February 2018

EDI-Net at a glance

The EDI-Net (Energy Data Innovation Network) initiative analyses and communicates sub-hourly electricity, gas and water smart meter data to identify waste and savings opportunities, reduce consumption and save money. The initiative is aimed at public authorities’ decision makers, financial planners, energy and building managers and building users. An online forum and workshops facilitate the sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices to support public authorities during the implementation of their sustainable energy and climate action plans.

EDI-Net successfully launched in Barcelona, Spain!

At the 20th of October 2017 the Generalitat de Catalunya (government of Catalonia) officially launched EDI-Net in Spain. Many Catalan municipalities and organisations took the opportunity to learn more about the support of structural measures through EU funds. Afterwards, the opportunity to participate in EDI-Net was presented. All interested persons were invited to attend the first training workshop in Barcelona a few days later. Here, the various software tools were demonstrated and practical examples and experiences of the three pilot sites were presented.

Have we raised your interest? Dates and locations for the next training sessions in 2018 can be found at the end of this newsletter. Improve the sustainable energy and water management of your community and save money at the same time - be part of the Energy Data Innovation Network!

EDI-Net Dashboard available!

The EDI-Net Dashboard has been available for a few months now. Here you can view current consumption data of our pilot cities. Particularly interesting are the smiley faces, which immediately illustrate to building users who are not familiar with the subject, where energy, water or gas consumption is unusually high. For professional users detailed data sets are available. Would you also like to improve the energy management of your community? Fill out the registration form without obligation and become part of the EDI-Net initiative!

Recruiting citizens to use ICT for saving energy in public buildings – an article from Georg Vogt & Strahil Birov, Empirica

The use of new technologies to save energy is a challenge. Both internal building users (office staff, teachers or museum staff) and external building users (office visitors, hospital patients, museum visitors) must be convinced in order to achieve long-term changes in behaviour and therefore success. According to the authors, the perception of change by individuals plays a major role. Initial reactions to new developments are often rejection and denial. However, appropriate tools such as individual support and targeted training can help to persuade citizens to adopt new technologies. After an “As-is analysis”, appropriate measures should be developed for the respective building users. These include, for example, the use of a logo for a high recognition value and workshops to disseminate knowledge. According to the authors, such a framework strategy can contribute to the successful engagement of various stakeholders.

The complete paper can be found here.

Interview with the energy management in municipal building administration

In an interview with Karl-Ludwig Schibel from the Climate Alliance Italy, Alexander Nordhus, project partner of EDI-Net and energy manager at our pilot city of Nuremberg, talks about the successes and challenges of municipal energy management.

The city of Nuremberg has a comparatively good data basis. In many buildings, 15-minute automatic consumption data are already available. Some buildings on the contrary do not yet have automatic data collection, therefore the data still have to be read by the caretakers every two weeks and faxed to the energy management system, which impairs the quality of the data. The aim of the energy managers is to equip these buildings with automatic data acquisition systems as quickly as possible.

Different campaigns are used to achieve a change in the behaviour of building users. For example, since 15 years an annual prize has been awarded to the institution that saves the most energy. So-called "energy detectives" try to track down "energy thieves" with the help of consumption data and carry out improvement measures.

Click here to read the full interview.


Bildquelle: Stadt Nürnberg (Creative Commons Zero)

Wanted: Municipalities serious about reducing energy and water use

EDI-Net is seeking cities and towns interested in improving the water and energy efficiency of their public buildings. By making use of smart metering to analyse and communicate electricity, gas and water data, local authorities can identify significant savings opportunities. These opportunities can lead to reductions in energy and water consumption by anywhere from 5 to 15%.

Leicester City Council (UK), City of Nuremberg (Germany) and the region of Catalonia (Spain), have just completed a trial of a new system developed within the framework of the EU-funded initiative and are ready to share their experience and expertise with 20 more local authorities interested in joining the initiative. These new pilot municipalities will not only be able to use the EDI-Net system free of charge, they will also get access to a special online forum, a customised dashboard, a helpdesk and free training workshops. To be eligible, local authorities must be able to provide sub-hourly energy consumption data – local decision makers, financial planners, energy and climate protection managers are invited to express their interest.

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Source: Manhattan, New York City, United States (Photo by NASA on Unsplash)


Further EDI-Net training sessions 2018

February 2018 Barcelona, Spain:

The next training session will take place in Barcelona on Tuesday, 20th February 2018. There will be an introduction and overview of the EDI-Net system and its software tools. In addition, experiences and practical examples from our pilot cities will be presented. Participation is free of charge. For further information please contact us. Interested parties can register via our helpdesk or contact Mrs. Marta Calvo Cortina, mcalvoc[@]

May 2018 Nuremberg, Germany:

The first EDI-Net training session is expected to take place in Germany on May 16th, 2018. Interested parties are invited to participate in a one-day workshop in Nuremberg. Participation is free of charge; there are possibilities for reimbursement of travel expenses. Further information will be published shortly on our homepage. For questions or registrations please send us an e-mail or call us.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 695916.

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