US 9,811,103 B2
Apparatus and method for passive modeling of non-system devices in a demand coordination network
Randy C. Willig, Fort Collins, CO (US)
Assigned to ENEROC, INC., Boston, MA (US)
Filed by ENERNOC, INC., Boston, MA (US)
Filed on Nov. 19, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/547,962.
Application 14/547,962 is a continuation of application No. 13/601,622, filed on Aug. 31, 2012, granted, now 9,049,078.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/529,902, filed on Aug. 31, 2011.
Prior Publication US 2015/0081052 A1, Mar. 19, 2015
Int. Cl. G06F 15/16 (2006.01); G06F 15/167 (2006.01); G06F 15/173 (2006.01); G05F 1/66 (2006.01); H04L 29/08 (2006.01); H04L 12/911 (2013.01); G05B 13/04 (2006.01); G05B 15/02 (2006.01); H02J 3/14 (2006.01); H02J 13/00 (2006.01)
CPC G05F 1/66 (2013.01) [G05B 13/04 (2013.01); G05B 13/048 (2013.01); G05B 15/02 (2013.01); H02J 3/14 (2013.01); H02J 13/0062 (2013.01); H04L 29/08468 (2013.01); H04L 47/70 (2013.01); H04L 67/10 (2013.01); H04L 67/125 (2013.01); H04L 67/325 (2013.01); Y02B 70/3225 (2013.01); Y02B 90/2638 (2013.01); Y04S 20/222 (2013.01); Y04S 40/124 (2013.01)] 22 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus for controlling peak demand of a resource within a facility, the apparatus comprising:
a plurality of devices, disposed within the facility, each consuming a portion of the resource when turned on, and said each device performing a corresponding function within an acceptable operational margin by cycling one and off;
a network operations center (NOC), disposed external to the facility, configured to generate a plurality of run time schedules, wherein said plurality of run time schedules coordinates run times for said each of said plurality of devices to control the peak demand of the resource, and wherein one or more of said run times start prior to the peak demand of the resource to maintain corresponding local environments while operating within corresponding acceptable operating margins;
a facility consumption monitoring device, coupled to a first monitor node, wherein said facility consumption monitoring device provides a real time value for consumption of the resource within the facility; and
a plurality of control nodes, disposed within the facility, each control node coupled to a corresponding one of said plurality of devices, wherein said plurality of control nodes and said first monitor node are coupled together via a demand coordination network, and wherein said demand coordination network is operatively coupled to said NOC, and wherein said plurality of control nodes and said first monitor node transmit sensor data and device status to said NOC via said demand coordination network for generation of said plurality of run time schedules, and wherein said plurality of run time schedules are based upon a model that employs said consumption to represent unmonitored and uncontrolled consumption within the facility, and wherein said plurality of control nodes executes selected ones of said run time schedules to cycle said plurality of devices on and off.