Smart Energy Analytics Informs Substantial Energy Savings Potential & Spurs New Technology Campaign

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Monica Kanojia
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Oct 04, 2016

Smart Cities Week emphasized the shift of the energy landscape in the U.S. towards cleaner energy sources, with thought leaders discussing energy independence, climate change, and community resilience with renewed vigor. Industry consensus is that ideation and innovation will be at the root of all energy related solutions and with domestic buildings accounting for approximately $400 billion in national energy consumption, it is more imperative than ever for building owners and operators to determine how to leverage analytics to uncover hidden energy savings potential.

During Smart Cities week, the White House announced the official launch of the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign with 18 inaugural participants spanning both the public and private sectors. Today participants represent an aggregated 1,800 buildings, approximately 49 million square feet, and have committed to use Energy Management and information Systems (EMIS) technologies and monitoring-based commissioning strategies to uncover building system synchronicities; where opportunities to cut energy consumption and improve overall building performance exist. The diverse list of participants is indicative of market relevance and the impact potential EMIS represents when used for ongoing analytics-based performance improvements. See the factsheet here.

"At Wendy’s, we’re committed to being responsible stewards of energy, and we believe stewardship is a journey and a long-term commitment.  Wendy’s is proud to be one of the first participants to join DOE’s Smart Energy Analytics Campaign.   We’re looking to pilot a robust energy management software system, and the Campaign provides a place to go for technical support and resources,” said Scott Moline, Manager, The Wendy’s Company.

Partners in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign pledge to use building energy analytics to develop long-term energy management strategies.  The Campaign is designed to increase market uptake of EMIS technologies – a broad and rapidly evolving family of tools that monitor, analyze, and control building energy use and system performance. Technologies that fall within the EMIS ecosystem include benchmarking and utility bill tracing software, energy information systems, building automation systems, fault detection and diagnostic tools, and automated system optimization software. The Campaign will provide participants with expert guidance and technical assistance in navigating the wide variety of currently available smart energy analytics platforms and help building owners and operators determine the best platform or system based on each of their respective needs.

“As an early adopter of Energy Management and Information Systems, Macy’s, Inc. is looking forward to participating in DOE’s Smart Energy Analytics Campaign and demonstrating how EMIS can be successfully implemented in a large portfolio. Our store and business locations throughout the country will continue to pursue leading edge solutions for increased savings in energy and expense,” said a representative from Macy’s.

Innovations in EMIS and building connectivity have enabled or automated the analysis of energy data, making it possible for owners and operators to apply analytics to everyday building operations. The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is part of the broader Better Buildings Initiative, which aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. The proper application of EMIS best practices has the potential to contribute substantially towards this goal with energy savings potential of over $4 billion.

Learn more about joining the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign here.