Pennsylvania adopts new building energy data management suite


As part of efforts to reduce energy costs in state buildings and facilities, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (CoPA) has signed a GSA contract with EnergyCap.

The contract includes the provision of an Enterprise energy management software and bill capture services.

The state government will use the EnergyCap software to store and manage data regarding the costs of electricity and heating statewide.

EnergyCap will provide software implementation services, user training and on-going software support and maintenance..

The transfer from the legacy energy bill tracking system to EnergyCap is expected to help CoPA to establish a baseline against which future statewide energy- and cost-saving efforts can be gauged.

The new software will be used to enter, audit and analyse more than 10,000 utility bills per month, of which 85% will be entered into the system electronically.

The remaining 15% of paper bills will be entered into EnergyCap using ECI’s bill capture system which uses optical character recognition to convert paper bills into an electronic file.

CoPA employees will be able to:

  • Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of their energy management efforts via certified Cost Avoidance calculations
  • Track energy projects, benchmark energy use across building types and commodities
  • Communicate data easily via customisable online dashboards.

For instance, the EnergyCap software will transfer data directly to an Energy Risk Management Application operated by Penn State’s Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) to enable direct access to statewide energy use and cost data in a timely manner.

PSFEI is responsible for energy management and procurement in state facilities.

Julie Gaudion, Deputy Secretary for General Services, Property and Asset Management, said: “The Commonwealth has taken an aggressive approach to ensuring that our energy conservation efforts result not only in the reduction of our carbon footprint, but our energy consumption costs as well.

“The EnergyCAP platform will provide the Commonwealth with actionable data across agencies and allow us to focus our investments to further enhance our facility efficiency and sustainability efforts.”