Five Steps to ensure you’re selecting Energy Solutions that drive the Best Value for your Business

press-DMAIC-environmental-regulations Does your business have an immediate need to meet environmental regulations to sustain continued operations?

Have you recognized that energy costs are increasing?  Are energy costs a significant part of your operating budget?  Are you experiencing recent utility outages that are having a significant impact on production?  Do you see an opportunity for significant market recognition and growth through more sustainable or energy efficient programs?  Are you conscious of your carbon footprint or the greenhouse gas emissions that your business generates?  If so, you are probably looking to establish or are already executing an Energy Management Program within your organization.  Here are five steps to ensure your Energy Management Program is prioritizing and investing in Energy Solutions that will drive the Best Value to your Business.

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DEFINE

Whatever the reason that caused your business to embark on an Energy Management Program, it is important to define key metrics that will drive the results needed to achieve your objectives.   Environmental regulations impacting your business have reduced so significantly that continued business operations will be dictated by the ability to achieve new emission limits.  Shareholders are expecting net margin results that are being significantly impacted by rising energy costs.  Customers are only willing to purchase product from companies that are able to demonstrate implementation of a sustainable energy program.  Production output, and annual revenue growth targets, are impacted by frequent utility outages.  No matter which of these issues is key to your business success, it is critical that you define goals with quantifiable metrics and objectives to achieve the success you want to drive.  Having goals will be critical for your team to understand what the business is focused on driving and have a common method to measure results.

MEASURE

What gets measured, gets improved.  What gets measured, gets done.  Without a measurement system it can be extremely difficult to identify what issues are most significant, gain agreement amongst team members, and quantify the impact of your efforts to meet business objectives.  However, the most difficult part of measuring a process can be where to get data or how much investment is necessary.  Fortunately for Energy Management Programs, your local Electric or Gas Utility are already capturing data that can be obtained for your measurement efforts.  Their data will contain electrical demand and usage charges as well as thermal usage that can be instrumental to highlight a number of potential project opportunities.  If further details are required, further investment may be required by your organization.  A targeted monitoring program can use existing internal resources to periodically record electric demand and usage or thermal load flows, temperatures, and pressures.  Ultimately, a real-time monitoring system with sensors measuring each process, recording data, providing trending capabilities, and alarms to identify when thresholds are exceeded will be the most accurate, informative, and least resource intensive.   Before embarking on an extensive real-time monitoring or building management system, we recommend that measurement points be evaluated by the cost to implement and the potential return for your business.

ANALYZE

This is the process of reviewing measurement data to determine root causes, process variation, and system defects.  Make sure you take time to review the captured data for accuracy as this information is being used to identify improvement programs and the business impact they will generate.  Take time to review and remove bad data so that only valuable activities are identified as next steps for your business.  Single outlying events or system defects may identify activities that can be quickly corrected to avoid future impact.  Process variations may identify longer term implementation activities that can have varying degrees of investment and benefits.  All issues identified through your analysis should be normalized to a common denominator such as shareholder value added to prioritize what to focus on for your improvements.

IMPROVE

The Energy Industry is rapidly changing with new energy efficiency and onsite generation technologies as well as government incentives programs.   Renewable energy technologies are very attractive with the thought of using free fuel to produce energy while being good stewards of the environment.   The government may provide significant incentives for a technology to entice buyers to be an early adopter of that technology.  However, even with incentives, renewable technologies can have higher investment costs, be less reliable with lower availability, and have longer paybacks.  Solutions for your business may vary based on whether an issue can be resolved with process improvement, energy efficiency equipment, or onsite generation.  Just considering onsite generation, different solutions may be selected based on combined electric and thermal needs, electric energy usage, or electrical demand.  Factors such as facility location and time of operation will also have an impact on which solution is the best fit.  Selecting a business partner that is capable of navigating technologies and government incentives to provide you, the client, with fairly evaluated choices is important.

CONTROL

Critical to your projects success will be a control system that will monitor to ensure your process changes have the performance outcome you expected.  To often operators with good intentions can forget, become untrained with infrequent events, are overloaded with work on other critical issues, or re-assigned to other tasks leaving the process your business recently improved at risk of operating out of compliance.  Controls are often left to the end of an improvement project where it can be difficult to implement effectively.  We at Regatta Solutions have found that it is imperative that controls be designed into the project from the beginning design stages.  Access to measure critical parameters should be made so that algorithms are in place to automatically make adjustments in real-time.  A good control system will also be capable of coordinating activities between multiple pieces of equipment or generation sources to ensure success of the overall operation.  Alarms will be put in place to call on operators by exception when their resources are needed to correct issues with equipment.  An automated control system is also a great opportunity to provide real-time performance and financial results for executive awareness and continued measurement for future improvement programs.

SUMMARY

Energy is an integral part of business operations today.  With rising energy needs and costs, management of these resources is becoming or has become an important part of your business success.  An Energy Management Program based on a process to provide direction, identify critical best issues, provide best value solutions, and ensure your investment decisions are achieved will help drive your success.  At any stage you may require assistance from outside experts to help you successfully navigate your energy program.  Regatta Solutions has engaged clients at various stages in this process to ensure our energy experts, applications engineers, and service team are available to help meet your goals.  You can learn more about Regatta Solutions at www.regattasp.com or give us a call at (949) 481-9670.  We would be happy to discuss your energy programs progress, success, current challenges, and how our team might help you achieve your goals.

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Capstone C800S Microturbine to Power Large Pharmaceutical Company in California

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CHATSWORTH, Calif., Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that its California distributor received an order for a C800 Signature Series microturbine to upgrade a large pharmaceutical company in Northern California.

Regatta Solutions, Capstone’s distributor in California, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in December 2016. The customer selected Capstone microturbines over reciprocating engines due to their ability to provide 24/7 secure power while also meeting strict Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Best Available Control Technology (BACT) emissions levels, which allow the system to operate continuously and not just as a backup power source.

The natural gas-fueled C800S microturbine will be installed in dual mode to provide both prime and secure back up power for the facility. The electricity-only configuration will also mitigate first and second order power security threats, whether it be a utility grid failure or cut in fuel supply. Once installed, the microturbine energy system is expected to significantly reduce operating costs while also protecting highly sensitive manufacturing process loads. Additionally, the customer intends to expand their utilization of the microturbine by adding heat recovery equipment in 2017.

“We are seeing a growing number of companies that have created a multi-dimensional strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while delivering smarter, more resilient electric power to their enterprises,” said Steven Acevedo, President and CEO of Regatta Solutions. “Large, highly technical manufacturing processes will continue to look for operational cost savings while complying with environmental regulation and maintaining secure power to their facilities. Capstone’s technology has the ability to do all three of these things,” added Mr. Acevedo.

“Pharmaceutical companies require a steady and reliable source of energy to develop their products as efficiently as possible and Capstone is dedicated to helping these businesses achieve high energy availability and operational efficiency while working toward their goals for long-term sustainability,” said Jim Crouse, Capstone’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

About Capstone Turbine Corporation

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST) is the world’s leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone has shipped approximately 8,800 Capstone Microturbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation’s energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, China and Singapore.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as that term is used in the federal securities laws, about further expansion into CHP applications, the advantages of our CHP applications, and their ability to provide secure power, reduce operating costs, protect sensitive manufacturing process loads, and meet emission levels. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “objective,” “intend,” “targeted,” “plan” and similar phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties described in Capstone’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that may cause Capstone’s actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such statements. Capstone cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Capstone undertakes no obligation, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

“Capstone” and “Capstone Microturbine” are registered trademarks of Capstone Turbine Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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Microgrids Ensure Business Resiliency

steve-speaking-building-maintenance-management-expoMicrogrids are the optimal energy solution for sustainability, resilience and cost effectiveness.

Steve Acevedo spoke today on real life examples from breweries to manufacturing, to focus on how microgrids are sized and designed to increase business resiliency as well as the impact they can have on a operating costs.  By combining solar power, battery storage and cogeneration, microgrids are the future of the built environment.

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Microgrids offer resiliency for a greener tomorrow:

Regatta Solutions is a full service energy solutions provider, from energy efficiency to Solar, Battery Storage, Cogeneration and Microgrids to improve energy resiliency.

Andrea Marr to Participate on Panel at Screening of the film “THE BURDEN.”

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Andrea Marr, Navy veteran and Regatta Solutions’ VP of Energy Services, will be a member of the panel discussion at the screening of the film “THE BURDEN.” This film highlights how the U.S. military is uniquely positioned to bolster a clean energy economy that will strengthen our national, economic, and environmental security. Produced and directed by Roger Sorkin, the film “[illuminates] the economic opportunities offered by a renewable energy economy and includes interviews with an array of political and military leaders.”

As a member of the Truman National Security Project and a licensed professional engineer, Ms. Marr writes and speaks about energy from the perspective of both an industry insider and as a veteran. She was a 2013 recipient of the White House Champion of Change award for her work in energy as a veteran.

Andrea Marr“Most people aren’t aware of the security implications of their energy decisions. This film is important because it draws attention to the inherent reliability and resiliency of distributed electricity generation” noted Ms. Marr. “As a veteran, I am proud to see the military making smart energy choices.”
More details about THE BURDEN and its Kickstarter campaign are available www.theburdenfilm.com.
Event details:
April 21, 2015 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
California State University San Marcos, 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA, in the new LEED Gold Certified Student Union Ballroom

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Regatta Solutions Joins Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

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Regatta Solutions announced that the company has joined Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) as a Business Council Member. As a national association of business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable, AEE’s mission is to transform public policy to enable rapid growth of advanced energy companies. Business Council Members participate actively in and influence the direction of AEE’s initiatives.

“As a provider of both power generation and demand side energy management, we are excited to join a group of like-minded companies working to transform the energy landscape,” noted Andrea Marr, VP of Energy Services at Regatta Solutions.

According to AEE, “Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. Among these are energy efficiency, demand response, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid. It’s all the innovations that make the energy we use more secure, clean, and affordable.”

With global energy consumption projected to rise nearly 40 percent by 2030, AEE engages in policy advocacy at the federal, state, and regulatory levels and brings CEOs together to address cross-industry issues.

More information about AEE and its projects can be found on the website.

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Capstone Turbine Secures Order to Upgrade Building in Sydney Central Business District

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Jan. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it recently received an order for a C600 microturbine and a C800 microturbine to upgrade a major building in the Sydney Central Business District (CBD).

Capstone Turbines can upgrade buildings in business districts.

Capstone Turbines can upgrade buildings in business districts.

Optimal Group, Capstone’s Australian distributor, secured the order, which is scheduled to be installed in June 2015 and is the first of many similar systems Optimal plans to install in the Sydney CBD.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Australian natural gas production has increased sharply over the past decade as a result of new projects. This combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) project will provide base load electricity, hot water recovery and cooling to the Sydney CBD building on-site via natural gas fired microturbines. Deployment in a trigeneration application will ensure the building is upgraded to maximize the efficiency of the power generated, while also reducing the payback period.

Capstone’s unique microturbine power generation system was chosen for its low emission capabilities. Unlike many reciprocating engine generators, Capstone microturbines are compliant with current and future emissions regulations as well as green building best practices, without requiring any exhaust after treatment. The environment-friendly system was designed for continuous operation, providing constant base load power with energy efficiency levels of approximately 80 percent. There are often size restrictions for power generation systems in multi-level buildings, but Capstone’s compact microturbines make for a perfect fit — even with limited space to work with.

“A growing regional demand for natural gas and further investment in the country’s reserves have led Australia to produce enough gas to cover its consumption and make it a leading gas exporter,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “With power costs continuing to rise, we are pleased to see an increasing number of Australian businesses taking advantage of Capstone microturbines to reduce their cost of power and emission profile via cogeneration and trigeneration,” added Crouse.

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Capstone Turbine Secures Another Order From the Health Care Industry to Upgrade a New York City Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Research BuildingCHATSWORTH, Calif., Nov. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received another order from the health care industry for a C1000 microturbine to upgrade the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, New York. Earlier this year Capstone received orders for two C800s and a C1000 to be installed in two Southern California area hospitals.
RSP Systems, Capstone’s distributor for New York, secured the order, which is scheduled to ship in mid 2015 and be commissioned in early 2016.

Health care facilities are seeking out new and innovative ways to be more energy efficient. According to The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), cutting energy consumption helps reduce operational costs, freeing hospital resources for patient care. For facilities like the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the benefits of implementing a clean-and-green Capstone microturbine system can go beyond just the dollar savings.

Capstone’s natural gas fueled microturbine will be used in a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) application to provide hot air, hot water, and chilled water to the cancer treatment and research facility. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center chose clean, efficient, and reliable Capstone microturbines to diminish their utility costs and carbon footprint as well as provide additional backup power in the event of a utility blackout. The microturbine system will operate in dual-mode, acting as the primary energy source while also synchronizing with the local utility grid. Once commissioned, the system will decrease the operating costs of the cancer center by shrinking demand during peak hours and cutting the overall energy purchased from the grid.

The microturbine system was designed for continuous operation in order to provide a continuous energy load reduction. With energy efficiency levels for the system approaching 90 percent, the cancer center will soon benefit from having lower operating expenses, minimal system maintenance, and backup power capabilities. Capstone microturbines meet the strictest worldwide emissions standards without exhaust after treatment, making them one of the cleanest power generation options in the marketplace today.
“Capstone’s C1000 microturbine was chosen for its reliability and stand-by capabilities,” said Bruce Beckwith, Senior Vice President of Operations and Sales at RSP Systems. “It is the industry leading technology within the microturbine that will enable the cancer center to be both reliable and energy efficient for the next twenty years,” added Beckwith.

“Forward-looking health care centers in both New York and California are seeking out new and innovative ways to be more energy efficient and moderate operating costs,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “These forward-looking hospitals in New York and California will set new standards of energy excellence for other health care providers around the country,” added Crouse.

To read the original article or to learn more about Capstone Turbines, click here.

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Mark Gilbreth Presents Microturbine CHP Applications to Engineers at ACEE Luncheon (Oct. 17)

Mark Gilbreth, Chief Technology Officer of Regatta Solutions, will be presenting on Microturbine CHP Applications at the upcoming ACEE Lunch Meeting held at the Courtyard by Marriott – Sherman Oaks, Friday, October 17, 2014 from 11:45AM to 1:15PM.

Customers operating facilities with steam, hot water, or chilled water loads can increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs implementing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) solutions. Mark’s presentation covers various topics to help engineers understand:

  • current market drivers
  • ideal customer profile
  • regulatory requirements
  • incentive opportunities
  • use of Microturbines in CHP applications.

Fees for the Luncheon are $30 for Members and $35 for non-Members payable to ACEE. See you there!!

Date/Time: Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 11:30AM.

Location:  Courtyard by Marriott – Sherman Oaks: 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

For more information, contact Michelle Haynes at (949) 350-5335 or mhaynes@RegattaSP.com.

 

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Mark Gilbreth Speaks on CHP Association Resilience Panel

CHP Resilience Panel: Distributed Generation for Business Critical Facilities

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The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Association will host a moderated panel on CHP Resilience at its annual meeting on October 16, 2014. The panel will discuss the role CHP can play to meet resiliency needs for business critical facilities such as data centers. Moderated by Rick Tidball of ICF International, the panel will offer insights from Cherif Youssef of Sempra Utilities, Michael Lozano of the California Energy Commission, and Mark Gilbreth of Regatta Solutions, Inc. Together, they will address:

  • funding options
  • hurdles
  • hybrid uninterrupted power supply (UPS)
  • applications of distributed generation to California’s energy resiliency
  • other market segments that should be looking into resiliency capabilities.

If you have concerns and ideas about your facility’s vulnerability to weather-related outages and other grid interruptions, let’s set up a phone appointment. 


For more information on the CHP Annual Conference, visit the conference page.