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Why Should Facilities Managers Care About the Smart Grid?

“Work done addressing Smart Grid has been central to the last decade’s most significant technology developments; from Internet of Things to Web services and Building Automation to Big Data Energy Analytics,” said John “Jack” McGowan, CEM Principal at The McGowan Group. In an article for Automated Buildings, McGowan points out that too much of the electricity discussion is focused on the utilities business and especially on electricity generation. That discussion is lost on real estate and facility managers, despite the fact that 40% of all electricity consumption comes from buildings. “Electric utilities are important,” McGowen says, “but facility managers often ask why should I care?” The focus for facility managers is making their buildings attractive for tenants, then keeping those tenants happy. The business of electric utilities are only so interesting in that lower energy bills make happier tenants. However, a number of factors have disrupted the electricity business to the building owner’s and user’s […]

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