When you think of the new age of energy, the typical images that come to mind are spinning wind turbines and fields of solar panels. While those are integral pieces to the ever complex puzzle of the energy portfolio, they are not the only elements that will be driving the future of the energy sector.
Our nation has made significant investments in our complex energy infrastructure and it is in our collective best interest to maintain and use the existing assets in order to reach a fair return on investment. For example, billions of dollars have been invested in coal power plants in the last 20 years; these plants are cleaner and more efficient than prior coal plants from the last century. These investments need to be protected and utilized for their anticipated lifespans or until their economic viability reaches an unsustainable level.
Of nearly 1,300 coal fired electricity generating units at 560 power plants across the country, the oldest units in the fleet are the ones that can be extreme emission producers. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) addresses the oldest plants in the fleet through a decommission process and holds new generating units accountable for certain new technologies and advancements, such as the use of carbon sequestration technology. Although the Supreme Court’s made the temporary decision at the beginning of February to wait on implementing the Clean Power Plan, utilities and energy companies are aware that Greenhouse Gas emission reduction enforcement is coming soon.
This is creating a reaction throughout the energy sector and bringing about a wave of new opportunities to advance supply side energy production and efficiency solutions on the demand side. Essentially, this will give more choice to the consumer for control over their own energy portfolio. On the road to more consumer control of energy, many hospitals, manufacturers, data centers, and other significant power users are taking their needs for hot water and electricity and converting their facilities or buildings to be run on combined heat and power systems or CHP’s. Other common energy investments include lighting retrofits, lighting control, micro grid systems, building management systems, distributed generation, and energy storage. That brings us to the question: Where does Miller Electric Company fit into the energy equation?
Miller Electric Company’s Energy Solutions Group is working to protect current investments, explore new technologies, and advance the communication and connectivity within the overall energy system. We are exploring technologies and developing capabilities to bring turn-key energy solutions to our clients on both the supply and demand sides of the energy equation.
While we have been working in various sectors of the energy space for many years, the rate of change in energy solutions is accelerating rapidly. For example, lighting retrofits are becoming more than just a remove/replace operation. With advancements in lighting technology such as those mentioned in the last issue of Connectivity, the ability to use light fixtures for monitoring and data collection allows companies to do anything from analyze foot traffic flow in retail, to energy system control for office spaces.
In larger scale energy production, CHP systems are becoming commonplace for customers who have a mutual need for electricity and hot water such as meeting the large cooling and heating needs of hospitals. Since these CHP units typically run on natural gas, the current price and cleaner burn of natural gas is providing cost savings to the customer over standard utility prices. We are currently working with clients to take these CHP applications and integrate automated control systems into the overall energy management mix to further drive the ROI for their energy investments.
Automation Systems open a world of endless possibilities for solutions that can be applied to a building or energy system. Lighting and HVAC for college classrooms can be controlled through integration with course schedules. Wind farms can be controlled by prevailing wind directions. Heating and cooling needs to individual offices can be controlled through multi-channel intelligent operation systems. Micro-grids can be established to create levelized power supply to multiple locations. The optimization opportunities that automation provides are endless and will bring the current industrial revolution to our doorstep.
Not only are we providing the installation, maintenance, and monitoring of your energy investment, we are also offering turn-key financing and performance guarantees that will allow you to achieve the highest possible ROI. Through financing options such as the Property Assessed Clean Energy program (PACE), which provides effective means to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to buildings1 and NECA’s Energy Conservation and Performance Platform (E-CAP) that provides flexible financing and investment grade performance guarantees; the customer can reap the rewards of a cleaner more efficient energy system, increasing their overall company value with little or no capital outlay.
Our Energy Solutions Group is continuously developing new applications to deliver value to clients. Whether it is reducing demand through lighting retrofits and building automation systems, or delivering a comprehensive micro-grid solution complete with natural gas, renewables, and battery storage, we are making the investments to be a leading resource for our clients’ energy infrastructure
In an age where energy and information are critical to the success of an organization, monitoring systems that collect data and provide live details throughout a facility can be invaluable. By using state of the art software designed by SentryLogic, our Critical Infrastructure Solutions group can install monitoring systems in your organization that will provide live details on the critical systems in your facility. These details can keep costs down, maximize uptime, and help solve problems before they occur.
Miller Electric Company and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office partnered with Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, Inc. to help make today a special one for Riley Ruppert-Richendollar. Riley (age 7) is battling a brain tumor and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Riley loves everything related to policemen, and thanks to JSO, he was able to meet some of his heroes today! Sheriff Mike Williams was in attendance to deputize Riley, and then put him in charge of taking down a suspect in the area with help from the SWAT Team, Canine Officers, Bike Officers, and Motorcycle Officers. Riley even received some JSO air support! We would like to thank everyone who helped make today a success. We send our best wishes to Riley and his parents, Robert and Scott. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon!
Miller Electric Company is an industry leader in utilization of pre-fabrication in electrical construction. Through our pre-construction planning process, we identify work that can be moved off-site to reduce labor costs, improve schedule, and eliminate potential conflicts. We use our 10,000 square foot pre-fab shop in Jacksonville FL, smaller fab shops at our branch offices, and our fleet of mobile pre-fab trailers that can be deployed to the jobsite. We also work closely with our vendors to identify opportunities to move fabrication up the supply chain. All of these efforts lead to delivery of high quality assemblies in an effective, time-saving manner that meets the specifications of the project.
Take a look at our Pre-Fabrication Services Video: https://youtu.be/Dp4e5sxpork
Miller Electric Company has been selected by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of the best places to work on the First Coast. Miller received the honor in the extra large category (more than 250 employees). We would like to thank all of our employees, because they are the true reason Miller Electric Company is such a great place to work! Congratulations to the rest of this year’s honorees, each organization is more than deserving!
Work commenced in December on the new Baptist Health Medical Center at the junction of Dunn Avenue and I-295. This complex will include an emergency center, imaging lab services, and a medical office building. Miller Electric is self performing all electrical, fire alarm, nurse call, cable TV, security, physiology heart monitoring wiring, and all other miscellaneous low voltage systems for this project.
SiteSecure powered by Miller Electric recently demonstrated the ALPR and in-car video capabilities of the MECO Ford Taurus Technology Vehicle to the Town of Palm Beach PD. Captain Krauel was impressed by the mobile Automated License Plate Recognition system and four camera in-car video recording system. With the capability of networking over 4G cellular modem, the whole system is accessible in real time over a mobile phone or central monitoring location.