Campus Energy Management
Utility companies have been implementing external storage and analysis tools for over a decade as a result of their need to comply with NERC security measures and also to improve the availability, reliability, and efficiency of their energy production. Over the past decade a large number of universities have implemented a similar approach in order achieve objectives related to energy conservation, efficiency, preventative equipment maintenance and a reduction in utility costs.
While the reasons to move towards a comprehensive energy management and reporting suite vary by university there are a number of underlining needs/goals/objectives that a fairly common across all colleges and universities.
- Allow for enterprise access to the energy information that currently resides in disparate software platforms and databases.
- The need to improve the external storage capabilities, organization of data, analysis capabilities, and reporting tools for the facilities management team.
- The ability to integrate the energy tracking and auditing process with the utilities billing/budget management process which both departments are currently managing by personal spreadsheets.
- Allow students and other academic and administrative departments have easy access to energy data to support awareness and education as well as incentives to reduce energy consumption.
- Implement sophisticated technology that is university controlled and analyzes energy data, and identifies underperforming assets and inefficient processes in real-time.