by Barry Kroeker
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The City of Portland (OR) has selected EnergyCAP, Inc. to provide a software solution for energy tracking for improved facilities management.
According to Jamie Waltz, Strategic Planning and Development Manager for the Facilities Division at City of Portland, the new software will help the City track energy spending and implement programs to achieve goals in accordance with the 2030 Objective of the City/County Climate Action Plan, which includes a 2 percent annual reduction in energy use for City and County operations through capital projects and operational improvements.
The City's procurement contract with EnergyCAP, Inc. includes training, support services, customization, secure data storage and hosting, and historical data migration. It provides subscriptions and/or access to the EPA's eGrid database of Greenhouse Gas Factors, weather data from AccuWeather, and automated submission of building energy data to the national ENERGY STAR energy benchmarking program. EnergyCAP will also provide the capability to track other measureable sustainability data in the future, such as employee use of alternative transportation, volunteerism, office paper and toner usage, fleet inventory and fuel consumption.
EnergyCAP Senior Implementation Manager David Ulmer said that the software acquisition was a win-win for City government and the people of Portland. "Tracking energy usage and costs can be difficult and time-consuming. EnergyCAP provides a standardized method for the City of Portland to both record utility billing data and easily report on it. EnergyCAP will empower Facilities Services by dramatically expanding the division's capacity to track and reduce energy use and also calculate the cost savings of the City's energy efficiency and sustainability projects. This will save the City and taxpayers energy and money."
EnergyCAP implementation will be handled through Facilities Services, a division within the Portland Office of Management and Finance (OMF) responsible for the operation and maintenance of many of the City's buildings. The division is responsible for 46 buildings totaling about 4 million square feet. EnergyCAP software will enable OMF to track energy consumption and generation, water use, landfill, compost and recycling rates, in order to help identify where energy reduction and cost-saving measures can be taken.
The initial EnergyCAP implementation will include a minimum of 20 buildings. Once the software is up and running, the City has planned to make incremental additions of buildings and points of measureable data, with the end goal of bringing all desired historical utility and sustainability data for all City-owned properties into a single database for on-demand reporting and benchmarking.
The City of Portland website is http://www.portlandoregon.gov/.
EnergyCAP's website is http://www.EnergyCAP.com.
About the City of Portland Facilities Services division
The City of Portland has a rich history of incorporating resource conservation and sustainable practices in city codes and policies. The Facilities Services mission is to lead the way in planning, constructing, redeveloping, and operating sustainable public facilities that are efficient, cost-effective, and well maintained. We are committed to developing and maintaining high performance buildings that limit their environmental impact, contribute to Portland's civic character and make Portland a better place to live and work. Through public buildings, we demonstrate the City's commitment to its past, present, and future. Our vision is to take a leadership role in developing and maintaining sustainable buildings that work well and last. Our buildings add to the comfort and beauty of Portland's built environment. Through our efforts in sustainable development and operations we make our city a better place to live and provide a space for future generations. By developing quality workplaces for City employees, we increase the usefulness of City programs. By participating in cooperative ventures, we assist private and non-profit organizations to create and revitalize Portland neighborhoods.
About EnergyCAP, Inc.
For more than 30 years, the award-winning EnergyCAP software has helped 10,000 energy managers to track more than $25 billion in energy spending. EnergyCAP utility bill and energy management software helps users get value from their utility bills and meter data. Software features include bill entry (manual, spreadsheet import, and EDI), bill tracking, an optional AP/GL interface, customizable bill approval workflow, audits, rate schedules, interval and production data tracking, cost avoidance (M &V), issue tracking, submeter tracking, virtual meter formulas, re-billing, greenhouse gas tracking, 300+ reports, automated ENERGY STAR building data submittal, building benchmarking, and graphical PowerViews. Discover why EnergyCAP is America's #1 utility bill management software at http://www.EnergyCAP.com.
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