DOE Energy Exchange Recap: Affordable – Resilient – Secure


Signify participated in the joint edition of the Department of Energy’s Energy Exchange and Better Buildings Summit that took place in Cleveland, Ohio at the end of August. This year’s event was particularly exciting as we introduced our new company name – Signify – to our partners and customers. At the same time, we reminded attendees that we are keeping our brand Philips as well as our other reputable brands such as Gardco and Hadco – the most trusted brands in lighting.

For three days, we interacted with energy managers, facilities managers, and resource managers across the branches and federal departments. We listened to leaders from industry partners such as Honeywell, Rexel Energy Services, and Graybar. Customers collaborating with value-added partners such as Green Gen presented many interesting opportunities for lighting. We heard from leaders at utilities and technology companies as well as scientists in academia and at national laboratories.


Here are some of the key trends driving the Federal government to adopt energy efficient technologies from LED to connected lighting.

  1. It’s all about resilience. Mission assurance and resiliency are the most important criteria driving projects forward. Lighting featured prominently as an enabler for coordination and collaboration – defense critical missions need facilities with the right work environments for their employees. Many military installations may be able to leverage energy-efficient lighting to achieve zero dependency on the grid when faced with natural or man-made catastrophes.
  2. The power of partnerships to affect change. In the opening plenary, convener Leslie Nicholls, Acting Director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), made a key point about how industry partners and government agencies can collaborate to achieve greater outcomes together. She referenced partnerships across NASA, DOE, and DHS and how performance contracting has enabled deeper energy savings to increase resilience. She also described how FEMP can help agencies plan and prioritize infrastructure investments.
  3. Innovative contracting programs like ENABLE can help facilitate projects. Energy managers can leverage programs like ESPC ENABLE to deliver energy conservation measures more quickly and efficiently allowing them to meet their resilience and efficiency targets. ABM, an integrated facilities solutions provider, described some exciting projects for US embassies around the world. As a GSA Schedule 84 holder, Signify, can provide a simple and streamlined way for our federal customers to procure a wide range of effective lighting solutions.
  4. Cybersecurity is THE next challenge for operational technologies. Many sessions during the training breakouts focused on cybersecurity and the importance of designing secure operational technologies. From the Lucian Niemeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment at the Dept. of Defense, we learned about cutting-edge facilities like the Cyber Range in Orlando, Florida. These facilities help government and industry address IoT vulnerabilities in their systems which by one speaker’s count has increased by 3,198% (Bill Mayyou AT&T). Signify is one of the first lighting manufacturers testing integrated controls and lighting at the Cyber Range today. You can read more about being a “responsible innovator” in a recent interview with Signify’s president of the US market, Roger Karner.
  5. Unleash connected lighting. With the latest technologies being discussed at the event, connected lighting can clearly play a key role facilitating mission assurance across many types of facilities – from an entire campus to a single office building. With technologies like Light Fidelity or LiFi, there are also cutting-edge applications like network access in secure facilities that use the lighting in unprecedented ways.

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