Study on municipal energy data management

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Together with the Rhineland-Palatinate Energy Agency, students from the Renewable Energies and Industrial Engineering/Environmental Planning courses at the Institute for Operations and Technology Management (IBT) under the direction of Prof. te Heesen have developed a brochure on municipal energy data management in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park region. The booklet shows how municipalities, especially in rural areas, can set up a meter and energy data management system and what monetary benefits the municipalities can derive from it.

The project examined energy consumption in municipal facilities to identify potential savings by using intelligent meters to record electricity and heat requirements. About ninety percent of municipal facilities' energy consumption can already be recorded if fifty percent of the largest consumption units are equipped with smart meters. This allows an analysis of savings and optimization potential in relation to the energy requirements in the municipality in order to reduce energy costs in the short and medium-term. An examination of economic efficiency has shown that annual energy costs can be reduced by ten to twenty percent with low-investment measures. Long-term savings of around 150,000 EUR per year have been identified in individual communities in the National Park region. The results of the study can be directly transferred to municipalities in other areas.

The communities' cooperation in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park region is coordinated by the Intercommunal Energy Network (IkoNE). This includes the municipalities of Baumholder, Birkenfeld, Hermeskeil, Herrstein-Rhaunen and Thalfang as well as the city of Idar-Oberstein and the districts of Birkenfeld and St. Wendel.

↧ Download the brochure "Energy Data Management in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park Region" (in German).


Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Professor FB Umweltplanung/-technik - FR Maschinenbau


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