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Using Smart Metering to Cut Energy Costs


*Please note, for all certification preparation training programs, an additional fee is due when submitting your certification application to take the exam.

About this Program

Smart meters (also called interval meters) measure and communicate electricity usage in near real-time - they show power usage 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. A dozen real-life examples are presented to demonstrate how to analyze interval meter data, 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.

Topics Covered

The program is designed to benefit a broad base of attendees. It is updated annually across a wide range of topics, these include:

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


                    This workshop is held over 1 day.

                    Educational Credits

                    You earn 0.8 CEU | 8 PDH | 1.6 AEE Credits for completing this program.

                    Non-Certification Program

                    An exam is not administered during this program and the program does not provide an AEE certification.

                      Your Instructor

                      • Lindsay Audin CEM, CEP, LEED AP

                      Location, Travel & Accommodation.

                      Held in conjunction with AEE World, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC.

                      Workshop Hours

                      • Sign-in and Onsite Registration Day 1: 8:15am
                      • Workshop Hours Day 1: 9 am - 5 pm

                        Important Notes

                        Please Note:

                        • Review the Transfer & Cancellation Policy. By Registering for this Training Program you agree to these terms.
                        • Online pre-registration ends one week prior to the training start date. Onsite registrations are accepted through the start of the training.