News and ENGIE Launch AI-Powered Energy Management Solution

October 15, 2019 by Paul Shepard, a leading enterprise AI software provider for accelerating digital transformation, together with global energy leader ENGIE, announced the launch of Smart Institutions, an AI-powered, holistic Energy-as-a-Service software solution for large institutions.

With Smart Institutions, organizations including universities, corporate campuses, cities, and hospitals, can proactively and automatically manage their buildings and energy assets to increase sustainability and decrease energy expenditures to reduce costs. The software has first been deployed at The Ohio State University as part of a plan to reduce energy use across the 485-building campus in Columbus.

In 2017, Ohio State Energy Partners, a consortium of ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure, signed a 50-year Comprehensive Energy Management Contract with The Ohio State University. Ohio State Energy Partners looks to drive energy savings and enable end-to-end optimization of the campus energy infrastructure to achieve a 25 percent improvement in energy efficiency over 10 years.

“When we launched our work with The Ohio State University two years ago, we looked forward to advancing new possibilities, from improving ways to heat, cool, and power the campus to collaborating on potentially transformational technologies and services that someday could be shared far beyond Columbus,” said Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, President and CEO, ENGIE North America and Executive Vice President in charge of ENGIE’s Global Renewable Business Line.

“Collaborating with on the development of Smart Institutions has enabled us to create our own new technology solution for ENGIE customers, leading the way for other institutions looking to make meaningful progress when it comes to energy and sustainability,” concluded Avice-Huet.

“ is accelerating digital transformation for leading organizations across every industry,” said Ed Abbo, President and CTO, “An Energy-as-a-Service software solution powered by the C3 AI platform, Smart Institutions is enabling cutting-edge organizations to set the standard for energy transformation initiatives.”

Through ENGIE Smart Institutions, and ENGIE can use AI to help large institutions achieve their sustainability and financial objectives through:

  • Energy optimization: The ability to predict energy consumption, and then optimize across the entire network to reduce costs, including production, distribution, and consumption.
  • Capital planning: The ability to plan long-term capital improvements using dynamic building and network modeling to identify and prioritize a portfolio and program of capital projects.
  • Campus engagement: The ability to use data and behavioral science techniques to engage students and faculty in energy and sustainability to drive energy efficiency, research and innovation, and brand recognition.