The challenge is to get key decision makers involved in energy management. At the moment energy is not a high priority and no one but the municipal energy manager or maintenance staff are really involved. EDI-Net involves decision makers and financial professionals and also influences buildings users by engaging with them over the information derived from smart meters. Our objectives are to increase the capacity of public authorities to use information from short time series (typically half hourly) energy and water smart meters and information from building users, to encourage more renewable energy, increase energy efficiency and enhance the capacity of public authorities to plan and implement sustainable energy policies.
More specific our objectives are to enable public authorities to:
1. Spread knowledge of the potential to use information from smart energy and water meter data to
- rapidly Identify renewable energy supply and energy saving opportunities in their buildings,
- more accurately represent energy and water budgets to financial managers to help motivate people to save energy,
- compare the performance of their buildings with similar buildings in other EU member states to help energy managers share best practice,
- analyse the potential sustainable energy investment opportunities.
2. Engage more effectively with their building users/managers to promote sustainable energy to
- establish an on-line forum to exchange information about energy and water use in buildings and share best practice,
- quantify renewable energy supply in buildings and
- increase knowledge of building users through peer to peer education.
3. Deliver sustainable energy policy more effectively by the
- implementation of energy efficiency directive,
- implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, local Climate Protection Plans and Energy Efficiency Directive through monitoring, benchmarking and exchange of good practice amongst public authorities, through identifying other potential uses for energy and water meter data and through feedback form users to develop new opportunities for the information from half hourly meter readings.
4. Improve networking and knowledge transfer at the European level on benchmarking of public authority buildings to share best practice through
- improved knowledge transfer,
- capacity building,
- creation of a new “smart data” user community.