Getting data from utility meters every fifteen minutes is one thing, but aggregating and interpreting that data to discover hidden energy waste is another. Real-time utility monitoring eliminates blind spots and enables proactive management of your building’s equipment and facilities.
Imagine you have a system that is constantly monitoring your electric panel and sending information to a central server. This allows you to see your power consumption in real time on a web browser. You can also receive text and email alerts when your electricity consumption goes above a pre-determined threshold. With this information you can save a lot of money by not overusing your energy consuming appliances and making your buildings equipment more efficient.
Traditionally, utility monitoring has been done by installing instruments (DCS HMI) on-site to perform both control and operation/monitoring functions. This is often done with utilities located in remote locations where frequent site patrols are required. This approach has several limitations, including the inability to respond in real time to emergency alarms. In addition, readings are displayed on multiple instruments or recorders and are not integrated at a DCS level, making it easier to overlook a problem.
With OECM’s real-time utility monitoring, your facility will be able to use meter/sub-meter data and energy consumption patterns for each asset to identify waste and verify the benefits of any prescriptive measure investment. This data can also be used for continuous optimization of your portfolio from a central dashboard. real-time utility monitoring