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Feb. 11, 2011

UI launches online dashboard to monitor energy consumption

University of Iowa Facilities Management has a new online tool to monitor energy consumption and utility costs for campus buildings. The web-based dashboards at http://facilities.uiowa.edu/uem/energy-management/ecc-bldg-dashboard.asp provide real-time displays of energy consumption in all UI buildings connected to the campus utilities system.

"The dashboards can help building occupants track energy usage and provide immediate feedback on their energy conservation efforts," said Glen Mowery, director of Utilities and Energy Management in Facilities Management.

The website has a dropdown menu listing each campus building and displays trends for steam, electric, chilled water use for the last 24 hours and the last 30 days. Mowery encourages building coordinators to display dashboards in a central location within the building and bookmark the site on their web browsers.

The web dashboard feeds data from the UI's new Energy Control Center (ECC), which collects real-time data from more than 100,000 measurement and control points in buildings across campus. The ECC, located in the University Services Building, serves as a centralized location for the monitoring, analysis, and forecasting of energy supply and consumption.

Historical data is correlated to weather data to predict the building-by-building campus steam, electric and chilled water loads for campus 24 hours in advance. This cutting-edge energy management software enables energy engineers to optimize the production and distribution of steam, electricity and chilled water while reducing costs and energy use. The new technology also allows for better strategies in purchasing as well as provides trending tools for predictive maintenance and troubleshooting.

The center is part of an ambitious university goal to significantly reduce energy use overall and increase the percentage of energy derived from renewable energy sources.

“The ECC and new online dashboards will be a crucial part of helping us become a net-negative energy user by 2020,” said Liz Christiansen, director of the Office of Sustainability.

The displays were built to be viewed using Internet Explorer. Most on-campus users can access the dashboards using their HawkId and password. Others, including off-campus users, can login using the guest login and ID provided on the web page.

For more information on the Energy Control Center, see http://facilities.uiowa.edu/uem/energy-management/energy-control-center.html.

PHOTOS: For high-resolution images of the photos of the ECC and the web dashbaord, click on the images above.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Wendy Moorehead, Facilities Management, 319-335-1246, wendy-moorehead@uiowa.edu,

George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu