Why Las Vegas is betting on predictive software for energy optimization

Las Vegas City HallLas Vegas is taking part in NV Energy's mPowered program to save energy and reduce its carbon footprint. The utility's program leverages software from Foster City, CA-based BuildingIQ that can learn a building's HVAC energy patterns to predict consumption and then automatically optimize energy usage and manage demand response events.

According to BuildingIQ, that makes Las Vegas the first major city in the U.S. to leverage this type of energy management solution to achieve meaningful energy savings, while reducing strain on the power grid. And as the press release below suggests, it also helps Las Vegas lay the foundation for a fully integrated smart city.

IDC Research Director Ruthbea Yenser Clarke rightly points out that the mPowered program is an excellent example of how a partnership can be the impetus for a smart city. In the case of Las Vegas, the initiative includes a technology vendor, city government, the local utility and numerous building managers.

 “This program provides a win-win situation for the stakeholders and creates operational efficiency for all parties," Yenser Clark notes.  ”We’ll start to see a wider adoption of these types of initiatives as they prove successful and people become educated about the tangible benefits.”


 City of Las Vegas Leads the Way with Energy Optimization  

Innovative City of Lights first in the world to deploy BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy OptimizationTM to deliver energy savings in award-winning, LEED Gold city hall and other public buildings

San Francisco – November 14, 2013BuildingIQ, a leading energy management software company, today announces 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. By utilizing BuildingIQ’s optimization software, Las Vegas has become the first major city in the country to leverage this type of energy management solution to achieve meaningful energy savings, while reducing strain on the power grid. It also enables Las Vegas to lay the foundation for creating a fully integrated Smart City.

BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy OptimizationTM software learns a building’s 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 DR events, all while maintaining occupant comfort.

By enrolling in the mPowered program and participating in DR events, Las Vegas will be able to benefit from access to the software and the resulting energy. BuildingIQ’s software not only delivers measurable energy and peak load savings, but provides the City of Las Vegas with insights and detailed tracking of the performance of its buildings. In addition, the software can be deployed and deliver results in a wide variety of building types and sizes. This makes it the perfect solution for the City of Las Vegas’ diverse portfolio, which includes its award winning, LEED Gold city hall.

“Sustainability is one of the core values for our city,” said Tom Perrigo, chief sustainability officer for the city of 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 OptimizationTM solution have been fantastic and we look forward to seeing wide deployment through our city and the state.”

“The mPowered program, using BuildingIQ’s software, is an excellent example of how a technology vendor, city government, utility and multiple building mangers can come together in order to begin to create a Smart City,” said Ruthbea Yenser Clarke, Research Director, global Smart Cities Strategies at IDC. “This program provides a win-win situation for the stakeholders and creates operational efficiency for all parties. We’ll start see a wider adoption these types of initiatives as they prove successful and people become educated about the tangible benefits.”

“Through the Demand Response Partnership Program, USGBC is working with those in the commercial building industry and the energy industry to find solutions that benefit both sides of the grid and the environment,” said Brendan Owens, VP LEED Technical Development, U.S. Green Building Council. “We are pleased to be working with NV Energy and their mPowered program to help drive demand response in LEED buildings such as the City of Las Vegas’ LEED Gold City Hall.”

“Demand response can play a pivotal role in meeting the City of Las Vegas’ energy needs without relying on fossil fuel power plants that pollute our air and consume the state’s much-needed water resources,” said Jim Marston, vice president of Environmental Defense Fund’s US Climate and Energy Program.  “EDF applauds the City of Las Vegas for taking an innovative, dynamic energy management approach that will spur economic growth, cleaner air and a safer climate for all Nevadians.”

“The City of Las Vegas is proof that automated energy management can be extremely successful in large-scale implementations and help to overcome some of the barriers that are associated with developing a Smart City,” said Michael Nark, president & CEO of BuildingIQ. “They are already one of the most water-smart cities in the country and are now becoming one of the most energy efficient. The initiatives that have been put into place are turning it into a beacon of sustainability.

BuildingIQ will be exhibiting at GREENBUILD 2013 from November 20-21 in the smart grid pavilion, booth 3959. To learn more, visit https://buildingiq.com/.