World Earth Day 2021


Happy Earth Day! It’s a great day to feature one of our clients, FDS Manufacturing, a prominent west coast manufacturer of industrial and agricultural packaging that drives sustainability in everything they do. From reusing recyclable plastics and paper to delivering recyclable packaging, their engineering innovation has made them a leader in the eco-packaging space. The Agave® team is proud to enable FDS with measuring, analytics, verification, and controls to improve their energy usage and costs continually. Agave® Evolution™ microgrid controller allows their microgrid to perform at optimum levels, drive lower electricity costs, and contribute to greenhouse gas reductions. Agave® Analytics is used to track both the energy cost and usage performance of their distributed generation system. Agave® delivers real-time business intelligence that provides a proven bottom-line process to manage the economic & energy efficiency of their system successfully. If you are serious about sustainability for your company, let us help you create the story. Contact or visit for more information.

A Message From Our CTO, Mark Gilbreth: Utility Rate Changes

June 2020

Utility Rate Changes


While you have been trying to financially navigate the COVID-19 shutdown since mid-March of this year, Southern California Edison has issued two utility rate increases.  The first rate increase of 4% to 8% took effect on April 13, 2020.  The second rate increase of 4% to 5% took effect on June 1, 2020.

Depending on your specific utility tariff that will be an increase of 9% to 11% when you return business over the next several weeks.

Isn’t it time you START MANAGING your ENERGY COSTS? 

We at Agave are changing the way clients manage their energy costs.  Our Virtual Energy Manager application helps clients quickly focus on the biggest energy savings opportunities.  Clients will understand when they use energy, how they are being charged when rate tariffs change, and when high-cost energy events occur.  Our application provides clients with savings strategies such as bill auditing, alternative tariffs, process improvements, energy efficiency, and onsite generation to identify the biggest savings with the least investment.  These strategies are aimed at reducing costs without impacting business operations.  Our application provides key performance indicators that allow clients to track savings improvements.  Clients can manage by exception, investing little time, by allowing our analytics capabilities to track events and provide just in time notifications that allow you to save money.

Our Agave® team is excited to empower clients to manage Energy Costs.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  If you would like to set up a demo, fill out this form.

Mark Gilbreth, CTO

Agave® Systems, Inc.

Agave® Evolution ™ Version 3.0 Launch

Agave® Systems is excited to announce the launch of Evolution™ Version 3.0.

Agave® Evolution™ is a cloud-based Energy as a Service (EaaS) solution that enables energy management by simplifying the continuous process. The EVOLUTION™ Dashboard monetizes energy usage patterns to help identify when reducing energy can generate the biggest savings for our client.

Agave® Evolution™ Key Benefits:

  • Real-Time Interval Data
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Better Energy Management
  • Rate & Billing Auditing
  • Energy Star Benchmarking
  • Reduce Demand Charges
  • Microgrid Efficiency Analysis
  • Understand ROI on Energy Projects

VERSION 3.0 now integrates the Demand Module providing clients a complete monitoring package from:

  • Demand Side Equipment Monitoring
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Real-Time Data Trends
  • Operating Costs
  • Efficiency Trends
  • Cogeneration Efficiency
  • Utility Rate Metrics

This information helps clients reduce costs by making improved operating decisions, schedule maintenance, identify efficiency improvement projects, and evaluate equipment’s end-of-life. Also included is Electric Utility Rate Metrics to help clients better understand rate schedules and operating schedules that minimize cost. These utility rate metrics include an Ideal Blended Electric Rate, Actual Blended Electric Rate, Annual Electric Rate Increases, and a simple graphical representation to visualize your Electric Rate Schedule. Improvements were made to the Cogeneration Efficiency metric to highlight electric and thermal efficiency to help clients pinpoint where improvements can be made in overall system efficiency as well as hold vendors accountable to meet equipment specifications.

We are hosting a webinar next Friday, December 14th at 10am PST. Join us as we share the latest version of our virtual energy manager. 

Sign up here! 

Living to Love Another Day

Agave® Systems is proud to be a sponsor of an event that brings attention and discussion to the subject of depression and the consequence of suicide. Living to Love Another Day (The Nicholas H. Guy Acevedo Memorial Trust Fund) sponsored through the Orange County Community Foundation a non-profit organization, was formed to promote awareness and education of mental health and wellness for young people. Nick’s organization Living to Love Another Day’s mission is to educate, advocate, and remove the stigma associated with mental illness, while funding programs that provide students and under-25 kids with the tools and resources that support their mental health. Learn more:


Agave Systems Sponsors Homer Micro Grid Conference In San Diego

Agave® Systems is proud to have been a sponsor of the Homer Micro Grid Conference in San Diego October 8th and 9th, 2018

The team had the opportunity to present the Evolution™ SaaS Platform, which connects real time utility rate data with real time energy usage allowing users to optimize their distributed power assets. Participants had the opportunity to see how Evolution™ bridges the chasm between operations and finance, showing how asset management and performance relate directly to managing energy costs.

Attendees were impressed with its open system architecture that enables Evolution™ to be used independently or combined with existing SCADA and/or plant control systems. Additionally the platform features microgrid controls to seamlessly integrate operation of solar, cogeneration and energy storage systems which made it a stand out at the conference. “We appreciated ForesterMedia for providing us the platform to demonstrate that Evolution™ provides enterprise users the best framework to manage and optimize energy spend by delivering active data to make decisions now.” Steven Acevedo, CEO Founder Agave Systems.


Microgrids and the Transition to Distributed Energy
October 8–10th, 2018

Join us! Agave Systems will be a sponsor of the 6th Annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference and Exhibition at the beautiful Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California. Presented by Distributed Energy.

HIMC is the leading forum for industry leaders and policymakers in this emerging market to come together and share successes, technologies, financial models, and develop goals and policy objectives to drive the industry forward.

A pre-conference private tour will give attendees an intimate view of the UCSD microgrid project, an advanced energy network that provides electricity for the university’s 450-hectare campus.

Two days of conference activities offer a strong focus on solving practical challenges through real-world examples presented by leading figures in the microgrid and distributed energy industry. Between presentations, networking breaks on San Diego’s Mission Bay offer an amazing setting to engage with peers and build valuable relationships.

An optional third day of hands-on training with the HOMER Grid and HOMER Pro software platforms can help you model your next microgrid project, develop your demand management strategy, and get training you need to deploy more projects and land more deals.

Contact Agave Systems if you’d like to pre-schedule a meeting during the show.

Agave Systems announces release of Agave Evolution™, Version 4

We are excited to announce that we are now shipping version 4 of the Agave Evolution™ Smart Energy Management Platform.

We have over 30 clients participating in this product launch from 12 different industries. The common denominator is a requirement to better understand and manage their energy usage. Interesting fact is that 98% of our clients are not looking at 15 min interval data usage yet. Our dashboard will now integrate utility data giving them a whole new perspective on your energy usage.

We began delivering the Initial Release of the Agave Dashboard product on February 26th, 2018.

Features of this initial Dashboard release will include:

  • Executive Level Dashboard with Key Metrics
  • Monitoring of Electric Spend and Usage Trends
  • Integration of 15-minute Electric Utility Data
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We want to hear from you!

We hope you will make the time to participate as your feedback is critical to our products success and will help you better understand how you can fully utilize the features to accelerate your energy management goals.

Agave Systems will be scheduling key webinars over the next several weeks to gather client feedback on new product features and keep the user community informed of future releases.

  • March 14th, 2018 – Initial Dashboard Features and Client Feedback.
  • Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 – Demand & Supply Modules Features Update.
  • Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 – Analytic Module Features and Client Requests.

We are excited to bring our clients better visibility and data analytics to drive better energy management with our new product roll out. We look forward to continuing to get your feedback on as we continue the development process on Evolution™. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at