Environmental Software News: Northeast Utilities, First American Title, Greenstone

by | Apr 13, 2011

Northeast Utilities has selected Enviance’s cloud-based environmental management software to measure and report on all compliance areas.

The utility, one of the largest in New England, will use Enviance’s Environmental ERP system to manage GHG inventory and air emissions, waste, water usage, PCB tagging and tracking, and lab sampling data. The software will help Northeast to identify and address environmental impacts across 15 facilities, and to enhance its compliance with state and federal regulations, Enviance said.

Northeast Utilities serves more than two million electric and natural gas customers in Connecticut, western Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Its subsidiaries include Connecticut Light & Power, Public Service of New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. The company has also proposed a merger with Boston-based Nstar, which would create one of the country’s biggest utilities, with a combined value of over $17 billion.

“Having a robust environmental management system is a key operational component of Northeast Utilities’ sustainable business model,” director of environment management Sri Madhusudhan said. “Enviance’s cloud-based Environmental ERP system will allow us to centralize our compliance goals to better anticipate and meet growing environmental performance expectations, mitigate risks and introduce new efficiencies into our business.”

Enviance said that more than 30 percent of U.S. utilities have deployed its Environmental ERP system. They include Georgia Power, Southern Edison, Entergy, American Electric Power, Pacific Gas and Electric, First Energy and TDX Power.

In other environmental software news, First American Title Insurance Company announced it will use a FirstCarbon Solutions platform to manage and report greenhouse gas emissions.

First American, one of the largest title insurers in the U.S., will use ghgTrack software to collect greenhouse gas emissions data from its Santa Ana, Calif., headquarters. The company will use the data to create auditable greenhouse gas reports and establish baseline measurements, as a first step in an emissions-reduction program.

Greenstone Carbon management has announced the release of version 2.5 of its Acco2unt carbon management software, including new functionality that lets organizations measure the energy consumption and emissions from the use of ICT equipment.

The ICT capability covers servers, desktops, laptops, printers, monitors, network, telephony, imaging and audio-visual devices. The software calculates energy consumption using a combination of power rating and live, standby and sleep time from each equipment type.

Finally, EnergyPrint has added Energy Alerts, a new module that mines the software’s database of utility data and sends monthly alerts to property managers to take action on irregularities.

Energy Alerts looks for year-on-year and month-on-month energy anomalies, including raw consumption and cost changes, as well as weather-normalized consumption changes. It also helps to identify properties that may be eligible for Energy Star certification.

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