Enterprise Energy Management
With Triacta’s PowerHawk metering platform, enterprises can rapidly deploy a cohesive, unobtrusive metering fabric across a distributed geographic footprint in a mixed building environment. Corporate stakeholders gain access to every meter point as well as aggregate corporate data on a site or department basis — providing the perfect tool to deliver on corporate energy and GHG management objectives.
For a geographically distributed enterprise with diverse stakeholders, there are five fundamental requirements for an energy management platform. The PowerHawk meter platform meets all these requirements.
- Ease of installation regardless of property mix
(leased or owned)
- Integration with Building Management Systems, Energy Management Systems and IT business applications
- Revenue-grade metering suitable for GHG management applications and/or cost allocation
- Compatibility with "cloud-based" management systems for stakeholder visibility
- Hierarchical user management for flexible departmental or tenant permissions
- Dashboard functionality for public display of actual versus target usage
Energy and GHG Management
With energy security and climate change now a global focus, energy usage is a “C-level” concern for many enterprises. Today energy use has become a major focus for cost savings, an opportunity for good will with investors and customers, and a serious risk to be mitigated.
The new conventional wisdom of conservation estimates that corporations with a proactive energy management program can realize from ten to twenty-five percent in energy use reductions. From a bottom-line perspective, the up front savings alone are worth pursuing given today’s energy costs. From a risk mitigation perspective, the movement toward’s real-time, time-of-use pricing and the potential for much greater energy costs in the near future demands action.
Green House Gas management (commonly identified with Carbon Credits or Carbon Taxes) has the triple upside of managing energy costs, complying with government regulations, and qualifying for
credits or reducing tax burdens while promoting to customers and investors the socially responsive pedigree of a company.
Submetering: how it works
PowerHawk meters use advanced IP-based communications to transmit data over existing wireless, phone, or high-speed Internet connections without the cost of a dedicated service. There’s no need to purchase or maintain additional computers or meter reading equipment.
Triacta smart meters are easily “plugged” into a
building’s main electrical feed
Ease of Installation
Circuits of interest covering key loads are connected via split-core current transformers — with clear electrician connection instructions provided automatically from the PowerHawk Manager Meter Manager application. In a leasehold scenario, landlords have no problems with this type of non-invasive fit-up. PowerHawk meters have features such as auto-phase detect and polarity detection to eliminate common metering installation errors.
Integration with existing systems
Each PowerHawk is easily connected to the corporate LAN, acquiring an IP address automatically. PowerHawk meters are configured to “phone-home” to a server to deliver their data and retrieve any configuration changes or firmware upgrades. Communication with the central server is over FTP, initiated from the meter (just like an ordinary PC client), removing any firewall issues. Communication is as simple as a Web browser.
Information when and where you need it
Corporate energy managers can receive as much or as little information as they want, at the office or remotely, 24/7 through PowerHawk Manager – a “cloud-based” application delivered via a “software as a service” model. PowerHawk Manager provides:
- Provisioning support tools
- Meter alarm management to ensure meter
- A hierarchical customer tree with permissions based accounts and programmable scope of view
- Meter alarm management to ensure meter
- Energy management tools such as demand
and consumption tracking
- Dashboard functionality allowing an instantaneous view of how various parts of the organization are tracking versus defined targets
- Data export capability to communicate with
- A “Rates and Services” module for cost
allocation or billing
With PowerHawk Manager, users can distill meaningful information from electricity, gas, water and BTU meters to pinpoint savings opportunities, create an accurate picture of a building’s carbon footprint and identify failing equipment and expensive peak demand charges.
Safe and secure
Triacta manufactures utility-grade meters that comply with all regulatory electric safety and communications requirements and meet stringent ANSI 0.5% accuracy standards – fulfilling any regulatory metering requirement called for in a GHG management scenario.
Open protocols ensure a future proof solution
All PowerHawk metering systems use open protocols (including All PowerHawk metering systems use open protocols (including building automation protocols) to ensure property managers are not “locked in” to a single vendor. This open system provides the flexibility needed in an evolving smart grid.