Smart Energy Analytics Blog

Friday, March 2, 2018: We know that commercial building owners have many demands on their time, but they want to benefit from all the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign has to offer, especially the chance to be nationally recognized for the data analytics innovation, performance and best practices they've achieved. One time-saving alternative is for their EMIS vendor or service provider to act as representative and join the building portfolio into the Campaign, with the owner's email permission. The service provider can then provide building data in the Participant Actions webform, and apply for award recognition as the building owners proxy. Even with this relationship, the owner is always welcome to join any of the Campaign activities such as FDD peer group webinars or general interest EMIS sessions when they have time.  Read more
Friday, January 26, 2018: Each year, the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign reviews how participating organizations are using their Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) to implement Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx).  Some of those organizations have used MBCx Service Providers to support their installation and use of EMIS.  The Campaign recognizes at least one MBCx Service Provider each year for excellence in implementing MBCx activities. In 2017, the Campaign’s MBCx Provider recognition has been awarded to Interval Data Systems (IDS), an EMIS vendor and MBCx Service Provider, for their support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky was also recognized by the Campaign for Best Practice in Expansion of EMIS.   IDS has been instrumental in supporting: Setup of the Commonwealth Energy Management and Control System, including a public-facing dashboard Remote data analysis of operations through their fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) system and tracking of key system metrics Operational recommendations Integration with Kentucky’s work order system Asset/system documentation management The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s EMIS includes 1,350 meters and 142,000 BAS points integrated with IDS.  The EMIS was installed across 6 BAS vendors and 1145 buildings (20M sq ft), while integrating with legacy work order and billing systems.  IDS’s system has proved effective in supporting energy management practices with 8% energy savings achieved in 136 buildings.  The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is pleased to recognize the Commonwealth of Kentucky and IDS’s outstanding efforts.  
Sunday, October 15, 2017: The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign recognized four participants for their new or expanded implementations of Fault Detection and Diagnostics and Energy Information Systems. One monitoring-based commissioning provider was also highlighted for their outstanding support of a participant's EMIS implementation. These four participants have shared their best practices with Campaign participants through webinars and the Campaign’s FDD peer network.  The recognition was given at the National Conference on Building Commissioning (NCBC) in Salt Lake City and the Smart Cities Conference in Washington, DC. Each organization recognized has been featured in a Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Success Story.  Kathleen Hogan, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, conferred recognition at NCBC to:  New Installation of Energy Information System (tie) - Carleton College, Aurora Public Schools New Installation of Fault Detection and Diagnostics System - Central Piedmont Community College Expansion of Energy Management and Information System - Commonwealth of Kentucky  Monitoring-Based Commissioning Provider - Interval Data Systems, Inc. (MBCx provider for Commonwealth of Kentucky) LBNL and DOE congratulate these organizations for their exemplary effort in implementing analytics, and their willingness to share their work with other participants in the Campaign.
Friday, September 15, 2017: The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign has released a new research report (download report here), summarizing key themes on the application of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) and Monitoring-based Commissioning (MBCx) practices. The high level findings in the report are drawn from the best practices implemented across the 46 portfolios (185 million sq ft) that have joined the Campaign in its first year.  The preliminary savings and costs figures documented in this report show highly promising cost-effectiveness, with an average of less than 1-year simple payback The report also presents trends in the rapidly evolving industry of EMIS products and MBCx services. We acknowledge and thank our participants and partners in the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign for providing data about their EMIS installations and MBCx practices. Read more