence of uncontrolled loads. A smart charging method for managing electric resources may also provide direct control over prices-to-devices enabled devices.07-18-2013
20120283888Seamless Transition Method and Apparatus for Micro-grid Connect/Disconnect from Grid - A central controller of a micro-grid system is configured to receive the operational parameters of the main grid system and the micro-grid system, update a power generation plan of the micro-grid system based upon the operational parameters of the micro-grid system, wherein the power generation plan is formulated such that power outputs of the micro-grid system approximately match loads of the micro-grid system. Furthermore, the central controller forwards the power generation plan to the plurality of local controllers coupled to the micro-grid system so that the micro-grid system is able to have a seamless transition from a grid-connected mode to a grid-disconnected mode.11-08-2012
20130158732OPTIMIZING POWER CONSUMPTION IN PLANNED PROJECTS - Automatically accesses, from a database, the rate of power consumption of each object on a displayed list and automatically calculating the power consumption of each object over a planned period time of use of the object. Then, during actual use, the actual power consumption of each object on the list is automatically tracked over the planned period of time of use and the difference between the planned and actual power consumption of each object on the list is automatically calculated. The difference for each object on the list is displayed so that the user may take action interactively.06-20-2013
20130158733METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING POWER CONSUMPTION IN PLANNED PROJECTS - Automatically accesses, from a database, the rate of power consumption of each object on a displayed list and automatically calculating the power consumption of each object over a planned period time of use of the object. Then, during actual use, the actual power consumption of each object on the list is automatically tracked over the planned period of time of use and the difference between the planned and actual power consumption of each object on the list is automatically calculated. The difference for each object on the list is displayed so that the user may take action interactively.06-20-2013
20130184888SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING AND PROVIDING DISPATCHABLE OPERATING RESERVE ENERGY CAPACITY THROUGH USE OF ACTIVE LOAD MANAGEMENT - A utility employs a method for estimating available operating reserve. Electric power consumption by at least one device serviced by the utility is determined during at least one period of time to produce power consumption data. The power consumption data is stored in a repository. A determination is made that a control event is to occur during which power is to be reduced to one or more devices. Prior to the control event and under an assumption that it is not to occur, power consumption behavior expected of the device(s) is estimated for a time period during which the control event is expected to occur based on the stored power consumption data. Additionally, prior to the control event, projected energy savings resulting from the control event are determined based on the devices' estimated power consumption behavior. An amount of available operating reserve is determined based on the projected energy savings.07-18-2013
20130184887SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING ENERGY - A method of managing energy consumption in an enclosed spaced includes the step of providing temperature and foot traffic data to a plan generator. The method further includes the steps of generating an energy plan based on the temperature and foot traffic data and controlling one or more energy consuming devices based on the energy plan.07-18-2013
20130184885ENERGY MANAGEMENT COMPUTER SYSTEM - The disclosure provides an energy management system that is based on a distributed architecture that includes networked energy management devices located at a plurality of sites and a collection of energy management program applications and modules implemented by a centralized energy management service unit. The energy management program applications and modules are responsible for facilitating customer access to the system, configuring energy management devices, and collecting, storing, and analyzing energy management data collected from the plurality of sites. The energy management system is adaptable to a wide variety of energy usage requirements and enables customers to configure energy management devices at customer sites using scheduling templates, to define and customize site groupings for device configuration and data analysis purposes, and to request and view various statistical views of collected energy usage data.07-18-2013
20130184884DISPATCHABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION, CONTROL AND STORAGE FACILITY - The present invention includes a system and method for generating, controlling and storing dispatchable renewable energy. The system may include one or more wind power generation facilities and one or more solar power generation facilities to generate power that can be stored by one or more storage facilities. The power can be supplied to a power grid at a level determined by actual or predicted weather conditions, based on variable power demands. The power generated by the renewable energy sources may be combined with power generated by conventional power generation facilities to provide power in a dispatchable manner.07-18-2013
20090125156ENERGY STORAGE MODULE - An industrial automation controller module includes a main module and an energy storage module (ESM) releasably connected to the main module. The ESM includes a back-up electrical power source such as a battery or a capacitor that is electrically connected to processor circuitry of the main module when the ESM is physically connected to the main module. In case of interruption of operating power to the processor circuitry of the main module, the back-up power source of the ESM supplies back-up power to the main module to allow for completion of an emergency save operation to save data to non-volatile memory in the main module. If the ESM includes a capacitor back-up power source, it is charged by the main module and the capacitor charge is dissipated if the ESM is separated from the main module. In all cases, the ESM can include one or more configuration parameters stored therein that allow the main module to validate (or not) the ESM for the requirements of the main module, with respect to type of back-up power source, product code or model, capacity of back-up power source, and the like. The main module can also initiate periodic testing of the back-up power source of the ESM.05-14-2009
20110313579Method for Energy Saving On Electrical Systems Using Habit Oriented Control - Habit-oriented control of an electrical system. A temporal habit pattern is generated based on past environmental parameters captured by sensors, past user feedback input from a user interface, or past user commands input from the user interface. The temporal habit pattern is stored. The temporal habit pattern is compared with current environmental parameters captured by sensors or current user feedback input from the user interface. The electrical system is driven so as to optimize energy saving based on deviation of current user status and current environmental parameters from the temporal habit pattern. Generating the temporal habit pattern may include challenging user habit by tuning the temporal habit pattern to values for which the electrical system consumes less energy.12-22-2011
20110313578METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING ENERGY SAVINGS BY USING A BASELINE ENERGY USE MODEL THAT INCORPORATES AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ALGORITHM - A computer-based system, computer-implemented method, and computer program product facilitate determining energy cost savings in an energy-consuming facility, such as a commercial building, using an artificial intelligence model, for example a neural network model, that projects or estimates the amount of energy that would have been consumed by the facility but for the implementation of energy efficiency or conservation measures. Energy savings are represented by the difference between the estimate of energy that would have been consumed but for the measures and the actual amount of energy consumed by the facility under actual conditions during a time interval after the measures have been implemented.12-22-2011
20130190937Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Monitoring and Alerting Based on Energy Sources and Energy Consumption - Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for monitoring and alerting based on energy sources and energy consumption. According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for monitoring a customer's energy consumption from one or more energy sources, and for providing alerts to the customer. The method can include monitoring customer energy consumption from a utility grid; monitoring customer energy consumption from one or more alternative energy sources; determining when the customer energy consumption meets or exceeds a capability of the one or more alternative energy sources; generating an output, based at least on the determination, to indicate actual or forecasted customer energy consumption from the utility grid; and transmitting the output, wherein the output is accessible by the customer.07-25-2013
20130190938POWER GENERATION OPTIMIZATION IN MICROGRID INCLUDING RENEWABLE POWER SOURCE - A microgrid including a renewable power source is optimized by treating the renewable source as operating in an isochronous mode, and by decomposing the optimization process. A renewable capability is defined for the renewable source to enable treatment of the renewable source as operating in an isochronous mode. The renewable capability may be based on a power rating of the renewable source. An objective function of the microgrid optimization problem may then be optimized while treating the renewable source as operating in an isochronous mode. A penalty factor may be applied to avoid power shortage.07-25-2013
20130190939METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DISPATCHING ELECTRICAL ENERGY FROM DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES - Demand of a facility load for electrical energy is monitored and compared to a demand cap for a demand period. A demand cap may be set for peak periods, another demand cap may be set for part-peak periods, and yet another demand cap may be set for off-peak periods. Dispatch of electrical energy from the energy storage system is based on the demand of the facility load relative to the demand cap.07-25-2013
20130190940OPTIMIZING AND CONTROLLING THE ENERGY CONSUMPTION OF A BUILDING - Described herein are methods and systems, including computer program products, for optimizing and controlling the energy consumption of a building. A first computing device generates a set of thermal response coefficients for the building based on energy characteristics of the building and weather data associated with the location of the building. The first computing device predicts an energy response of the building based on the set of thermal response coefficients and forecasted weather associated with the location of the building. The first computing device selects minimal energy requirements of the building based on an energy consumption cost associated with the building. The first computing device determines one or more temperature set points for the building based on the energy response and the minimal energy requirements. The first computing device transmits the one or more temperature set points to a thermostat of the building.07-25-2013
20120029715METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR A DEMAND MANAGEMENT MONITORING SYSTEM - A demand management monitoring system including a remote measurement device including a microprocessor for calculating RMS voltage data from digital samples and a wireless communications device, and a server system including a database configured to store the RMS voltage data from the remote measurement device.02-02-2012
20120029714HEG - SINGLE PRIMARY NETWORK TO MULTIPLE SECONDARY NETWORK ENERGY MANAGEMENT - A method and system is disclosed that includes a central controller that communicates data available from an Energy Services Interface (ESI) to devices over multiple secondary networks of a home in different communication protocols. The controller is a home energy gateway that includes multiple communication modules for binding to a meter on a primary network and to form multiple secondary networks.02-02-2012
20120029713LOAD SHED SYSTEM FOR DEMAND RESPONSE WITHOUT AMI/AMR SYSTEM - An apparatus and methods are disclosed for controlling load shedding and payback spikes of a population by segregating the population into subsets based on predicted energy consumption usage and peak load profiles. Subset populations respond independently from another based on a communication message sent to the population. Each subset population of homes with one or more energy consuming devices responds based on a generated value generated from a randomizing distribution routine.02-02-2012
20120035777Offered Actions for Energy Management Based on Anomalous Conditions - Systems and devices for, and methods of, energy management via prompted response options based on detected anomalous conditions.02-09-2012
20130204449NETWORK SYSTEM - Provided is a network system. The network system includes: at least one unit selected from an energy receiving unit receiving energy and an energy management unit managing the energy receiving unit. An energy usage amount or energy usage rate of the energy receiving unit is adjusted; an energy usage amount or usage rate when the unit is controlled based on information relating to at least an energy rate is less than that when the unit is controlled without the base of information relating to at least an energy rate; the energy receiving unit comprises a plurality of components; and an operation of one component among the plurality of components is controlled based on the energy rate related information.08-08-2013
20130204450SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLECTING, ANALYZING, BILLING, AND REPORTING DATA FROM INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Systems and methods for collecting, analyzing, billing and reporting data from intelligent electronic devices are provided. The intelligent electronic devices include at least one sensor configured to measure at least one parameter of an electrical distribution system and output a signal indicative of the measured at least one parameter; at least one analog-to-digital converter configured to receive the output signals and convert the output signal to a digital signal; and at least one processing device configured to execute a plurality on instructions to implement a general purpose operating system for executing at least two applications, each application configured to implement a predetermined functionality based on the at least one parameter of the electrical distribution system, wherein each of the applications is independent of the other application. In one aspect, the intelligent electronic devices include a network discovery module configured to detect communication settings of a network.08-08-2013
20130204451CONTROLLING AN ELECTRICAL ENERGY SUPPLY NETWORK - A method controls an energy supply network supplying electrical loads and into which decentralized energy generators feed. The produced energy amounts depend on a current weather situation around the decentralized energy generators. To increase the stability of voltage, a mathematical network model is provided. The network model specifies a relationship between a current weather situation around the energy generator and the electrical energy produced. Weather prediction data specifying an expected future weather situation for the energy generator is determined from weather data specifying a current weather situation in the local region of the energy generator, and an expected future feed-in of electrical energy by the energy generator is determined. Control signals are generated by a control device for stabilizing a voltage level in network sections in which an expected future feed-in has been determined that will lead to a significant deviation of the voltage level from a desired voltage level.08-08-2013
20130204448NETWORK SYSTEM - A component in a network system includes an energy consumption component capable of communicating with a home area network and capable of consuming an energy generated from an energy generation unit of a utility area network, and the energy consumption component including at least one control unit to drive the energy consumption component; and a communication module to allow communication between the energy consumption component and an external component constituting the utility area network or the home area network, wherein the communication module is disposed on a path through which a power is supplied to the at least one control unit.08-08-2013
20120065791HOME ENERGY MANAGER FOR PROVIDING ENERGY PROJECTIONS - A home energy management system for providing energy usage and cost projections to a user related to management of a home network is provided. The system comprises a central controller coupled to at least one energy consuming device, the central controller being configured to receive energy consumption data from the at least one energy consuming device, and a user interface comprising a display coupled to the central controller to receive user input data and provide the user with information. The central controller is further configured to use the energy consumption data and user input data to provide the user with one or more of future energy consumption projections, energy saving suggestions, and cost saving suggestion.03-15-2012
20130096727INDUSTRIAL CONTROL ENERGY OBJECT - An energy object extension to an industrial protocol having a comprehensive suite of attributes, messages and services utilized for the monitoring and control of energy consuming or producing resources by a manufacturing automation application is provided. The energy object includes an identifier associated with an energy resource that is associated with a manufacturing automation application and an energy type associated with the energy resource. This includes a measurement characteristic associated with the energy resource to facilitate energy management by the manufacturing automation application.04-18-2013
20120083934MONITORING AND CONTROLLING ENERGY IN AN OFFICE ENVIRONMENT - A method for monitoring and controlling energy usage in an office environment is described. Energy usage information and sensor data are received from a status and control unit for an appliance. An appropriate energy profile for the appliance is determined. The energy profile is customizable by an end user based on preferences and schedules. The energy profile corresponds to appliances within an energy group. A control message is sent to the status and control unit to implement the determined energy profile.04-05-2012
20120083933METHOD AND SYSTEM TO PREDICT POWER PLANT PERFORMANCE - The present disclosure relates to the use of hybrid predictive models to predict one or more of performance, availability, or degradation of a power plant or a component of the power plant. The hybrid predictive model comprises at least two model components, one based on a physics-based modeling approach and one based on an observational or data-based modeling approach. The hybrid predictive model may self-tune or self-correct as operational performance varies over time.04-05-2012
20120095608DEMAND PREDICTION APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE, NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM - According to one embodiment, a demand prediction apparatus includes an input device configured to input data for prediction of a demand at a demand prediction target time and a prediction result of a demand at a predetermined time before the demand prediction target time as a portion of input data for prediction of the demand at the demand prediction target time when demands at a plurality of times in a day are predicted in prediction of time-series data of a demand in a future and a demand prediction operation processing unit configured to calculate a prediction value of the demand at the demand prediction target time using an input result given with the input device are provided.04-19-2012
20120095607Method, Apparatus, and System for Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Through Dynamic Management of Memory and Input/Output Subsystems - According to one embodiment of the invention, an integrated circuit device comprises an interconnect, at least one compute engine and a control unit. Coupled to the at least one compute engine via the interconnect, the control unit to analyze heuristic information from the at least one compute engine and to increase or decrease a bandwidth of the interconnect based on the heuristic information.04-19-2012
20130211612NETWORK SYSTEM - A network system is provided. The network system includes: at least one component selected from an energy receiving unit receiving energy and an energy management unit managing the energy receiving unit. The energy receiving unit or the energy management unit receives energy rate related information; an energy usage amount or a usage rate of when the component is controlled on the basis of at least the energy rate related information is less than that of when the component is controlled without the basis of at least energy rate related information; if the energy rate related information is high cost information, a function of one component constituting the energy receiving unit is limited; and an operating time or an output of the energy receiving unit is adjusted in correspondence to the limited function of one component.08-15-2013

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