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Discover — EnergyCAP

For sev­eral months now I have been work­ing really hard to set up the Ener­gy­CAP data­base in Howard County. After meet­ings with stake­hold­ers, ven­dors, con­fer­ences calls, and even more meetings,I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Howard County gov­ern­ment will soon start using an energy man­age­ment data­base called “Ener­gy­CAP”. So…what is Ener­gy­CAP? Ener­gy­CAP is basi­cally a data­base for man­ag­ing util­ity bill data (Note: the “CAP” in Ener­gy­CAP stands for “Cost Avoid­ance Pro­gram”) which allows accu­rate track­ing of elec­tric­ity, water and nat­ural gas con­sump­tion and costs across all the County’s facilities.

The County will be able to mon­i­tor the per­for­mance of all facil­i­ties includ­ing office build­ings, parks, fire sta­tions, high­way shops and libraries which account for over 500 energy meters.

  • EnergyCAP’s Dash­board fea­ture will help us to quickly get an overview of the man­aged facil­i­ties. The Build­ing & Meters orga­ni­za­tional hier­ar­chy will enable us to see any­thing from over­all usage down to indi­vid­ual meter usage.
  • Ener­gy­CAP also allows the County to bench­mark build­ings which will help to eas­ily iden­tify build­ings and meters that have abnor­mal use or cost. These build­ings and meters usu­ally have the great­est oppor­tu­nity for cost reduc­tion and energy savings.
  • Ener­gy­CAP can also gen­er­ate more than 250 dif­fer­ent reports that help ana­lysts to exam­ine and track energy usage for all facil­i­ties. Another fea­ture which we are excited about is the Ener­gyS­tar link. We will be able to auto­mat­i­cally sub­mit build­ing energy data to the Energy Star Port­fo­lio Man­ager so that we can receive build­ing energy ratings.

We at the Howard County Office of Envi­ron­men­tal Sus­tain­abil­ity are very excited to start using all the fea­tures that Ener­gy­CAP has to offer and see how the data­base helps us to bet­ter align with the County’s energy sav­ing goals.

Yeimary San­tos
Feb­ru­ary 2014

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