by Shane Henson — November 27, 2013—BuildingIQ, an energy management software company, recently announced that the City of Las Vegas is the first city in the world to deploy its cloud-based energy management system broadly for optimized power consumption.
The deployment is part of utility NV Energy’s ground-breaking mPowered program, which was developed to help customers lower their bills using advanced technologies and tools that enable them to use energy more efficiently. By utilizing BuildingIQ’s optimization software, Las Vegas has become the first major city in the United States to leverage this type of energy management solution to achieve meaningful energy savings, while reducing strain on the power grid. The move also enables Las Vegas to lay the foundation for creating a fully integrated smart city, says BuildingIQ.
BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy Optimization software learns a building’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) energy patterns to predict consumption. Based on these predictions and electronic signals sent directly from NV Energy, the cloud-based system automatically optimizes energy usage and manages demand response (DR) events, all while maintaining occupant comfort.
By enrolling in the mPowered program and participating in demand response (DR) events, Las Vegas will be able to benefit from access to the software and the resulting energy reductions. BuildingIQ’s software not only delivers measurable energy and peak load savings, but provides Las Vegas with insights and detailed tracking of the performance of its buildings, says the company. In addition, the software can be deployed and deliver results in a wide variety of building types and sizes.
“Sustainability is one of the core values for our city,” said Tom Perrigo, chief sustainability officer for Las Vegas. “We are proud to be participating in NV Energy’s unique program, which aims to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. The early results from BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy Optimization solution have been fantastic and we look forward to seeing wide deployment through our city and the state.”