"Jack" Mc Gowan, CEM
The Mc Gowan Group
McGowan is Principal with The McGowan Group, an energy and business
consultancy. He is former CEO and President of Energy Control
Inc. (ECI), an OpTerra Energy company. McGowan is Chairman
Emeritus of the U.S. Department of Energy GridWise Architecture
Council. He is a Senior Fellow with the Governing Institute working on
energy, sustainability and Smart Cities. He is Founding Co-Chair of the
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and
Technology Building to Grid Working Group. McGowan has been an
industry leader in Building Automation and Energy Services, while also
working with utilities, government and industry across the U.S. on
Demand Response and Smart Grid Projects. The Association of Energy
Engineers has named him a Fellow in 2013, admitted him to the
“International Energy Managers Hall of Fame” in 2003 and named him
“International Energy Professional of the Year” in 1997. Under
his leadership, ECI won a 2008 American Business Award sponsored by Dow
Jones and the Wall Street Journal as Best Overall Company in the U.S.
with less than 100 employees. McGowan is an author with 5 books on
Fairmont Press and Prentice Hall and has published over 200
articles. McGowan is an internationally known energy, buildings
and technology expert, and was chosen by his peers as 2006 Visionary at
the Builconn Intelligent Buildings event. He was named Newsmaker
of the Year by automatedbuildings.com in 2007.
Articles & Interviews
- Beyond Smart Grid… the Internet of Energy Things Grows Up
- McGowan's Reflection on Hall of Fame Award Thinking
about this reminds me of an interview I once heard with Joe Walsh,
legendary guitarist with the Eagles. He said that while his career
unfolded, it seemed like series of disconnected moves jumping from one
job, or opportunity, to the next. Yet when he gained perspective and
looked back at it, it looked like a finely crafted novel.
- Energy and Control Expert John J. 'Jack' McGowan, CEM Inducted into Hall of Fame Mc
Gowan has four decades of wide-ranging technical and management
experience spanning sectors, but with one common theme: controls.
- Data Wrangling for Breakthrough Energy Performance Analytics can easily shave 20% off your energy costs
- The Future: BG or BS? Buildings Genius (BG) or Buildings Savant (BS)?
- “Fitbit® For Buildings” What
is the Top Industry Challenge and Opportunity for 2016? “Fitbit® for
buildings” style technology will drive unparalleled performance for
energy savings projections for projects!
- Energy Management in an “Internet of Things” World
It is not enough to simply benchmark historical data (energy,
operations, fault diagnostics or other), rather it is necessary to
utilize that history as a baseline to begin to truly measure and manage
facilities. - Jim Lee, CEO Cimetrics and Jack McGowan, CEM McGowan Group
- High Performance Buildings use Internet of Things
AnalyticsIoT, a combination of data, technology and know-how.
- United States Green Building Council and a new Electric
Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal.
- Energy Triple Threat to
Drive Electric Demand Response... more at
- 4PLEX Energy™ Analytics and Business
- Smart Cities could drive BAS Opportunity
Exploring the role of Building Automation in smart cities further,
these buildings require technology to interact and operate as
Realcomm/IBCon 2013 Industry Update
The event is encouraging with regard to commercial real estate’s
acceptance of Smart, Connected Buildings as a key determinant of
property value and operational excellence.Energy and Buildings… What opportunities does the
current economy present?
- ESCO 2.0 and Your Next Project
In terms of a business model focusing on implementation of efficiency,
renewable energy resources, and financing vehicles for capital upgrade
projects, the Energy Service Company (ESCo) model is seeing a
resurgence among building owners.
- Energy 2.0 OpenADR, Energy Management and
Buildings At ConnectivityWeek 2012
- Death by Dashboards
One dashboard may not be able to fulfill all expectations, but it is
important to clearly formulate what is expected and to evaluate the
market based on “Building Knowledge” rather than Data Visualization.
- Observations from the Front... Post ASHRAE 2012 -
Jack Mc Gowan, CEM Energy
- Green Buildings and EZ Electricity Enterprising
minds are creating better opportunities for buildings to interact with
the Smart Grid.
- The Smart Grid: Opportunities and Challenges - Workshop The
2009 MIT Energy Conference -
Accelerating Change in Global Energy - March 6, 2009
- Energy & Controls…making
sense of it all at Grid-Interop
- The NewEnergy Paradigm
Quite simply, my belief is that energy in
buildings has much more to do with automation that it does with any of
the other technologies that seem to be in the spotlight continuously.
- Economic Downturn, Automation Identity Crisis and
Energy Opportunity …where
does your business go from here
- ConnectivityWeek is the Green Summit The message to
readers is that Green is not just about LEED, and that DR is the
opportunity to build a new business model that does not rely on new
- The Number One Thing That Will Grow Your Business in 2008 The time for
Energy Engineered Systems (EES) is now because the traditional
construction process is broken and it is hard to deliver value without
- Buildings at the Epicenter…
Don’t miss B2G in New York
- GridWise, Demand Response and a Green AHR Those who want to learn more about these
automation opportunities with the electric grid should be at the AHR
ASHRAE conference in New York this January 2008.
- Energy… how do you turn Buzz into Business? The simple answer to that question is that automation
is the “enabling technology” for demand response.
The Right Place At An Exceptional Time With GridWise, IT
interoperability will lead to ap’s that start with DR as a basic
curtailment (turning electric loads off) program, but then to expand a
truly intelligent building functionality that reshapes the load curve
by leveraging automation.
- GridWise Applied
The Objective and criteria for the award is to
highlight real-world application/implementation of GridWise
Architecture Council (GridWise AC) interoperability principles in
products, services and projects.
- News Maker of the Year Jack McGowan, CEM, President & CEO, Energy Control
Inc, GridWise Architecutre Council Chairman
- Smart Building to Smart Grid Success Stories at GridWeek
- Automated Demand Response
and America’s Energy Future
- Online Inside and Out
Some of this technology is WiFi
and Internet based and some is cellular or satellite based, but the
flavor of wireless is not important.
- Energy Management Systems
...do you remember when building
automation or direct digital control products were called “energy
- The 4th Utility…
Unifying building operations
- What is HOT in
is critical in the IT world, and based on the growth in this sector
this will remain true.
- The GridWise Buzz…It’s Electric The smart grid
envisions an interoperable system that leverages information technology
and automated systems to meet demand.
a new trail to Intelligent buildings… The value proposition in building automation is no
longer in installing, programming, maintaining or even integrating
building systems. Rather, as with the pervasive internet, the
opportunity is in creating services and value propositions that can be
offered by using the power of the systems that are installed.
and the Energy
Policy Act of 2005 One key
initiative to come from this Act will be a major focus on electricity
…the next wave and how it will impact Automation.
of Intelligent Energy Technology
applications are close at hand.
Supplement Engineered Systems
Enterprises Are Forever Changed With Real-Time Building Information
Access Control -
The Missing Link?
Rob Zivney, Hirsch
Technology is the New IT
Jack Mc Gowan, Energy
Web Services For
Building Controls At A Crossroads
Toby Considine, oBIX Chairman
Year of the Smart Building 2004 was the year when a
whole series of Internet and network communications developments truly
elevated average structures to Intelligent Buildings.
to School on Direct Digital Control of Renewable Energy - Case
Interoperable and Intelligent
…the Buildy targets Next Generation Buildings
Information Technology and Energy
real-time energy metering up the management chain Jefferson
have one of the few systems in the country that is able to actually
reports separating metered energy use for a classroom and a research
lab in the
same building. Case Study
of our sixteen is missing … or can Integration be
Convergence could be compared to a freeway cloverleaf seamlessly
flow of data from one direction, or source, to another and allowing for
Convergence - Engineered Systems November Supplement
Happen Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com
Why Is There A Need
For Marketing? Anto Budiardjo - Clasma Inc.
Integration and Convergence Jack Mc Gowan, Energy Control Inc.
and Wireless Internet …what's the connection? Wireless
is yet one more tool to use in the continual evolution toward Real-time
Security Most industry
proponents believe that energy, security, and IT technology
the Internet taking center stage.
Integration … the next step Deep integration is a process
rather than a conclusion, but it results in true Energy Web Services
companies can offer to go far beyond traditional DDC and Building
- High-tech Venues - The
latest thing in Online Training
Automation Access to real-time information anywhere,
anytime through an Internet-enabled automation system is the real value
"Black Box" ...what Building Automation needs!
Energy Dashboard™ the next new thing in Building
- The Business of System
Integration The challenge
for readers of this article is to revisit your definition of system
integration and take the time to bring the full scope of services that
you offer in better focus.
- Direct Digital Control - A
Guide to Distributed Building Automation The question that
this article is posing to the readership is "Where should
AutomatedBuildings.com training begin?"
- Online Automation
Training…are you missing something? At
least 25% of the registrations for the first class noted that they were
looking for basic training on building automation.
Horizons for System Integration As evidenced, it is now
to Internet-enable everything from electric meters to data loggers, and
System Integration to new horizons.
Systems Financing … a new trend? Now
is the time to become a little more aware of the financing options and
these to owners as solutions.
New and Hot in the Building Automation Market? One of the exciting new trends in Building Automation
today is the growing popularity of Direct Digital Control (DDC) as a
measure incorporated with Performance Contracts.
Energy Services Recent
interviews with online energy sellers indicated that they are selling
energy information, consumption histories and profiles by demand
energy! Doesn't that sound like the kind of service that a DDC
Energy Education The question is, will World Wide Web or
"Web" change the way that education is delivered?
- Continuous Digital
Control (CDC) The term Direct Digital Control
therefore no longer describes the industry's goals; rather it wants
- DDC's Future 1-01
...the Web may have
more to do with defining DDC's future than any individual development
theory, HVAC or building technology.
- Control Synthesis
been number of efforts aimed at creating standard bus-level protocols
automation systems. This only addresses part of the problem of creating
interoperable systems. Our approach is to go one level higher and
standard software framework that supports LON, BACnet and legacy
systems in an
open framework that is full Internet enabled" says John Petze, VP of
Business Development at Tridium.
- DDC Networks:...is the
question really: BACnet™ or LonWorks™?
The intent here is to answer that question with a simpler question
"What are you trying to accomplish, and does one protocol, or more
specifically control and network products based upon it, provide a
better solution than the other?
- Green Intelligent Buildings… what next? Energy Business
Intelligence will be to buildings what the iPod was to music.
- Energy and Analytics Big Data and Building Technology Integration
difference between GridWise and Demand Response? I like to think of
Demand Response as the first
business model that is getting traction in the larger world of
GridWise. GridWise is about interoperability on a broad scale
including the full spectrum of electricity infrastructure and
technology from generation through end use of.
- On the road
with GridWise Everyone
seems to want to know what GridWise is about and how it will affect
Expo Co-Located with BuilConn® BuilConn participants will learn
how the Intelligent Building has morphed into the Intelligent
Enterprise and is on the way to the World Wide Grid. GridWise
was a topic at BuilConn last year, but it is a strong force this year.
Dramatic events and price spikes in the energy world combined with a
continuing emphasis on interoperability, and a national focus on
business developments in the “Energy Space” make this a must
- GridWise™ ...input is needed I am really trying to connect with the European
energy community to identify some speakers that can see the long term
benefits of integration and interoperability as tools to improve
electricity reliability, but also to save money.
- Energy@BuilConn BuilConn
participants will learn how to position themselves for the opportunity
to deliver technology that enables a more effective U.S. Electric
System and integrates building consumption on a completely new level.
in Review It seems inevitable at the beginning of a year to
look back and consider last year in review. What progress was
made over the previous months? In that light I took some time to
visit with Jack Mc Gowan recently to get his perspective on significant
events in integration and interoperability.
On-line Training -
to Understanding Internet Digital Control Newsweek Magazine did a feature article two years ago
and predicted that 90% of all four year Universities would offer Online
course by 2002. By all accounts that prediction is true, and just one
example of the demand for this approach is that the University of
Phoenix has 130,000 students enrolled in Online coursework!
- Web-based Training -
April 2002 AutomatedBuildings.com has completed a thorough
analysis of the potential for Web-based training through the site. In
this month's Interview, Jack McGowan talks with Ken Sinclair about the
growth in this approach to professional development and his new seminar.
- Selling New Automation Concepts - October 2001 Take the time to analyze and understand
customers and what their needs are in your target market. Develop a
quality approach to selling systems that meet the customers needs and
help them to carry out their business more cost-effectively, while
helping them to achieve their goals.
- Industry Migration
towards Information Technology
- June 2001 I believe that professionals in our industry must become
experts in information technology and data communications, but the
bottom line is temperature control requires expertise in
Energy Services - Performance Contracting, Energy E-commerce and Beyond
articles prepared by Jack McGowan
for Energy Users News
- Buildings Online BY JOHN J. "JACK" MCGOWAN, CEM
time and the future of the energy management business
As if on cue, the newest trend in energy
management, real-time energy systems, offers companies valuable
to deal with the economic downturn. Many companies have reduced capital
spending, but energy projects that are self-funding investments and
way companies do business still make sense.
To read the complete article view Energy
- State-of-the-Art Performance Contracting
Energy crisis changes PC economics
professionals who share the blessings, or curses, of both age and
perspective may feel some gratification that energy issues are at the
forefront of the national consciousness once again. The energy crisis,
of course, is unwelcome, and energy managers have become good at
implementing conservation projects using other motivators, typically
To read the complete article view Energy
- E-Enabled Energy Services: B2B
in the Energy Sector
New energy portals provide a number of tools so that end
users can access the information they need.
The Internet has created new markets, new ways of
E-commerce has already made a deep impact on business and
leisure. Forrester Research, a Cambridge, MA, firm that tracks
technology markets, projects that e-commerce transactions in the United
States will reach $1.3 trillion by 2003. They project that electricity
sales alone will account for $250 billion by 2004, meaning that the
energy sector will likely see the rapid introduction of new electronic
To read the complete article view Energy
- Beyond the Building Envelope:
Direct Digital Control, Open Systems, and Beyond
Facilities managers must now be information managers, too
Current trends in automation require the facility
manager to think outside the confines of the building envelope. The old
controls industry has gone virtual, providing tools that many owners
and energy users are only beginning to recognize.
To read the complete article view Energy
- Energy Management.com: How Will
Internet Change this Industry?
Information, information, information everywhere
The business world today seems to be
divided into those who are part of the fast-paced Internet market and
those experiencing the general uneasiness associated with being left
behind. Many see tremendous e-commerce opportunities everywhere, even
in bricks and mortar businesses like energy management. Many in the
energy industry also see Internet business opportunities but recognize
how difficult it is to make an energy management business interactive.
Some companies, however, are applying the inherent creativity of the
energy management business to old problems and coming up with
To read the complete article view Energy
- Web Browser Interface: The Next
The Internet extends control systems indefinitely.
years ago, what answer would be given to the question of what new
innovation in energy management will have the most far-reaching impact
on the discipline? BACnet, LonWorks, or other communication standards,
pre-integrated microprocessor-based control for HVAC, and design/build
construction techniques were included in all the market research
studies of the early 1990s. Certainly each of these innovations has
changed the industry. What, though, of the next decade? What innovation
will have the most far-reaching impact?
To read the complete article view Energy
Mr. Mc Gowan
is an Energy Consultant, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mc Gowan has
served as a business leader and technical expert for building
automation and energy services for more than three decades, working
with commercial buildings and customers in every vertical market.
30+ year career in Industry and
Government, Mc Gowan has been:
- President of Energy Control Inc., an OpTerra Energy Company
- CEO of Energy Control Inc.
- Vice President of Marketing with
Hydroscope Inc., USA
- Johnson Controls, Inc., as Business
development manager working on energy and water projects for
educational institutions, state and municipal customers.
- Honeywell, Inc. as Market and Product
- Director of the New Mexico Energy
Conservation & Management Division
- Principal with a Direct Digital Control
installation & contracting firm and
- Corporate Energy Manager with a Fortune
500 retail firm
published five books and over 200 articles
on business and technical topics, including:
- Distributed DDC, A Guide to Building
Fairmont Press / Prentice Hall, 1995
- Networking For Building Automation &
Fairmont Press / Prentice Hall, 1991.
- Energy Management for Buildings (Co-authored with William F. Payne), Von Nostrand Reinhold, 1990
- Energy Management & Control Systems Handbook (Co-authored with William F. Payne), Fairmont Press / Prentice Hall, 1988
- Service Merchandise Corporate Energy Handbook, SM Press, 1984
Gowan has published over 200 articles and
technical papers, and is a regular speaker at national &
conferences, and association meetings.
He is a
member of the Engineered Systems Technical Advisory Board, and a
Contributing Editor to the Online Magazine
Mc Gowan has
developed and delivered seminars for
the Association of Energy Engineers in the United States, and the
Management Technology in Southeast Asia. He also teaches technical and
courses at the University of Phoenix and the University of New Mexico.
Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) named Mr. Mc Gowan a "Fellow" in
2013, to the "International Energy Managers Hall of Fame" in 2003 and
Professional of The Year" in 1997.
He has been
listed in Who's Who in the
World (1999) and Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Millennium
1994-1995, 1996-1997 editions, Marquis / Reed Publishing.
Mc Gowan is
Energy Manager (CEM)
Lighting Efficiency Professional,
Demand Side Manager
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