Small Energy Group addresses IMPACT of clean, smart energy consumption

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David Helliwell of Small Energy Group was one of the experts on hand at the BCTIA’s IMPACT series, held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver this Thursday. Helliwell pointed out that being a startup in Vancouver is still a somewhat unusual situation as opposed to the startup climate in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. He added that RX Networks commitment to building products to manage energy in buildings is essentially a high-level approach to what is a fundamentally complex problem.

Helliwell also pointed to the recent economic downturn as good for startups for a couple of reasons. For one, recruitment has become much easier, he said, and for another, the last downturn meant bigger players stopped spending, which left room to maneuver for smaller outfits to innovate.

But the biggest challenge for his company, he said, is to connect to as many commercial and institutional buildings as possible. There’s a bit of a land grab in play, he said, and while it’s difficult now to be the enrgey-saving system of choice for buildings, in a couple of years it will be a much tougher challenge.

In future, Helliwell said, companies like Small Energy Group will tackle the waxing and waning of demand for energy by not only reducing energy use but also applying intelligence to energy use, creating systems that adapt to changing demand rather than taking an “on-off” approach.

Company:
BCTIA
Website:
http://www.bctia.org
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The BC Technology Industry Association is an industry-funded organization promoting the growth of British Columbia's knowledge economy. With a membership of over 2,700 companies, employing more than 60,000 workers in business of all sizes and sectors, the BCTIA is the largest tech association in the province. The BCTIA delivers programs and services that assist in the growth and success of its members, as well as... more

Company:
Pulse Energy
Website:
http://www.pulseenergy.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

As buildings and electricity grids begin to take advantage of a wide range of technological and regulatory developments, there are unprecedented opportunities to improve the management of the world’s energy and to increase energy productivity in millions of buildings around the world. Pulse Energy was founded in 2006 to make a rapid and significant impact on the energy efficiency of the world’s buildings. Our... more


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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more



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