Get more granular about electricity consumption with submetering

Get more granular about electricity consumption with submetering

Summary: I have had many a conversation with managers at small-ish (or REALLY small) companies, who insist that they can't address some of the energy efficiency practices that I write about because they are leasing real estate and don't control overall management of their electricity consumption. I think that excuse is becoming thinner with each passing day.

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I have had many a conversation with managers at small-ish (or REALLY small) companies, who insist that they can't address some of the energy efficiency practices that I write about because they are leasing real estate and don't control overall management of their electricity consumption. I think that excuse is becoming thinner with each passing day.

Submetering technologies have been around for quite some time and it seems as if interest in them is growing. Consider this piece I wrote over on my SmartPlanet blog: real estate managers at software developer Adobe point to submeters (up to 30 of them) in their Seattle office building as one key to a serious energy consumption reduction. By the way, the company doesn't own that building.

If this all sounds rather intimidating to you, then maybe you want to start in your data center? This week, one of the players in the energy management and monitoring space, Modius, announced an update to its OpenData software (version 3.5) that will enable enterprise data center managers to create reports of energy consumption in a much more granular way than before.

The tool allow reporting by groups of devices, including racks, rows  or zones. So, you could present departments or divisions with electricity bills that exactly reflect their usage. That's an eye-opener, isn't it?

Said Modius Chief Scientist Jay Hartley:

"This release is a major step forward in achieving higher levels of data center operational maturity. Our new features provide facility managers with custom views of actionable data from diverse equipment sources. Reports can reflect operational perspectives like zones or racks or business perspectives like external customers or internal cost centers."

Can your data center submeter electricity usage in the same way? Maybe it is time to ask that question.

Topic: Enterprise Software

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    paulsandler
  • RE: Get more granular about electricity consumption with submetering

    In our town, it is illegal to apply sub-metering technology, lest you offend the socialists who buy their votes from renters.
    zdmo
  • RE: Get more granular about electricity consumption with submetering

    "The tool allow reporting by groups of devices, including racks, rows or zones. So, you could present departments or divisions with electricity bills that exactly reflect their usage."

    And is completely useless in a modern data center that uses virtualization.

    And when will people realize that reducing consumption will NOT significantly reduce the amount of electricity generated? All power plants have a minimum level they need to operate at to be available when the load increases. That's why electricity rates are cheaper at night - because the plants are producing even though the load isn't there.
    aep528
  • Do more research...

    before you spout off that it's an excuse. Most of the tennants who lease have water, heat, AC and power included as part of the rent. Unless you are renting a major portion and have as much or more muscle than the landlord you are stuck with that.

    A number of years ago we decommissioned a large computer that required 3 phase, etc. When facilities when back to the landlord they were told there would be no reduction in power costs (read rent). The only one who saved any money was the landlord.

    With todays technology in spite of bus bars, etc. you could meter each floor but that costs money and building landlords are cost aware (read cheap) and not likely to do that.
    dave01234
  • RE: Get more granular about electricity consumption with submetering

    Buy fuel cells. Samsung released a new one to power the home about a month ago. The only problem, it costs around $15,000. Not bad if you compare it to solar or wind power up front costs though.
    katrillionaire@...
  • RE: Get more granular about electricity consumption with submetering

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    james347