Category Archives: Consumption

Powering smarter buildings with Grid 2.0

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The U.S. power grid summons to mind colossal-sized images: sky-high transmission towers, enormous generating stations and soaring high-voltage transmission lines. It’s a vast, mature and highly complicated infrastructure that continues to keep our homes and businesses illuminated, temperature controlled and vibrantly humming with energy.

Green_PowerGridThe current grid is made up of 2.7 million miles of power lines with power from 5,800 power plants regulated by 3,200 utilities. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuel power plants using coal, oil or natural gas generate 70 percent of the power for the U.S. with nuclear power plants generating 20 percent. There is a need to not only address the current grid model, but to improve the grid, how we access it and, more importantly, how we pay for energy.

As markets rapidly evolve in an increasingly connected world, power grid technology is physically becoming smaller and our energy density is becoming greater. Thanks to wireless communications and innovative software applications, we are able to integrate electricity generation, transmission and load with data analytics to better understand what is happening on both sides of an electrical meter. It’s called Grid 2.0, and it’s no longer the grid of the future thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). It is quickly becoming the grid of the here and now, analyzing and integrating data, and adjusting, distributing and personalizing energy based on real-time supply and demand.… Read More

Unlock value with demand side response energy management

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Did you know that cost savings and sustainability initiatives often go hand-in-hand? Below, JLL’s Usama Sapru explores the benefits that demand side response energy management can bring to your business – impacting both the bottom line and helping you to achieve your sustainability objectives in the process.

It’s no secret that today’s building owners, occupiers and managers are under pressure to keep operating costs low – but they’re also tasked with achieving increasingly aggressive sustainability objectives.

The good news? Striking a balance between the bottom line and social responsibility is possible – and in some cases, even profitable. When it comes to energy management, adopting a Demand Side Response (DSR) policy provides one such opportunity.

What is Demand Side Response?Demand side response energy management

In the UK, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimates that electricity demand in the region will double by 2050. At the same time, there is a growing need to source cleaner electricity – especially given that conventional power stations are highly polluting and expensive to run (yet still required to meet peak demand and avoid blackouts).

Consequently, the National Grid System (NGS) is continuously changing the electricity supply to balance consumer demand and total generation requirements.… Read More

Evaluating your offsite renewable energy options? Why direct access service may be the best option for your business

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Understanding and evaluating your options for offsite renewable energy solutions– which have never been more affordable, especially for C&I organizations – can be challenging. To demystify the process, JLL’s Lauren McAdam outlines why direct access service may be the best offsite renewable option for your business.

What does Direct Access Service entail?  

With Direct Access Service, organizations enter into an Energy Supply Agreement (ESA) with the Energy Service Provider (ESP) for their electric supply, and the Utility continues to deliver the electricity through its transmission and distribution systems.… Read More

Go off the grid with offsite renewable energy solutions

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Alternative energy is a hot topic these days. But did you know that you don’t necessarily need to produce renewable energy onsite to take advantage of the benefits? JLL’s Lauren McAdam explains what your options are for offsite renewable energy – and what you need to know when evaluating your opportunities. 

It’s no secret that renewable energy alternatives present attractive new options for commercial and industrial real estate owners and occupiers. But the reality is that most commercial and industrial (C&I) organizations can’t achieve their sustainability goals such as carbon reduction and energy savings solely through onsite renewable energy solutions – site size limitations, site intrusion, operational interruptions, contract commitment lengths, and other factors all can limit the opportunities.

Many large companies are increasingly looking to offsite renewable energy solutions as an alternative way to achieve their sustainability goals– and approximately 75% of S&P 500 companies have some form of sustainability goals.Read More

What’s the hype with electric vehicle charging stations?

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You’ve probably seen electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around town – in parking lots, at taxi stands, or even in your garage at home. But are you aware of the trends that are driving the EV charging market – and the opportunities that EV charging stations can create for your business? 

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There’s no doubt that the EV charging market is growing. In fact, the global market for EV supply equipment is projected to be worth more than $1 billion by 2020.

EV charging equipment (and associated installation costs) have also become more affordable than ever before, in large part due to new incentives from utilities and federal, state and local governments. In some areas, local utilities even offer free hardware and installation services for EV infrastructure.… Read More