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Red Robin Chooses Siemens for Energy Management

Siemens Building Technologies Division has deployed its Site Controls Energy Management System across 40 of Red Robin restaurants.

As a result of the installation, energy consumption in EMS-controlled locations is down 9-to-15-percent, Siemens says.

Red Robin chose the Siemens Site Controls platform based on its site-level capabilities, a cloud-hosted data center, enterprise dashboards, integrated client services support and its track record from installations at retail and restaurant locations, Siemens says.

In 2011, Red Robin conducted an extended pilot program in three restaurants and, based on the savings achieved, initiated the installations.

The investment in EMS follows other Red Robin sustainability efforts, which include collection of cardboard packaging and used fryer oil for recycling, and replacement of lighting with state of the art LED’s in most of Red Robin’s more than 330 company-owned restaurants. The company is also testing solar panels in three of Red Robin’s Colorado restaurant locations.

By the end of 2011, the company’s programs to reduce energy consumption had saved more than 17 million kWh of electricity usage, reducing CO2 emissions by 11,700 metric tons.

In other news, Practice Greenhealth and Sustainability Dashboard Tools have developed a tool to allow users to monitor, track, report, and improve their facilities’ environmental impacts. The online tool, called Greenhealth Sustainability Dashboard, will available to Practice Greenhealth’s more than 1,100 hospital members across the United States and Canada.

Consumer goods company Energizer Holdings Inc. has chosen energy management and sustainability software firm Hara’s system of record solution to track, verify and manage its energy use and emissions. Prior to the Hara installation Energizer was logging its energy use by spreadsheet.

The new system allows the company to keep track of energy used in all its operations – manufacturing, engineering, IT and others – and use the statistics for setting goals for future reductions and driving environmental business processes.

In 2011, Hara, along with C3, Infor, JouleX and SAP, was named as a fast-moving new entrant to the enterprise-scale, energy management software market, in a study from analysis firm Verdantix.

The software suppliers, many of whom entered this market in the last 3 years, have strong product roadmaps and innovation strategies which bode well for their futures, Verdantix said.

In Green Quadrant Energy Management Software 2011, CA Technologies, CarbonSystems, IBM and Verisae emerged as the leading providers of enterprise-scale energy management software.

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