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EnTouch Controls Launches Restaurant/Retail Energy-Management Service

Nov. 3, 2015
Advanced Peak Energy Management leverages the EnTouch360° demand-response service.
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EnTouch Controls’ Advanced Peak Energy Management service enables owners of restaurant and retail facilities to reduce monthly energy spending by curtailing the amount of energy used during peak-demand hours.

Because utilities adjust electricity pricing based on demand, energy costs can skyrocket up to 100 times the normal rate during a peak event. Peak demand occurs during the highest point of consumption and often lasts for a half-hour or more during the day. The timing of peak-demand events is difficult to identify and can fluctuate throughout the week or month, especially during winter and summer.

Advanced Peak Energy Management leverages the EnTouch360° demand-response service, which provides a complete energy-management system with a full-time team of dedicated energy analysts to monitor and adjust the service as necessary and to work with a facilities team to prioritize alerts and preventive maintenance. The EnTouch360° building control platform is OpenADR 2.0-certified, which allows restaurant and retail facilities to receive electrical-rate information and participate in demand-response and peak-demand programs.

Advanced Peak Energy Management coordinates the operation of HVAC systems across facilities. During a peak-demand event, restaurants and retailers can save up to 35 percent or more of energy. With a non-aggressive Peak Energy Management program, energy savings of up to 10 percent is possible without negatively affecting guest comfort.

With the Advanced Peak Energy Management service, a team of energy experts monitors demand-response alerts from utilities and informs facility managers when a peak-demand event is going to occur. Facility managers then can decide whether to have the team stop or reduce the energy usage of HVAC systems via the EnTouch360° cloud-based energy-management system.

“Paying for electricity during a peak-demand event is significantly impacting to a facility’s monthly energy expenses, but facility managers often do not have necessary data about peak-demand events nor the appropriate time to react,” Ifty Hasan, chief technology officer of EnTouch, said. “With our Advanced Peak Energy Management solution, facility managers can rely on the EnTouch team and our technology to help make that decision, with no commitments and very little action required on their part.”

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