Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (LBNL)

Energy Management, Building Technology

LBNL asked Kenmark to participate in a cutting-edge energy management test that could prove the viability of reducing energy consumption during the peak hours of power demand. Through the Building Operations Center (BOC), Kenmark proved that the BOC could accept commands directly from a mock utility company server in order to curtail energy use in multiple buildings. During simulated brownout periods, the test showed instantaneous results, with energy reductions of 50% or more. If more buildings had the capability of a load shed demand response through a system like the BOC, it is possible that the need for new energy plant construction in California could be significantly reduced. This program confirmed the possibility that final annual energy cost saving could range from 10-20% off an entire year’s utility billing.