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    29/05/2012

    Accurate data leads to better energy

    Software tools help to ensure data quality

    As energy demand continues to increase across the globe, more and more organizations deploy enterprise energy management (EEM) systems to lower energy-related costs, and to ensure power reliability. These systems consist of a network of energy meters located within a facility or series of facilities as well as software that manages the process of analysing the data gathered by the meters.

    The key factor that differentiates one enterprise energy management system from another is the quality of the energy data gathered and the process by which the data is utilized to make decisions.

     Issues such as power failures, problems with metering equipment, communication interruptions, or human error can impact the quality of energy data. Often the problems can go on unnoticed for a significant length of time. The impact of poor data can be costly, including missed opportunities to reveal energy waste, to leverage lower utility pricing, or to avoid an emissions fine from a regulating authority. Poor data quality can cause misleading energy trend reports, inaccurate billing reports, and a reduced confidence in critical business decisions.

    New tools can help

    The good news is that new data quality tools are available for industrial, commercial, and institutional energy consumers to ensure the intelligence delivered by their enterprise energy management systems is accurate, complete, and timely.

    The quality of all energy-related data coming into the system is first validated based on predefined internal data quality standards. Then specific tools correct for errors or gaps so that data is cleansed before it is analysed, reported, or otherwise put into action. For example, exact duplicates are typically deleted and automated estimation tools allow erroneous data to be replaced.

    Best practices

    A comprehensive data quality solution should be:

    • Flexible and modular to adapt to evolving business rules and needs
    • Applicable to all enterprise energy management system data sources (e.g. energy meters, pricing feed, weather feed) for a whole system approach
    • Able to provide audit trails and raw data back-up
    • Capable of offering a variety of security levels
    • Able to provide override capability
    • Easy to use

    Learn more about Schneider Electric energy management solutions. Go to schneider-electric.com

    About Schneider Electric
    As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 100,000 plus employees achieved sales of 15.8 billion euros in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy”.
    www.schneider-electric.com