Data-driven Analytics to Better Understand the Industrial Energy Efficiency Gap
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY’S HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—The E2e Project (E2e), a joint initiative of the University of California, Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Chicago, has partnered with Lightapp Technologies to receive a $5 million research grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to conduct the largest demonstration and evaluation of an innovative energy monitoring system for industrial facilities. The project will provide industrial customers and policymakers data-based evidence on whether advanced energy monitoring is a cost-effective approach to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The grant was awarded as part of the CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, an ambitious effort to develop and demonstrate the next generation of energy technologies to address California’s clean energy goals.
“We are honored to receive this highly competitive grant from the Energy Commission,” said Catherine Wolfram, faculty director of E2e and the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. “Policymakers are looking to energy efficiency to reduce the world’s dependency on fossil fuels. Yet our understanding of how individual behavior influences energy use is still poor. This project aims to narrow that knowledge gap.”
E2e’s partner, Lightapp Technologies, has developed a software-based, optimized energy management system for industrial facilities. This innovative approach to energy management relates electricity consumption within specific plant systems to the production outputs of those systems. Lightapp’s software collects data from shop-floor sensors, manufacturing software systems and external data such as weather, and creates reports that will enable users to discover, analyze, and share data about how they consume energy—and, more importantly, how they might use it more efficiently. The reports also identify specific ways to lower consumption through operational changes, repairs, and capital investments.