BPA and Northwest public utilities are helping industrial facilities save energy and increase profitability. BPA's Energy Smart Industrial program works with industrial facilities of all sizes and budgets through their local public utility to deliver cost-effective energy savings. This video highlights the energy efficiency efforts and strategic energy management activities of Fitesa, a global, non-woven manufacturing plant in Washougal, WA.
An Energy Management Information System (EMIS) is a software tool that stores, analyzes, and displays energy consumption data. The challenge for potential users of EMIS is that the number of commercially-available EMIS tools has increased dramatically over the past ten years, as have the analytical and reporting capabilities of the tools. Picking your way through the options is complex, especially when the software may need to be accompanied by hardware updates for data gathering. Organizations need to determine how to prepare themselves to make best use of the EMIS tool they select.
An Energy Management Information System (EMIS) is a software tool that stores, analyzes, and displays energy consumption data. The challenge for organizations that are new users of EMIS is that the software is often deployed by people who are very skilled at energy management but have less experience in rolling out complicated software across an organization. Picking your way through the options is complex, especially when the software may need to be accompanied by hardware updates for data gathering. As a result, organizations may find themselves settling into a pattern of using the software that does not maximize the benefits to the staff members who make decisions that affect energy use.
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) contracted with Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI) to help provide clarity on the range of Commercial Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) available and their respective feature sets. EMIS are software tools that store, analyze, and display energy use or building systems data. A wide variety of EMIS is available, and have shown promise for supporting nonresidential utility energy efficiency programs.The output of this work is an EMIS inventory that details the functionality of fourteen EMIS. The overarching objective of the inventory is to document EMIS features that can support utility programs and financial transactions for energy efficiency.
A Report for Program Administrators - This report builds on NEEA’s 2014 report titled Inventory of Industrial Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) for M&V Applications, referred to in this report as “the EMIS Inventory.” Readers should refer to that report for a full definition of EMIS and for descriptions of EMIS features that are important to industrial customers and to program administrators.
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