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Smart Metering, Load Profiling & Demand Response - Online Seminar

Smart Metering, Load Profiling & Demand Response - Online Seminar
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NOTE: Seminar fees listed are per person for a single audio and video connection for individual use, and may not be shared with other users. All participants must individually pre-register for the desired course in order to participate. If you would like pricing information on multiple registrations for the same seminar, please contact: Terese Lavallee, phone (770) 925-9633, email:

Presented online in a series of three live two-hour time modules, this seminar will show you how analyze "smart meter" data using Excel® to gain a clearer understanding of your electrical loads. That information may then be utilized to control and minimize peak demand and energy costs.

AIA Learning Units Eligible


This course has been approved by AIA for continuing education credits. The AIA requires that its registered architect members earn 18 Learning Unit (LU) hours of continuing education credit annually (eight hours of which must be related to Health, Safety, and Welfare topics and four of those eight in Sustainable Design) to remain in good standing. Architectural boards in 40 states, 10 Canadian Provinces, and 19 countries have implemented mandatory continuing education (MCE) for re-licensure.

The Association of Energy Engineers is an approved training provider within the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems (CES) Registered Provider program.

You can participate in the seminar from your office, home, or anywhere you have access to the internet and a phone or VOIP. You'll have opportunities to interact with your instructor and colleagues in real time during the two live teleconferencing sessions.

About This Seminar

This course earns .6 CEUs, 6 PDHs and 1.2 AEE Credits toward Re-certification.

This seminar will show you how to use "smart" meters and the data they produce to cut cost, peak demand, and electricity consumption. You'll learn the specifics of how loads vary over time (in minutes as well as months) and how to use that knowledge to lower electric bills and profit from new utility programs and rates. You will gain a clearer understanding of your electrical loads and how to use Excel to analyze and portray them.

For use both during and after the seminar, participants will be given access to Excel-based tools containing templates and macros that convert and chart data into 3D "landscapes," parallel "sliced" load profiles, and load duration curves. These methods were developed by the instructor and are not taught or available elsewhere. They are designed to make interval data analysis faster, more efficient, and easier than other approaches -- including software products which can cost significantly more than the price of this seminar. When applied to interval data, the results pinpoint how much load to cut at the lowest cost and with minimum impact on operations.

You'll be guided through the basics of smart metering equipment and its specification, securing/formatting data, and using it to find opportunities for energy cost-cutting and load leveling. You'll see real-life examples of how load shapes change when cost- cutting measures such as peak shaving, thermal storage, and demand response are applied, and ways to find operating and mechanical problems that, when fixed, could save a bundle. You'll learn ways to translate what is seen into upgrades and improved operations, and to help staff members understand how their actions affect utility bills. The course also covers demand response (DR) programs and time-of-use (TOU) electric rates: what they are, how they work, qualifying a DR provider, ways to maximize profitability, and technical and contractual pitfalls to avoid.

Dates and Times

The following offering(s) of the Smart Metering, Load Profiling & Demand Response Online Seminar are currently scheduled. The program consists of three 2-hour teleconferencing sessions, for a total of 6 hours of instruction.

Seminar Agenda

The Smart Metering, Load Profiling & Demand Response Online Seminar will be presented in three 2-hour teleconferencing modules, covering the following topics:

SESSION 1: 2 hours

Introduction to Smart Metering and Interval Data
• Electricity Metering 101
• Who's pushing smart metering, and why
• Smart meters and electric rates
• What is a load profile?
• Interval data: what it is and isn't
• Excel charts we will use on your PC

Power Usage Patterns and Their Impacts
• Monthly, daily and hourly profiles
• Load factor can't tell time
• Load factor vs. power pricing
• Ways to cut peak demand
• Wholesale pricing and capacity impacts

'Smart' Metering, Data Handling, Logging
• Accessing interval data
• Metering publications and resources
• Data acquisition systems
• Accessing and correlating weather data
• Paying for metering hardware and software
• Lessons learned

SESSION 2: 2 hours

Turning Numbers Into Pictures
• Why two dimensions are not enough
• 3D load Landscapes and Slices
• Formatting interval data for Excel
• Using macros to simplify the job
• Choosing and charting a single Slice

Understanding What We See in 3D Profiles
• Summary of analysis steps
• Examples of problems found and fixed
• Tips for anomaly analysis
• Analyzing 10 examples using 3D load profiles
• Correlating usage with hourly temperature data

SESSION 3: 2 hours

Enhancing Charts To Highlight Issues
• Changing and highlighting chart features
• Focusing on details and anomalies
• Making peaks stand out
• Revealing days of the week in data/charts
• Improving shape, orientation, colors & lines

Finding and Setting a Peak Demand Goal
• Using the load duration curve macro
• Understanding and using load duration curves
• Zeroing in on highest peaks and when they occur
• Determining their causes

Demand Response (DR) and Time-Of-Use (TOU) Options
• Who pays you to cut peak load, and why?
• Overview of DR contracts
• Choosing a DR provider, or going it alone
• Auditing loads to cut
• Putting your generator to work
• Using the TOU template to model cost
• Lessons learned

Your Realtime Program Instructor

LINDSAY AUDIN, C.E.M., C.E.P., IES, LEED AP, is the president of Energywiz, Inc., an energy consulting firm. His 35 years of experience in the energy services industry (prior to opening Energywiz in 1996) include 8 years as energy manager for Columbia University and 12 years with private engineering and energy consulting firms in New York City. Audin was named Energy Manager of the Year by Energy User News and the Association of Professional Energy Managers, International Energy Manager of the Year by AEE, and is a member of AEE's Energy Manager's Hall of Fame. In 1992, he founded the New York Energy Buyers Forum, a non-profit organization of large energy users. He has been a columnist on energy issues for Architectural Record and Engineered Systems magazines, is presently a contributing editor to Building Operating Management magazine, and is a requested speaker at national events.

Course Materials and Advance Preparations

The seminar fee covers registration for all three two-hour program modules, seminar workbook (downloadable PDF format), course certificate, and webinar connection services. Does not include tollfree number. Attendees participating from outside of North America should use VOIP in order to avoid additional audio fees. Payment in full must be received prior to the start date of the seminar.

You will receive instructions, personal support, and a chance to test your teleconferencing connection in advance of the first session.

Enrollment in this realtime online seminar will be limited to 40 participants to ensure that each student has ample opportunity for interaction with instructors and other participants.