Con Edison unveils energy efficiency platform


The initiative, Multifamily Energy Efficiency, seeks to reduce power consumption and costs in residential facilities with multiple units.

Under the project, the utility will provide its consumers with incentives to implement various energy efficiency measures such as the replacement of HVAC systems with low power consuming models.

In a combined statement, the California based consulting firm said it will deploy Con Edison’s programme in New York city and Westchester County as from the third quarter of 2016.

[quote] Under the terms of the two and a half year contract, Willdan will be responsible for carrying out consumers’ on-site energy efficiency surveys, selling the programme to potential customers, as well as plan and deploy outreach initiatives.

The firm will also directly implement the project’s various measures such as the installation of energy efficiency appliances.

The deal expands from a previous collaboration between the two companies. Con Edison had signed the firm for the rollout of its other energy efficiency programme Small Business Direct Install which provides small businesses with assistance to identify and install energy efficiency measures.

Recently, Willdan was awarded the Con Edison 2016 Supplier Diversity & Sustainability Excellence Award. Tom Brisbin, CEO of Willdan, commented: “We have consistently met energy efficiency targets in our programs for Con Edison.”

Sustainable energy usage

The utility is continuously seeking ways to help its customers to adopt to sustainable usage of energy.

In late March, the company collaborated with global smart energy networks solutions provider Silver Spring Networks for the supply of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) communications system.

The news came after the utility’s plans to implement an AMI project received New York State Public Service Commission’s approval.

Under the project set to kickstart in early 2017, through to 2021, the investor owned utility will deploy smart electric and gas meters as well as Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform to allow its three million consumers in New York and Wetchester County implement sustainable use of energy. [Con Edison contracts Opower for energy efficiency DCX programme].

In a press statement, Silver Spring claimed that its solution will allow the utility to drive advancements in grid reliability and customer service, and manage and monitor distributed energy resources.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.