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Step-by-step guidance on how to successfully calculate, track, and view cost avoidance. The session includes instruction on meter setup, global settings, use vs. weather tuning, running the calculation processors and interpreting the results. 

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Cost Avoidance - The basics of Cost Avoidance in EnergyCAP Slide Deck

(recorded January 5, 2017)

Webinar Questions & Answers

Q: How would you go about picking an ideal global balance point temperature that would suit a retail client with a vareity of types of buildings across the country? For instance, some buildings could be more energy efficient than others. This question would apply more to the global balance point temperature, and not the balance point that you can set on a per meter basis for the cost avoidance module.

A: If the need is for a single BPT to be applied globally in lieu of individual tuning of buildings and meters, I would pick 55F.  Reasons:  (1) retail stores are unoccupied at night and tend to have deeper setbacks than many other building types, also many do not go to occupied mode until somewhat later in the morning than many offices, schools, etc., so a lower BPT is reasonable.  (2) Retail tends to have lower A/C set points than many building types.  Many schools, govt offices, etc have mandated higher indoor temperatures in the interest of conservation whereas retail tends to focus more on customer comfort, i.e. not willing to potentially sacrifice comfort/sales for a bit of electricity savings.


Q: "Other Savings" is only for money?

 A:Yes, the ability to set “Other Savings” is limited to dollars, not to usage.  If you need to “force” a usage savings for an unusual circumstance, that must be done as a Special Adjustment at the affected meter level.


Q: Is [Save & Reprocess] an Admin Level access button?  If not, what other reason would there be that I can not click that button?  (It is greyed out in my database.)

A: [Save & Reprocess] requires permission.  New report SU63 shows which user roles have it.  See the section labeled “Cost Avoidance Administration - Execute” which must say Yes in order to click the button.  This permission is intended to prevent untrained/unauthorized individuals from making changes to the cost avoidance settings or weather tuning, reprocessing, and thereby changing all historical cost avoidance results for a meter.


Q: Is there a way to run cost avoidance over multiple meters simultaneously, for example if a project impacts more than one meter, or if you don't know which meter is the relevant one?

A: Yes. Create a User-Defined Meter Group in Groups and Benchmarking, assign the desired meters to the group, use Administration – Cost Avoidance Settings – Global Update to configure this Meter Group (be sure to set the Meter Group filter!), run the baseline processor for just this Meter Group, and run reports filtered to this Meter Group.


Q: When I go to Trends under Savings for a building it is blank (showing no bars). Why might this be happening? It appears this way for all of the buildings I just checked.

A: Go to the Details tab. Are any records shown in the grid?  If not, this means there are no cost avoidance results for the meter.  This can be due to:  (1) processor not run.  Run the baseline processor for this meter (or all meters, if you see no results for any of them). (2) Check the Savings Start Date. If SSD is in the future, it means that the project is not yet ‘live’ and cost avoidance is not yet being calculated.

If there ARE records shown in the grid but they all indicate exactly zero cost avoidance, the most likely explanation is that each meter is set to “no loss/no gain” and therefore cost avoidance is exactly zero.  The most common reason for this is that (1) your meters are all set to “Attempt Weather Adjustments” in both summer and winter but you are missing weather data.  EnergyCAP falls back to no loss/no gain as a safety net when you want to adjust for weather yet have no weather data.  Reasons for no weather data:  the building is not yet assigned to a weather station or you are using a standalone version of EnergyCAP and you have not imported or keyed weather data yet.

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