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mCloud Delivers AI Grid-Adaptive Energy Savings to First 20 Buildings in North America

June 10, 2021
A subscription-based solution enables customers to automatically respond to utility requests to reduce energy consumption at peak times.

mCloud Technologies Corp., a provider of AI-powered asset management and ESG solutions, has added grid-adaptive demand management to its AssetCare for Buildings solution using AI in the cloud to actively manage the electric demand of a building in direct response to signals from local utility operators. The company is onboarding its first 20 new AssetCare customer buildings to benefit from this capability in partnership with local utilities in British Columbia, California, and New York.

Through AssetCare, mCloud offers a subscription-based solution enabling customers to automatically respond to utility requests to reduce energy consumption at peak times. This is an energy savings tactic called peak demand reduction, aimed at reducing concurrent load on a local utility grid when demand for electricity and the cost of energy are at their highest. Any utility supporting the industry-standard OpenADR protocol for grid interactivity is directly supported by AssetCare. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a national roadmap to have every commercial building in the United States become grid-interactive through standards including OpenADR, with the intent of tripling building energy efficiency using demand reduction by 2030.

Conventional solutions for connecting buildings to the grid required extensive manual labor, meaning very few buildings have found such implementations attractive, hampering widespread adoption. mCloud addresses this problem through the use of AssetCare's AI and edge connectivity to the cloud, which simplifies and automates the deployment and ongoing response to grid signals for load management.

AssetCare's visual analytics capabilities add an enterprise layer, enabling utility partners to continuously track peak demand reductions at the sub-asset level. Likewise, AssetCare customers can track their energy savings and reductions in their carbon footprint anywhere, anytime.

Dr. Patrick O'Neill, mCloud's president for Connected Buildings, said: "The vision of making every commercial building grid-interactive is now a reality with AssetCare. Buildings that interact and cooperate with the grid are the future of smart, efficient buildings, and mCloud offers the simplest pathway to get there.

"When combined with our fully automated indoor air quality optimization capabilities, mCloud offers customers a unique, single solution that simultaneously makes indoor environments safe, sustainable, and remarkably energy efficient."

As announced on April 21, 2021, mCloud has partnered with three utilities in the United States and Canada and is actively working with them to drive adoption of AssetCare through utility-sponsored incentives. BC Hydro, the provincial utility in British Columbia, is partnered with mCloud to offer certain commercial customers a direct incentive to make their buildings grid-responsive. The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) in the state of California and Con Edison in New York State, two of the highest peak demand regions of the United States, are similarly partnered with mCloud to deliver energy savings.

This grid-adaptive energy savings capability is available for any current or new AssetCare buildings customer with a participating energy utility. For more information, visit here.

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