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Use of Metering for Facility and Whole Building Energy Analysis by the U.S. Depratment of Energy Federal Energy Management Program
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This paper details how the U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is applying metering technology to conduct empirically based analyses o f energy use by federal agencies. Continuing developments in sensors, data acquisition systems, microcomputers and monitoring protocols are reducing the costs of metering to the point that it is becoming "too cheap not to meter" energy and the determinants of energy use at federal facilities . This has widespread consequence for FEMP if one accepts the axiom that "one can't manage what one doesn't measure." Several recently completed and ongoing activities being managed by Pacific Northwest laboratory for FEMP are highlighted in this paper. This includes the metering of energy end uses for a research laboratory building to support a shared energy savings contract, analysis of utility billing records, climate, and characteristics data for entire military bases to prioritize energy use testing requirements, and enhancements to simplified energy analysis tools to help federal energy decision-makers identify and evaluate cost-effective energy savings opportunities.
Devine, K. D.; Mazzucchi, R. P. (1989). Use of Metering for Facility and Whole Building Energy Analysis by the U.S. Depratment of Energy Federal Energy Management Program. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from