February 2017

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.

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 Nuremburg (Germany) and the region of Catalunya (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 managers are invited to express their interest.

Want to learn more? Contact us via telephone at +49 69 717139 60 (Germany) or write an email to either info(at) or alexander.nordhus(at)

Energy management - building-specific requirements and broader visions of a changing energy market using the example of the City of Frankfurt (Main), Germany

The Federal Government of Germany has the goal to change the energy supply of its building stock to be carbon neutral by 2050. This includes about 18 million residential buildings and 1.5 million non-residential buildings, such as schools, kindergardens, museums, offices and administrative buildings. Currently, the building sector is responsible for almost 40% of the final energy consumption in Germany. In his final thesis at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Alexander Schmiedel examined the current state of municipal energy management through a survey involving twenty national and eight international cities.

As a result, it was found that among the cities participating in the survey, Aachen and Frankfurt (Main) had the most developed energy management at a national level. This result was based on the use of professional software tools and specific data sources (automatic consumption recording, registration of manual meter reading and use of invoices from power companies), as well as on the availability of the highest number of management instruments.

This way the energy management of cities can provide concrete information on savings and also provide the public with access to  consumption data or information. German cities saw the greatest requirement for action with the introduction and further development of the automatic meter reading (approx. 70% of the participants) as well as in data integrity and / or the increase of data quality (approx. 40% of the participants). Internationally, New York and Graz showed advanced energy management. Future requirements for action was experienced by international cities in nearly identical fields as by national cities.

Schmiedel finally concluded that energy management is becoming increasingly important as an accompanying measure for energy transition. This is also the case in the city of Frankfurt, where half of today's energy consumption is supposed to be saved. The increase in data quality and the accompanying data integrity (data plausibility check)  is an urgent requirement both at national and international level.

International Events

World Sustainable Energy Days

The World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED), one of Europe’s largest annual conferences in this field, offer a unique combination of events on sustainable energy. The 2017 conference will take place from 1st - 3rd March 2017 in Wels/Austria. For more than 20 years, experts from all over the world have gathered in Upper Austria to attend the conference - in 2016, the event attracted over 700 participants from 57 countries. The conference makes an important contribution to awareness raising about renewable energy and energy efficiency. Within this conference there are three "sub-conferences" with a thematical connection to buildings:

  •     E-Mobility & Smart Buildings
  •     European Research Conference: Buildings
  •     European Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

1st - 3rd March 2017, Wels, Austria

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This second edition of “Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions” – SSPCR 2017 – faces the challenge of inspiring the transition of urban areas towards smarter and more sustainable places to live. Towards this aim, planners and stakeholders are called to take over – in a multidimensional perspective – both the urgent issues related to climate change and energy efficiency, and the new potential changes introduced by cities’ digitalization and the integration of ICT in infrastructures, mobility, and social interactions.

In this scenario, planning requires a global overview and understanding of the past and current state of cities as well as a holistic approach in redirecting their future development and regeneration. Therefore, SSPCR 2017 included contributions coming from different research fields: urban and regional planning, environmental and social sciences, transportation, engineering and energy-related studies, as well as from the professional community. Alongside with oral, poster and virtual dissertations, cooperation and demonstration projects were also invited to join SSPCR 2017, in the spirit of disseminating innovative approaches, implemented activities and achieved results.

22 - 24 March 2017, Bolzano, Italy

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Building Energy Summit®

The Building Energy Summit® is an annual conference designed to educate building owners and operators on energy efficient technologies and solutions, collaborate on best practices, share successful case studies, and provide the resources needed to take action.

This year’s Summit focuses on the integration of new technologies into building operations — from smart building solutions, to advanced data and analytics, to cloud based monitoring and controls. Senior real estate executives will join technology and energy experts to present new approaches to efficiency in buildings, as well as the added benefits associated with creating a better workplace.

27th of April 2017, Washington, DC, USA

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