BOMA Chicago makes first non-utility smart grid bid

The building owners trade group is vying against hundreds of utilities to receive $92.7 million to integrate 260 downtown Chicago office buildings.

08/24/2009


The Building Owners and Managers Assoc. of Chicago ( BOMA Chicago ) is going where no non-utility has gone before-into line for a federal smart grid handout. According to a report in Greentech Media , BOMA Chicago and its partners are asking the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) for $92.7 million to help make a "virtual generator" out of 260 downtown office buildings. The money would come from DOE's smart grid investment grant program .

The idea is to install smart meters at those buildings and monitor and control them from a BOMA Chicago network operating center. That, of course, will require major upgrades to BAS and software. But being able to turn down those buildings' power in concert-along with adding backup generators, solar panels, or other distributed power generation sources to the upside-could offer demand response and energy efficiency savings of up to 20%, worth about $30 million a year in new revenue, the association claimed.

That gives it "more bang for the buck than any other program we have seen," BOMA Chicago executive vice president Michael Cornicelli said in a news release.

It's hard to say how an application for a business association-controlled smart grid system will play out against those being proposed by utilities themselves. BOMA Chicago does say that some of its 91 fellow chapters could replicate the project in their cities at a lower cost once the kinks are worked out, potentially multiplying its stimulating effects in a way utility-specific projects might not. Hundreds of utilities have applied , and added up, publicly announced requests have already exceeded the $3.4 billion available. The first set of grant winners is expected to be announced in October.

In Chicago, demand-response provider Metropolitan Energy would design, build, and run the network operations center, and Schneider Electric would be the contractor. The French power giant has also lined up BOMA's end of the $92.7 million commitment in financing through Bank of America and other sources, reports Crain's .





The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Natural gas engines; New applications for fuel cells; Large engines become more efficient; Extending boiler life

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me