Indoor Agriculture Study

ERI Study on Indoor Agriculture Published to ETCC

Energy Resources Integration (ERI) in collaboration with Southern California Edison (SCE) recently completed a Market Characterization of Indoor Agriculture. This study focuses on fully indoor non-cannabis horticulture, also known as Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). The demand for fresh produce in densely populated regions, combined with external forces such as drought, fires, and climate change, have propelled the development of urban …

Leveraging IoT in Facility Operations

Leveraging IoT in Facility Operations

There is an abundance of data all around us. Up until recently most of this data was unable to be collected for any number of reasons. Perhaps it was too labor intensive to monitor and track it, or perhaps the data was not useful enough to justify purchasing and installing equipment. Enter the Internet of Things, or IoT. The IoT …

Commercial Building Air Exchange

How often should you exchange air in an office building?

Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, most people would never think about how many times the air inside their office building was cycled, filtered, and ultimately exchanged for fresh outside air. However, as employees are beginning to return to the office this summer, many are thinking about how clean the air inside their office really …

Refrigerant Regulations

New Refrigerant Regulations

Recently passed California and Federal climate regulations are aiming to curb global warming by reducing the impact of HFC refrigerants. While these regulations will not immediately impact existing refrigeration and HVAC systems, they will have the potential to impact choices for new equipment and retrofits in the coming years. Why Refrigerants? Many refrigerants, including the currently common class of Hydrofluorocarbons …

Financial benefits to Corporate Energy Upgrades

Unlocking the Non-Energy Benefits for Commercial Upgrades

Whether you’re changing out your HVAC, lighting, or performing tenant improvements, building decisions or ownership approval usually boil down to budget. Financial constraints are often the limiting factor when retrofitting systems or equipment. Sometimes facility upgrades can be justified with utility rebates, tax credits, discounts, or other monetary incentives to make your budget work. While this is effective, oftentimes the …

Submetering for Multi Tentant Properties

Submetering for Multi-Tenant Properties

For many multi-tenant property owners, the process of allocating utility costs along to tenants can be a challenge. While tenant spaces can be set up with direct utility meters, this doesn’t work well where tenant spaces may be reconfigured and built out differently for each new tenant’s needs. Pro-rating energy use by the square-footage of each tenant space can provide …

AESP 2021

AESP 2021: Reshaping Customer Engagement Technologies in a Remote Environment

At this year’s 31st annual conference for the Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) and presented virtually, ERI’s Engineering Manager Ethan Clifford will discuss strategies for benchmarking and remote data analytics during the era of COVID-19. On January 28th at 8:30am PT, the session will explore a tool that ERI has piloted and used to successfully identify energy savings potential …

CPUC Utility Batteries Blackouts

California approves utility-scale battery storage to avoid blackouts

California Approves Energy Storage Systems to Bolster Grid [ read Bloomberg article » ]Its Electric Grid Under Strain, California Turns to Batteries [ read New York Times article » ] The CPUC recently approved one of the largest utility-scale battery storage installations in the country, in an effort to improve grid resiliency. The approval came in the wake of rolling …

Wildfire Resilience Plan

Preparing for Future Wildfires with a Resilience Plan

Fire season is upon us. Due to California’s recent storms, there are multiple thousand-acre fires across the state that are threating homes, business, and utility infrastructure. This is nothing new from previous fire seasons in California but as time progresses, we learn new ways and methods to adapt to these conditions in the short term. During 2020, all California utilities …

SEM Energy Efficiency

How to leverage SEM with your Facilities

July 16, 2020 One of the most complex barriers to a successfully energy efficiency project is educating the staff and other stakeholders on how and why energy is being saved. It is quite common for systems to revert back to “normal” after implementing system upgrades that significantly reduce the energy savings and all the great work that was performed. Strategic …