Florida’s Miami-Dade County is on track to save $2 million in annual utility spending after installing EnergyCAP energy management software and subsequently rationalizing its bill processing system.
The municipality pays out $100 million every year in electricity expenses, but until very recently they did not have a streamlined process for dealing with the thousands of electricity invoices received every month.
The EnergyCAP energy management software (screenshot, pictured), which quantifies the electricity consumption and associated costs of 24 of the county’s departments, EnergyCAP enables the County to measure, manage, and monitor the performance of more than 1,500 facilities, including Miami International Airport, PortMiami, 70 fire stations, 100 parks, and other public facilities with over 4,500 electrical meters, EnergyCAP.
EnergyCap also allows the county to benchmark buildings and gather data demonstrating the savings from special energy management projects. EnergyCAP’s cloud-based reporting options also enable members of the public to review and track energy usage for both private and commercial properties, EnergyCAP says.
The county is anticipating annual return on investment utility savings of nearly $2 million, representing two percent of the county’s annual electricity expenses.
In December, Jacksonville, Fla., announced that it had selected EnergyCAP software to manage its city-wide utility bill system.
The Jacksonville system reports energy use in more than 6.5 million square feet of county facilities and is used for utility bill tracking, auditing, benchmarking and greenhouse gas tracking.
The EnergyCAP system interfaces with IBM Maximo, the city’s asset management system, and receives electronic billing data from utilities including JEA, Beaches Energy, the town of Baldwin, and cities including Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach. EnergyCAP also automatically submits building energy data to the Energy Star Portfolio Manager so Jacksonville can receive building energy ratings.
Some 35,000 buildings that used the Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool to track and manage energy use between 2008 and 2011 realized an average annual savings of 2.4 percent with a total savings of 7 percent, according to an EPA report released in October 2012.
A Groom Energy report released in March named EnergyCAP as a company to watch in the enterprise smart grid market because of its innovation, customer proof points, market momentum, product development and increased emphasis on enterprise-wide and multiple-site implementations.