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Corporate Chronology

New Horizon Technologies Energy Services is an outgrowth of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, a private not for profit corporation. Here's how the corporate evolution, over 30 years in the making, took place:

Evolution of energy monitoring projects

1970s - Manual recording of consumption data from mechanical meters. Information transferred to computer punch cards for historical archiving.

1977 - First investment in automated datalogger technology. Data recorded on paper or casette tape for later transfer to a large central computer.

1977-1981 - US Community Services Administration Weatherization Support Project. National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) received grant funding from the Community Services Administration (CSA) to research and evaluate the performance of energy conservation and renewable energy technologies suitable for low-income applications. This major research and technology assessment effort involved both in-field instrumentation and monitoring and test cell research at NCAT's test facilities in Butte, Montana.

1979-1981 - Evaluation of the Solar Utilization, Economic Development and Employment (SUEDE) Project. The US Department of Energy provided a grant for NCAT to monitor the thermal and economic performance of various solar energy systems installed under the SUEDE Project. A total of 51 commercial and community-built solar domestic hot water heating systems, greenhouses, sunspaces and air heating systems were evaluated.

1981 - DOE introduced new tech transfer - NATAS Program. The National Appropriate Technology Assistance Service (NATAS) was established as a national source of detailed technical assistance for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Through NATAS, NCAT energy specialists responded to more than 80,000 inquiries nationwide to implement renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects including numerous monitoring and evaluation projects.

1983 - NCAT responded to an RFP issued by Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories (BPNL) to monitor energy consumption in buildings. Under contract to BPNL, NCAT worked on projects such as the End-Use Load Conservation Assessment Program (ELCAP) Commercial End-Use Monitoring Pilot Project in 1984; the ELCAP Commercial Base Study in 1985-1986; and the ELCAP Commercial Audit Program Evaluation in 1985-1987. Through the lifetime of this project, NCAT installed over 133 field data acquisition systems to monitor electric end-use energy consumption and interior temperatures in approximately 70 commercial buildings in Seattle, Washington; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Richland, Washington. NCAT also installed electric end-use energy consumption monitoring equipment in six large commercial buildings in Sandpoint, Idaho and Seattle, Washington as part of an evaluation of the BPA Purchase of Energy Saving Program (PES). Included in this project was the Westin Hotel in Seattle, at the time, one of the largest buildings ever metered for end-use energy consumption.

Late 1980s - Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratries and NCAT were awarded a contract with PG&E to conduct load research on 44 large commercial buildings. This was one of the largest utility end-user monitoring projects undertaken to date.

1987-1990 - NCAT undertook the Penelec Mobile Home Weatherization Research Project. As part of a large Weatherization Research and Development Project sponsored by the Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), NCAT installed end-use electricity and temperature monitoring equipment in four mobile homes in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. NCAT was also responsible for data collection, data analysis and reporting and data acquisition system maintenance for this project. The overall purpose of the project was to identify cost-effective mobile home weatherization measures and to develop a measurement-based mobile home audit. The measurement based audit was later field tested on a 20-home test sample and ultimately implemented throughout the Penelec service territory. The project won a number of awards including the Pennsylvania Governor's Energy Award, a US Department of Energy Award for Innovation and an Edison Electric Institute Common Goals Award.

1988-1990 - Montana Power Company Irrigation Energy Study. NCAT conducted energy audits and performance monitoring of 105 irrigation systems in the Montana Power Company service area as part of an irrigation sector energy conservation study. The end product of this research was a series of irrigation energy conservation supply curves.

1989-1990 - Headwaters Irrigation Energy Study. Under contract to the Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development Agency with funding from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, NCAT conducted energy audits and performance monitoring of 60 irrigation systems in Southwest Montana. Recommendations on energy conservation retrofits were provided to the system owners.

1989 - NCAT was selected by Texas A&M University through a national RFP process, as the primary metering and monitoring contractor for the Texas LoanSTAR program. Initiated by the Governor's Energy Office, the LoanSTAR (Loans to Save Taxes and Resources) Program provides revolving, low-interest loans for energy conserving changes (retrofits) to be made to public buildings and schools in Texas. More than 60 state agencies, independent school districts and local governments were enrolled in the program. The $98 million invested to date is projected to save Texas taxpayers more than $850 million over the next 20 years. Hundreds of buildings were metered.

1990s - Many Energy Services companies began to emerge. NCAT began to establish relationships with utilities and national consulting firms. Often NCAT was responsible for providing load research and energy consumption data as the basis for demand side management program savings predictions and verification of energy savings.

1990 - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Under contract to Texas A&M University, NCAT designed measurement plans and installed instrumentation in the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The cancer center project was part of the state-wide LoanSTAR Program. Approximately 20 energy meters were installed monitoring steam, electricity, natural gas and steam condensate consumption.

1992 - All NCAT energy monitoring activities were formally transferred to the NCAT Development Corporation, a for-profit subsidiary of NCAT. This provided NCAT with the opportunity to offer its energy monitoring technical expertise and years of experience to a diverse client base. The profits from the for-profit subsidiary's efforts helped fund NCAT's non-profit energy, housing, and agricultural activities.

1995 - NCAT Development Corporation changed its name to New Horizon Technologies, Inc. (NHT).

1992-1998 - Pennsylvania Energy Office "Green Buildings" Energy Savings Verification Program. New Horizon Technologies, the Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory, and SBW Consulting were under contract to the Pennsylvania Energy Office (PEO) to design an Energy Savings Verification Program for the Pennsylvania "Green Buildings" Program. The project involved providing software and hardware recommendations, designing data collection and analysis software, training state personnel and the installation of energy monitoring equipment in six institutional buildings in Pennsylvania.

1995-1998 - Texas A&M Campus Energy Management Plan. NHT was selected by the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) to design measurement plans and install energy monitoring equipment in approximately 90 campus buildings and the central power plant at Texas A&M University. This project was part of a comprehensive campus energy management program coordinated through the Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory. Results indicate that the installation of this campus-wide Energy Information System and associated operation and maintenance modifications produced susbtantial energy savings.

1995-2007 - State of Minnesota Energy Retrofit Savings Monitoring System. NHT and the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University were contracted by the State of Minnesota and Northern States Power to develop, procure, install and maintain the instrumentation to monitor energy consumption in State and University buildings throughout Minnesota. The team also developed, programmed and installed energy management analysis software for determining the performance of energy conservation retrofits. Approximately 70 buildings were instrumented.

1997 - New Horizon Technologies and the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University established a formal strategic alliance with Square D PowerLogic Division to provide metering, monitoring, and state-of-the-art energy information systems technology to large, multi-site industrial, institutional, and commercial customers. Since 1997, NHT has been focused on the integration of their monitoring and metering experience with the expertise and state-of-the-art technology of Square D.

1997-1998 - Brooke Army Medical Center Commissioning Project. Under contract to Texas A&M University and Johnson Controls, NHT developed a detailed site metering plan and installed energy monitoring equipment to meter the electricity and gas consumption of the entire medical complex. The energy data was used to establish a precise energy baseline and accurately determine the savings from a building commissioning program. NHT provided follow-up maintenance of the metering equipment.

1997-1999 - NHT secured contracts with large institutional and commercial facilities to provide enterprise level energy information systems.

1998 - Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Under contract to ERI Services, inc. NHT provided Measurement and Verification Services at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. NHT provided turnkey energy monitoring and data acquisition services and conducted a two-month baseline analysis. NHT collected and reported data on 15-minute intervals, and provided weekly data and monthly time series plots.

1998 (January) - New Horizon Technologies establishes marketing department to further its strategic and competitive position in the energy information industry.

1998 (February) - Test and Measurement Lab commissioned. The NHT Test and Measurement Laboratory was designed to act as the proving grounds for our energy information systems components. The Lab provides real time, hands-on experience with these components before installation - which allows NHT to insure state-of-the-art, quality product delivery.

1998 - NHT website:

1999 - New Horizon Technologies Energy Services created as a limited liability corporation.

1999 - Square D and NHT installed an extensive Energy Information System on the campus of the University of New Mexico.

1999-2006 - NHT selected by Texas Department of Criminal Justice to implement an Enterprise-level Energy Information System for the Prison Industries System.

1999-2010 - NHT selected by the Hyatt Hotels Corporation to provide an Enterprise Energy Information System.

2006 - New Horizon Technologies Energy Services reorganized under the ownership John McBride and Robert Williams L.P.

1999-2006 - NHT implements or supports Energy Information Systems at Fort Hood, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic, and the Texas Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation.

2006-2010 NHT continues to design and implement enterprise-scale energy monitoring systems for customers such as Marriott International, Four Seasons Hotels, the Simon Property Group, Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Mankato State University and Square D/Schneider Electric.


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P.O. Box 3003
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