Benchmarking Charts with EnergyCAP

Benchmarking Charts

Comparing similar buildings and meters enables you to spot outliers that suggest opportunities for savings. Using these powerful visual aids, you can rank and compare buildings and meters within peer groups based on the criteria you choose, such as building or meter primary use, commodity, vendor, or rate. Once you’ve identified an outlier, it’s easy to prioritize energy conservation efforts.

Budgets & Forecasts

EnergyCAP takes the guesswork out of energy budgeting by helping you create detailed meter-by-meter and month-by-month budgets based on up to three years of historical utility bill data. Granular budget information can be “rolled up” and summarized at any level of the organization, modified (globally or meter-by-meter), and then used for reporting. You can also adjust the budget globally by a specific amount or make global percentage adjustments, and then drill down meter-by-meter for fine-tuning. 

Create budget scenarios (actual, best case, worst case) to forecast expected use, cost, and unit cost. Each budget can be adjusted to compensate for unexpected use, weather, rate increases, and other variables. EnergyCAP also provides use/cost vs. budget reports to make it easy to see how you’re doing month to month.

EnergyCAP Budgets and Forecast
With EnergyCAP we will be able to provide input into creating and monitoring budgets accurately and pull reports in seconds.
Brittany McCullar, Texas State University
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Cost Avoidance

EnergyCAP's predecessor software originally pioneered cost avoidance and measurement & verification calculations. Adhering to Option C, the "Whole Facility Method" in the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP), EnergyCAP's cost avoidance continues to be a valuable function in EnergyCAP.

Cost avoidance works by comparing current bills with a normalized baseline year. The normalization process automatically takes into account major variables including weather (degree days), billing period length, floor area changes and commodity price, and allows the analyst to enter adjustments for other changes such as occupancy, schedule and equipment retrofits.This enables you to compare energy use and cost from year to year to get an accurate handle on savings.

> Learn more about cost avoidance calculations in EnergyCAP.

Energy Procurement

Loadshape analysis, coupled with special EnergyCAP procurement reports, provide the information you need to make informed energy procurement decisions. Using the EnergyCAP procurement reports, you can easily request and evaluate electric and gas commodity quotes. These reports provide the data your utility company needs to generate a quotation. 

You can also use the Loadshapes feature with your available interval data to obtain a more comprehensive energy management picture of dynamic fluctuations in energy demand that may enable you to realize savings through reductions in peak demand and improved building setback processes.

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Energy use intensity

Energy Use Intensity

Energy Use Intensity (EUI) is a useful metric to monitor long-term energy efficiency trends for a building. ENERGY STAR defines EUI as “a unit of measurement that describes a building’s energy use. EUI represents the energy consumed by a building relative to its size. A building’s EUI is calculated by taking the total energy consumed in one year (measured in kBtu) and dividing it by the total floor space of the building.”

EnergyCAP uses weather-normalized energy use to calculate annualized EUI and displays it on a trend chart. EnergyCAP can also roll up EUI values at every level of the organization hierarchy. This functionality provides a valuable picture of long-term energy efficiency trends for each department, division, region, and business unit, as well as for the entire organization.

 

The Energy Use Intensity graph provides a valuable picture of long-term energy efficiency trends for each department, division, region, business unit, etc., as well as for the entire organization.
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Normalization

Normalization helps compare year-to-year utility expenses on an “apples-to-apples” basis using weather data. After you select a base year, EnergyCAP puts energy use into daily "buckets" and then allocates each to the appropriate calendar month. After that, EnergyCAP adjusts weather-sensitive meters to reflect the degree days in the user-selected weather normalization year. The result is a kind of cost avoidance that can be very useful for quantifying energy management savings.

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EnergyCAP Rates & Tariffs

Rates & Tariffs

In EnergyCAP, you can compare current utility bill rates with alternative rate schedules. The Rate Wizard helps you create and maintain any number of simple or complex rates. Then you can use a built-in rate engine to verify bill cost and run an alternative analysis. This answers the question, “What would I have paid if this account had been on rate X instead of rate Y?” You can also create your own rate library.

The development of a utility-oriented database enhanced procurement, budgeting, and energy-focused reporting. EnergyCAP enabled us to easily run historical reports for usage and cost for individual commodities. This information facilitated the submittal of multiple RFPs for better utility contracts.
Utility Management Corporation

Use vs. Weather

Use vs. Weather graphs in EnergyCAP reveal correlations between these two variables. By comparing monthly degree days with meter energy use, it is possible to derive a meter profile expressing the weather sensitivity of that meter. How does EnergyCAP know when a meter is weather sensitive? A statistical linear regression analysis correlates the energy use recorded on each bill with the corresponding degree days in the billing period.

On Use vs. Weather charts, the vertical axis is the average daily use and the horizontal axis is the average number of heating or cooling degree days per day. If the regression line rises from left to right, it means that months with more degree days have more use, suggesting that a portion of the energy use is weather sensitive.

 

Use Vs. Weather

 

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