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Continuing its drive to increase energy efficiency in buildings, Johnson Controls is expanding its offerings in the demand response market
This will enable smart buildings to interface seamlessly into the grid and building owners to better manage their building’s energy consumption.
“Demand response refers to changes in electricity usage based on capacity, price or reliability signals from the electric grid,” said Brendan Young, Director: Sales & Business Development, Johnson Controls Africa.
Dave Myers, Vice President of Johnson Controls and President of the company's Building Efficiency business, said, “Critical to this market is the ability of building owners to reduce their energy consumption by managing how much energy their buildings consume and when that energy is consumed.”
The recent acquisition of EnergyConnect Group, a leading provider of smart grid, services and technologies, enhanced the position of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency as a demand response specialist in the large commercial, industrial and institutional markets. Johnson Controls helps customers reduce energy and operational costs by providing building management solutions and the additional products and services from EnergyConnect broaden Johnson Controls' portfolio of energy solutions offerings.
"With the acquisition of EnergyConnect, Johnson Controls now combines the power of building automation systems with an intuitive technology platform that allows customers to capture demand response opportunities,” said Young. “This creates a new level of building intelligence."
EnergyConnect's demand response technology and service platform provides energy managers and facility operators with real-time information and access to energy markets, enabling them to manage energy usage. EnergyConnect's GridConnect technology platform features a scalable, cost-effective, clean technology to enhance the grid's efficiency and reliability.