You can do a lot of things with advanced meters. Even catch a college kid trying to game the system.
In and around Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University is king. It’s the largest employer in the area, drives sustainable research and agricultural breakthroughs, and – with a $65 million annual energy bill – has a keen interest in keeping down costs.
In 2010, the university launched its “Think Big, Live Green” initiative, an umbrella branding for a series of sustainability projects, outreach campaigns and investments. And among the campus’ many assets, all of its buildings have smart meters. The project has a long-term goal to reduce campus electric use by 1% each year, equivalent to 7.2 MWh and $650,000 per year.