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BUILDING ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY STUDY

Pacific Gas & Electric Company



BUILDING ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY STUDY

PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY


Evaluation of building energy management products helps PG&E understand how to leverage new technologies for customer energy efficiency programs.

The increased availability of energy meter data has created an expansive and evolving industry of energy management information systems (EMIS) technologies with the potential to achieve more cost-effective energy efficiency. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) wanted to leverage these emerging technologies to expand their leading customer energy efficiency programs and services; however, the dynamic market for these products made it difficult to evaluate their benefits and applications. PG&E selected Enovity to research and analyze a selection of EMIS products, as well as the broader market landscape, in order to clarify their path forward.

Enovity performed a comprehensive market research study to characterize the many different EMIS manufacturers, products, and product types. Enovity researched 38 commercially available products and identified the differentiating capabilities; product attributes, features, and classifications; technology encumbrances; and market barriers to adoption. Enovity also evaluated the potential of EMIS to effect or enhance energy efficiency.

The evolving nature of EMIS products has made it challenging for utilities to understand how the tools benefit the industry. Enovity provided PG&E insight on the energy savings potential of EMIS products as well as recommendations for deployment and testing. Enovity’s recommendations are drawn upon during the design of utility programs and help PG&E leverage technology to deliver energy efficiency services in a cost-effective manner.  The full report is available publicly on the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council website.