|[December 10, 2012]
Constellation Launches Web Service Application for Smart, Automated Load Response
BALTIMORE --(Business Wire)--
a business unit of Exelon, today announced the nationwide launch of
VirtuWatt™ Link, the first web service application to facilitate
response program participation. VirtuWatt™ Link allows a facility's
existing automation system to manage load curtailment automatically
based upon energy market signals and pre-set scenarios -- without the
installation of redundant or proprietary building controls hardware.
By reducing the upfront cost associated with load response automation,
VirtuWatt™ Link enables a broader range of facility types and sizes to
participate in a wider array of energy market programs. VirtuWatt™ Link
is an extension of Constellation's VirtuWatt™
energy management platform, which allows commercial and industrial
customers to easily monitor energy usage in real time and schedule load
curtailments for load response programs.
"VirtuWatt™ Link provides a leap forward for our customers and building
automation vendors in making facilities behave intelligently, by
efficiently connecting existing automation infrastructure to energy
market signals," said Gary Fromer, senior vice president, load response
for Constellation. "This nexus of market access, intelligence and
surgical action enables commercial, industrial and institutional power
users to be proactive and strategic about how and when electricity is
used, without compromising business operations or requiring wholesale
replacement of existing controls infrastructure."
Companies that offer a wide variety of energy management and automation
solutions, from customer-specific to broad-in-scope, are teaming with
Constellationto implement VirtuWatt™ Link as a pre-integrated,
During the beta release of the solution, Trane,
a leading provider of energy efficiency HVAC systems, building and
contracting services, parts support and advanced control, created a
VirtuWatt™ Link adapter for its Tracer™ and TIS platforms, which is now
live and supporting load response programs at Trane's (News - Alert) Texas facilities.
Software, a software provider of automated demand response services
for office complexes, schools, hospitals and datacenters, has integrated
the VirtuWatt™ Link product with its cloud-based energy and load
"VirtuWatt™ has enabled us to deliver a reliable, seamless, end-to-end
solution for our customers, while reducing complexity and costs
associated with demand response signals," said Joe Pollard, CEO of
Vedero Software. "Constellation is certainly demonstrating leadership by
allowing both channel partners and customers to benefit from a lower
cost of implementation and better access to energy markets."
VirtuWatt™ Link provides comprehensive load response and security
services, including: authentication access control, ISO event dispatch
notification and acknowledgement and utility meter usage data.
VirtuWatt™ Link can be integrated to any energy management or controls
system that utilizes web services. Its architecture is designed to
seamlessly handle demand response market signals and energy data from
utilities and independent system operators (ISOs), and is built to
accommodate developing demand response protocol standards, such as
On December 13, 2012, at 2 p.m. EST, Constellation's VirtuWatt™ and
VirtuWatt™ Link will be the focus of an energy management webinar hosted
Leader. Click here
for registration details.
*Use of the term "partner" does not constitute or imply a partnership
or any other fiduciary relationship.
The Constellation family of retail electricity and natural gas suppliers
are subsidiaries of Exelon Corp., and are leading competitive retail
suppliers of power, natural gas and energy products and services for
homes and businesses across the continental United
States. Constellation's retail businesses serve more than 100,000
business and public sector customers, including more than two-thirds of
the Fortune 100, and nearly one million residential customers.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) is the nation's leading competitive energy
provider, with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues.
Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities
in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is the largest
competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of
owned capacity comprising one of the nation's cleanest and lowest-cost
power generation fleets. The company's Constellation business unit
provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business
and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential
customers. Exelon's utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to
more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern
Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO (News - Alert)). Learn more at: www.exeloncorp.com.
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