In 2015, DCAS launched the Real-Time Metering (RTM) Program to install real-time meters across the City’s facilities and enable ongoing, nearly up-to-the moment tracking of energy usage. DCAS collects and aggregates the energy data through a centralized web and mobile platform, Enertrac, run in collaboration with third-party vendor, NuEnergen.
RTM provides facilities staff with data to help them optimize day-to-day building operations. The City has set a goal of installing 750 electricity meters by 2022, which would cover 80% of municipal demand.
As of early 2021, that goal was on pace to be realized with Real-Time Meters installed at over 750 utility accounts (more than 650 facilities); mostly electricity, but also gas and steam at select locations.
DCAS works with partner agency staff to identify City buildings that are suitable candidates for RTM. All City facilities with electricity usage of at least 300KW are eligible for electricity real-time metering installation. Gas and steam metering needs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and agencies may be required to perform certain upgrades.
DCAS will work with NuEnergen and agency staff to conduct a site survey and determine site-specific metering and communications infrastructure requirements.