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