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Danielle Marquis

Danielle is the marketing director at SmartWatt Energy. She develops and oversees the execution of marketing strategies in the Commercial, Industrial & Institutional Division, Software Development Division and Utility Programs Division nationwide. Danielle is a member of the IARW-SE Chapter Board of Directors and the AESP Board of Directors, where she is the Board's Vice Chair of Education. A former sports agent, college professor and non-profit executive, she earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law and her Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Union College.
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Control Systems Make Street Lights More Efficient

Posted by Danielle Marquis

December 8, 2015 at 2:00 AM

Because LEDs are basically electronic devices, they can be synced with control systems in new, unprecedented ways. SmartWatt designs street lighting systems with advanced controls that are supported by a wired or wireless network and remote management software. These controls link LED street light systems with sensors, switches and dimmers that municipalities can use to alter the intensity of the light, turn lights on and off and report outages. This fine tuning translates into an unheralded precision: municipalities can switch on their street lighting when foggy or rainy conditions require more light, and even dim them when appropriate, such as to reduce glare when there’s snow cover. When accidents or emergencies occur, public safety personnel can increase lighting levels or have LED lights flash. Motion sensors can be programmed to brighten lamps in response to the presence of cars in parking garages or pedestrians in parking lots.

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Topics: CII Division, Street Lighting, Municipal Government

Internet of Things Boosts Sustainability, Connectivity and Mobility

Posted by Danielle Marquis

December 3, 2015 at 2:00 AM

The basic principle behind making a smart city successful is discovering what parts of the city are already working well and identifying what parts could use improvement. How do you find out what’s working and what isn’t? By monitoring devices that play a role in efficiency. Monitoring expands upon the “Internet of Things” (IoT) principle, enabling municipalities to leverage real time data to achieve efficiency.

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Topics: CII Division, Street Lighting, Municipal Government

Overcoming Challenges to Achieve the Vision of a Smart City

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 24, 2015 at 2:00 AM

As new smart city initiatives launch, it’s worth exploring in more detail how a smart city operates. Let’s begin with a concise definition of a smart city: The Smart Cities Council, in its Smart Cities Readiness Guide, defines a smart city as one that “uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability and sustainability.” To be a smart city requires three essential strategies: collecting, communicating and crunching data. A smart city collects information about itself through sensors, communicates that data using wired or wireless networks and then crunches that data for current and predictive awareness. Basically, it’s a way of creating a master infrastructure out of the many critical infrastructures that comprise a city. The goal is that this overarching infrastructure pools information in new, transformative ways that support a city in becoming much more than the sum of its parts.

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Topics: CII Division, Street Lighting, Municipal Government

SmartWatt in the News: Harrisburg Hasn't Been Able to Turn Off Lights at City Hall for 20 Years

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 20, 2015 at 4:43 AM

Most of the lights inside Harrisburg city hall have been left on nonstop for 20 years, city officials said Tuesday night, wasting thousands of dollars in electricity, bulb replacement and maintenance hours.

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Topics: CII Division, Press Coverage, Municipal Government, LED Lighting, Advanced Lighting Control, EPC

SmartWatt in the News: Montgomery County Looks To Reduce Energy Costs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 19, 2015 at 7:38 AM

Full article written by Emily Drew and originally published in the Amsterdam Recorder, November 18, 2015.

 

 

In an effort to conserve energy and funds, Montgomery County (NY) is looking to replace equipment that has become outdated in its municipal buildings. The Montgomery County Legislature will move forward with energy management projects after the Budget and Finance Committee meeting Tuesday. Legislators voted on whether to enter into an agreement with National Grid for energy conservation and management services, done through Ballston Lake-based energy efficiency company SmartWatt.

 

The resolution authorizing Executive Matthew Ossenfort to enter into the agreement puts a $2.5 million cap on the projects. Annually, the county could save about $190,107 with a 15-year financial term, according to SmartWatt. SmartWatt Account Executive Greg Royer said once the legislature accepts the investment grade audit (IGA), which provides technology and financial assessments associated with the energy conservation project, and signs the agreement with National Grid, the company will move forward with construction.

 

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Topics: CII Division, Press Coverage, Municipal Government, EPC, Comprehensive

SmartWatt in the News: Harrisburg City Government Center

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 19, 2015 at 3:00 AM

If you've driven by the Harrisburg city government center late at night, you may have seen the lights on in the mayor's second-floor office.

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Topics: CII Division, Press Coverage, Municipal Government, LED Lighting, Advanced Lighting Control, EPC

Smart Cities, Smarter World

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 18, 2015 at 2:00 AM

According to MIT, it's estimated that the urban population increases by 2 people every second globally. The trifecta of rapid urbanization, strained infrastructure and enormous amounts of data not only challenges cities—it’s also creating new opportunities.

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Topics: CII Division, Street Lighting, Municipal Government

SmartWatt in the News: "Nanovember Programming Continues"

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 17, 2015 at 2:00 AM

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Topics: Higher Education, Press Coverage

SmartWatt in the News: Catching Up With Tracey Jumper

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 16, 2015 at 2:00 AM

In 2011, we interviewed BCA member Tracey Jumper, who had just been recognized by the National Engineers Week Foundation as one of only 14 people to be honored by New Faces in Engineering as an up-and-coming building professional. At that time, we asked Tracey, “where do you see yourself in 10 years?” She replied that she’d like to own a commissioning company. Ten years? Try three …

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Topics: CII Division, Consulting Services

Ask the Expert: Ancillary Systems O&Ms and FIMs

Posted by Danielle Marquis

November 12, 2015 at 6:29 AM

Question: How can I improve the energy efficiency of my facility's ancillary systems?

 

 

 

Answer: Ancillary systems issues, which include problems with kitchen equipment, laundry equipment and pools can take several forms. An energy audit will typically identify energy inefficiencies in one or several of the following areas:

 

  • Kitchen equipment is not used efficiently
  • In-house laundry equipment is not used efficiently
  • Swimming pool water temperature is too high 
  • Use of equipment associated with laundry and custodial services coincides with heavy electrical demand periods

 

The suggested operations and maintenance ("O&M") improvements and facility improvement measures ("FIM") will vary based on your facility's unique mix of inefficiencies, but what follows are some general guidelines.

 

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Topics: CII Division, Frequently Asked Questions

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