Advanced Energy Management Analytics: Why Should Energy Managers Care About Reactive, Predictive, & Prescriptive Analytics

By Jack Bullock  
Chief Engineer, PE, CEM, BESA

Energy managers must understand the role of modern technology in driving savings, improving efficiency, enhancing student learning environments and how
advanced energy management analytics make it possible. While there may be some resistance to change, the benefits far outweigh any challenge.

Analytics Appear Expensive and Difficult to Deploy

Government-owned assets, explains Facility Executive, tend to be larger, older and located in remote regions. This description applies to many of the nation's schools, especially concerning asset and building age. Antiquated buildings make new investments challenging to justify, so advanced energy analytics will naturally appear difficult to deploy.

The opposite is true because advanced energy analytics require minimal disruption, if any, to retro commission assets with internet-enabled sensors. It is the use of sensors that are essential to real insights into analytics. Of course, the challenge of combing thru the data still exists, so analytics provide the brushes Facility Managers need to paint the picture of energy conservation and savings potential to school district officials.

Analytics Provide a Wealth of Information

Analytics are shifting away from asset-based information towards providing goal-oriented and actionable insights, so school Facility Managers have a laser-focused guide to enact change around energy conservation sustainably. The latest rendition of analytics is known as Analytics 3.0, reports the Harvard Business Review, and while analytics are typically referred to regarding commercial retail applications, they have the potential to affect school energy management as well. In a sense, the new form of analytics will empower school districts to make energy-conservation a core component of their energy management program which extends to teaching both staff and students how to change behaviors that result in reducing energy costs. Change management backed by data is how the stated goals of energy efficiency, savings, and behavior change stick for the long-term district-wide. However,  it is essential when having a conversation around the use of analytics to improve overall energy management that the school Facility Manager understands the types of analytics that will be used.

Three primary types of energy analytics exist, including:

  • Reactive Analytics to describe the circumstances leading to a given event.

  • Predictive Analytics to determine what may happen if circumstances continue unchecked.

  • Prescriptive Analytics to prescribe the best action to achieve an optimum result.

Advanced Energy Management Analytics Provide Great Benefits

Advanced energy analytics come alongside profound benefits for schools, reports Smart Energy International. School districts gain the following benefits from the continuous improvement of current operations, data-based decision making and better performance of facility assets:

  • Analysis of asset energy consumption

  • Identification of the causes of asset malfunctions or failure

  • Prioritization of maintenance needs

  • Consideration of all potential actions to correct an issue

  • A defined course of action to achieve an outcome

  • Calculation of potential savings through improved efficiency

  • Reduced financial impact

  • Improved asset longevity

  • Alignment of school board goals and social responsibility

  • Insights into how energy use behaviors affect performance, energy efficiency and more

  • Validation of investment value for deployed analytics and energy management.

Take Advantage of the Full Lineup of Analytics in Your School

Cenergistic’s unique approach of combining reactive, prescriptive and predictive analytics that use machine learning with on-site energy specialists allows your district to take advantage of emerging technologies in a proven process model. This generates true bottom-line results from the first month of implementation. Find out what your school can do to get started by calling 1-855-798-7779 or contact Cenergistic online today.

Jack Bullock

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