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Monitoring & Analysis Program of Prison Sites for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) at Texas A&M University have collaborated to extend the LoanSTAR Monitoring & Analysis Program to Texas' prison facilities. Data loggers are in place in eleven 1,000-bed prison units recording the energy use patterns of the administration, kitchen, laundry, medical, training, and inmate housing units. Specialized software has been developed that will allow TDCJ personnel to customize the data presentation and analysis in-house. A second effort involved the development of a Utility Billing Audit Database program. This database accepts customized entry of the utility bill calculation parameters from the utility company rate schedules and contracts, and provides storage of the parameters for monthly auditing of billed amounts. Storage of all the entered monthly data allows for exporting of the data to satisfy reporting requirements for the Texas State Agency Natural Resources End-Use Database (SANRED) (B. Hunn et a1 1995) and other internal TDCJ reporting needs. Bills for all monthly purchases of electricity, natural gas, water, waste water, and solid waste removal are audited using this software.
Eggebracht, J. A.; Heneghan, T. (1996). Monitoring & Analysis Program of Prison Sites for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from