IDEAL

Designed to read electronic data records of facility electrical energy use--data recorded by electric utility companies, and normally used internally only for billing purposes. Upon request, the utility will release this data to the customer for analysis purposes. The format of these data record formats number over 25 distinct file types identified thus far. IDEAL (Interval Data Evaluation and Analysis of Load) translates all these formats into a common database and produces informative graphs and reports to assist the user and his energy management team or consultants to quickly identifying periods of serious power mismanagement. Extensions to the basic program will perform power bill calculations, time-of-use analysis, temperature and humidity plots, and optimum standby generator sizing and run times.

Keywords

electric utility analysis, electricity costs, bill analysis

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

No special expertise required.

Users

100 users in United States.

Audience

Industrial and large Commercial accounts, who have electronic metering on their electrical power service (typically loads over 500 kW demand, and virtually all with time-of-use metering).

Input

Data file, normally obtained from the electric utility company, which includes interval recordings of power usage. Program requires data to be an ASCII-formatted data file on diskette.

Output

Both detailed and summary reports of facility electrical usage. More than 70 pre-formatted graphs visually depict power usage by day, week, or by month. Variables include kiloWatts as a minimum, but may include kiloVars and kVA, if the source data file contains this information.

Computer Platform

PC-compatible, with 286 or higher processor, and in a DOS shell under Windows.

Programming Language

QuickBasic; compiled Lotus 123 spreadsheet.

Strengths

Identifies, by time of day, periods of excessive power demands and consumption. Also useful in benchmarking a facility's power usage prior to implementing energy conservation measures (ECMs) and tracking the results after implementation of ECMs. Ability to immediately utilize over 25 data formats without prior user conversion of the data.

Weaknesses

Limits analysis to month-by-month studies. Can produce records suitable for greater-than-one-month analysis using conventional spreadsheets. Must use DOS sequences for printing reports and graphs (does not use Windows Print Manager).

Contact

Company:

PC Application Systems

Address:

4310 Twin Pines Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37921-5143
United States

Telephone:

(423) 588-7363

Facsimile:

(423) 584-1350

E-mail:

john_helms@msn.com

Website:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/john_helms/

Availability

Download demos from the web site to determine suitability to task. Price negotiable based on number of copies; list price $1,000.