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Constellation, a business unit of Exelon, has announced that its VirtuWatt Link Web services application is now available with the Opus Building Automation System (BAS) by Novar, a Honeywell business unit and provider of multi-site energy management solutions.

According to the companies, the combined solution gives retailers the ability to automate and expand load response participation across multiple sites and regions through real-time electricity pricing, centralized management of building control systems and revenue-grade metering capabilities for programs requiring quick response times.

"Retailers face unique challenges when it comes to managing energy use for distributed sites," says Gary Fromer, senior vice president of energy management programs at Constellation. “This offering allows retailers to incorporate load response as part of an enterprise-level energy management strategy without incurring a large, up-front capital expense or compromising business operations.”

Constellation’s VirtuWatt Link Web service facilitates automated load response participation by connecting with a building’s existing controls infrastructure. Together with Novar’s Opus BAS and meter, VirtuWatt Link allows retailers to achieve the response times and level of automation performance necessary to participate in capacity, energy or quick-response economic load response programs nationwide, the companies add.

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