Got Meter Data?
Updated 9 February 2015
EnergyAi Blog - Interval Meter Data Sources
Where can I get my interval meter data? This is the most common question we get asked at ENERGYai®. And the most common answer is "from your utility, even if they don’t advertise its availability!" Many utilities provide meter data to business customers, but you need to know where to look. We maintain a list on our website, which you can see here.
What kind of data are we talking about? A full year of your facility's energy use or demand, in short time intervals, an hour or less. Utilities who have installed smart meters usually collect this data every 5, 10, 15, 30, or 60 minutes. And it's not just limited to electricity data, readings for other energy commodities like natural gas, steam, and chilled water may be available.
Meter data comes in many different formats. ENERGYai® clients have sent us over 100 different formats, including spreadsheet, text, csv, and xml files. We've analyzed data from utilities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Happily, there is a movement toward standardization, more on that below.
What can I do with my meter data?
As energy professionals know, interval meter data can be combined with weather and other information to show how your facility operates from the meter's perspective. Does your energy profile match your operating hours? How much equipment is still "awake" when your business is closed (and what is this costing you)? Meter data can answer these and other questions, and the answers often reveal unexpected opportunities for savings.
Interval data charges
In the past, some utilities charged a fee for this data, and a few still do (even though it is your energy use for which you've already paid!). But the current trend is to make it securely available on-line at no charge.
There is even a movement called "Green Button" to standardize how meter data is formatted and delivered. The Green Button is rapidly gaining wide acceptance, and is the subject of another one of our blog posts, which you can read here.
Did we miss anything?
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As you might expect, the landscape of meter data availability is always changing. If you know of any utilities which we missed on our list, or if you have any corrections, please let us know at support@energyai.com.
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