University of Saskatchewan
Making energy visible on Campus
In 2016, the University of Saskatchewan’s (UofS) Energy Management Team recognized that they were missing an effective solution to measure and report on energy and other utility streams in a way that would allow staff and students to act on the performance data they received. Numerous utility meters were installed on buildings throughout the Saskatoon campus, which were connected to various control networks. Data collection was done on a manual, ad-hoc basis. In short, UofS was missing the critical link to consistently turn data into actionable information.
- hardware, such as utility meters and networks, that measure consumption
- software that analyzes the data that is collected and provides meaningful reports
- people that take action on the reports to drive improvements
EMIS is a tool for continuous improvement that helps make energy visible within an organization.
The university has implemented the new EMIS design. As an added benefit of reviewing the data, Prism identified several opportunities that would generate an estimated 6% in electricity savings, 3% in steam savings and 3% in water savings as well as reduced labour costs by eliminating manual readings. The simple payback on the net cost is estimated at 1.1 years, with an ROI of 38%.