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Taco Bell franchisee rolls out energy management system at SoCal stores

RSM's Cotti Foods expects the platform to reduce utility costs.

By Kristen SchottPublished: October 05, 2009 09:46 AM

Rancho Santa Margarita-based Cotti Foods Corp. – which is among the nation's largest Taco Bell franchisees – is installing an innovative new energy management system at more than 50 stores in Southern California, 16 of which are in O.C.

Developed by San Diego-based Advanced Telemetry, the EcoView Commercial smart energy and resource management platform is expected to reduce operational power usage, utility bills and carbon emissions at the stores.

EcoView Commercial is controlled through a wireless touch panel dashboard or Web interface. It is operated without a utility company and helps business officials understand, track and control how their firm is using its resources. Other features include centralized, remote control of thermostats and account specialists who monitor locations for energy-usage irregularities.

Cotti field tested the system in 15 of its Taco Bell eateries for about nine months per store with positive results.

“We are convinced of the benefits that the EcoView product offers us and are committed for the long haul," says Cotti Chief Operating Officer Steve Dees. "With such a large number of restaurants, the ability to remotely monitor, control and limit access to our climate control systems will ensure that our facilities are comfortable while at the same time efficiently operated."

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