- Using Smart Metering to Cut Energy Costs

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
ONE DAY WORKSHOP: Using Smart Metering to Cut Energy Costs / 0.8 CEU / 8 PDH / $480

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Instructor: Lindsay Audin

About the Workshop
‘Smart’ meters (also called interval meters) measure and communicate electricity usage in near real time, showing how power is being used in short (e.g., 15-minute) periods. By accessing and understanding such data, facility managers, utilities, and contractors may cut costs by trimming peak demand, uncovering hidden energy waste, and employing lower cost utility and market-based electric rates.


Through in-depth instruction, this seminar covers the basics of ‘smart’ metering, including its use in load management and other cost-cutting utility programs, and ways to cut costs even without such programs. Lindsay Audin (CEM, CEP, LEED AP) walks participants through the catalysts pushing smart metering and the new tariffs they are fostering. Where and how to deploy such metering at facilities will be covered, as well as the costs, paybacks, and options for customer-owned interval metering. To demonstrate how to analyze interval meter data, a dozen real-life examples are covered.


Participants receive and use several advanced Excel-based tools (not available elsewhere) for configuring, visualizing, and analyzing data from smart meters. While not essential, in-class use of a laptop equipped with Excel is encouraged during the afternoon half of the seminar.

Workshop Agenda

Introduction to Smart Metering and Interval Data
• What ‘smart’ metering can do for you
• Load profiles and interval data defined
• Ways to secure interval data
• Software tools for saving money and cutting waste

Power Usage Patterns and Their Impacts
• Zeroing in on energy use patterns
• Load profiling essentials
• Load factor as a limited shortcut
• How time impacts pricing

Smart Metering, Data Handling, Logging
• Metering basics and costs
• Useful information and software resources
• Correlating data with building mechanical and operating data
• A few lessons learned

Converting Data into 3D Profiles
• Creating 3D load “landscapes” and “slices”
• Zeroing in on load anomalies
• Disaggregating loads: methods and software
• First steps of an analysis

Understanding What We See
• Types of problems found and fixed
• Twelve examples from real life
• Correlating/charting with temperature
• Tips for tighter analysis

Setting a Peak Demand Goal and an Optimal Rate
• Creating and Using Load Duration Curves (LDC)
• Using The Energywiz LDC
• Finding and achieving peak demand goals
• Analyzing alternative rates


Lindsay Audin (CEM, CEP, LEED AP) is the president of Energywiz, Inc., an energy consulting firm serving large energy users, government agencies, energy suppliers, and other consultants, both in the U.S. and abroad. His clients include many well-known companies, institutions, and consulting firms, as well as EPA’s Energy Star program. Audin has been named Energy Manager of the Year by three different national or regional US organizations. In 1993, the Association of Energy Engineers named him their International Energy Manager of the Year, and in 1996 inducted him into its Energy Manager’s Hall of Fame. In 1999, he developed techniques for developing and analyzing interval metering data that are now used by hundreds of practitioners. His metering-related work includes designing, specifying, and/or managing large submetering systems covering electricity, steam, chilled water, and gas meters. He has taught versions of this workshop since 2005. His energy efficiency work has been featured in over a dozen publications and videos, and garnered many awards and citations. In 2011, he wrote the technical portions of New York City’s demand response RFP. In 2014, AEE honored him with its International Award for Professional Development, in recognition of his efforts to train and educate new entrants into energy services. His 40+ years in the energy services industry include 8 years as energy manager for Columbia University and 12 years with private engineering and energy consulting firms in New York City, prior to founding Energywiz in 1996. Audin has authored hundreds of columns and articles on energy issues for Architectural Record, Engineered Systems, and other trade publications. He has also been a contributing editor to Building Operating Management magazine since 2002 and sits on the editorial boards of High Performing Buildings magazine (an ASHRAE publication) and AEE's Energy Engineering.