GBA to Feature Carnegie Robotics’ Real-Time Energy Usage as Part of The Race to Zero Energy Educational Series

Direct Energy installs Panoramic power Sensors to Monitor Energy Usage

Green Building Alliance (GBA) will present “Technologies and Products Enabling Building Performance,” the second in a series of four events in its The Race to Zero Energy Educational Series: Reaching 2030 Goals on Thursday, June 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Carnegie Robotics in Lawrenceville.

The Race to Zero Energy Educational Series features various perspectives from facility managers, product manufacturers, utility and service providers, and technology experts – each sharing information and insights about high performance building products and technologies that can increase energy efficiency in commercial spaces. This is the perfect forum for information for stakeholders and building owners alike, including Property Partners in the Pittsburgh 2030 District.

“The Pittsburgh 2030 District is spearheading our region’s efforts to drive real estate investment in a more sustainable way,” said Anna J. Siefken, Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Pittsburgh 2030 District Director. “We’re delighted that building owners and facility managers will see the financial benefits of exceeding our incremental goals as a collective. The Pittsburgh 2030 District leads the nation in building commitments and their associated energy and water savings, and we will continue to develop new initiatives to advance measurement and success.”

Earlier this month, Direct Energy, a sponsor of The Race to Zero Energy Educational Series, installed 23  Panoramic Power sensors to monitor real-time energy usage at Carnegie Robotics, most recently known for contributing their high resolution MultiSense 3D cameras to the recent DARPA Robotics Challenge. Through its parent company Centrica plc, Direct Energy acquired Panoramic Power, a leading provider of device-level energy management solutions, in late 2015. The Panoramic Power energy management solution offers commercial and industrial business customers a unique wireless and self-powered circuit-level sensor technology coupled with cloud-based analytics. Panoramic Power has deployed more than 35,000 sensors at 800 sites in over 30 countries.

The purpose of this installation is to demonstrate to event attendees how energy management platforms can facilitate knowledge and inspire improvements in commercial buildings. Direct Energy will provide an opportunity for participants to view real-time data on their product’s PowerRadar mobile app, which will be featured during a portion of the panel discussion given by Todd Sandford, Director of Distributed Energy in North America at Direct Energy. PowerRadar software gathers approximately 8 billion data points per month for customers across a wide range of industries including retail, supermarkets, manufacturing, commercial buildings, hospitals and universities.

The Race to Zero Energy Educational Series features experts from throughout the region. Session 2 speakers and moderators include:

  • Azizan Aziz, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Pete Jefferson, Forte Building Science
  • Greg Puschingg, BOSS Controls
  • Todd Sandford, Direct Energy
  • Anna J. Siefken, Green Building Alliance
  • Tim Thiel, Covestro

The remaining two events, scheduled for

  • July 21st at PittOhio and The Yards at 3 Crossing featuring Renewable Energy
  • August 25th at Google, featuring Financing Strategies

For more information about the series, visit this link.

About the Pittsburgh 2030 District:

Pittsburgh 2030 District is an internationally recognized, locally driven, voluntary initiative that encourages business owners and facility managers in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland to work collaboratively toward aggressive 50% reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions (below baseline) by the year 2030 – to save money and to increase each building’s operational efficiency. Participants, which include Property Partners, Community Stakeholders, and Resource Organizations, are committed to the measured building performance goals of the 2030 Challenge. Part of an international 2030 Districts Network, Pittsburgh 2030 District represents 438 buildings and more than 68.2 million square feet of commercial real estate, and is a public-private partnership convened by Green Building Alliance.


About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services providers with nearly five million residential and commercial customers. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, please visit

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