SENSEI Wins Environmental Leader Product of the Year Award!

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“The product scores in terms of the ease of use, adaptability (customizable) and the immediate results that it can deliver for customers,” says one of the Environmental Leader Product and Project Awards judges.

A panel of 20 judges reviewed Environmental Leader’s project and product nominations this year. One judge asserted that the competition was high and there were some tough choices to make. In spite of the stiff competition, SENSEI™ won in the product category.

SENSEI is Cascade Energy’s advanced energy software solution designed to drive continuous, cost-effective savings for industrial facilities worldwide. The platform does much more than merely monitor energy consumption. The only solution on the market that’s designed by industrial energy efficiency experts, SENSEI changes behavior by connecting people to energy information, actions to results, and energy-efficiency projects to measurable returns.

According to Environmental Leader’s review of SENSEI, another judge “complimented the product on its web-based capabilities, energy analytics, focus on industrial operations, and focus on the human factors, adding that it is especially good in its integration with existing MES software in manufacturing.”

SENSEI helps manage workflows by allowing users to tag, open, and close events, assign tasks to individuals and allow all stakeholders to communicate about events and issues. Unlike many tools on the market today, SENSEI is easy to use and can be up and running in a matter of weeks—not months. When compared to other energy software solutions, SENSEI is unique because it:
1. Accommodates all data streams: interval, monthly, utility bill, water/sewer, production, etc.

2. Displays energy performance data and events in a meaningful way so users can easily create and save the views they need.

3. Tracks true energy savings so end users can understand and communicate ROI.

4. Provides push reports and alarms that notify end-users when energy anomalies occur, so that immediate action can be taken.

SENSEI creates an energy intensity baseline based on sophisticated normalization equations (regression analysis) to account for changes in weather, production, operating schedules, etc. This baseline gives an industrial facility the power to accurately track all of their energy efficiency initiatives and render their energy stories visually.

The platform’s reporting options allow engineers to quickly view their facility’s baseline vs. actual performance, enter the maintenance actions taken, track current projects, as well as energy and cost savings to-date.

When industrial companies curb their energy spend and reduce operating expenses they free up capital to invest back into the company and its employees—thus increasing competitive edge and the ability to more quickly adapt to an ever-changing marketplace. SENSEI gives companies and their employees’ visibility to the direct effect their actions have on energy performance and dollars saved.

Case Study

In 2009 a Cascade Energy client, running a large food and beverage distribution enterprise, launched an initiative to reduce their energy costs and consumption. After working with Cascade the company reduced energy use overall, by more than 28%. Cascade introduced SENSEI and suggested that the new, cloud-based platform could help them be more effective at monitoring and understanding the impact of their energy improvements. The company was immediately interested, particularly so, because monitoring solutions they’d used in the past weren’t fully meeting their needs. With SENSEI, all of the clients’ sites can see and share data logs. Their operations staff has instant access to real-time information about energy-saving actions taken, and all stakeholders can view rich information revealing whether a change helps or hurts energy efficiency.

Dan Brown Wins Forty Under 40 Award for Energy Software Innovation

We’re excited to announce that Cascade Energy Principal and VP of Products, Dan Brown, has won a Forty Under 40 award offered by the Portland Business Journal. The award is given to young professionals under the age of 40 who have excelled in their field, by showing tremendous leadership and committment to the community.

Dan is the guiding force behind SENSEI Cascade’s energy-efficiency web application designed to drive continuous, cost-effective savings for industrial facilities. SENSEI is the only energy management software solution on the market built by industrial energy-efficiency experts.

"Dan was Cascade’s first employee engineer, hired in 1998. He’s always had a passion for innovation with an eye to better serving our customers," says Cascade CEO, Marucs Wilcox. "SENSEI is the culmination of years of hard work, vision, and planning. We think SENSEI is the best energy management platform available, reflecting Dan’s ability to put himself in our customers’ shoes. We are very proud of SENSEI and very proud of Dan." 

Last year SENSEI won an "Innovation in Sustainability" award from the Portland Business Journal and Sustainable Business Oregon, in the "energy" category which considers the amount of energy saved and percentage of energy from renewable sources.

 "SENSEI is unique among energy monitoring software applications," says Mr. Brown, " because it does much more than merely monitor consumption. SENSEI helps change behavior by connecting people to energy information, actions to results and energy-efficiency projects to measurable returns."

The Portland Business Journal will honor Forty Under 40 award recipients at a lunch banquet on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at The Nines Hotel, 525 SW Morrison St. Portland OR 97204, 6th Floor, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Find more information at:  http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/event/98591 and view the award recipients at http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/topic/40-under-40/.

SENSEI Wins Innovation in Sustainability Award

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We are want to share that we just won an Innovation in Sustainability award from the Portland Business Journal and Sustainable Business Oregon (SBO).

SENSEI won in the Energy category which considers the number of kilowatt hours of energy saved and percentage of energy from renewable sources. This is the fourth annual competition hosted by SBO and Portland Business Journal. In addition to Energy, other award categories include: water, waste, equity, food, natural environment, and transportation. Needless to say, we are very excited!

Sustainable Business Oregon hosts a bevy of industry events, and their mission is to create a platform for sharing ideas, discussing best practices and accelerating Oregon’s leadership in sustainable business by creating an organized, collaborative community. We’re really proud to be a part of that community.

We know that SENSEI is a game changer when it comes to driving continuous cost-effective savings for industrial facilities worldwide–and now others are beginning to recognize this (see how SENSEI compares to other platforms here.)  SENSEI is unique among energy software solutions because it does much more than merely monitor consumption—it helps change behavior by providing the kind of energy data people need to drive results. It’s also the only platform on the market that’s designed by industrial energy-efficiency experts.

To date the industrial complex has been under-served in terms of effective energy-management solutions because the energy industry continues to focus primarily on commercial and residential investments. In commercial buildings and homes energy savings typically results from implementing lighting and HVAC solutions. But industrial customers are faced with complex, interconnected systems that require constant monitoring and fine-tuning to maintain optimal performance levels.

When you consider that industrial facilities consume approximately 1/3 of the energy in the U.S., according to the Department of Energy, the potential for increasing efficiency in the sector is phenomenal.

SENSEI’s positive impact on the environment starts with helping industrial facilities get more productive use out of the energy they consume. When a company integrates energy optimization and efficiency into its core operations, it can be phenomenally successful at reducing both consumption and impact on the environment. SENSEI plays a pivotal role in this process by helping establish a clear picture of true energy performance and then providing a way for all stakeholders to easily communicate and work together to save more each year.