Build a Solid Foundation
The first step to build a solid foundation for your energy data management program is to create a central database of your energy-using assets. After establishing a central energy database, optimize it by pursuing opportunities to streamline access to your utility-billing data, which will allow for consistent and timely data review and analysis that can enable you to identify opportunities for energy and cost savings. Once you have streamlined access to your utility billing data, leverage data management tools that can help you collect, track, analyze, and communicate your data.
To build a solid foundation for your energy data management program, follow these three steps.
For steps 1 and 2, see Generate Buy-In.
Create a central energy database by locating and collecting sources of asset and utility data; creating a standard organizational structure for the database; reconciling and filling data gaps; and maintaining the integrity of the database.
Local Government Spotlight: Fort Worth, Texas: Using ArcGIS to Match Meters to Assets
Local Government Spotlight: Hillsboro, Oregon: Meter Matching Using Google Maps
Local Government Spotlight: San Francisco, California: Maintaining the Integrity of the Database
Local Government Spotlight: San Francisco, California: Web-Based Survey for Completing and Verifying a Comprehensive Building Database
Streamline access to your utility data by assessing your current process for collecting utility data, investigating options that can streamline your process, determining the feasibility of implementing those options, implementing the selected solution, and making improvements to further streamline your process over time.
Local Government Spotlight: Cleveland, Ohio: Leveraging Resources Across City Departments to Establish a Streamlined Data Access Solution
Local Government Spotlight: Knoxville, Tennessee: Collaboration with Municipal Utility to Streamline Access to Energy- and Water-Use Data
Local Government Spotlight: Virginia Beach, Virginia: Automating Utility Bill Invoicing to Improve Energy Management and City Operations
Leverage data management tools that can help you manage your portfolio of energy-using assets by conducting an organizational assessment to understand your organization's goals, needs, and conditions; evaluating the costs, functionalities, and benefits of tools against the goals, needs, and conditions of your organization; and exploring both freely available and commercially developed tools before investing in tools or services.
Local Government Spotlight: Beaverton, Oregon: Deploying Energy Information Systems in Beaverton
Local Government Spotlight: Boston, Massachusetts: Energy and Information Technology Staff Collaborate to Design Hybrid Data Management Tool
Local Government Spotlight: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Deploying a Benchmarking and Monthly Utility Bill Analysis Tool in Minneapolis
Local Government Spotlight: Salt Lake City, Utah: Deploying Fault Detection and Diagnostic Tools in Salt Lake City
Local Government Spotlight: Santa Clara County, California: Deploying Fault Detection and Diagnostic Tools in Santa Clara County
State Spotlight: Kentucky: Deploying Fault Detection and Diagnostic Tools in Kentucky
State Spotlight: Massachusetts: Deploying Energy Information Systems in Massachusetts
State Spotlight: Oregon: Deploying Building Automation Systems in Oregon