NEEA/PECI study: Energy management tools are up to snuff

Barry Cronin

Two area energy groups have issued a report revealing that energy management information systems are, indeed, helping users slash power usage.

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance contract with PECI to write the report “Inventory of Commercial Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) for M&V Applications.” The group studied 14 EMIS tools and found that the services offer potential solutions to making energy savings more concrete and reliable.

“Reliable measurement of energy savings will make it easier for utilities, property management companies, and owners to invest in a whole-building approach to energy efficiency,” said Mark Rehley, NEEA’s emerging technology operations manager, in a release. “NEEA plans to leverage this data to help transform the Northwest’s commercial market.”

Many tools studied by the groups provide measurement and verification capabilities now required by utilities to estimate energy savings from efficiency projects and programs.

“Embedding the measurement of energy savings into EMIS in technically rigorous ways would be a significant boost to improving program cost-effectiveness for the energy efficiency market in the Northwest and beyond,” said Hannah Kramer, PECI's engineering director.

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