Innovating with data across the public sector: stirling – smart energyApril 1, 2020
STIRLING: SMART ENERGY
WHAT IS IT?
The innovative Smart Energy project, an initiative part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 8th City Programme, enabled data generated from Stirling Council’s energy monitoring assets to be captured on a centrally management platform – The Energy Hub. The Hub will become the single point for monitoring and reviewing peak energy use in addition to providing details of real time renewable energy generation at various Council owned public buildings and sites.
WHY IS IT NEEDED?
Gathering energy data from the variety of channels and sources operating within Council owned public buildings and sites into one single repository is essential to improving the facilities, mechanisms, processes and procedures used to identify energy wastage, and recognising further opportunities for energy consumption reduction on a more timeous basis.
WHAT IMPACT DOES IT HAVE?
From the data gathered and generated by the Hub, Stirling Council aims to increase its energy efficiency, and in turn, reduce its energy bills. Furthermore, those buildings with the poorest energy efficiency will be targeted for improvements through physical and behavioural changes. As a result of reductions in energy consumption, the associated CO2 emissions will also decrease. With fewer emissions being produced, the general environment and air quality are likely to improve.
HOW IMPORTANT IS DATA TO THE PROJECT?
The ability to gather and report on meaningful data is fundamental to promoting the Hub as the single source of reporting energy usage and waste. Furthermore, the robustness of the data consolidated from its various sources is critical to development of reliable and meaningful predictions on future energy consumption, resultant decreases in emissions or any associated cost reductions.
Finally, as part of the Open Data Phase 2 programme, the Hub will be the source for datasets to be published on the Stirling Open Data Platform.
WHO TO CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Jim Tonner, Open Data Project Officer, Stirling Council. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org