The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) tendered out for the Energy Management Reporting project and chose Ultan Technologies because our SensorCIS product was very close to what they were looking for and could be easily customised to fit their requirements. It is a secure online tool that allows organisations to easily gather, manage and analyse their energy data.
One of the primary goals of SEAI is to improve energy efficiency within the public sector by 33% by 2020. In order to achieve this, it first needed to measure what energy was being used by Public Bodies each year. Once measured, it could then report on the energy savings being made. They wanted a system that could be used both as a basic reporting portal and a day-to-day energy management tool. The first big challenge was how to get Public Bodies to report their energy data. Public bodies argued the following:
- It’s a waste of time – We don’t see any benefit to our organisation.
- It costs too much – In terms of resources required and time spent gathering info.
- We don’t have the skills or know-how to do it.
- We already have an existing in-house system used to record data.
It became apparent that the SEAI would need to build a system – the Monitoring & Reporting (M&R) system – that offered so many benefits that all resistance to using it would quickly disappear.
Solution: Modified SensorCIS
Value for the Public Bodies (end users)
- Easy to use tool
- Allow organisations to manage all their energy information in one place
- Give them a common platform to communicate and showcase their achievements
- Allow them to measure their progress against previous performance
- It’s incredibly straightforward for users to report their data to a governing body
Value to the SEAI (Governing Body)
- They were able to view energy data from all public sector organisations in one online dashboard
- It became easier to build reports of overall energy consumption in the various sectors
- They could review glide paths towards targets and quickly spot both underperforming sectors and those who are making great progress
- Project data from organisations that have become more efficient could be more easily shared
- Information from the tool could also be used to support commercial initiatives