The Energy Management division of Physical Plant aims to help UCSC operate as efficiently as possible. The main functions served by the department include internal utility management, energy efficiency projects, and reporting on campus energy use.
The Energy Department manages an internal submetering system to trend energy use in greater detail than the main campus meters used to bill UCSC as a whole. For groups of buildings, or at the building level, the Energy Management team uses monthly sub-meter readings to create utility bills for auxiliary organizations and to inform and direct energy efficiency efforts campus wide. Student interns (energy efficiency analyst interns) aid in much of the metering process, from data collection to meter troubleshooting and retrofits. The students we work with make the tremendous amount of work required to collect, review, and report on this data manageable, and in return they gain professional skills and knowledge about energy management. We allow students to understand the software Beacon, which we use to collect water consumption across the campus. Our student teams will reach out to facility managers to educate them about the software. We hope during Winter and Spring quarter 2017, students can focus on outreach.
Metrics for Success:
The number of people we reach out to
Students who are passionate about water conservation should join, get trained and start reaching out to facility managers and educating them about how to conserve water for their building.
There are a couple of improvements the software needs so hopefully we can gather a group of data and computer science students to attempt to modify the software we have.
Data Collection & Analysis
If this project is executed successfully, we would be able to provide data to the university to help monitor facilities better and conserve water in the process.