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The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has announced that the Commonwealth's collaboration with Massachusetts-based EnerNOC to meter energy consumption at state facilities and maximize efficiency received the regional Project of the Year award from the Association of Energy Engineers.

The metering system, Enterprise Energy Management System, streams real-time energy usage data through EnerNOC's EfficiencySMART platform and enables the DOER and state facility managers to improve energy efficiency through both short-term response and long-term planning.

According to the DOER, EnerNOC installed 1,289 meters at 460 buildings statewide. The meters provide building-level usage data for electricity, natural gas, oil, steam, propane, and hot and chilled water. A Web-enabled application tracks trends, creates benchmarks and reports on energy consumption. As a result of the project, the DOER says it expects to see 5% to 15% energy savings over a five-year period, once fully utilized.

The DOER reports that facilities have already started realizing the benefits of the system:

- UMass Lowell used real-time data to identify usage that was abnormally high at its campus ice rink compared to the previous year. By identifying the issue and changing the building control settings, the university reported savingĀ  $30,000 last year.

- Using real-time data, Bristol Community College was able to identify an opportunity to delay building start-up by at least one hour in the morning, with an estimated $2,500 of savings over the course of the year.

- Real-time data helped inform a facility manager at Framingham State University that one of the dorms on campus had started running around the clock, without any night setback. By adjusting the building controls at this one building to use less energy at night, the campus could achieve annual energy savings of $1,700.

This collaboration between Massachusetts and EnerNOC is part of the "Leading By Example" program, established in 2007 by Gov. Deval Patrick, that set energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals and renewable energy goals for state government operations.


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