Southern Company and Honeywell have developed new software that allows facilities on real-time pricing (RTP) rates to make immediate energy-use adjustments and reduce their energy costs even further.
The two companies collaborated on the development of the Application Program Interface, which allows
Southern Companys EnerLink RTPMail software to communicate hourly energy prices directly to Honeywells EXCEL 5000 energy management system. This product enhancement permits building
managers to control energy consumption automatically as the cost of energy fluctuates.
Our collaboration with Honeywell will help commercial and industrial customers increase their energy
efficiency and cut costs automatically using real-time pricing information, said Frank Hyde, general manager
of EnerLink Information Systems, a Southern Company product.
When energy prices increase at a particular time of day, the software can reduce a customers usage by, for
example, turning off lights or adjusting the thermostat. Building managers determine ahead of time what the
system should do if prices increase to certain levels.
The new software enhances the existing EnerLink application, which delivers real-time pricing information to
a facility via e-mail. Without the new software, the building operator determines what to do after receiving
the pricing information and then makes adjustments manually.
This software will provide customers with an even more cost-efficient and customized RTP solution, said
Mike Murphy, director of Honeywells Applications and Solutions Team. The combination of EnerLinks
software and our advanced RTP control makes this system ideal for our cost-conscious customers.
EnerLink is the industry leader in energy-use analysis applications and RTP price delivery systems. More
than 50 U.S. and Canadian utilities use EnerLink products and distribute them to their large industrial and
commercial customers. EnerLinks features include real-time pricing, energy-use analysis, rate analysis, and
billing and bill auditing.
Southern Company (NYSE: SO), the largest producer of electricity in the United States, is the parent firm of
Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric. Based in Atlanta,
Southern Company supplies electricity in eight countries on four continents and provides energy-related
marketing, trading and technical services and wireless telecommunications. Southern Companys common
stock is one of the 20 most widely held corporate stocks in America.
Based in Minneapolis, Honeywell is a global controls company focused on creating value through technology
that enhances comfort, improves productivity, saves energy, protects the environment and increases safety. The company services customers worldwide in the homes and buildings, industrial and aviation, and space
markets. Honeywell employs 57,500 people in 95 countries and had 1996 sales of $7.3 billion.