Los Angeles Seeking To Drastically Cut Energy Consumption

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Here at KONsys we registered a dynamically growing demand driving us to address issues and get involvement in the process of the evolution of cities into smart cities. As all cities are a connection of several different channels, the development indicators are greatly depending on how these channels are or in fact could be connected, delivering information, data, preparing the decision making for those, who have influence. As a result smarter decisions can be made, creating more sustainable communities and higher quality of living.

Teaming up with major energy provider E.ON specifically aiming to deliver smart city projects, it is now part of our effort to help cities and regional leaders understand how cities are also not only a collection of independent units, but interconnected systems.

AVReporter Energy Management Software is a highly sophisticated tool in this process, providing the smart technology element bridging the gap between ideas and infrastructure. The software is one the most flexible in the market, offering hands-on solutions to satisfy complex local policies Worldwide. Technology will allow us to implement new and more effective ways making buildings, cities smarter and communities, as well.

In 1950, there were 83 cities with populations exceeding one million; by 2007, this number had risen to 468. By 2050 the World Health Organization estimates 70 percent of the global population will live in cities.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti says energy efficiency is the key to managing demand, rather than simply building new power plants, which would cost millions of dollars.

ABC7 news reports that Garcetti has implored residents and businesses throughout the city to reduce energy demand by 15% by 2020, which he says will not only cut carbon (CO2) emissions but costs too. Becoming more energy aware means the L.A. Department of Water and Power would import less power from out-of-state plants and it has warned that rates could increase if significant reductions in consumption are not made.

In order to encourage the city's population to take the necessary steps towards energy efficiency, there are rebates available to those who put energy management systems, energy saving lights and appliances in place.

L.A. city councilman Jose Huizar says the most immediate target of the message on energy efficiency is big power users.

"Did you know that half of the electricity demand in Los Angeles comes from just 4% of our buildings?" he said. "If we can tailor programs to support conservation at these major users, we can achieve big results."

Several businesses have already sought out saving measures, with The BLOC, a multi-use building at 7th and Flower in downtown L.A., undergoing a $180-million renovation, meaning it'll soon be one of the most energy efficient buildings in Los Angeles.

Wayne Ratkovich, president and CEO of The Ratkovich Company, which acquired The BLOC last year, says businesses will see return on investment in no time.

"Depending on which system you are talking about, it's in the hundreds of thousands of dollars a year," he said.

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