Denver Public Schools implements energy use tool

Denver Public Schools has implemented DemandSMART and EfficiencySMART technologies, which will allow the district to track and reduce its energy use.

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These tools provide DPS with unprecedented visibility into its buildings' energy usage. DemandSMART enables the school district to reduce energy use during periods of peak demand and receive payments through Xcel Colorado's Demand Response (DR) Program, while EfficiencySMART Insight's powerful analytics and proprietary diagnostics proactively identify energy savings opportunities.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock recently challenged those in the Denver metro areas -- including private building owners, nonprofit organizations, and Denver Public Schools -- to respond to the 2011 White House call to improve energy performance by a minimum of 20% by 2020 across 1.6 billion square feet of office, industrial, municipal, hospital, university, and school building space. DPS has chosen to answer the call by deploying EnerNOC's energy management software, which will both enable participation in demand response and allow the schools to analyze their real time energy data to identify areas for improvement.

EfficiencySMART Insight is a cloud-based energy management solution that continuously analyzes energy data and identifies operational inefficiencies. The EfficiencySMART deployment also includes EnerNOC analyst support that advises the schools on appropriate low- and no-cost energy efficiency measures, such as strategies for avoiding peak demand charges, smarter start-up and night-setback schedules, and other changes that can have a meaningful impact on annual energy spend.

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