US state signs EnergyCAP to enhance energy management

The US state of Tennessee partnered with energy management software company EnergyCAP to reduce power consumption and costs in state-owned facilities.

Under the three-year contract, the solutions provider will supply the state with a utility bill management software, Bill CAPture, to track the state’s water, gas, electricity, waste water, fuel oil and propane consumption costs since 2012.

In a press statement, the US based EnergyCap claims its solution will improve the accuracy and reduce the processing time and costs of managing the bills.

Integrated with the state’s various accounts systems, the software will be used to develop a dashboard with multiple log-in users functionality for the management of over 7,000 utility bills.

[quote] The software provider said its technology is designed to be compatible with current and future real time grid and building’s energy management technologies.

By gathering energy use of each building, the platform will also be used to set a building’s annual energy efficiency target.

EnergyCAP CEO Steve Heinz commented: “With EnergyCAP and the associated processes to capture and audit live utility bills, and then approve and pass to accounts payable systems, all state agencies will have accurate, timely utilities information upon which to base energy management analytics and decision-making.”

“We are excited to see the success of this new initiative and are confident that with the tools it brings, it will quickly pay for itself in utility cost reductions for all Tennesseans,” added Robert M. Balzar, director of EmPowerTN.

EmPowerTN is an Tennessee initiative developed to reduce energy costs and consumption in state owned and managed buildings by measuring and controlling energy use and investing in increasing energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.

Energy management in the US

Meanwhile, US utility North American Power said it will offer its consumers without smart meters a free monthly energy report to help them implement electricity saving practices.

To sign up for the programme, consumers answer an 11 question survey about their power consumption status to select a new power supply plan online.

The utility then processes the answers submitted by consumers using a physics based model comparing it to over 300 points generated on consumers’ homes historical energy usage to create a profile for them.

In a press statement, the electric and gas utility said the report, ‘Understandabill’, provides participating consumers with a breakdown of their energy usage in previous months, a forecast of power consumption in upcoming months, as well as personalised energy efficiency tips. [DTE Energy upgrades energy efficiency tool].

Greg Breitbart, Chief marketing officer for North American Power said the report was designed to “help our customers anticipate not only what they’ll be using and how they’ll be using it, but also what they can do to impact what they’ll owe before that next bill arrives.”

Breitbart reiterated that: “Many of our competitors are now delivering value through innovative products like smart thermostats, solar, rewards programs and more. We’re all battling for customers, but that’s what competition is all about.”

The report will be provided to North American Power consumers in Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island via emails.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.