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mCloud delivers AI for grid responsive buildings in California and NY


mCloud, a leading technology provider, has just added artificial intelligence to its AssetCare for buildings solution; the company announced this Wednesday the addition to the solution that pretends to add grid-adaptive responsiveness to its customers.

Firstly, the addition was through using AI in the solutions cloud, to actively manage the electric demand of a building in direct response to signals from local utility operators.

Secondly, according to the company’s statement, 20 new customers of AssetCare will be benefiting from this new capability in partnership with local utilities in Canada and the United States; specifically, in British Columbia, California and New York.

Thirdly, AssetCare is a subscription-based solution that enables customers to automatically respond to utility requests to reduce energy consumption at peak times; this is an energy savings tactic called “peak demand reduction.”

Moreover, this solution aims at reducing concurrent load on a local utility grids, when demand for electricity and the cost of energy are at their highest.

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mCloud and its AI dramatically reduce time, costs and labor of building grid responsiveness

In addition, the new solution by mCloud is open for use of any utility using the standard OpenADR protocol; for grid interactivity in buildings. This compatibility is specifically relevant, after the U.S. Department of Energy released a national roadmap; to have every commercial building in the United States become grid-interactive, through standards like OpenADR.

Furthermore, the intent would be to tripling building energy efficiency using demand reduction by 2030. Consequently, the solution by mCloud would boost the adoption of this practices to enhance energy efficiency.

On the other hand, in the past, solutions for connecting buildings to the grid required extensive manual labour, meaning very few buildings have found such implementations attractive. However, mCloud’s AssetCare used the AI to dramatically simplify and automate the responses to grid signals.

In addition, three utilities have already partnered with mCloud to offer commercial customers with this solution; as said above, 20 new buildings. Such utilities are, BC Hydro, in British Columbia; the Bay Area Regional Energy Network in California, and Con Edison in New York State.

Finally, Dr. Patrick O’Neill, mCloud’s President for Connected Buildings, said. “Buildings that interact and cooperate with the grid are the future of smart; also, efficient buildings and mCloud offers the simplest pathway to get there.”

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