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Scientific Conservation, the San Francisco-based startup with software to optimize the way building systems manage their energy use, has gotten two big investor-partners on board. Both General Electric and Intel said they would be putting money into SCI this morning, helping the startup complete a $19 million series B round it began raising in January. Beyond that, both announced plans to use the startup’s software in their own energy management plans. GE, which has already invested in SCI as one of its Ecomagination Challenge winners, said that SCI’s platform would be used by GE Capital Real Estate in several buildings in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. And Intel said it would work with SCI to “improve energy use in large campuses, optimize data center cooling, and collaborate on technologies to improve the energy efficiency of IT-intensive workspaces” — a set of functions that could bridge SCI’s software to the green data center field as well. We’ve seen a lot of building energy efficiency software startups moving into partnerships with corporate giants lately, whether on the commercial real estate or data center fronts — and a few have been acquired. I wonder if SCI is on anyone’s shopping list?